Monday, August 1, 2011

1999 Taurus - P0401 DTC

Well, the 99 Taurus SHO is throwing a P0401 DTC. Based on what I've researched online, it looks like the DPFE sensor needs replaced. I have a few other things to check first, but here's a little background on the sensor.
DPFE stands for Delta Pressure Feedback EGR.

It is an emmissions control for the EGR system. What you want is the backpressure transducer.

On the 3.4L SHO engine, this is mounted on the rear of the intake manifold/plenum. There is a bracket which holds the DPFE, and the EGR regulator solenoid, and the solenoid vacuum valve. The DPFE is the rectangular aluminum part, held by two nuts. It will have two vacuum hoses on it and an electrical connector with three wires in it. It is easy to change, and the p[art is in the $65.00 range.
Now for the directions to fix it...

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Moving on, replacing the DPFE is very easy. I don't have any pics, because I don't own a Duratec, but they're all basically the same.

1) Disconnect the negative cable from the battery (this will solve two issues: it'll clear the codes from the computer's memory, and prevents accidental starting when working underhood.) This should take an 8mm or 5/16" socket or wrench.

2) Once you locate the sensor, unplug the electrical connector and the two hoses that are on the sensor. Don't worry about mixing up the two hoses, they're different sizes.

3) Remove the two screws holding the sensor in place (8mm or 5/16" socket or wrench), and remove the sensor.

4) Install the new sensor, plug the hoses onto it, and plug the electrical connector into it.

5) Reconnect the negative cable on your battery.

6) Start the car and let it re-learn idle settings, and then take it for a ride.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Soundtrack to My Life? Maybe, Maybe Not....

So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie!

Soundtrack to My Life

Opening Credits: Ride (Lenny B Extended Vocal Mix) - Martina McBride

First Day Of School: You Wot (featuring McBones) - DJ Q

Falling In Love: Carry Me (Like A Fire In Your Heart) - Chris DeBurgh

Fight Song: Believe (Radio Edit) - Mike Nero

Breaking Up: World - Bee Gees

Prom: Urgent - Foreigner

Life's Ok: Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson

Mental Breakdown: Fully Clubbed - Beyonce

Driving: Thunder In My Heart Again - Meck

Flashback: Let's Go Round Again - Average White Band

Getting Back Together:  Round Here (featuring Chamillionaire) - Paul Wall

Birth Of A Child:  Closer To Love (Radio Mix) - Mat Kearney

Wedding: Short, Short Man (Clean Radio Edit) - 20 Fingers

Final Battle: Hot, Hot, Hot - Arrow

Death Scene: Friendship Train - Gladys Knight & The Pips

Funeral Song:  Someone's Final Song - Elton John

End Credits:  A Never Ending Dream - Cascada

Hmm...I've got to say, given the randomness of music in my collection, the fact that anything came even close to aligning is pretty surprising! I'm actually pleasantly satisfied with some of the results, strange, eh?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Eyeballing The Options

I've finally broken down and ordered my first pair of glasses online. Like everyone who wears glasses, when I ordered my first pair, I was astounded at the cost. It wasn't just the cost of the lenses, but also the ridiculous cost of the frames. I just couldn't believe it!

A few months ago, I stumbled across a post about online options for ordering glasses and couldn't understand why I hadn't thought of it before. Despite the fact I shop for just about everything else online, I have no explanation for why it never occurred to me to shop for glasses online. I can only guess that the mystique surrounding eye glasses and prescriptions seemed to be something that could only be done in person.

After getting a copy of my prescription from my optometrist, I decided I'd do a little comparison shopping - starting off with the cheapest glasses I could fine and compare them to ones I've purchased from Target. I opted to purchase my glasses from Goggles4U who offered eyeglasses for $8.99 plus shipping. That definitely is verging on the unbelievable side of affordable. I ordered two pairs of basic glasses and plan to use them to compare.

I can honestly say that frame selection for the cheapest glasses wasn't impressive, but then again I was looking for cheap, not variety. I settled on two pairs that I thought were interesting, but probably not anything that I'd choose to wear long-term. My choices:

These looked fun - they're orange. How can orange not be fun? Plus I ordered the lenses tinted, thinking that they might actually be able to be used for sunglasses, but we'll see. 

In contrast to the orange, I ordered a pair of glasses with purple frames. Purple. Yep. Not sure how they'll look when I'm actually wearing them, but we'll see!
Once I've had a chance to see how they stack up, I'll make a decision about where I'm going to be buying my glasses in the future! Admittedly, this isn't really about the beauty in the frames, I'm much more concerned about whether or not I'll be able see as well with these glasses as I do with my current ones!