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The computer in your Dodge went to hell?
Yeah, they tend to start acting up at about 40,000 miles. I don't know how much they want for one and don't really care. I see no reason to want a device that controls my truck, stuffed behind a hot turbo-charger, being vented and mounted where the water run off is bound to trickle down over it from time to time. When that little box goes bad, your transmission will try to destroy it self, and then someday you may find that your alternator isn't working so hot either. (Another thing I heard, is that if you jump start another vehicle or get jump started by someone and you just touch the wrong polarity, kiss that brain good-by; because the voltage regulator circuit will have fried.) The solution: Go to an alternator shop or may be even look on-line and find an external voltage regulator for the alternator. Mine cost a whole $25.oo but I had to solder longer wire leads on it and I connected the power supply lead to the run side of the accessory circuit. (The big shop manual comes in handy for figuring out which one it is.) The only fall back is that you will loose the tachometer and speedometer. But I think a 5 volt converter hooked up to the right wire coming from the computer just may fix it. However the way they had the 5 volt power supply running through a rheostat for a throttle sensor, it may be a better idea to supply the power to the sensors on the back side of the throttle sensor. Maybe someday I'll miss those meters and actually do something about it, but I think I'd rather buy a couple beers instead. Oh yeah, if you are in a colder climate, say under 60 degrees Fahrenheit, you will have to run a few wires to the two pre-heater solenoids. I have a button for each one but I've only hooked up one so far because on the central coast of California you don't really need them except in the winter. Even one puts a lot of load on the alternator. I sometimes push it off and on just to help warm up the engine when it's cold in the morning. For those of you who live in extreme cold weather, you may have to hook up wires and a button or switch to the fuel heater also. (Next to the fuel filter.)
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September 9th 2008: This week I revived the Caddy Trunk.
I think it's pretty neat, like a portable pick up I can roll about in my one car garage.
Helpful Hint: whenever working around car battery's and their connections, don't ware any metallic rings - because if you create abridge to a body or engine block with your ring - they can turn red hot in a split second. There is nothing like the agony of trying to pull a ring off while it is melting you skin
Sunday May 13th, 2007: I've been setting the 30 pages for this web-site.
May 15, 2007 this site was uploaded and launched on May 16, 2007.
That equals to about another 30 million.
Pretty Cool I'd say.
Beats collecting stamps.
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