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Tires and Oil

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On 3/18/16, I replaced all four tires in Centennial, CO, as I was slip-sliding all over the place on bald tires in the snow.

On 6/27/16, with approximately 169,000 miles, I had the oil changed at the Firestone on Southern Blvd.  They also rotated the tires.  Everything else checked out alright.


Oil Change

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I had Firestone on Southern change the oil for me yesterday.  It has been in the 10’s and 20’s, temperature-wise, and I didn’t feel like laying on the ground to change the oil myself.

I also added a page for maintenance logs.  If you can’t sleep at night, feel free to check that one out.

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Brake Module

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I occasionally have the brake light and ABS warning lights illuminated. I think it is the ABS module that needs to be replaced.

According to the internet, there are often cold solder joints in this module, and I will need to fix them. Realistically, I will find another one in a junk yard, replace it, and then repair one in my house while using the other one.

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Road Trip – Storm Chase 2015

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I took the P71 on a road trip storm chasing across Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, adding around 3000 miles to the car. It did pretty well, though I have a few observations:

1. Sometimes, the car will not start unless you giggle the shifter. I think that the sensor that determines if the car is in park or neutral may not work completely.

2. After an all-day drive, the shift between first gear and second seems a bit jerky. It only occurs when we’ve been on the road for 10+ hours, so I’ll keep an eye on it. I’ll probably have the fluid replaced soon.

3. Not having an odometer is kind of a nuisance for finding out gas mileage, though I think the display is just dim, rather than intermittent, as it came on every single night.

Otherwise, the car ran perfectly, and performed really well in near storms. I liked being able to pull out into storm chaser convergences (where there are lots of storm chasers trying to see the storm) and have enough low-end torque to accelerate quickly. The air conditioner was quite nice compared to the Malibu’s, and the extra room made packing up each day really simple.

I added three photos to the “Places” section as well.

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On 5/26/15, I purchased my 2006 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (P71). It had 124,109 miles on it, and is in really good shape.

The only problem I’ve noticed so far is that the odometer fades in and out, sometimes not working at all for extended periods of time. It’s just the display, the mileage continues counting upwards, and this appears to be a common problem with this model.

Here are a few photos:

Yesterday, we tried to find a push bar for it, but our local junkyard had none.

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