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Hey all, just purchased this beaut. It was sitting for about a year, but taken care of prior to sitting. I have not done anything mechanical yet, I have run a few tanks of injection cleaner / fuel system cleaner. This week I will be doing rotor, caps, oil, plugs, coolant and servicing the tranny. It starts fine, idles fine, runs fine, shifts fine. I do have some questions regarding the 5.8 timing chain, is there an expected maintenance schedule for it, I do not know what previous maint. has been done. Is there anything else that should be done, weak parts or known issues. Also, is it worth plumbing in under hood gauges for fuel and oil? All gauges work in the cab, but are they true, ya know.
 

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This is perfect because I just purchased another bronco as well. It's a 96 Eddie bauer with 120k and I'll be doing the same freshening up as you. We can definitely help each other. As far as I know, it's a timing chain, so there is no maintenance on it. I would change your coolant and oil, do a tune up, check thermostat (mine is stuck open and won't warm up), check for leaks, and possibly change diff fluids.
 

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This week I will be doing rotor, caps, oil, plugs, coolant and servicing the tranny. ... Is there anything else that should be done, weak parts or known issues.
How long a list do you want? :histerica You can wait for things to pop up (and hope they happen at convenient times), or you can follow the maintenance schedule (which usually catches things before they become serious, or you can strip it down to the frame & rebuild it from the ground up (if you're some kind of unemployed masochistic psycho billionaire :brownbag). For now, just buy a Haynes and read it. :deal
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/449785

Here's the maintenance schedule:
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/833143
...regarding the 5.8 timing chain, is there an expected maintenance schedule for it...
Read this caption:
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/542973
...is it worth plumbing in under hood gauges for fuel and oil?
No. The stock gauges work well enough if you maintain them, and convert the oil switch to an oil sender (which is cheap & easy).
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/281470

Fuel gauge:
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/2742/77131-4
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/2742/33276-2

Temp:
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/743838
 

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Hey all, just purchased this beaut. It was sitting for about a year, but taken care of prior to sitting. I have not done anything mechanical yet, I have run a few tanks of injection cleaner / fuel system cleaner. This week I will be doing rotor, caps, oil, plugs, coolant and servicing the tranny. It starts fine, idles fine, runs fine, shifts fine. I do have some questions regarding the 5.8 timing chain, is there an expected maintenance schedule for it, I do not know what previous maint. has been done. Is there anything else that should be done, weak parts or known issues. Also, is it worth plumbing in under hood gauges for fuel and oil? All gauges work in the cab, but are they true, ya know.
U-joint condition, how much slop is in the LSD unit, you should check and make sure the brake pressure switch recall has already been performed, clean your VSS and connect/disconnect your MPLS connector on the tranny to twart any issues with those guys down the road. Verify no busted vacuum hoses, and if your HVAC system switches to defrost from whatever you've set it to while climbing a hill then the hose from the vacuum actuator in the rear-passenger section of the underhood area is likely leaking somewhere.

Since you're doing the cap/rotor/coil this week, you might want to do the "Sixlitre tune-up" while you're in there. I'm doing this and changing my coil this weekend as well.
 
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