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  1. C-ya

    How hard can a 5.3 engine install be on gmt360

    Get the "new" engine and get a tune to turn DOD off. Best thing I did for my 5.3.
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    $1700 A/C quote to replace the evaporator under the dash

    Not sure if the job has been done or not but here is my thought. I would do it if they are in there as that is the exact same process they would do to replace the heater core. It's kind of like doing a timing belt and not changing the timing belt driven water pump. My heater core went out but...
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    Snow/Ice Driving Tips for Part-Time AWD 360s

    Umm... unpossible? Unless someone removed it all. Why would you have CV joints in the front for a RWD vehicle? Yes, there are CV axles in the front. To remove the xfer case, you would need a longer driveshaft. Again, doable, but not many folks do that - most just pull the front drive shaft...
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    when to use A4wd vs 4WD in snow?

    I agree with what @linneje and @TollKeeper say about using it. I do the same thing except once I'm rolling on long stretch, I'll switch back to 2WD. From my response in another thread: (ETA: This is from a stop.) Here's the way I drive when in A4WD. I give it some gas to see what the rear...
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    Snow/Ice Driving Tips for Part-Time AWD 360s

    @Dadwagon As said, with snow tires (am I the only who doesn't use Blizzaks?? Too rich for my blood!), 4WD is rarely needed. I have an EXT with a 5.3 and with the snows, I rarely use 4WD. For you, it doesn't make much sense to get extra wheels and snows for a one-time use. If you were...
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    The Friendly Face of Linux

    Desktop works with 64-bit Ubuntu. I'll put the 64-bit Mint ISO on a stick and try it again to see what happens.
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    The Friendly Face of Linux

    I think there are only 4 GB of RAM in that one. Yes, I tried the 64-bit stick as a live run and it didn't work. It did work on the laptop I'm using now as well as two all-in-ones in live run mode. I have a 64-bit Ubuntu stick that I may try on it to see what happens.
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    The Friendly Face of Linux

    OK, so apparently this is a 64-bit CPU if I'm reading this right. Not sure why the 64-bit stick wouldn't work on it. Three different grabs. The last one is truncated - a lot. home@home-ThinkCentre-M78:~$ lscpu Architecture: i686 CPU op-mode(s): 32-bit, 64-bit Byte Order...
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    The Friendly Face of Linux

    @christo829 , not sure on that. I just know that the stick with 64-bit Mint on it wouldn't get past the splash screen as it were. It would not get to the point that it asked what I wanted to do. As soon as I stuck the 32-bit version in, it went in and did everything just fine. Not too...
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    The Friendly Face of Linux

    I just loaded Linux Mint 19.3 onto an old non-booting Win7 desktop. I tried all kinds of things to get it to boot but I couldn't repair it. I didn't pay anything for it but I still didn't want to pay anything to get it working at a shop. After verifying that Mint would work on it (I had to...
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    very rusty underneath

    For more rusting fun, watch your gas tank straps. My rear one failed with about a quarter of a tank of gas while driving down the road. I almost filled up about 10 minutes before it broke. The fuel filler hose held it up, and I luckily had a ratchet strap with me to secure it until I got a...
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    Proprietary nature of German products

    I can't remember if I saw any 0W-30 oil that is 507 00 certified or not. I'll have to look. I have to run that cert or the diesel particulate filter (DPF) gets plugged up easily. I also still have some dieselgate warranty left (3 yrs/32K miles) so I don't want there to be any reason for them...
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    Proprietary nature of German products

    I think I'm going to put an oil pan heater on mine. Takes forever to warm the oil up. I end up driving an extra mile or so to make sure it is warm when I go to and from work. Coolant comes up to temp nicely, but the oil takes a minute. Of course, the gauge starts at 150. I may have to drive...
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    Proprietary nature of German products

    Yeah, there is that. I'm going to do as much as I can for as long as I can. Pay when I have to but not until!
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    Proprietary nature of German products

    Old thread but relevant as I just bought a 2010 VW Touareg to replace the TB. It had a battery put in the weekend before I picked it up. Cost? $500 total. It required a computer scan to code the battery to the truck. I bought the scan tool I needed as soon as I bought it. It was $200, so a...
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    Rust reformer?

    Check out Ospho for coating and halting rust spreading. I got a gallon from Ace Hardware for $25ish. Very thin, doesn't take much. It stains plastic and concrete, so prep your area accordingly.
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    Jack slipped! Humbling: PSA

    I saw that it said "Clearance" but I figured there would be some stock or it wouldn't be there, but what do I know... Just checked - website says "Store only". Have you checked with your local store, if you have one?
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    "Violent" cruise control

    My 5.3 TB is also very harsh when resuming. I also usually get close to the cruise set point then hit resume.
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    Jack slipped! Humbling: PSA

    Like @Mounce , I have a Harbor Freight jack - the cheaper one he mentions. https://www.harborfreight.com/3-ton-low-profile-rapid-pump-floor-jack-64264.html It is tall enough and strong enough to lift my truck and my wife's Kia Sportage. It is a rapid pump, so it gets to the lift point quickly...
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    Driver side valve cover replacement

    Just wanted to post an update. Since the valve cover change, I have had no smoke on start up. Should have done this when I first got the valve cover but January in Michigan isn't conducive to auto work if you don't have an indoor space to do it.
  21. C-ya

    Driver side valve cover replacement

    Good idea on the engine flush. I may do that since I now see how dirty it is inside there.
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    Driver side valve cover replacement

    100K in two years is nuts. Our work van gets a lot on it, about that much actually. My tech would rather drive than fly. We're in Michigan and he has driven it to Massachusetts, Georgia. California, and Washington state and just about every state in between.
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    Driver side valve cover replacement

    Wow! Yours looks pristine inside. I'm guessing at least one of the POs didn't take care of her. She was burning 6 qts between oil changes for my first two changes. I got the Lime-Swap tune and it dropped to 3 immediately and is between one and 3 now. I got it with 139K and I'm at 206K now.
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    Driver side valve cover replacement

    Well, after sitting on a new style updated PCV driver side valve cover (Dorman 264-969) since January and having smoke on start up about every 3rd start, I finally decided to swap it out. (The oil consumption is a given. Hopefully the new cover helps that as well.) Watched a quick Utoob...
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    P1682, P0689, P2176 codes and no start when warm

    @gmcman , no faults at the moment. The most recent troubleshooting stemmed from a crank/no start situation caused by the PCM relay not seating.
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    P1682, P0689, P2176 codes and no start when warm

    Yes, the wire breaks due to hot and cold expansion and contraction, and I'm sure vibration plays into it. Well-known GM fault in cars and trucks as is the reason I replaced the block - loose socket connections. The initial fault was repaired last year. I just resurrected the thread since it...
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    P1682, P0689, P2176 codes and no start when warm

    LOL! I put the paperclip in diagonal holes but that reason never dawned on me! SMH...
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    P1682, P0689, P2176 codes and no start when warm

    Thanks for the info on the relay orientation. I figured it had to be fool-proof, but I knew if there was a fool big enough to find out, it would be me! I have no CEL at present. The P0690 was due to the fact that a paperclip was supplying +12VDC at all times to the PCM, not just when the...
  29. C-ya

    SOLVED! Disabling DOD

    @Jkb242 for some real-world numbers, my truck was using 6 qts of oil between changes (5,700-6,000 miles). Once I turned my DOD off via a Lime-Swap tune (member here, $99 tunes), it dropped to 3 qts for the first oil change interval after the tune. It is now about 2 to 3 qts between intervals...
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    Fuel line

    @Mike534x That's why I use the underline function when I link something that doesn't automatically turn into a very visible hyperlink as most people will notice the underline and hover over it and see the link. Either that or I'll just paste the link in link form if I really want it to be...

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