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Thread: Vehicle matinance
04-01-2010, 12:10 PM #1
How can you make a vehicle last longer? My Silverado only has 185,000 miles on it (thats nothn on a 350)and i was wondering how to get more life out of it. I always change the oil reguraly, even if it dosnt need it. And i always use high quality oil, castrol GTX with Lucas Oil Stabilizer and the motor uses little oil(about 3/4 of a quart per oil change). I always keep the plugs and plug wires changed and keep the air filter on my intake clean and change it when its supposed to. I keep the fuel filter changed too. I periodicaly also get my tranny flushed and the filter changed. I also take apart my throttle body and clean all the parts and flush and refill my coolant too. And im never hard on my truck either. Is there anything else im missing or does anyone have any advice for me on this? Thanks.1995 Silverado,Z71, 3-inch lift,2-inch leveling kit, SkyJacker Suspension, short ram-air intake, throttle body spacer, MSD ignition coil, straight pipes
04-01-2010, 12:19 PM #2
sounds like u're doing the required maintenance already. i do the same thing as you as well as flush out my brake fluid once a year. just recently i discovered sea foam to clean out the carbon.2K Bowtie Silverado xCab 5.3L
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04-01-2010, 12:55 PM #3
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04-01-2010, 01:56 PM #4
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There are alot of videos on Youtube on using sea foam or go the Sea foam website.
04-01-2010, 03:36 PM #5
It helped on the 4.3L EGR on my Jimmy the first time. The next time I had to remove the EGR and break out the carbon crud inside the valve plunger housing...
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04-01-2010, 04:55 PM #6
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Thanks so much for the help. I looked on youtube & found that helpful too. I have been thinking about removing the EGR valve & cleaning with some brake cleaner or something, but I was afraid I would damage the gasket. I have been told recently that the gasket is metal & it rarely comes off or breaks when the valve is removed. I'm going to try the seafoam vacuum line Saturday a.m. on the van.
04-02-2010, 11:38 AM #7
Thanks for the help and the info about usn seafoam. I think i'll give it a try.
04-02-2010, 11:51 AM #8
I think if you are careful removing the valve you shouldn't mess up the metal gasket, don't use the BFH.
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