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  1. Sparky

    Metal tensioner pulley

    That continental is plastic, looking at the ribs. The metal Dayco is too big. It is 8 groove and the 5.3L uses a 6 groove belt. Found one from a ford van that is the right groove count but the diameter was too big. I might just buy a new tensioner (factory one with 206k may be getting loose...
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    Metal tensioner pulley

    For the cost of a custom pulley I could just replace it a dozen times lol
  3. Sparky

    Metal tensioner pulley

    Does such a thing exist? (5.3L V8) I replaced my tensioner pulley last year. It is making noise again. Checked it and the pulley is a bit loose but it feels almost like the plastic is distorted slightly. I never liked that it was plastic anyway. Does a tensioner exist with a metal pulley...
  4. Sparky

    Reman steering gears made equal?

    I've used them for CV axles without issue if that's of any help.
  5. Sparky

    What did you do to your GMT today?

    Replaced the broken driver door handle finally, and replaced the broken end links. Had to buy one at AAP because I only bought one by mistake (end link kit is only one not two derp). Also replaced the sway bar bushings. Pretty sure my passenger lower ball joint is the source of the creaky...
  6. Sparky

    Fuel line between pump and filter?

    That makes sense since they put a larger tank in. 02-03 had the dinky 18 gal tank.
  7. Sparky

    4l60 rebuild help

    It is the same transmission aside from a few internal factory upgrades.
  8. Sparky

    02 Envoy No Start

    Sounds like when my starter went bad to me. Same kinda deal. Though tapping with a hammer a few times on the solenoid usually would get it going.
  9. Sparky

    What did you do to your GMT today?

    Got a call from my wife yesterday "truck says service charging system." Uh oh, is the red battery light on? "Yes." Well crap. Went out to Autozone, picked up an alternator, and went to the Kroger parking lot. Gave her the car to get home with our son and her groceries and set about replacing the...
  10. Sparky

    What are you doing today?

    Getting stressed out at work.
  11. Sparky

    Do you recycle empty oil quarts?

    I pitch them. Nobody will recycle them because of what they contained.
  12. Sparky

    2007 engine into 2002 with ecu swap.

    Adamptong a return to returnless fuel system isn't so bad as you basically abandon the old return line. Going the other way is hard.
  13. Sparky

    What are you doing today?

    Doing that work thing. Had donuts. Felt like I was going to fall asleep at my desk waiting for our system to pull up...
  14. Sparky

    Thinking About a new Daily Driver

    I'd never pay that much for a twice wrecked 17 year old car.
  15. Sparky

    What are you doing today?

    Doing that job thing again. Depending on what happens tonight I may be going to the in laws to go through some stuff, or I may upgrade my wife's car's option set, or I may just chill. Not really sure.
  16. Sparky

    FUGLY truck award...

    Except... it is a Toyota. If they feel anything like the in law's tundra to drive then bleh. I do not like it. Feels huge and lumbering, feels disconnected from the road, just like their cars. No thanks. Just my opinion. At least their suv looks like they have a half decent approach angle, maybe.
  17. Sparky

    Trailblazer SS Shifter TC Button Question

    This. I absentmindedly attempted to start my already running truck and it did nothing aside from briefly confuse me why my starter didn't crank, and a facepalm quickly followed.
  18. Sparky

    Advise on prep for metal?

    Where is this rust at? You may be fighting rust not on the surface that you're working on but from behind it. Door edges/seams are well known for that sort of thing.
  19. Sparky

    What are you doing today?

    House shopping (frustrating) and just odds n ends. Did a quick vacuuming out of the Silverado's and Civic's interiors last night. Just need to clean the windows, dash, etc but apartment life with naught but a parking lot + rain today = no bueno for much vehicle work. Will probably run to the...
  20. Sparky

    Little blazers 2019 Colorado z71 build

    Hard single piece ones, or ones that tri fold but still leave the front part covered are annoying when you need the entire open bed. Some are easily removed though for those cases so might not be a big issue. I have a truxedo truxport on my Silverado (came with it). It is a roll up vinyl. It...
  21. Sparky

    The 10 foot paint job & how do I adjust body panels?

    Do the doors themselves sit straight? I'd make sure those are square as possible first as you don't want air/water leaks from the door seals. I don't think the latches adjust on the doors, but the strikers on body side do.
  22. Sparky

    Envoy liftgate on Trailblazer ***SOLVED***

    Dude to help slow (and cover) the cancer on my old 02 I used Herculiner lol. Same reason, it ran great but the body was going. Eventually the frame was going too so that became the end of it but at least I didn't drive with holes and visible rot. And the liner gave it, well, we will call it...
  23. Sparky

    Envoy liftgate on Trailblazer ***SOLVED***

    Nice. Bet you could swap those trim pieces .
  24. Sparky

    May not want to be thinking of adapting an 8 speed

    At 200k I don't think any vehicle owes anyone anything by that point. Sure, longer is even better, but by 200k that's a lot of time and wear. That's what I mean by good enough. P1870 is the biggest issue IMO with the 4L60E because when that TCC valve and bore start to wear and screw up it can...
  25. Sparky

    May not want to be thinking of adapting an 8 speed

    170k on one and counting in my Camaro that yes had a TCC valve problem that I had to fix, 215k never a problem on the one in my 02 TB, and 205k and counting on the one in my 07 Silverado. Seems reliable enough to me. No the 4L60E ain't bulletproof, but it really isnt that bad of a transmission...
  26. Sparky

    Envoy liftgate on Trailblazer ***SOLVED***

    I want to say the lift gates are the same assuming same wheelbase (the XL/EXT have taller liftgates than the regular variants). But I do not know for certain.
  27. Sparky

    What are you doing today?

    Did a "know your numbers" health check thing at work. Did NOT pass out from the needle prick, though I came close. So weird how i can gouge up my hand working on something and hardly notice until I realize I'm bleeding on stuff, yet a stupid little prick results in heart rate and BP drop enough...
  28. Sparky

    Headlight grill conversion from the older to newer question??

    Headlights will fit directly. Grille will not without replacing the bumper cover because the newer LT style has a step in it while the older/LS is straight across.
  29. Sparky

    Which one

    Well the 2015 5.3L is different than the 2011 5.3L, so the design spec for the oil is also different.
  30. Sparky

    Which one

    I do not believe these engines are near so sensitive at all given my experience and others. I ran mobil 1 yes, but I changed it when the light said to which was averaged 10k miles or so. One time it was as much as 14k. Of course, type of driving (city vs highway, short vs long drive cycles)...

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