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Old 08-08-2017, 10:02 PM
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Default 2002 Edge - Manual - 2WD Snow Truck...

I thought i'd start this so i have a little record of what i've done and maybe even help someone along the way.

I have own this truck for 3 weeks now, i bought it as an extra vehicle, for occasional hauling and i thought it would be good to have when we get snow.
Little did i know that a 2WD truck is crap in the snow, but it can't be worse than a 350Z with summer tyres....

I picked the truck up with full service history & one owner until the last year before i had it, at which point i think it was just stood before heading for auction to a dealer where i picked it up with 146k miles.

I've come to find it's missing a couple of things, some stuff needs a little TLC and it stinks to high heaven of smoke and a little of whatever is trying to cover it up.



This was after i started trying to get the dealer gunk off the tyres and everything else they slap it on. Still some left to do before i dress it properly.


Dealer: "Yeah, tyres have about 70% left" Yeah, right.


What the hell, this thing's huge, no wonder i can't hear it running!



I was trying to work out what happened here.


It was painfully obvious when i opened the airbox and discovered a monumental nest of some description, composed mainly of fibrous material...

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Definitely been sitting, this was an inch or two deep, same deal between the V, had to get the vac out.



I had some evidence of power steering fluid leak, and having finally seen a small patch under the truck when i moved it, i had a look and discovered this inline filter for the power steering.


The filter was rubbing against the bottom corner of the PS pump, leaking from here?




Set about draining the system and replacing the filter.



Whilst bleeding the system, i noticed this top T piece was leaking coolant onto the engine


The plastic T pieces do not come apart.... well, they do, just not in a way they can go back together again, the barbs are still inside the pipes


Two new replacement standard T's from NAPA.
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Old 08-09-2017, 08:39 AM
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Default Re: 2002 Edge - Manual - 2WD Snow Truck...

2wd trucks can be OK in the snow with a decent tire, and a quite of bit of weight in the back. My FIL keeps sand bags in the bed, as close to the tail gate as possible. These trucks ride better with a little weight in the back anyways.
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Old 08-09-2017, 03:34 PM
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Default Re: 2002 Edge - Manual - 2WD Snow Truck...

I'll be trying to get hold of some spare wheels and fitting snow tyres, undecided between studded or studless right now.
It's already going to be expensive as i need new tyres for general driving, thinking Bridgestone Revo 2.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:45 PM
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Default Re: 2002 Edge - Manual - 2WD Snow Truck...

Having found that i still had a PS leak after putting the new filter in, i found the reservoir on the pump itself had been cut open by the old filter's ribs New pump just for a reservoir leak

Ended up having to buy this as normal bleeding wouldn't work.


Had to buy this from Amazon for the large neck on the Ford pump.



Drilled a 1/4 inch hole through it and fitted a regular 1/4 inch brass air connector into it.


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Did i mention to make sure the puller you rent from Autozone isn't damaged and spins freely.

New PS pulley was required.


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The radiator was maybe 3 inches down on coolant, a combination of the T piece leak, and the factory overflow hose was not tight at either the rad neck or the tank, Jubilee clips on the hose stopped that problem.




Although i think the rad cap is now leaking under pressure too

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Just ordered a Gates replacement rad cap, marginally cheaper than the Motorcraft part, but probably made in the same place.

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Old 08-09-2017, 05:26 PM
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Default Re: 2002 Edge - Manual - 2WD Snow Truck...

Also, this just arrived, for some reason it was $6 delivered when i ordered it a few weeks ago, it's to extend the airbox into the headlight area for cool air.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Old 08-09-2017, 10:18 PM
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Default Re: 2002 Edge - Manual - 2WD Snow Truck...

I hate ATF.

Soooo much, there is nothing about it that i like, it doesn't even act like normal oil, it doesn't wipe up, clean off or move like normal oil, it's evil.

I've never made such a mess since i put new oil in a bike without putting the sump plug back in




At least all the bolts came out without a problem (obvious exception being the drain bolt per the picture above)


There is certainly some red to the oil, but it's pretty grungy.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:47 PM
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Default Re: 2002 Edge - Manual - 2WD Snow Truck...

I'm not going crazy, this is good for Mercon V, right?
It better be alright, because there's $25 worth in the box now.



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I also fitted the new Gates radiator cap, i'll have to check it's fixed the leaking i saw down the back of the rad.



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Thought i'd test fit and offer up that tubing to the intake, see what work i'd need to do.
Turned out it needed a quick flat bending in the top and bottom, and it wedged into the airbox hole quite snugly, just enough length to let it suck the cooler air from the front again.



It was held fairly securely, but just to be sure, i added a little hot glue along the top on both sides.


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Finally, new plugs arrived, slight issue, i need a gap of .044 thou and these came from the factory set to .033 - i have never had to expand the gap from such a tight measurement before and it's taking me ages sing needle nose pliers, trying to make sure i don't damage them.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:12 PM
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Default Re: 2002 Edge - Manual - 2WD Snow Truck...

Still getting a little air out of the PS every time i drive it; the fluid level goes down - vacuum will sit there without dropping for 30 minutes. Gonna put some MerconV in to top it up this time, it's only the smallest amount.

I also picked up some winter wheels and studded tyres finally! Not a bad deal i think, got some clean up to do on the wheels though, not sure what it seems to be on the surface of the wheel, it's like glued on tyre fitting paste or something.





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Old 08-16-2017, 02:50 AM
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Default Re: 2002 Edge - Manual - 2WD Snow Truck...

Truck is looking good. Looks like you've been putting a lot of time and energy into it. I like what you did with the air box. So many times, I've seen people remove it and mount a big cone filter right under the hood. "Look at my cold air intake!" *******es.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:08 AM
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Default Re: 2002 Edge - Manual - 2WD Snow Truck...

Thanks, and yeah, the factory system is a CAI, i liked the idea of removing the smaller noise cancelling attachment, but you can't just leave it without anything there, so for $6 this tubing solved that.
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Old 08-20-2017, 08:12 PM
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$40 from Coastal Farm & Ranch.



Half an hour with a tape measure and a hacksaw, it'll look better once it jiggles perfectly into place.
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Old 09-03-2017, 05:18 PM
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Found out why my AC wasn't working so well.

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Old 09-09-2017, 08:57 PM
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Default Re: 2002 Edge - Manual - 2WD Snow Truck...

Slight issue with huge amounts of the state being on fire, Ash all over the place


Still managed to get the new running boards fitted.


Look pretty good i think.


Finally found an antenna i'm happy with, a stubby wouldn't look to scale in my opinion.


Finally used my new tester, i think i might need to flush the brake fluid....
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