What did you do to your GMT today?

aaserv

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Thanks MM....I keep reading multiple theories on this. Some say don't turn the wheel lock to lock because you can F it up like that, others say turn the key on before you do it, etc, etc... I got it jacked up big time so I'll give it a try. I did turn it a half turn or so each way about 20 times times yesterday and didnt get any effect at all. Like i say i was scared to try lock to lock. I dont see any reason I couldnt go ahead and put the battery back in and try it like that.
I just think it was pretty dumb of me to put the fluid in knowing I was trapping the air in the bottom of the system doing it like that. But as my ol man used to say "If thats the only problem you got you aint got no problems !"
 

Mooseman

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And remember, that's with the engine NOT RUNNING. Going lock to lock with it running is definitely not good (but not terrible). I'd do lock to lock not running, let the foam settle in the reservoir and top up fluid, start it (still in the air) and go side to side just short of going to full lock. That should get most, if not all, of the air out. If it still whines a little, I would drive it a while until the rest of what little air is left works itself out.
 

TollKeeper

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4 days ago there were less than 400 cases in my area today its over 1200 w 34 dead. Im getting a little worried to put it mildly......
Wouldnt read to far into the death numbers. They are combining deaths of other causes at this point until/if they can determine a cause for the deaths of the untested. My father died last week of a stroke. But its listed on his death certifcate as complications from stroke/Covid-19
 

BrianF

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Ok some good news! Well off to a rough start.... baited a trap in the Tb with peanut butter, usually works. Com home after night shift and find an empty trap, then upon closer inspection, the damn mouse ate all the peanut butter and never tripped the trap. Well I walk to the house and forgot about an icy patch and do this sort of funky white man dance all over the side walk. Anyways, I bait the trap again with some cheese and caught the little prick when I came out a few hours later. I baited the trap again and will check in the morning it there are more.

Now that 360 was desperate for a bath anyway and I will give the interior a really good vacuum and clean in a day or two.
 

Mooseman

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Sometimes you have to adjust the trigger to be a bit more sensitive.

Nothing on my TB for today. Wish the weather was warmer so I could actually work on it with all this free time.
 

BrianF

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I used a brand new trap and was thinking the same thing as the trigger was quite crisp. I got some older, well used traps that work like a hot damn. They produce some good numbers.
 

Sparky

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Aired up the tire (again), emptied the catch can (way overdue), started it and sighed as I dismissed the airbag warning light and TPMS warning light (after this is COVID19 stuff is done I'll get this stuff fixed), drove it to a country trail and took a walk for some fresh air with the family. Did us good to get out of the house for a short bit in some nice weather while still easily maintaining distance from others.
 

aaserv

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BrianF.........I used the yellow sticky sheets from walmart. 1 under each seat. Whatever you do don't make the mistake I did... Go out there ASAP and ck the glove box!!! I got 2 big ones with the sheets and thought I was done. A few days later I pop open the glove box and found the nest....with 3 dead ones inside.. Like to have never got the smell out...........
 

HARDTRAILZ

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Yesterday was a good day for the truck.
--New sensor to fix the P0014 code
--Took out headlight from being backed into. Found busted mounting panel. Three zipties and its prolly more solid than other side.
--New jb weld gasket on the exhaust flange. Seems to be an every 6 month fix since I never bothered to get it welded right.
--finally re-installed the spare tire and fuel can swings on back bumper. Worked out well.
--Re-locate license plate light....the one failure. Trying to sneak the wiring for license plate light bar into the stock socket using an old led base like I did the last time seemed to work, but then somehow I lost the left PL and both plate lights failed but the fuse is still good. Work on that again later
 

aaserv

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Got the rack tightened down. Decided to go ahead and take it off the jack stands. Put the tires back on and the passenger side wouldnt roll.. Put both hands on and broke it loose , on about the 3 rd spin I guess I reached all the way to the inside of the tire. Caught my hand between the tire and the upper ball joint post.....Damn near pulled back a nub. Cut the C*** outa 2 fingers and bled like a stuck hog. Got it wrapped and taped but may end up at the 24hr clinic before the nights over.
Every step putting this thing back together has been 1 disaster after another.....
 

Boricua SS

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beaSSt is still parked for the season but had to fire her up and take her out of the garage so i could keep busy during my layoff. Damn she sounds healthy 😈
 

aaserv

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5 stitches to the hand.... Got her down off the jack stands. Tires on, turned the wheels back and forth about 50 times. Still got a scraping noise on the drivers side when I spin the wheel but hoping its just rust on the rotors. Cleaned the throttle body and have the windshield washer tank in the dishwasher right now. Put the battery in and was scared to try to fire it up so I used the dirty washer tank for my excuse today...lol No use putting the airbox and all back on with a dirty looking washer box. Need a piece of 1/4" copper to bypass the water line thru the throttle body, definitely no use for that around here. March 27th and hit 89 degs here today. Think we had 3 days this winter where it got below 30 and all 3 times it was 70 the day before and the day after. Just no such thing as winter in Louisiana anymore.
Just for info also....The washer tank is NOT the same on the V-8's as the I6. And the factory 1 is about $400 I kid you not. And nobody Ive ever found makes a replacement. So if your ever at the junkyard and see 1 its well worth pulling it out and storing it. I got 3 of them now and will pull everyone I see from now on.
 
Fixed the exhaust leak on the Envoy finally! The tick from the front driver side exhaust manifold had been getting louder over the past 2 months, thought it was the lifters but saw the manifold had a gap between the headers that a dime could easily squeeze into....yikes.

Ordered a Dorman 917-142 exhaust manifold clamp, that supposedly fits the front driver side. While the hole for the coolant sensor lined up, the clamp was incompatible. The manifold for the LH6 has a slightly different design from the one used in my Avalanche. There is a bit of a "hump" where it meets the heat shield, this "hump" prevents the clamp from lining up with the screw holes properly causing it to be off about 3/8 to a 1/2". Decided to search again for a fix, but this time searching for a clamp that fits the TB SS, and came across the #KAP108 clamp that fits the 5.3/6.0 (verified to work with the 360/370). Got it today and installed it a few minutes ago. The tick is gone, and it sits flush against the manifold and block. What a difference, and $50 was all it took! Next step is to figure out where the "vibration" noise I'm getting on startup from the truck is coming from.
Mike, I can't tell you how grateful I am that you mentioned those part numbers in your post. I am speding hours trying to solve a puzzle with what fits my 2004 5.3 Buick Rainier and your post finally settled it! I have a Buick dealership telling me the Doorman 917142 fits! But I am afraid to order it, so now I'll just get the KAP108.
 

Sparky

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Last night located the source of my air leak on the front tire. Hello little nail head. I'll have to get it patched soon but this COVID thing makes it a little harder to do.

Today I used it to bring back a new lawn mower. Grass is growing now and my mower is broken and not worth the work to fix it. I had to make a trip to the depot anyway for some roof supplies that wouldn't be delivered ("hazardous material" a.k.a. a can of spray paint and a couple tubes of roof cement.... really?).
 

Matt

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Quickest wheel alignment ever yesterday...it wasn't done.

I'm now looking at 1 UCA (bushes gone) for the passengers side and 1 LCA (ball joint toast) on the drivers side. FFS, I replaced those about 2 years ago. Any suggestions on brand or do I just go with Detroit or 1AAuto because I'm getting rid of it sometime this year?
 

Mooseman

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Go cheapest if getting rid of it.
 

aaserv

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Finished under the hood. washer tank and air box all installed. Had a spare air intake system off an 05 I had got at the junkyard awhile back. Looked newer and little fancier but its just a hair longer turning out the throttle body so it hit the fan blade. But used the mass air flow sensor from it because it looked brand new.
Then went inside and starting putting the dash/ console back together that Id ripped out looking for rats. Got it all done but the radio/A/c center piece. Got a nice kenwood radio out of the junkyard awhile back straight out of an Envoy but wiring it up isnt as easy as Id hoped. Mine has an add on security system and apparently at 1 time had an add on stereo system and there are wires butchered and cut into all over the place. My eyes aren't what they used to be and my patience is even worse so Ill probably bring it somewhere and have the security system uninstalled and the radio installed.
1 of the 1st things i look for when a new car hits the junkyard is non factory speakers in the doors and Ive got a pile of them for both front and rear doors to install.
No real excuse today as for why I didnt try to start it.

By the way........my coolant system has been empty for over 6 months ...Im going to pull a vacuum and refill it.....Im seeing specs saying it holds over 4 gallons. Is that correct? 03 5.3 V-8
 
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Matt

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@Matt what brand did you use last time that lasted 2 years and how many miles is 2 years?
Honestly, NFI. Close to 20K in 2 years. I'm not going to do it myself because when I tried last time I screwed it up and ended up taking it to my guys who fixes stuff I break. So, I'm going to see if he can press it out and if he can, I'll get the TTX's that I got for the uppers.
 

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