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mkirsch

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Posted: 05/11/22 07:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit dog wrote:

Meaning the issues have gone away, or just that it runs fine like you originally said?
With respect to insurance, presuming you’ve inherited the truck and it’s now in your name, if you don’t want or can’t deal with the issues yourself, then go put full coverage on it. And then turn it in to insurance in a couple months.
Good news that no rodent damage, but are you sure? It would not be in the cab likely. Newer vehicles are pretty well sealed up.


No, just that it runs and drives fine. The instrument panel is still not working, and the center console still thinks its Canadian.

I have not inherited the truck. When Dad died, everything that was jointly owned went to Mom with no paperwork. The only thing that was in his name was his truck. Before we could get it transferred, she got sick and died too.


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mkirsch wrote:

It runs perfectly now.

There is no evidence of rodent activity, just mold and moisture in the cab.

When I went to move it water trickled out from under the dashboard on to the floor mats.

There is no insurance on the truck. The policy expired and I could neither renew nor cancel it. Only basic liability coverage on the property too. Insurance rates were bankrupting my folks, and they had everything pared down to the bare minimum and still paying $2000 a year on the property.


The windshield is likely leaking on the truck. I had that happen before.


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I agree with putting a dehumidifier in the truck for a few days. Turn it all the way to DRY and empty the pan several times a day.


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mkirsch wrote:

It runs perfectly now.

There is no evidence of rodent activity, just mold and moisture in the cab.

When I went to move it water trickled out from under the dashboard on to the floor mats.

There is no insurance on the truck. The policy expired and I could neither renew nor cancel it. Only basic liability coverage on the property too. Insurance rates were bankrupting my folks, and they had everything pared down to the bare minimum and still paying $2000 a year on the property.


Just to clarify, all of the warning lights are off?

If so, good to hear!

Safe travels,
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mkirsch wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

Meaning the issues have gone away, or just that it runs fine like you originally said?
With respect to insurance, presuming you’ve inherited the truck and it’s now in your name, if you don’t want or can’t deal with the issues yourself, then go put full coverage on it. And then turn it in to insurance in a couple months.
Good news that no rodent damage, but are you sure? It would not be in the cab likely. Newer vehicles are pretty well sealed up.


No, just that it runs and drives fine. The instrument panel is still not working, and the center console still thinks its Canadian.

I have not inherited the truck. When Dad died, everything that was jointly owned went to Mom with no paperwork. The only thing that was in his name was his truck. Before we could get it transferred, she got sick and died too.


Then you can’t do anything with the truck now anyway.
I’d get it cleaned up and dried out. I’d still drive it some. Fix it if you’re so inclined.


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mkirsch

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Posted: 05/12/22 07:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mr.Mark wrote:

Just to clarify, all of the warning lights are off?


Nope, all the warning lights are still on, none of the gauges work, the radio/display only partially works, and the climate control thinks its Canadian.

It just literally starts, runs, and drives. You turn the key, it goes r-r-r-vroom! You pull the gearshift (counting clicks because the gear display does not work) and it goes in the direction you put it in.

Cheeses me off because I watch these videos of folks literally pressure washing out the interiors of vehicles with ZERO problems.

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Posted: 05/12/22 10:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Condolences on your loss

As for the gremlins...think of getting your home computer wet by dripping water into the case

These days, any newer vehicle is no different than your computer

At signal level voltages & currents...it doesn't take much to create shorts and/or couplings between lines. Toss in high frequencies that some subsystems employ

Not salt water (the worst), but washed dust/etc during it's path to the dash.
Meaning made conductive...high resistance shorts

An analogy would be old time ignition with a distributor & getting water in there

Good luck !


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