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by CaptSquid
Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: OFF TOPIC - We have SMURFS!!!!!
Topic: Damm it
Replies: 8
Views: 2431

Re: Damm it

Sadly, as time marches on, parts start to fail. I feel for you, Gary. I have a progressive ailment for which there is NO cure. And my eyesight, remarkably, has IMPROVED since my last eye exam. But my kidneys are approaching shut-down stage, for which I am NOT prepared. Talk of ailments is depressing...
by CaptSquid
Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: ELECTRICAL
Topic: Fuse Box
Replies: 7
Views: 2918

Fuse Box

Does anyone have a layout diagram for the fuse boxes on a 98 Stro? My knees are shot and I'd like to know what to look for before I wreak havoc on them.

TIA
by CaptSquid
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: ELECTRICAL
Topic: Gremlins
Replies: 12
Views: 4726

Re: Gremlins

Well, the battery registered 11.94 VDC this morning, so I took the old girl for an interstate run of approximately 20 miles. Along the outbound leg, she coughed and hiccuped a few times. On the way back, she behaved quite nicely. Maybe just blowing the crud out helped? But, then again, the SES code ...
by CaptSquid
Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: ELECTRICAL
Topic: Gremlins
Replies: 12
Views: 4726

Re: Gremlins

Pulled out the Fluke and the battery, after an overnight rest, showed 12.2 VDC. Took it to the jobber and he said nothing wrong with the battery except needing a charge. The terminals are still factory side-terminal, except the wunderkind that installed the scooter lift cut the insulating boot to at...
by CaptSquid
Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Reliability
Replies: 8
Views: 2662

Re: Reliability

Oh thanks!!! So should I use a good truck/suv tire? I wouldn't imagine using a car tire on a van. I would imagine that the Astro/Safari would use comparable parts to a truck since it's a heavy vehicle. Like I said I am used to Hondas they are light and easy to fix so going up to an Astro is like go...
by CaptSquid
Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Reliability
Replies: 8
Views: 2662

Re: Reliability

Capt, I don't know why you would recommend 70% antifreeze. Antifreeze is not a better cooling agent as water is more efficient at heat transfer than antifreeze. JC76 doesn't mention where he lives so sticking with the recommended ratio for your conditions is the best bet. 50% Antifreeze Water gives...
by CaptSquid
Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Reliability
Replies: 8
Views: 2662

Re: Reliability

These vans tend to eat front ends. When you replace yours, get Moog. Use LT tires, not passenger car tires. They'll last much longer. Use a 70% antifreeze mix. Do a thorough flush beforehand and replace the t-stat. Also, check the water pump and intake manifold for water leaks. Replace the serpentin...
by CaptSquid
Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: OFF TOPIC - We have SMURFS!!!!!
Topic: Bone-headed Stunt
Replies: 6
Views: 2223

Bone-headed Stunt

The other day, I was waiting patiently for the light to change. As do we all, I let my mind drift a bit. This being said, I noticed the light change to green. So, I pushed on the go-pedal and 'twas then that I noticed the light that had changed was the NEXT light, not mine. Sadly, I was already comm...
by CaptSquid
Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: ELECTRICAL
Topic: Gremlins
Replies: 12
Views: 4726

Gremlins

OK, so the topic is somewhat misleading. But it DOES appear that something is amiss. Problems: 1. The door chime doesn't when the key is in the ignition, but does when the key is in my pocket. 2. The radio cuts in and out when just starting. 3. The Air Bag idiot light flashes intermittently. and 4. ...
by CaptSquid
Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: I miss my Astro
Replies: 9
Views: 3160

Re: I miss my Astro

I propose that you join StroFari Anonymous. It's a self-help group for those suffering withdrawal from their favourite vehicles. Membership is free and open to all who have ever owned a Stro or a Safari and lost it. You'll get help from fellow members and you will only be known by your handle. A spo...
by CaptSquid
Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: COOLING
Topic: Overheating and no heat ??
Replies: 10
Views: 3159

Re: Overheating and no heat ??

Seems that I have almost the same problem. Right now, I'm letting the van cool down so I can get home. But the T-stat and the water pump are brand new (relatively speaking, only a few months old). Everything worked just peachy until today. I saw the temp gage climb into the stratosphere and yet I ha...
by CaptSquid
Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Interior lights question
Replies: 7
Views: 1608

Re: Interior lights question

It may also be the door pin switch.
by CaptSquid
Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:52 pm
Forum: OFF TOPIC - We have SMURFS!!!!!
Topic: New Game App for those with Windows 8
Replies: 0
Views: 1377

New Game App for those with Windows 8

I found this in the Windows 8 app store the other day. I think it's well worth it. It's called "Whac a Smurf" (there is NO 'K' in the name.) Here's the blurb: "Whac-A-Mole is a popular arcade game invented in 1976 by Creative Engineering, Inc.. This is "Smurfs" themed version of the classic Whac-A-M...
by CaptSquid
Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: CLIMATE CONTROL
Topic: Rear Heat
Replies: 8
Views: 3410

Re: Rear Heat

Chances are that if you have front heat, then the vacuum lines are not corrupted. HOWEVER, it's not a bad idea to replace the vacuum lines, as they may be just barely hanging in there. That, and it's not an expensive fix. Just purchase about 1 m of vacuum tubing from your local parts jobber. It'll t...
by CaptSquid
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: CLIMATE CONTROL
Topic: Rear Heat
Replies: 8
Views: 3410

Re: Rear Heat

Try bleeding the rear heater coil. The connections are under the passenger footwell.