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    1995 Rear Bumper Replacement/Upgrade?

    The rear bumper on my '95 Suburban is rusting out. I can get an OEM replacement, but I like the newer Suburban's that have the trailer wiring socket built-in to the bumper.

    (on my current bumper...
  2. Thread: Poor Idling

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    I doubt it's a fuel-pump. I would imagine that a...

    I doubt it's a fuel-pump. I would imagine that a weak fuel-pump would have more trouble at high flow-rates (i.e. - highway cruise) than at low flow-rates (i.e. - idling).

    My first guess is a...
  3. Thread: blue smoke issue

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    My '95 Suburban with the TBI 350 would show blue...

    My '95 Suburban with the TBI 350 would show blue smoke whenever it first started up in the morning. The cure was to replace the valve-stem seals. Not too difficult or expensive a job to replace a...
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    Exactly - GM TEC (Top Engine Cleaner) is a spray...

    Exactly - GM TEC (Top Engine Cleaner) is a spray can that fires a thin stream. The directions say to spray it down the intake bore (throttle body) while the engine is running, and to use the entire...
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    Actually, the original problem was a cracked...

    Actually, the original problem was a cracked exhaust manifold. The diagnosis of that fault was needed before Seafoam could hope to fix the problem :) The secondary problem was carboned-up...
  6. Thread: A/C Question

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    What year Suburban are we discussing here? ...

    What year Suburban are we discussing here?

    Earlier vehicles only ran the A/C compressor when the vent selector was in the "A/C" or "Defrost" position. Later trucks have a separate "A/C" button...
  7. Another possibility is that the rubber gasket...

    Another possibility is that the rubber gasket around the edge of the "blend" door has rotted away....

    On most (all?) GM vehicles, all the air flows through the A/C evaporator before arriving at a...
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    Sorry to not have posted in a while - I was...

    Sorry to not have posted in a while - I was helping my best-friend's 16-year-old son replace the head gaskets on his '95 Camaro ("Hey, dad? The overheat light just came on, and when I checked the...
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    It's very difficult to buy R-12 nowadays (unless...

    It's very difficult to buy R-12 nowadays (unless you're a licensed A/C tech, but even then it's expensive).

    I converted my sister's old '86 Chrysler Laser from R-12 to R-134a. I didn't notice...
  10. Thread: no A\C

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    The way I do it is to first find the leak. ...

    The way I do it is to first find the leak. Condensers and Compressors are prime suspects.

    Next, I evacuate the system with a vacuum pump (the electric pumps are far better than the venturi-style...
  11. A.I.R. stands for Air Injection Reaction -...

    A.I.R. stands for Air Injection Reaction - basically, and air-pump. The A.I.R. headers have fittings on the #2 and #3 cylinders for the air pump to inject outside air into the exhaust stream to help...
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    What he said - for the most part, every gallon of...

    What he said - for the most part, every gallon of gasoline has the same number of BTUs. High or low octane, they both have the same amount of energy.

    The ONLY thing an octane-rating measures is...
  13. Thread: fuel leak

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    You're lucky - the last time I smelled gasoline...

    You're lucky - the last time I smelled gasoline whenever I filled the tank, I ended up replacing it. The tank had rusted out. So long as I kept it below half a tank it wouldn't leak... :)

    But I...
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    Coolant in the oil will manifest itself as a...

    Coolant in the oil will manifest itself as a milky white froth on the underside of the oil filler cap.

    If you smell coolant from the engine compartment with no obvious leak, then I'll bet dollars...
  15. Thread: a/c heat issue

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    Yes, there is an electric motor that controls the...

    Yes, there is an electric motor that controls the "blend" door.

    On this truck (like most others), the heater and A/C run full blast all the time (if the "A/C" switch is on). All the air flows...
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    Well, with fresh 'green' coolant, my radiator is...

    Well, with fresh 'green' coolant, my radiator is testing out at under 0.10 volts - whew! I guess I don't have to worry about my heater core springing a leak (I'd hate to have to rip apart the dash...
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    The Helm (Factory Service Manuals) are the most...

    The Helm (Factory Service Manuals) are the most informative, but not the most readable or straightforward. Lots of page-flipping when following diagnostic procedures. That said, if you carefully...
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    The tire pressure on the sidewall is a maximum...

    The tire pressure on the sidewall is a maximum pressure only for that tire. The tire pressure on the door-pillar decal, however, is the recommended pressure for that tire installed on that vehicle. ...
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    You can install a "T" fitting in an existing...

    You can install a "T" fitting in an existing vacuum line easily enough. The harder part will be determining which lines are 'constant' vs 'ported' vacuum. Constant vacuum sources always see a...
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    Given enough time and money, anything is...

    Given enough time and money, anything is possible....

    The dashboard on the 70s/80s Suburbans is made of metal welded to the firewall and covered in plastic and padding. About the only thing you...
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    I had a rattling noise coming from my truck when...

    I had a rattling noise coming from my truck when going over any kind of bump. It was hard to pinpoint, but in my case it sorta sounded like it was coming from up front.

    Checking the suspension,...
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    Well, that 'backfiring' I thought was coming from...

    Well, that 'backfiring' I thought was coming from the Y-pipe under my feet under hard acceleration has returned. A little more checking (i.e. - roll the window down to really listen), followed by...
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    Two- or Four-Wheel-Drive shouldn't matter, but...

    Two- or Four-Wheel-Drive shouldn't matter, but swapping axles isn't as easy as the old days. The easiest is to make sure the replacement axle came out of a Suburban, Tahoe, Denali, Yukon or...
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    It's nice that Faxon sells used factory service...

    It's nice that Faxon sells used factory service manuals. I've always purchased mine directly from the publisher, Helm, Inc.

    http://www.helminc.com/

    The set of manuals for the 1995 C/K-series...
  25. Thread: Rusty Suburbans

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    Welcome to the Rust Belt. My '95 Suburban has...

    Welcome to the Rust Belt. My '95 Suburban has fared a little better - I've only had to change the fuel tank and all the brake lines due to rust. Though the driveshaft is not looking too good.... ...
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