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Old 04-07-2009, 01:36 PM   #29
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Would the problem you described - blown rear axle seals - have been visible/obvious with an inspection and maintenance performed by the this shop?
Yes. Especially if they remove the wheels and tires and check the brakes.

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Old 04-07-2009, 01:40 PM   #30
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Yes. Especially if they remove the wheels and tires and check the brakes.

Yay! He did remove the wheels and told me there was 60% life remaining on rear brakes.

So, I don't need to worry about blown axle seals?

Do I need to worry about towing 125 miles south tomorrow? Brake controller works - well, as good as a Voyager does anyway. I tried to buy a Prodigy but was told that it isn't much better. Should have done it anyway - the Voyager requires too much fidgeting with...

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Old 04-07-2009, 02:02 PM   #31
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..... and the 7-pin connector not wired correctly.
you mentioned the seven pin connector. I noticed the age of your unit being a '73.

The wiring code for the seven pin connector have changed since 1973. Unless someone has changed your seven pin wiring on your TV, it will be up to date. It'll be your trailer seven pin that needs updating.

Just a 'lil FYI

Maybe someone will have easy access to the correct codes. I can't find mine at the moment.

I had to repair a few things on my F250 when I bought it. (it was 5 yrs. old then) I'd say your doing pretty well.
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:41 PM   #32
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:57 PM   #33
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3. The engine will sometimes stall when I come to a stop and always takes two tries to start when cold. It will turn over & over. I turn the ignition off and start again - it always catches/starts on the second attempt. A friend of mine with an older Tahoe said "oh, that's just the nature of those engines - it happens."
The IAC (Idle Air Control) is often the culprit for stalling and should be an easy fix , they get "carboned" up and need a simple cleaning with throttle body cleaner. Some newer Yukon don't have a separate IAC control (instead the IAC is built into the Throttle body). In that case clean the Throttle body. Cleaning either is not a big job and can be done cheaply with regular tools.
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Old 04-07-2009, 06:31 PM   #34
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Yes, I bought it from a dealership - albeit one that is not close to my home! Thus, making it difficult to coordinate getting an independent inspection (well, especially with my immediate and somewhat *complicated* schedule).
For anyone else buying a used vehicle from a distance, this is what worked for us. Last June I found a truck that matched what we were looking for, but it was at a Subaru dealer 400 miles away. I went online and did a Google search on Ford dealers. There was a dealer about 5 miles away from the truck. Then I called the Ford dealer to tell them what I wanted to do, and the Subaru dealer to asked them to make arrangements to take the truck to the Ford dealer for an inspection. They did, the truck checked out, and when I made the trip a few days later to look at the truck in person I went to the Ford dealer first and picked up the report from the service manager. I paid for the inspection by credit card over the phone.

The inspection didn't turn up anything that was important enough to change the deal, but for about $200 I had the piece of mind that allowed me to go ahead with the purchase.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:37 PM   #35
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This may or may not be helpful. The ABS light on my BMW used to come on intermittently, and the car would sometimes stall. Turned out there was nothing wrong with the brakes, rather the light came on anytime the car would lose power: even if it only lost power for a millisecond. Once the power issue was dealt with, the ABS light no longer came on without a reason.

One of my concerns with purchasing a used vehicle in Florida would be damage due to flooding during a hurricane or tropical storm. In addition to a Carfax or similar records check, I wouldn't hesitant to contact the prior owner in the future.


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