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Old 09-10-2016, 11:14 AM   #85
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Been a while since I've posted here. Can't recall quite what I've been doing for the past several months but I'm sure there were some repairs/modifications in there somewhere.

I recently noticed a coolant leak on our 2005 Suburban. It was pretty obvious the leak was coming from the water pump so I ordered a replacement part. It occurred to me there might be other problems since the vehicle is 11 years old and has just over 100k miles.

During the water pump installation I noticed coolant residue on the tank portion of the radiator - looks like I need to replace that too! I'll take some pictures when I perform the work on the radiator.

For now, here's a picture of the water pump. It's old-school cast iron so it's heavier than it looks!
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Old 09-10-2016, 11:28 AM   #86
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Hi from AZ. . . put Flowmaster cat back exhaust & K & N filter on my new Eco-blahblah F150. . . not as loud as the Heartthrob I put on my '11. . . saw 21 mpg coming downhill from the high country Monday (sans AS). . . regards, Craig
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:16 AM   #87
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I performed a scheduled emissions service on the truck at 67,500 miles. Cleaned the egr valve, egr cross over, egr cooler, intake butterfly and MAF sensor. I had a bottle of the Mopar soot cleaner and I also used some heavy duty simple green cleaner. Simple green works wonders on soot!
As part of this maintenance the crankcase vent filter gets replaced too. The job involves taking apart quite a few things, a special wrench or two and some new cuss words. I did it over the course of a few evenings after work. Cost was ~$125 in parts. I have heard the dealer charges $600 and up for the service but there is multiple hours involved in the doing the project correctly.
I also decided to throw a transmission, transfercase and brake fluid change in while I had time.
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Old 12-22-2016, 11:26 AM   #88
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Looking back through this thread I see lots of DIYers in this group.

My latest repair was replacing the rear differential pinion seal on our 2005 K2500 Suburban. This should have been a two hour job based on the same task I performed on our 1996 C2500 Suburban.

However the puller I used for the job didn't work (the thread on the shaft galled) so a trip to the hardware store as well as some fiddling around... and this job took nearly six hours! Consequently, I didn't take many pictures.

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Universal joint disconnected with tape around the bearing caps so they don't fall off.

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1-1/2" nut on pinion yoke.

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Puller in position to remove yoke. Note the marks on the end of the threaded portion of shaft to ensure the yoke and the nut are re-installed in the same orientation
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:13 AM   #89
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I have done a few pinion seals, what fun it can be rolling around under a vehicle. I am currently putting front and rear control arms (upper and lower) on my wife grand Cherokee. It is also needs a rusty brake line replaced. Then it's on to my econobox Honda Civic for brakes. I also worked on the washing machine this week. The fun never stops in our house. Too top all that off we had to put down our 16 year old border collie last night..... I feel like I have a black cloud hovering us this past month.
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I applied Fluidfilm undercoating to the underside of the truck in the fall. Rolled underneath to check and touch up any spots. Also pulled the interior trim and applied Waxoyl to all the interior body panels. I've used this stuff for years. It does an amazing job preventing rust. You do have to reapply periodically. I buy the gallon size and use undercoating wands to reach enclosed sections of the underbody, frame, and box.
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:14 PM   #91
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What would I do with my time if we didn't own a 21 year old tow vehicle? I guess I'd buy a 12 year old tow vehicle!

Even the newer (12 y.o.) Suburban we own needs repairs now and then. At 117,500 +/- miles the check engine light came on the orher day. The local parts store checked the code and found the driver side upstream oxygen sensor was faulty. I decided to purchase two upstream sensors and replace both the driver and passenger side.

The sensors were easy to access, not too difficult to remove, and less than one hour later the Suburban was running fine and the check engine light cleared itself.

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Cost of repair: <$200 and 1 hour of time

Dealership estimate: around $400 including labor, plus I would have spent 3 or more hours waiting in the "lounge" in their service department.

I've seen a signature here on Air Forums that indicates if women don't find you handsome they should at least find you handy. I think that's attributed to Red Green. So maybe I'm at least handy!
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New number 4 cop, fresh set of plugs, and a new fuel filter. 271,000 miles.
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The center console armrest cover was coming apart in my 2007 Tundra.
The lid new from Toyota is over $500.
Maybe I could get it covered at an upholstery shop for much less than that.
What I did: I ordered a $25 slip cover from Amazon to hide the peeling material on the console lid.
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What would I do with my time if we didn't own a 21 year old tow vehicle? I guess I'd buy a 12 year old tow vehicle!

Even the newer (12 y.o.) Suburban we own needs repairs now and then. At 117,500 +/- miles the check engine light came on the orher day. The local parts store checked the code and found the driver side upstream oxygen sensor was faulty. I decided to purchase two upstream sensors and replace both the driver and passenger side.

The sensors were easy to access, not too difficult to remove, and less than one hour later the Suburban was running fine and the check engine light cleared itself.

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Cost of repair: <$200 and 1 hour of time

Dealership estimate: around $400 including labor, plus I would have spent 3 or more hours waiting in the "lounge" in their service department.

I've seen a signature here on Air Forums that indicates if women don't find you handsome they should at least find you handy. I think that's attributed to Red Green. So maybe I'm at least handy!
Great pictures nvestysly. I replaced 3 sensors on my 2006 Dodge Ram. They sell them at auto parts stores for $ 40.00 ea. Bought special sockets for them, ended up using a pipe wrench. Since I'm very handy, that must mean....oh well.
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