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    Especially when it is me trying to do some routine vehicle maintenance.

    My Dodge Dakota developed a serious leak in the power steering system so I decided to use the long weekend to track down the leak and while I was at it I decided to change the oil and the tranny fluid.

    The transmission was running fine, but I do have over 170,000 miles on this thing and it has never had the transmission fluid or filters changed.

    So, I finish changing the oil, oil filter, tranny fluid and the two filters that go with it and even find the source of my power steering fluid leak. It seems that when the Dodge dealership changed out the upper ball joints because of a national recall, they did not properly seperate and secure the tranny fluid lines and the power steering fluid crossover line. There is a hole worn in the power steering fluid line from the tranny line rubbing it.

    OK, I can deal with that later. I finished up everthing else and go to back out of the work spot I created because my truck was overhanging a wall that made it easier for me to work. Lo and behold...no tranny. NOTHING HAPPENS.

    I had put this thing into 4WD to pull up on this wall just in case something gave way I could back out quickly. So, I'm thinking I jammed the 4WD transfer case or something.

    So; I call my brother who has worked with cars all of his life and is a service manager for a dealership too far from me to be practible. He could not think of what could have happened either so he calls one of his service techs who used to work for a Dodge dealership.

    Problem solved. Seems that an O-ring on the new filter has problems seating and causes this issue with Dodge trucks. The guy knew what it was right off before my brother could even finish telling him what was going on. THERE IS NOT ONE DAMNED WORK ABOUT THAT O-RING IN THE INSTRUCTIONS!

    So, guess what I'll be doing tomorrow?
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    Playing with yourself?

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    Originally posted by James 3528
    Playing with yourself?
    For all the good my work on the tranny did today, I would have been a lot better off had I done that today.

    I am not even sure if I will be able to move tomorrow. I am not used to crawling under vehicles.
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    Originally posted by RoBoTeq

    I am not even sure if I will be able to move tomorrow.
    At 54 years old I use to say that everyday until I discovered Celebrex I can pick up condensers with no pain, now if I could only pick up the old lady with no pain, I think that would require morphine
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    What year Dakota? Was the balljoint recall on Dakota's only? Just wonderin cause I have a 2001 Dodge Ram pick-up.

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    It's funny how the older we get the more we understand about pain and the drugs that help us deal with it.

    What they don't tell you about is the trade off. No pain now may mean kidney damage later.

    Over the past few years I have learned a lot about back pain and the surgical adaptations.

    Here is what I have learned



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    Originally posted by 2hot2coolme
    What year Dakota? Was the balljoint recall on Dakota's only? Just wonderin cause I have a 2001 Dodge Ram pick-up.
    2000 Dakota Quad.



    There were several recalls that were taken care of while it was in. The recall for the ball joints is 02D47182 D47 ball joint
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    Whoa!!

    Is that wall going to hold that weight on it? hehe

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    Originally posted by mayguy
    Whoa!!

    Is that wall going to hold that weight on it? hehe
    That wall has been there for nearly two hundred years. My truck did not affect it in the least. My leaning on it was a different story though

    That was the best way I could figure to somewhat gracefully get under the truck to do all that I needed to do.
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    Looks like you have a nice little "Pit" set-up there. Looks a little dangerous though.

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    Is that lift OSHA approved?
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    Holy crap does that look shakey!!!

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    two things:

    Were you able to get the fluid out of the converter? I thought a complete changeout of tranny fluid had to be done with a machine. Kinda like pulling a vacuum?

    Ah, the cement block is a widow maker. I got a solid wood block about that size or a bit larger. Kids ask why I keep it. It's due to support a m.c. soon to fix a flat. Got wheel chocks? Auto stores have nice collasapsible ones pretty cheap.

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