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comment Bent radiator fins — how many is too many?
There is only a filler cap on the radiator, not the condensor. I'm referring to the front shot you posted with the bent fins though. On my car, from under the hood you can tell you are looking at the radiator, the hoses are running right into it. When you look through the front bumper, you think you are looking at the radiator, but the condensor is mounted in front of it.
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comment Bent radiator fins — how many is too many?
Also, that may not be your radiator actually, it could be your A/C Condensor which looks just like a radiator but can be mounted in front of the radiator.
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comment Bent radiator fins — how many is too many?
What did you do that you thought took care of the issue? If you flushed and refilled the radiator, you could have created a blockage in the radiator if it didn't fully flush, gotten some air pockets trapped, refilled with improper coolant mix (should be 50/50 water/anti-freeze typically, more anti-freeze will make it not cool as well, more water will have a lower boiling point and may boil it out).
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answered What is a good car to start with if I want to learn auto repair?
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comment Car enthusiast beginner kit
Most AutoZone/O'Reilly/etc parts aren't their own brands but OEM equivalent manufacturers. For the most part, they are good and are built to match OEM Specifications.
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answered Where can I go to do basic work on my vehicle?
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answered Where can I go to do basic work on my vehicle?
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comment Car enthusiast beginner kit
Agreed hydraulics should not be the first job you do, but after going through it once watching/helping a friend on their car or yours, then it is easily repeatable.
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comment Tires stick when turning after a car wash
You may want to speak with a Ford Tech or someone more familiar with your truck's 4x4 system. I know some 4x4 systems can be damaged by being engaged on dry pavement, especially when turning. By your description, it sounds like yours may be that type, having the locker on when you aren't in a low traction situation.
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answered Car enthusiast beginner kit
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Jul
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comment How much power (HP) do the components on the engine belt generally use?
Agreed that an actual number is impossible to give for an answer, will be different for each vehicle, not even model, but each individual vehicle could have fluctuations. Perhaps modify the question to ask about ways to lessen the power drain of the components (aside from removal)?
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answered Why might I experience a power falloff after starting my car with the AC On?
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
@Iszi - In my steps, I have the actual brake pedal held down, so the order shouldn't matter as applying the e-brake will hold the position that the brake pedal is holding. Since most automatics I believe require you to hold down the brake pedal when going in and out of park, on the wiki quote you'd have to have the brake pedal in too.
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
This also coincides with you saying it does it after it has been sitting, when you first park it and leave it maybe it doesn't fully rest into the pin, but eventually shifts its weight onto it.
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
That is unfortunate, both from my observations and Oren's Wiki reference it sounds like a good possibility. Even without being hilly, there is going to be a slight grade, you aren't going to be on perfectly level ground where the car sits perfectly stationary, you've got a couple tons there, just a couple degree slant it is going to move and put its weight against the pin. Not as severe on a hill, but it still will.
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
Sounds like the Wiki agrees with my theory "Most vehicle manufacturers and auto mechanics do not recommend using the transmission's parking pawl as the sole means of securing a parked vehicle, instead recommending it should only be engaged after first applying the vehicle's parking brake"