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Old 09-05-2020, 10:42 PM   #22161
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If I take a picture from the back, it makes the tractor and trailer look a lot bigger than when I take the picture from the front.

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Old 09-06-2020, 01:37 AM   #22162
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What kind of rims ya got there JP?
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Look like titans to me?
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Old 09-06-2020, 01:58 AM   #22164
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I see no image.
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What kind of rims ya got there JP?
Those are the 18" Titans.

Sometimes I feel like going back to my steelies. I kind of like the basic look.
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Old 09-06-2020, 02:27 AM   #22166
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It's a Facebook picture. As long as you didn't block me on Facebook, you should be able to see it.
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Old 09-06-2020, 02:59 AM   #22167
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I no longer have FB. Probably why I don't see it. I also have FB tracker stuff blocked on my browser.
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Old 09-06-2020, 05:59 AM   #22168
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Weird. I'm not on FB but I can see it just fine.

More work got done on the van today...I replaced all the transmission cooler lines and put the front back together. Then I decided to dive into something I've been wondering about since I bought this thing. These engines have a tendency to sludge pretty badly if you neglect oil changes, or if the PCV valve gets stuck closed (this one is fine). They really do a lot better with a synthetic but the important thing is that you change it regularly. So after I got the front end put back together I yanked off the front valve cover. It's pretty varnished but no sludge. I'll take it. There's some gunk on the underside of the valve cover but the valvetrain itself is fine, so I'm just going to let it ride. Most synthetic oils will clean that over time. The VC gaskets and spark plug tube seals also look to have been changed not too long ago, so I'm just going to put it back on and call it good. I actually have all the parts and if I was pulling the rear cover I'd replace the gaskets but I'm lazy and they weren't leaking.

One thing I did notice is that it smokes for a second on startup. When I changed the plugs I noticed the #2 plug was pretty oily but all the others were fine. Usually it's the seals on the intake side that leak and cause that, and because of how these engines are set up you can actually remove the intake cams without messing with the timing belt (it drives the exhaust cam on each head). It also further confirms my suspicion that this van probably just hasn't been driven much in the past few years. I actually had a set of valve stem seals for these engines so I took the intake cam off and replaced just the seals on the #2 intake valves. I know that's 100% not the right way to do it but I'm curious to see if that fixes it. If not, I already have all the parts to do it the rest of the way. I'll try and get some pics up tomorrow.

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PCVs. The PCV on the Audi is the name of my existence. It's a horrible design. Has to seal perfect yet uses 2 crappy o-rings that don't quite for to seal. It's all plastic and leaks from time to time causing crappy idle. I get to pull it back out, try a different O-ring that I had laying around and hope that fixes it. It's stupid. Horrible design. Dam thing is crazy dependant on it too. Not like the D21 that has a gravity check valve that could be run to atmosphere and it wouldn't care.
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Old 09-07-2020, 12:52 AM   #22170
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Differential breather attached to frame had broken off. Line had a hole in it as well. Picked up a breather fitting at oreilly and tapped it in. New line as well. Good as new.
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