en-us Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:58:34 +0000 PhotoPost Pro 8.0 60 10 year old dye still glows from line, inadvertently tipped down. <a href=""><img title="DSCN1904.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1904.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:59:44 +0000 Flat seals and O-rings kit <a href=""><img title="DSCN1903.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1903.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:59:43 +0000 Replacement receiver/drier country of origin <a href=""><img title="DSCN1901.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1901.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:59:42 +0000 Comparing old to new part <a href=""><img title="DSCN1899.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1899.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:59:41 +0000 Aftermarket replacement origin <a href=""><img title="DSCN1898.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1898.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:54:44 +0000 OEM info of old condenser coil <a href=""><img title="DSCN1895.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1895.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:54:43 +0000 Chafing close up of leak <a href=""><img title="DSCN1894.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1894.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:54:42 +0000 Replacing 10yr old condenser coil <a href=""><img title="DSCN1893.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1893.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:54:41 +0000 A/C discharge line failure/replacement <a href=""><img title="DSCN1820.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1820.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:51:01 +0000 A/C discharge line failure/replacement <a href=""><img title="DSCN18161.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN18161.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Two lines failed. The condenser coil followed soon after, requiring a second and final repair. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:48:46 +0000 A/C discharge line failure/replacement <a href=""><img title="DSCN1814.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1814.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: New line in place. I scrubbed off as much dye, oil, and debris collected in and around the tube clamp before installing the new line. Traces of dye can still be seen. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:46:07 +0000 A/C discharge line failure/replacement <a href=""><img title="DSCN18121.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN18121.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Front side of condenser coil. photo take thru the bumper. Damage occurred as the tube clamp collected road salt and eroded the tubing until it ruptured, leaking dye and oil. A uv blacklight wasn't needed to see this in daylight. I didn't realize until after replacing this line the condenser coil ruptured in the same spot, requiring replacement a year later. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:42:14 +0000 A/C discharge line failure/replacement <a href=""><img title="DSCN1811.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1811.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: New line installed with a home made bracket to replace the broken one from the condenser coil. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:40:08 +0000 10yr old L300 alternator <a href=""><img title="DSCN1805.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1805.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Damage can be seen on the cracked cover and corrosion in various places. I suspect electrical/electronic damage occurred at some time but not enough to replace sooner. Update 2/15; although the replacement alternator output 14.56v on cold engine start up (measured after initial installation 7/13), the 2nd battery failed in Jan/15 (after 5.5 yrs) and a new A-z Duralast displayed different (higher starting) voltages. New battery; standing voltage - 12.74v, cold engine alternator output - 15.04v, warm idle - 14.4v. With each new battery (both Duralast), cold and warm weather always had a higher starting speed. After a year or so using remote start (or manual) the starter turned over a bit slower with remote start failing to get the engine to run in freezing temps where I would have to manually turn and hold the ign switch just a little longer for a normal start. The difference in battery power was never noticed until freezing temps. During one subfreezing day with a new battery I tried remote starting and was pleasantly surprised to hear the engine turn over quickly and fire up. I'm lead to believe the original alternator was slowly deteriorating and may have caused the 2nd battery premature death (5.5 yrs of an 8 yr warranty). Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:37:14 +0000 10yr old L300 alternator -12v/120 amp <a href=""><img title="DSCN1803.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1803.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Removed on suspicion of causing random intermittent dimming of headlights and instrument panel lighting for a few years. Voltage was always above 14v. Battery, battery cables and their connections checked multiple times - no visible or hidden corrosion on battery terminals. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:25:54 +0000 A/C Repairs <a href=""><img title="DSCN1801.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1801.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: New discharge line connected to compressor. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:50:09 +0000 A/C Repairs <a href=""><img title="DSCN1800.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1800.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: New discharge line connected to compressor. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:48:59 +0000 A/C Repairs <a href=""><img title="DSCN1797.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1797.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:48:58 +0000 A/C Repairs <a href=""><img title="DSCN1799.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1799.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: New discharge line connected before evacuation procedures. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:48:58 +0000 A/C LEAK Troubleshooting <a href=""><img title="DSCN1795.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1795.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:48:57 +0000 A/C LEAK Troubleshooting <a href=""><img title="DSCN1794.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1794.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:45:50 +0000 A/C LEAK Troubleshooting <a href=""><img title="DSCN1793.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1793.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Heat shield moved away to expose factory crimped hose line. Leaking refrigerant, dye and oil occurred at the junction between hard line and crimp. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:45:49 +0000 A/C LEAK Troubleshooting <a href=""><img title="DSCN1792.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1792.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Damaged discharge line removed from car. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:45:48 +0000 A/C LEAK Troubleshooting <a href=""><img title="DSCN17911.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN17911.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Discharge line removed from car. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:45:47 +0000 A/C LEAK Troubleshooting <a href=""><img title="DSCN1775.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1775.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Discharge line from compressor. View is from the ground looking up to the left side of this a/c high pressure hose/line behind the radiator (to the left). Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:41:09 +0000 A/C LEAK Troubleshooting <a href=""><img title="DSCN1774.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1774.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Discharge line from compressor. This snapshot is with electronic flash turned off, using only uv light to make dye glow. The low light made it difficult for an older digital camera to focus but naked eyes can see dye glow. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:41:07 +0000 A/C LEAK Troubleshooting <a href=""><img title="DSCN1769.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1769.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Discharge line from compressor. The flexible hose has a heat shield covering the length of hose going back to the compressor. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:41:06 +0000 A/C LEAK Troubleshooting <a href=""><img title="DSCN1765.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1765.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: This is the discharge (high pressure) line coming from the compressor. The flexible high pressure hose is about a foot long and hiding inside a heat shield. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:41:05 +0000 Body Control Module (BCM) <a href=""><img title="body_control_module.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="body_control_module.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: No user serviceable parts<br /><br />1 comment Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:32:14 +0000 CPS - fail <a href=""><img title="DSC001221.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="DSC001221.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Bench set up using a heat gun to raise cps operating temps from ambient to engine operating temperature. The multimeter shows 0.L (open circuit) after heating - its not supposed to open from engine heat. Good cps' will operate from sub zero Arctic temps to beyond 125F desert heat, including engine heat running above 250F+.<br /><br />1 comment Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:14:58 +0000 L300 crank position sensor, fail <a href=""><img title="DSC001181.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="DSC001181.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: After 9yrs and 75k miles, this cps decided to fail in the intermittent mode from engine heat. First failure was while driving home from work; engine died (no tach), coasted to a safe place and called for help. Waited approximately 45+minutes before testing resistance - good resistance for another start until 10-15 minutes later when the engine died again. Coasted to a parking spot for replacement later in the day. Initial bench test; 25k ohms (should be between 700-1200 ohms) but worked until engine heat opened its internal circuit, killing it and causing the engine to die off. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:06:07 +0000 Crank position sensor from my '03 L300 <a href=""><img title="DSCN1709.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1709.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />1 comment Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:07:21 +0000 Rag and R134a can adapter before uv illumination <a href=""><img title="DSCN1706.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1706.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:04:48 +0000 Rag and R134a can adapter, uv light turned ON <a href=""><img title="DSCN1705.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1705.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />1 comment Wed, 22 Aug 2012 23:50:39 +0000 UV light illuminating dye <a href=""><img title="DSCN1704.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1704.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: This photo is with the uv light turned ON and illuminating fluorescent dye on the rag and R134a can adapter. The rag is over a year old when this photo was taken. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 23:48:06 +0000 R134a adapter, uv light (off), cloth rag w/dye <a href=""><img title="DSCN1698.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1698.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: The rag is over a year old when this photo was taken. The rag looks dirty. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 23:43:03 +0000 starter solenoid - worn electrical contacts <a href=""><img title="starter-solenoid-bad.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="starter-solenoid-bad.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />1 comment Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:31:43 +0000 starter cutaway drawing <a href=""><img title="starter_cutaway.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="starter_cutaway.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:30:44 +0000 diode <a href=""><img title="diode.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="diode.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:29:32 +0000 crude_DRL_wiring_diagram <a href=""><img title="crude_DRL_wiring_diagram.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="crude_DRL_wiring_diagram.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:28:24 +0000 87 relay <a href=""><img title="87_relay.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="87_relay.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />1 comment Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:25:46 +0000 12v test lamp <a href=""><img title="12v_test_lamp.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="12v_test_lamp.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:22:33 +0000 Damaged compressor <a href=""><img title="Damaged_compressor.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Damaged_compressor.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: This resulted from lack of oil lubrication when R134a is allowed to run low. The chamber walls (left) are still plain aluminum but the steel vanes were no longer lubed enough and began shaving off metal until this concoction (oil and aluminum shavings) contaminated and destroyed the compressor. A complete disassembly and flush of the entire system was needed before rebuilding was done. Two of five vanes cracked. Fri, 28 Aug 2009 23:08:01 +0000 Broken vanes <a href=""><img title="Broken_vanes.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Broken_vanes.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Fri, 28 Aug 2009 23:07:32 +0000 oil filter cover <a href=""><img title="oil_filter_cover.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="oil_filter_cover.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Sun, 23 Aug 2009 17:37:22 +0000 fan control module 1 <a href=""><img title="fan_control_module_1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="fan_control_module_1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />1 comment Sun, 16 Aug 2009 20:18:50 +0000 fan control module 2 <a href=""><img title="fancontrol_module_2.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="fancontrol_module_2.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer Sun, 16 Aug 2009 20:18:12 +0000 Engine coolant thermostat <a href=""><img title="ecthermostat.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="ecthermostat.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: Found in J.C. Whitney's. Allows adjusting turn on point if wired in parallel to fan relay coil ground pin. Sat, 08 Aug 2009 16:17:05 +0000 Amazing repair/replacement of embedded thermal fuse! <a href=""><img title="130.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="130.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: A new member (gfalls11) attempts (successfully too!) repairing a blown a/c coil assembly that's sealed in epoxy! Carefully removing epoxy around the thermal fuse without damaging the coiled wires allowed inserting a new fuse into place to re-use this coil! Unheard of! Fri, 24 Jul 2009 20:41:54 +0000 Replacement thermal fuse soldered/inserted in place <a href=""><img title="220.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="220.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: fdryer<br /><br />Description}: A cavity was dremeled out to custom fit the thermal fuse and then soldered to the coil wires. Fri, 24 Jul 2009 20:38:52 +0000