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Old 07-12-2013, 00:02   #1 (permalink)
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2001 Expedition Eddie Bauer

Just picked this up a few days ago. It belonged to the older couple next door that passed away. I asked their son about it and we struck a deal. The truck hasn't been moved in about 1 1/2 years. I pulled it over and didn't attempt to try to get it to run on its own. He told that it was boiling the water out of the battery and he suspected the alt was overcharging. Battery is obviously completely dead and I wouldn't trust the tires. My plan of attack for mechanics is: new battery, alternator, serpentine belt, plugs, dump the fuel rail while its off, all filters, then likely a trans and rear end service. I found the original window sticker and it appears to have no options above the EB package. It states 3.31 rear, and it has the 4.6. It does have a 6 disc changer in the console, dual AC, power pedals, etc. I know it won't be a towing machine and that's fine with me. Odo reads 73k and it looks like its never been sat in. Gas tank has 1/8 tank left so I'm thinking if I get the rails/lines emptied then dumping about 10 gallons of premium outta get me back up and running. Anything else I need to know?

Excuse the pic it has not been washed in 2 years either.
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Re: 2001 Expedition Eddie Bauer

The fuel may be like turpentine and damage the pump. If it's been in the shade, it may be alright though. Sounds like you pretty much have it covered with what you're planning.
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Could check all brakes / pads operating freely , change brake fluid .
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There's no reason to go though all that work. Just put a new battery in it, and fill'er up - whatever's in that 1/8 of a tank will mix with fresh gas and you won't notice a difference. I imagine you say "you wouldn't trust the tires" is because it's sat outside in the Sun and the tires have cracked, that's only cosmetic damage, the tread and bladder will still be fine. I don't understand the point of doing extra work when you don't have to - just drive it and fix what's broken when it crops up.
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Wanted to give this a little update, went ahead and threw a new alternator and battery in it, replaced a battery terminal, and dumped 10 gallons of 92 octane in the tank. She took about 3 tries to run (rail priming I reckon) and she fired right up. Very faint valve train noise that went away quickly and a slight miss which did not go away with about 15 minutes of idle with some soft revs. And, the ac still blows cold. I'm pretty thrilled.
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Good to hear , hope you enjoy your truck .Thanks for updating the forum .
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And another update. Even with more idling and some light revving the miss would not go away. I decided to grab some Motorcraft oil and a filter and change it out before attempting to get rid of the miss. With fresh oil I did some power braking on my driveway (it's long). Of course, it couldn't hardly get out of its own way. After several forward and reverse attempts, the miss went away and upon letting off the brake at full throttle it would spin the tires. Much better. The miss has officially been removed.
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