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09-10-2012, 09:27 AM #1
2001 Suburban missing, bucking at 60mph
I was driving down I-85 south from Atlanta to Leesburg and still 150 miles away from home when it started missing and bucking at 60 mph and the whole vehicle was jerking back and forth. I slowed down to 55 mph and it was still doing it. I turned on the tow/haul switch to at least raise the rpm hoping it will help with the isse but it did not. Whenever I accelerate to 65-70 mph the whole vehicle will start jerking back and forth as if it was missfiring on some cylinders or running out of fuel. Oh, %#$t! my fuel pump is dying and may get stranded on the side of the road!
Well I decided to try one more thing before I gave up. I turned off the A/C and open the front windows. It was a nice low 80F outside so it would be a nice breezy drive. Wow! the jerking disappeared and I was able to cruise at 70 mph with no issues.
Question: Is it possible my a/c compressor is siezing up and affecting a 5.3L >250hp engine? I would think that the a/c compressor is so little to affect the engine. But I could be wrong.
I will check my a/c compressor tonight for internal mechanical binding by spinning the magnetic clutch pulley. Any other ideas? Thanks2011 Chevy Silverado LT 4WD 25k miles
2001 Suburban 2WD, 5.3, V8 176k miles
09-10-2012, 10:08 AM #2
I would figure that if the compressor was siezing the belt would just break. Does it do the same thing at idle with the AC on? I would check the egr valve. (if equiped, my 02 5.3L did not have one) They are easy to clean and the gasket is around $2 at autozone.
1995 Silverado 4x4
6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge
2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...5-GMC-Yukon-XL
2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)
09-10-2012, 10:28 AM #3
Well, for awhile now, maybe during the last 3 years, at idle when started from cold, the engine idles smooth. After it has been driven and you turn it off, and turn it back on while engine is warm, idle fluctuates a little maybe between 500-600 rpm and I can feel it surge up and down. So far, I just blip the throttle and the hunting disappears and the idle smoothens out.
Not usre if I have an egr valve but I will check.
I have never turned on the A/C since last night. I drove it around with the A/C off and the idle was really smooth even when I turn it on with a warm engine. I never had to blip the throttle to smoothen out the idle. Weird.
09-10-2012, 10:41 AM #4
When was the last time the plugs and wires were changed? If you clean the valve (just search egr valve cleaning for recommendations) I would also use compressed air to blow out the tube that it connects to. No sense in cleaning it, reinstalling it, and then having all the crap in the tube go into your clean valve.
09-10-2012, 10:08 PM #5
Well. got a chance to inspect the a/c compressor tonight. I had to remove the skid plate to be able to get to the a/c compressor. Once I got that out, the compressor clutch is now accessible then I started spinning the a/c clutch to check resistance. The a/c compressor is very stiff to turn but it was turning with great resistance. Very unusual since I know a good a/c compressor should be easy to turn. It looks like it is about ready to sieze up. I have a bad a/c compressor. I caught it just in time before the internals lock up.
09-11-2012, 12:05 AM #6
If you end up buying a replacement from a place like autozone be sure to read the fine print on the warranty. I have seen many people lose their warranty coverage due to not replacing the orifice tube. That is something that the kids at the counter forget to tell you. If they don't see the compressor and orifice tube on the same bill they don't cover it.
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