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    Default About to get dirty...

    Hi everyone,

    I picked up a 2000 GMC Sierra 4x4 last week. Let's just say the truck is pretty 'tired'. It has about 180,000 miles on it and hasn't been treated very well.

    I am going to be reading as much as I can to find out the best way to nurse her back to happiness.

    I can't do much big stuff myself...but I have a mechanic that isn't too bad. Just need to tell him what to do.

    Took it in for a safety so I could get an idea what's up. They said all the ball joints are bad. Idler/ Pitman arm is warn out, u-joints of front drive shaft warn, steering box leak, rear axle leaks, and some other lovely stuff.

    Near as I can tell the engine is still running strong and the transmission seems smooth.

    Hopefully we can get this truck going and last me a few years.

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    Legend unplugged's Avatar
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    High Deserts of SoCal


    Welcome and congrats on the new wheels. Check back here for tips and take some pics of the suspension work and post them here.
    There is no way to happiness....happiness is the way.:yipi:  _vXMYypuKMJFw671uF2ZPhjez_j-atRmcjM2zQKpQi1JSsB75/burb1.JPG
    High Desert SoCal
    93 K1500 burb (personal) 350 AT 3" Lift 250K+
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    Welcome to the site! With the miles on the truck, if it wasn't maintained well those problems are probably about right. If the drive train is good the rest of it shouldn't be too expensive (easy for me to say!). Good luck and have fun!

    2010 Z/71 Colorado C/C
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    Welcome to the site!
    Eddie , 2000 Chevy Tahoe Z71 (old style)

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    Welcome to the forum and good luck with the repairs!

    2009 GMC Sierra Denali AWD

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    trapper_canada: hi, welcome to our forum...congratz to your new purchase...

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    Welcome and good luck!

    Bobby - North Carolina
    2008 4x4 5.3L V8
    6" Suspension Lift and 1.5" Body Lift
    20x9 Ballistic Jesters w/35" Toyo Open Country MT's & 1.5" rear wheel spacers
    4:56 Yukon Gears
    Hypertech Speedometer Calibrator
    Baja style bed mount spare tire carrier
    Flowmaster 40 series dual exhaust
    Recon Smoked LED tails/3rd brake lights/black projectors w/switchback LED's in the corners
    N-Fab Nerf Steps
    K&N CAI
    No Fear Pedals
    Tint, Line-X bedliner, Window visors, Rear wheel well liners
    Painted front grill, bow ties and door badges, de-"lettered" tailgate
    Powder coated front and rear bumpers

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    Been quoted $2K for the work (part/labour/tax). A lot for owning a vehicle 5 miles but I paid a low price so if this bring everything up to speed than I am OK.

    Ignition switch, Upper and Lower Ball joints, Idler and Pittman arm, Front shocks, U-joint, new tank straps and an axle shaft seal. Oil and transmission fluid change as well.

    Should have it back Thursday.

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