Need to get this off my chest to mechanicly inclined folks. /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif/forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif/forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif/forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif It's over Mr's Reapers head. All she kows is I'm in the garage again cursing. She associates the frequency and volume of the cursing with how much it's going to cost LOL. My truck seems to be one of the more reliable POS in my driveway. It is always ready to go unless I'm in the middle of some upgrade. My daily driver Supra is sitting in the garge till at least tuesday night on jack stands. Fun car but it's beginning to piss me off! I bought the thing with a blown engine. Tossed a used Japan motor in it. Few things that have always been wrong is some anoying noises and clunks in the front end. Just kept driving it. A year after owning it it started to run bad. I start snooping around...both exhaust valves on the #2 cylinder burned BAD. So pull the head and rebuild it. My fault really. THe previous owner drove this thing till it was dead. Blew a head gasket and he tried to fix it with about a gallon of stop leak. So much of it in the radiator I had to scrap it. This knuckle head drove it to the point that it over heated it so bad that it melted the High temp ceramic plastic plug wire ends off (these things are rated 500 degrees I hear). When I pull the head off the old motor to see if I can salvage a couple valves guess what cyclinder was so cooked that it had holes in the piston...yep #2. Here is where that became my fault. If I had pulled that old motor appart sooner and seen the damage I would have know the injector was lean for #2. So I really got lucky I didn't fry the motor. I also found the knock sensor was bad. My guess is they were cooked to deatch from over heating it so bad. Lucked up an a bud had a full set of used injectors that I traded for a sub woofer. Also had the knock sensor. That was about a year ago. On to now. This thing is got to the point where it was going through $4 a quart Mobil1 synthetic about evey 400 miles. Valve covers leaking. Reason I didn't catch it sooner is it was leaking into the vally between the valve covers where the spark plugs go (Hemi design heads). I pull out #6 plug wire and look in the vally and it's full of oil. I sucked 1/2 quart of oil out of there! Now I know that this oil streak in front of my house was from my car and not the garbage truck LOL. The distributor has alwasy leaked a little. The shaft seal internaly is bad. $200 to fix because this distributor is not serviceable. /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif So I just let it leak a little. Now to do something about this I have to remove about half the intake to get the valve covers off LOL. Should be a nice smoke show when I fire it back up from all the oil that I couldn't get out from around the plugs before I pulled them gets burned LOL. I noticed my EXPENSIVE BFG G-Force tires were wearing funny on the front. THe rack has had a problem since I bought it and I thought most of the noise from the front was that. Nope lower ball joints are shot....I MEAN SHOT. Front suspension is a work of art. Twin un equal lenght A-Arms. Upper being aluminum. Car is still a McFerson strut but the strut is not tied into the spindle like a front drive it's to the lower control arm. SO with the weight of the car off the suspension there is no load on the ball joints. I grab the spindal assembly and start moving it. I have no less then a 1/4 probably closer too 3/8's if an inch up and down movement and atleast the same in and out!!!!!!! that lower ball joint suports ALL the weight of the front end. It's a wonder I havn't had the suspension come apart the way I drive this car. Thankfully Advanced can get these at a measley $56 each. Far better than the $79 each the dealer wants. Rack is going to have to wait a couple more months. $420 before the core chage is taken off. Will also replace the outer tie rod ends at $53 a peice at the same time. New mount bushings are $35 each also. New rack comes with new inner tie rod ends. Urgggg.who said imports are echonomical? Once they get old everything is 4 times the price to repair! Yep old dollar is my buddy for the next week at 8.75 mpg LOL. Ok out to the Garage for a couple hours and finsh fixing the leaks and change the rear diff oil. Hay it has a drain on the diff! hehehe so that's an easy job.