What did you do to your GMT today? [Part II]

Blckshdw

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Time to dive into the dash again! Took things apart, and mostly disconnected the old Pioneed HU that's in there. Realized I didn't have any of the 6 RCA cables labelled, so couldn't take the old unit completely out. Need to keep it in place for when I put the Android one in. So all the other connections are unplugged and it's resting in place.

Since testing the old Android HU for the jacked up display, I had rigged up a lil test bench out of some connectors, pigtails and my battery booster. So fired it up, tested some things, and did a bunch of the initial setup from the comfort of my couch, rather than in the truck, and either draining the battery, or loading up the garage with exhaust fumes.

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Will get this installed tomorrow, and do the final tweaks, then I'll be a happy camper. :thumbsup:
 

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I aired up the tires and did a quick vacuum of the Trailblazer. She was filthy and other than pulling the post pounder and dragging bales, it has sat since early spring. I also ripped off the center console lid in efforts to fix the latch. We are putting plates back on her for the winter. We miss the old girl.
 

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Replaced the sway bar bushings on the front (replaced ACDelco OE with ACDelco OE). They gave out much, much sooner than expected, only 5K miles!!! Inspected and then cleaned up the mounting brackets and made sure to torque the bolts back to spec. Inspected the sway bar links and their bushings, all look good. Cannot figure out why they went out so fast.
 
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While out running some errands today, took the time to test out the new HU. While the model is the same as the one I busted, there were definitely a bunch of software updates. Few new steering wheel button options than before. Also having the short/long press availability again was a huge improvement over the last Android HU I had, and the Pioneer couldn't even change the music tracks on my phone

Had great timing, as my needy kid sister called while I was driving, so got to make sure the mic was working properly, and the sound quality on the other end was clear. While the mic plugged into the old Pioneer, it didn't work at all, and I'd have to disconnect the BT when receiving calls, which was annoying. Glad to see it was just a compatibility issue.

Did run into one strange issue, after setting the EQ, decided to move the fader and check each speaker. The rear doors have no output, but when I do set the fader to the rear, I can hear just a faint hint of non bass frequencies coming from the subs. Something tells me I flip flopped the rear & sub RCA plugs :duh: Will have to open things back up tomorrow to test...
 

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I also ripped off the center console lid in efforts to fix the latch.
If you cut off the spring, you don't even need a latch. No more lid with a hard on :biggrin:
 

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I changed out the rear shocks in the wife's 06 Envoy Denali over the weekend . The back bounces once now but the front is now very bouncy by comparison. Maybe next week to change the front struts out. Used the 4600 Bilsteins which are noticeably bigger diamater tubes than the stockers.
 

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Found out awhile back that the front seat wouldnt move forward. I keep it back as far as it will go but when I loaned it to my daughter she quickly brought it back saying she couldnt drive it like that.
I could see the cables coming off the motor twisting when I pushed the button so I knew the motor was good and getting power.
Taking the 2 rear bolts out with the seat right on top of them was fun but got em out. Seat came right out without much of a fight. Got it on the ground wrestled it around in a few different positions and couldnt find a dang thing wrong.
End up removing the 2 T35 screws on both sides that keep the tracks in place. Once I did that I found the 1 side was a little tight. Never did see anything actually come out of it but after some liberal application of gun oil on both sides they mover back and forth easily. Went ahead and lubed every thing else I could see that moved, slid or hinged while I was under there. Slapped it back in, hooked up the wires.....(WTH does the yellow plug do? there is no wires coming out of it...weird)
Works like a champ. Took about 30 mins including 10 mins with the vac hitting places that hadnt been cleaned in almost 20 years !!

Productive day for me....lol
 

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Yellow plugs are always for airbags. Probably for a side seat airbag which yours didn't get as an option.
 

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Drove mine into the city proper on Saturday (a little over 120 miles, both ways).
On the way back, as I'm about to get onto the interstate, I hear a nasty sound from the front wheelwell (almost like when there's 'air in your heater core' kind of thing). Pull over into a lot, pop the hood, turn the wheel lock to lock, etc. -- all is quiet and looks good, no binding, etc.

Got the thing home w/ just the noise. I figure it's either the front hub (no grinding noise, like you usually hear), or maybe something in the front diff (I run 2WD > 99% of the time, so it's not like the front axle was engaged). Will put her in the garage in the next day or two and see what's up. Right now, I have something to do on the Accord that takes precedence, and I'm waiting on that part to arrive, first.

The annoying thing is that there was no warning -- it wasn't like I hit a big pothole, etc., etc. So it'll be interesting to find out what the issue is. Haven't noticed any new leaks, so I don't think it's a lubrication issue on the diff, etc.
 

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And on the kitchen stove no less. The wife must love you! :hissyfit:

Installed the dash cam that used to be in the Avy.
 

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Finally had a moment today to have a look at what oil the catch can has collected over the last 1yr (maybe year and a half can't remember to be honest)20211125_123540.jpg
Little oil coming through at the bottom sight glass fitting.
Then this.....
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Definitely oil but it almost made me want to do an oil change. I checked the dip stick and it was good aswell as the oil cap no funky froth. Cleaned everything up and put it back together. Think I'll consider a better catch can kit.
 

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Drove it to and from Omaha to spend Thanksgiving with my brother-in-law(s) and their family. Had a great time. The new (7-21) Firestone Destination A/T2's are pretty quiet even at 75mph.
Now if I don't eat anything until Monday my daily calorie count should come out just about even.
Remember, it's not what we eat between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day that makes us fat, it's what we eat between New Year's Day and Thanksgiving! 😉
 

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Took the Sierra on its first long'ish drive to and from Montreal to pick up a Murphy bed for a friend. About 500km round trip mostly highway between 120-125 km/h (75-78 MPH). Kinda disappointed with the 22.4 calculated MPG but that was a high'ish speed, I mostly let the cruise control do the work and we were 3 people with a 200 lbs load on the return trip. Also had a strong headwind coming back. Still pretty good for a 1500 truck.
 

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I bet you are also on winter blend now. It will be garbage. Although to be fair, unloaded i was not seeing much difference between summer and winter blend. Winter was just under 18mpg and summer just over. Give or take.

I have to check but I think mine got better mileage the faster we went. Needed to hit that engine sweet spot.
 

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Popped the hood to start eyeballing the aux tranny cooler upgrade project that's been on the back burner for a pretty long time. Due to the dimensions (7.5" tall x 23" wide x 1.25" thick) there will be some modding to the header panel involved. The section that covers the hood latch support arms will need to be trimmed where those dots line up. The latch supports angle inwards at the top of the condenser, so the cooler may need to be set a bit lower in the opening to clear them.

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Currently, I have the ports on the cooler facing upwards, so I didn't trap any air. From what I've seen with some of the TBSS guys that run this cooler, they run them ports down and haven't had any problems. That would allow me to shorten the lines running to it, going under the radiator. :undecided:

I'm also currently mounted to the top of the header panel, with bent brackets to set it back in the opening. Also thinking of multi purposing the condenser to radiator mounting points up top. Thought about getting longer bolts, and making standoffs out of PVC tubing... But since I'll have to do something about the lower mounts, likely to where the bumper cover bolts onto the top of the bumper support, I'll probably just buy some perforated aluminum strips since those are much easier to bend than the steel strips provided.

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Will most likely wait until the end of December to do this, as I'll have lots of time off, and can leave the front end taken apart for days at a time so I can tinker with it. :thumbsup:
 

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Still chugging along at 233k miles. Due to supply constraints in the vehicle market I may be looking at having to do some more work to the old truck. The front left lower ball joint has gotten angry lately, and it is about due for another full fluid change.
 

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This was actually Saturday, the 27th.
I hooked Snowball up to Frankie, the trailer I built out of a 1968 F-100 pickup. Frankie is short for Frankentruck, so named because I counted parts from 4 different models years on that pickup!
Anyway, we hauled 21 full bags of leaves to the landfill. This was actually the second trip. We only took 19 bags the first trip a couple of weeks ago.002.JPG
 

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Gave my wives GMT a oil change. Probably the last one. Going to be selling it in the next few months. I am hoping to find the perfect 9-7x or Rainier for her. But I imagine I am going to be buying a Volvo XC90 V8.
 

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I considered the Saablazer project before, but could only get 3 of 4 wheels, so that was a bust. How about this mutant:
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Introducing the new TRAILWAGEN!!!!!!
 

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