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Old 05-31-2015, 08:50 PM   #43
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I haven't made the repair yet but I've ordered the part - a new multi-function switch for the steering column of our 1996 GMC Suburban. The vehicle is 19 years old and has over 170,000 miles. However, this will be the 3rd time the multi-function switch has failed. Arrrggghhh!

I'll post a few pictures when I perform the repair later this week. The video below was very helpful in determining that I am capable of performing the repair. The internet can be a wonderful thing!
I replaced the switch and all features are working fine. The turn signal switch "feels" a little different - not quite as positive when I click it to the right or left. The hazard lights work again... Yippee! In the past few weeks, when the hazards were not working, I was surprised how many times I attempted to engage the hazard warning lights only to remember the switch was broken. I guess I use that button more than I thought although I still don't think the button should have stopped working after 7 years or so.

I didn't take any pictures. The video helped immensely and provided nearly step by step instructions on the removal and replacement.
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:25 PM   #44
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Well..... I guess this is what I get for owning older vehicles. Our 2005 Suburban needs two relatively major items repaired. The front hubs need to be replaced because the bearings are going bad. In addition, the hydraulic brake booster is leaking and needs to be replaced. All the parts are ordered and should arrive next week.

Thank goodness I have the shop manual and it provides a relatively good description of both repair tasks. I plan to take some pictures and describe the steps involved in making the repairs. I hope to post the information next week.
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:16 PM   #45
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We had a broken exhaust header bolt. It wasn't fun, but it's fixed. Also I cut the resonators off the truck. Man it sounds so mean.
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:22 PM   #46
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We had a broken exhaust header bolt. It wasn't fun, but it's fixed. Also I cut the resonators off the truck. Man it sounds so mean.
When you say header bolt... do you mean the exhaust manifold/header where it attaches to the head of the engine? If so, I bet that was difficult. Depending on the age of the engine those bolts are usually rusted/seized and very difficult to remove.

Our 1996 Suburban has a broken bolt in the exhaust manifold. It's been that way for over 10 years and I've never taken time to repair it. The exhaust leak hasn't become dramatically worse over time but there will come a day when I'll wish I repaired it long ago.
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:22 PM   #47
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Yes, it's know to most as an exhaust manifold. It's a 2010, so it's not that old, but it wasn't fun. Broke the bolts off in the block, removed manifold, weld on a nut to the bolt, remove bolt.
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Old 07-18-2015, 08:22 AM   #48
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I replaced the hood protector/bug shield due to the old one being broken by vandals.
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The old broken one- I removed the center section to prevent it from blowing off going down the road-
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:33 PM   #49
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:34 PM   #50
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Bed step and new "chrome bumper face bar" in the works-
Old bumper removed, new chrome installed, black plastic bumper pads installed-
Black dark caught me-
Still gotta put the bumper and step on the truck and wire up the trailer plug, tag lights, and parking sensors-
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It's been awhile, but the last modifications I made to our 1995 Ford F250 7.3L PowerStroke was to add a 45,000 BTU Tru-Cool Max transmission cooler ( Tru-Cool Max. Twice the Cooling for Your Transmission. Maximum Protection for Your Vehicle. | Tru-Cool) and an FS-2500 bypass oil filter (Ford 7.3 F-250 through F-550 Engine Kit - Stainless). Truck is bone-stock otherwise, now has 110,000 miles on it.
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Old 07-28-2015, 05:54 AM   #52
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Great to see so many people are upgrading and repairing their vehicles.

m.hony - thanks for the pictures. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:46 AM   #53
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Half-done project-
Will finish Friday hopefully-
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New chrome "face bar" attached, plastic pad, license plate, brackets installed-
Stiil need to put it all on the truck and hook up the parking sensors, tag light, and trailer plug-
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Bed step on the kitchen table-
Needed an allen wrench from work-
It goes on with 2 of the bumper bolts-
Gonna relocate the Rock Tamer mount and the anti rattle device when I put it all together-



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That is the single best improvement I made to my truck was the Trek-Step. Wish I could afford to have two of them, one for each side. ALL trucks should have come with a step in the bumper, or a trek-step/similar item more than 50 years ago. I hate climbing in & out of the bed. Royal PITA. You're gonna love that thing, trust me! Pretty easy to put on if you have the right tools. There was no way in hell I was going to leave that on my old gas 2500. When negotiating my new-to-me diesel, I had sent the dealer pics of my gasser. The first comment he made was if I was leaving that on there. HA! No way. Love that item. So worth the $ for us guys over 50!
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2012 Duramax 6.6L LML Serpentine Belt Replacement

I was inspecting the serpentine belt on my new-to-me truck, and it was showing some signs of wear. $38.98 deposited in the Advance Auto Parts piggy bank, and I had a new belt. I searched the net for any peculiarities of installing it, and found next to nothing. One guy on the Duramax forums said he liked to remove his fan housing to make things easier. I was not interested in all that, but after viewing what I was in for, I knew it wasn't a one person job.
The point I want to make is, I found it easier to have my son place the belt over the power steering pulley on the drivers side, LAST, while I was easing the tension off the tension pulley. All other comments I had seen were to loop the tension pulley last. You do not have the room to get a breaker bar and your hand in there to get the belt over that pulley as the last item.
Not only was I using a 1/2" drive breaker bar to ease the tension, but I had to use a cheater bar over that. The spring they use in that pulley has quite the resistance. It was nowhere near as easy as my old gasser.
So if you're on the road & your serpentine belt goes out, you will definitely need two people to change the belt. It is much easier to loop the power steering pulley last, than the tensioner. Sorry, no pics available.
Sea ya down the road, and a big TY to nvestysly for starting this thread.
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