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My 2001 definitely had a 'rattle' to the PCV. And looks just like most PCV's I've replaced? So:unsure: .Thanks
OK, that possibly clears up some PCV rattle valve posts from years ago.- some time in 2001 ("post-2000") the engines went to a fixed orifice. Just for grins, what's the build date of your car - driver's door sticker.

The later fixed orifice type (my late 2002) cannot be simply pulled out of the cam cover grommet.
 

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Yesterday was a long day for sure. Started the morning off by replacing the water pump in the Corvette. When I took it off, I was shocked to see that it was a GM original. Based on the date codes on it, it looked original to the car. 266,000 miles and 17 years is a pretty respectable lifespan, I reckon.

Removal wasn't so bad, but putting it back on was kind of annoying with the tight engine bay and reverse hinged hood. Luckily, about this time my buddy Shawn had stopped by because we were going to be doing the brakes on his car, so we managed to wrangle it all back together and all was well.

Onto the brakes... so I try to help Shawn whenever I can, because he's very interested in cars but doesn't have much in the way of mechanical or diagnostic ability. He's got a little BMW 128i, which is actually a really nice car. So we start doing the brakes today. It needs pads and rear rotors, so we just decided to do all four anyway.

Where he messed up was not checking the part numbers on the box. Ended up putting a rear rotor on the front of the car, and by the time we got to the last wheel the last remaining rotor was a front, which didn't fit over the parking brake shoes. Needless to say, I chuckled a little bit as he went to remove the misplaced rotor and swap it over, but it made for a very long day.

Took him out and showed him how to bed the new brake pads and all was well in the end, but I figure by the end of the day between those two projects, we spent a good 10 hours working. So much for a day off. :lol:
 

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Cleaning up the garage, forgot that i had ordered 2 replacement door panels months ago. so i guess i'll do that this weekend or whenever.
 

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OK, that possibly clears up some PCV rattle valve posts from years ago.- some time in 2001 ("post-2000") the engines went to a fixed orifice. Just for grins, what's the build date of your car - driver's door sticker.

The later fixed orifice type (my late 2002) cannot be simply pulled out of the cam cover grommet.
HI,
My build: 10/00, so pre-2001 updated PCV it would appear.

Thanks

P.s. Not getting notified of replies, so slow to see this. Will double-check Notifications.
 

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Ugh. Yesterday was a long day.


Finished the teardown on the Escalade's engine. Found the blown head gasket on cylinder #8. Trying to do this as a budget repair for now, so we left as much on the engine as possible. Had to remove the driver's side exhaust manifold and alternator, but left the alt and PS bracket in place to minimize time. Next up, need to find a shop around me that can check the heads and make sure they are straight and true, or get them shaved if possible.

My back is KILLING me from bending and climbing over that huge truck. Everything should be lowered... lol
 

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Tuneup on the 2010 Buick Enclave, have to remove the upper intake manifold just to get to the boots (coil on plug), Ah GM i love your drunk engineers.

And in other news, the wifey got me a BOSCH 1350 ODBI and II scan tool, wooho!
 

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Ugh. Yesterday was a long day.


Finished the teardown on the Escalade's engine. Found the blown head gasket on cylinder #8. Trying to do this as a budget repair for now, so we left as much on the engine as possible. Had to remove the driver's side exhaust manifold and alternator, but left the alt and PS bracket in place to minimize time. Next up, need to find a shop around me that can check the heads and make sure they are straight and true, or get them shaved if possible.

My back is KILLING me from bending and climbing over that huge truck. Everything should be lowered... lol

Start taking your Flintstone vitamins.
 

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My steering wheel is still stubbornly staying down occasionally and now the little jingle, when it goes up automatically now jingles a second or two after I raise it manually. :). And today I got in and found the back of my seat all the way back. When I got out it moved forward all the way. Time once again for my quarterly reset of the seat which worked well...again. Is it some sort of electric memory loss?
 

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Could be, given the age of the electronics. Gremlins are evil little bastards in the electrical system.

Over the past 2 years I've discovered an odd/annoying side effect of Borla's placement of the DoD flapper valve on the Chevy exhaust. They put it there to eliminate V4 helicopter sounds. The side effect is a whistling sound above 4000-4500 RPM at highway speeds. Not an often visited range, but still annoying.

It seems common to the system, I've had 2 different designs and 5 different valves on, and they all make the sound to varying degrees. There was an older design I had way back when I first got the system, but I haven't found any like it since. Borla has changed the design, so perhaps they're aware of the issue as well (should be, I've told them...and gotten 2 front pipes for free...).

Using the ol' noodle (I know, shocking), I figured there's something in the airstream that is disrupting air flow and creating the sound. SO, before I removed my most recent pipe I dumped sand through my second newest pipe quite a few times to give it a try. Once that was complete, I power washed it and installed it.

Surprisingly, it had a noticeable improvement, so I took my third oldest pipe, and repeated the process with sand and mostly blasting powder. That seemed to do the trick, as the sound is all but gone. I am a very happy camper.

Alexandra starts and runs fine. Little progress on the power steering though 😟
 

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Replaced the front shift linkage bushing on my 2006 STS4. An easy task. I discovered the rear bushing is non existent as well.

It's either pull the shifter to use the other bushing that came with the set I bought or order the Bushingfix bushing that can be replaced without removing the shifter.
 

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The Lounge lives!

Heads are back on the Escalade - but my torque wrench is too large to access some of the head bolts. Going to get a smaller 3/8 drive one since they don't require a great deal of torque to fasten, just a few passes.

On the Vette... new front door speaker setup. SIGNIFICANT increase in sound and quality. It's currently sitting in service at work to get looked at. Hearing some low speed clicking from the front end that's a little concerning. Need to get it addressed before track day on Tuesday and autocross on Friday. Going to be a great week next week!
 

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Asked on the buick forums, but no reply in weeks, so i'll ask here, fck it

Anyone know the head unit interchangeability on Buick Enclaves, the 2010 we have has the GPS touch screen but it doesn't do bluetooth for audio, just phone calls. was thinking maybe a unit from a newer year has the capability.
 

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Finished a x2 day deep clean and paint work decontamination & correction on the CTS getting it ready for the a new week 🙂🙂
 

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The Garage Queen got a California Duster and interior vacuum job, tire pressures checked, underhood checks. We're gonna start it up Monday (first time in 5 weeks) and head for a sub reunion in Charleston, SC. 567 miles one-way. Nice trip during the weekdays. Gone 5 days, will have the laptop and connections. Rt. 95 at 85 down, will return to the eastern Shore via Rt.17 and the Coast Highway - the 50 mph boonies.

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With the arrival of the monsoon season the driver's side headlight filled with water again. After removing the engine air filter and enclosure I removed the headlight side cover and let the ballast hang from the wires. Using mechanical fingers I fished out the desiccant packages I'd inserted last fall. A couple had disintegrated so I vacuumed them out. I removed the two accessible screws in the back headlight and propped it open with a small scrap of wood. I stuck a hair dryer with some conservative settings in the hole in the side of the headlight and in less than an hour it was dry as a bone. I then installed some desiccant packets that I got off amazon back in the side hole and replaced both covers. After reinstalling the air filter I carefully resealed the edge of the headlight lens with aquarium cement. I had done this in the past bu I hadn't gone all the way around. This time I did.
Next I addressed the dead battery in my Ford Ranger that was an obvious charging system problem. A few minutes with a VOM showed the alternator had laid down on me. I whipped it off the truck, pulled off the brush holder and just as I suspected the brushes on the commutator were worn out. A quick trip to the auto parts store and $4.45 later I had a new set. A few minute to install the new brushes and reinstall the alternator and that was fixed. A few hours work and a few dollars for parts and hundreds of dollars of repair shop bills avoided.
 

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Ran through automatic car wash. Vacuumed and wiped inside. Applied tire dressing. Not my ideal situation. But, it beats nothing. Still has bugs grim. So, I will have to do a detail cleaning in the near future. I guess that is what retirement is for :).
 

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Replaced the front outer tie rods on the Corvette... this was the driver's side:



Yeah... also damn Corvette tax... Advance wanted $90 a piece for those little things! They price matched Amazon, which still made it cheaper than their 25% off and my SpeedPerks rewards, and I got them same day instead of waiting for shipping.

Went ahead and replaced the front sway bar links too. They were torn up, and now the new ones are greasable.

Much better. Track day on Tuesday so I wanted to make sure it was right.
 
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