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  1. gil12

    Another stuck sunroof

    I like the idea of disconnecting the battery. I'd forgotten that we had actually done 3 things: disconnected battery for several minutes, sprayed half a can of wd40 around, and pulled hard.
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    Another stuck sunroof

    Mine was recently stuck full open while vacationing in Yellowstone - one of the things I learned from the manual is that if the system perceives extra resistance when closing it will stop - so as to not hurt someone who is hanging out the opening. I figured that the system might perceive my...
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    Yellowstone MPG mystery

    It happened again. For the third time! My 99 LC, which gives me 12-14 all year in Southern California, gave me 18 mpg on a Yellowstone trip. What gives? Better gas in Nevada/Idaho/Montana? The high elevation - is this like doing the long jump at the Mexico City Olympics?! Is it the...
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    What have you done to your 100 Series this week?

    Returned from trip through central Nevada, Idaho and Yellowstone. A bit over 3,000 miles of Land Cruiser bliss (I did make the mistake of opening my moon roof for the first time in years only to have it refuse to close - finally did with wd40, battery reset, and forceful pulling). Clyde...
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    Rear brake drum seems loose/wrong, is it?

    I was checking my rear brake pads / adjusting my parking brakes and my brake drum slides an 1/8 " back and forth from the lug bolts, and in and out a little. Seems wrong. The other side doesn't, heightening my concern! (I may just have pre-trip jitters. ) I think most times I have the...
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    Seeking advice on selling a rusty 2003

    What a bummer! In years past I've had to unload some unfortunate vehicles. Not much fun. I think you first need to decide what a fair price is for your truck - or at least, if you were so inclined, and knowing what you know, what would you pay for it? ( Things generally sell easily when...
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    What have you done to your 100 Series this week?

    That last picture with your family and your camping stuff is the best picture I've ever seen on IH8MUD! And your wife is smiling! You are a lucky man! Congratulations! Gil
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    What have you done to your 100 Series this week?

    Passed my SMOG test.... not bad for a 167,000 mile truck with original catalytic converter, etc... While I was waiting, I was thinking about why I hate doing this so much. I then remembered when I took an old Datsun in to a smog shop for testing in 1983, they failed me, but suggested next...
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    What have you done to your 100 Series this week?

    Where did you get the red light? (I try to avoid bright white lights when using my telescopes.) Gil
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    1999 Toyota Land Cruiser - Crank But No Start (RESOLVED)

    Congratulations! I applaud your persistence! Electrical stuff is the worst!
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    Cleaning Brake Fluid Reservoir

    I only clean the innards with fresh brake fluid - I can't say if this is necessary or not, but it is probably the safest bet.
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    1999 Toyota Land Cruiser - Crank But No Start (RESOLVED)

    I agree. I'd start with the easiest and cheapest test. Get a spark tester and see if you have a spark. seemed to have an ok description (I didn't know they had such fancy - adjustable - ones.) Gil
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    Battery Not Charging - New Battery, New Alternator, Problem Persists

    It sounds like you have a short while running that is draining your voltage. I've been wanting this induction dc meter: But am waiting for a problem like yours to justify the purchase! ☺ (In short, I'd start with fresh...
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    What have you done to your 100 Series this week?

    You know, of course, that you have gone completely mad. (Also, you seem to have inadvertently moved your steering wheel to the wrong side .) o_O
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    What have you done to your 100 Series this week?

    Went to Carrizo Plain to follow detailed guide to the San Andreas Fault (The Field Guide to the San Andreas Fault David K. Lynch). Bounced around the valleys and hills, the LC just motors through. Ended up with super sticky mud from a recent rain). Spent the first night sleeping as...
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    I'd consider air bags to help only during towing if truck otherwise rides even. (I'm uncertain what you are saying about your shocks.) Isn't 7500 too heavy?
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    What have you done to your 100 Series this week?

    Replaced the ripped covers on my upper support arms. Good advice suggested a comfortable 1 hr job, but with my "old man" handicap, this became 3 hours for the first one, and 1 hour for the second. (I had been thinking my wrenching estimates should be 2.5x the suggested, now I'm going to...
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    Suggestions on getting my 99 LC ready to rent some travel trailers

    I have never been good about taking my own advice, but for years I have suggested to others that they should rent rvs, boats, trailers, etc. before they buy. So I find myself increasingly interested in travel trailers but I have never towed one / slept in one. So I want to get my 1999 stock...
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    What have you done to your 100 Series this week?

    What ap are you running on your phone? I'm looking for something like that. Gil Ventura, CA
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