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    Tool Talk

    Napa isn't bad... They are a good compromise between the high dollar Snap On and pure crud like Craftsman. On par with Mac, Matco, and Blue Point for the most part. Another company that I've seen with good compromise quality is K-Tools. Great value with decent performance. I used to carry a...
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    Transmission Cooler line failed

    Drain plugs can be added to any transmission pan by drilling a 1/2" hole then inserting a drain plug kit. There are tons of different ones on the market but all are similar to this...
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    Transmission Fluid - Where do you buy?

    I've found that tapping the face of the plug with a hammer first helps a lot. Don't have to beat it into submission, just a few decent raps then they open right up.
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    Replace front shocks without removing upper ball joint

    I did it like you did. A bit stubborn, but it came apart. I used a blunted chisel (ground it down so it wasn't sharp) to spread the yoke just enough to give it clearance and hit it with PB Blaster before removing. Both came off in minutes.
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    Transmission Cooler line failed

    I lost the transmission on my Trailblazer when that happened. Didn't know until it started slipping... Simple fill and filter change will be sufficient unless you want to flush. You can do that at home by disconnecting the cooler line and pouring in new fluid as it pumps out the line until it...
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    Tool Talk

    When one is a pro, things like rounding off bolts make the difference between a profitable job and working extra hours for free to repair what just should have come apart. Many mechs are paid by the hours published in the repair guides, and if it takes them an extra hour or two to do the job...
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    Steering rack leak

    Any of the above IS possible... Here is another thread on our sister site Off-Road TB: http://forums.offroadtb.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3637 You can just barely see the poppet in this photo. It sits down in the bore. Compare the holes here with your old rack and make sure the replacement...
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    Power steering problem (rack and pressure lines)

    The seals need to be properly installed into the rack, then the lines pushed into the seals. No possible way to install the original style factory seals by placing them on the lines then insert them into the bores in the rack. They will be crushed and will leak. Make sure you are not using...
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    Another AC Puzzle....

    If you have a Big Lots store near you, they have 134a for about $5.50 a can. I just bought a few. They don't show up on their web site, but my local store had some on the shelf.
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    Brake Job Questions

    I've generally painted my rotors with rustoleum or something similar. It lasts for years. No need for specialty paints if one is not racing the vehicle as the calipers never get that hot. I even spray mine while still on the vehicle, but it would be cleaner to do it while they are off (at...
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    Best way to clean chrome wheels?

    I just used this product over the weekend (on aluminum wheels -- it works on chrome) and it did a fantastic job. Looked just like the pictures of the product on Amazon...
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    Transmission Fluid - Where do you buy?

    Amazon, Fleet Farm (or Farm and Fleet), local parts houses, or wherever I can find it when running something other than Amsoil. I've found decent prices on Amazon and I use prime shipping, so that isn't a factor.
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    Tool Talk

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    Tool Talk

    When shopping for decent tools at decent prices consider Snap On's Blue Point line. Blue Point are tools not specifically build by or branded exclusively by Snap On, but they are very high quality and carry the same warranty, service, etc. A few that I highly recommend (and the Blue Point site...
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    Rears, gears, etc....

    Here are a couple of helpful videos: Summit Auto Parts -- How to select a proper gearset http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81H0BwLymSg Chevy limited slip explained http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCxqUJCZGNU "At home" gear change (this is not a slick professional video, but it is an accurate...
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    Need help with steering rack!

    In order to run the new updated seal one must purchase the correct hard line (has a different design that incorporates an actual o-ring instead of the little aluminum/rubber seal that looks like a miniature derby hat). The old seals stick in the bore of the rack. They must be popped out to...
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    Transmission Mount...

    Because we run a similar transmission to many other performance GM vehicles, there are poly mounts available for our tranmission. The mount is essentially the same as the older 700R4. Here, for instance, is one from Prothane...
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    Tool Talk

    I'd have to get a MUCH larger tool storage unit to do that! I'm already running two boxes with a side cabinet and another wood cabinet for the "plastic boxes" full of goodies that don't fit into drawers, and if I were to line out everything in the 5S style it would mean the "Mr. Big" box for...
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    Rears, gears, etc....

    Gearing is the obvious choice. Simply stated, you are lugging the engine by towing with a 3.42 gearset in Overdrive. That may work out for fuel economy running empty, but with weight and wind resistance out back, you need to be solidly into the powerband of the engine. It will be costly, but...
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    Tool Talk

    Working on it. I need updated pics for insurance purposes anyway. I'm into tools at about $100K now, so insurance is a BIG DEAL. Generally, they "decide" that no homeowner has THAT many tools, so they feel any claim is an attempt at fraud. Only cure is pictures. As soon as I get a rainy...
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    rebuilding the rack and pinion

    I used the Detroit Axle re-man on mine. Works fine. I did have to replace one unit that they originally sent me as it ended up missing the poppet valve in the return line. I could not get it to seal up and tried multiple times before discovering the missing valve. They sent another unit...
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    Transmission shot, next steps...

    I have a good core transmission with almost all new parts inside if anyone is looking for one to build. It was a rebuild that I attempted at home and it did not work. LOTS of good value, all soft and consumable parts replaced, clutch disks,. etc. First $150 + shipping gets it.
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    G80 and open interchangable axle parts?

    It is not as difficult to set up a gearset as most people think. Mostly time consuming, as it is often a trial and error procedure, especially if one does not have access to thousands of dollars worth of specialty measuring devices that almost dial in the measurements before starting the...
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    Transmission shot, next steps...

    I've used Phoenix Transmissions rebuild (currently running one in my 03) with success. They sold on eBay and I took my chances because the price point was decent. VERY pleased with the results as I now have over 75K on the unit. My original trans burned up with a rusted out fluid line that I...
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    G80 and open interchangable axle parts?

    Yup ^^^^ Also, realize that the G80 locker is not a super-tough piece. It is intended to engage at very low vehicle speeds and disengage before damage to the drivetrain can occur. Doing burnouts or trying to engage while spinning, etc., will make it go BOOM. A true locker that operates all...
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    This grinds my gears

    I would (SERIOUSLY) check the fluids in your transmission, transfer case, and differentials after driving through that much water. They can suck up water and turn the oil into a milky substance that ruins the internal parts. Water and mud are also hell on wheel bearings. Grit gets into the...
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    Tool Talk

    Amateur... :raspberry: Actually, you're doing well compared to many homeowner-types. I'm just spoiled after having been in business for quite a while. Perhaps I'll post some pics after I get everything cleaned up from the LONG cold winter. Garage is a MESS right now!
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    Homemade rock sliders

    i guess that because I have the tools and do stuff like this all the time, I see it as rather simple. Nice work though! They fit well and I like the upward tilt. Looks better and often performs better that way. What does it take to do work like this? One can do it with these tools (I have)...
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    How many cranks does it take you?

    In my case, turning on the key until all the key on self tests are run speeds ignition and start. Otherwise it can crank for multiple seconds before it fires. Just replaced the fuel filter (1st replacement in 160K miles!) and that helped but did not completely change things. Have a set of new...
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    Favorite quotes, sayings or words to live by.

    On that line: "Hire the handicapped, they are fun to watch..." Of course, I don't mean anything bad by that and I would never say it about TRULY handicapped people (I am one, as is my son). I use that for people who are able-bodied but act like they are not!

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