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^^Sounds like Mr. Murphy gave you a pretty good demonstration of his Law. Glad you finally got it done, stuff I work on routinely fights me to a ridiculous degree so I understand.

PB Blaster is really good penetrant. A friend put me onto it back in the early '90s and after seeing how well it worked I just don't bother buying anything else. Probably don't want to know what's in it. It does stain some materials...but it has sure reduced my "blue wrench use."
 

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Yesterday i did a full fluid change on my 150k mile trans in the voy. By fluid color it had never been touched. Im not doing a filter change im just gonna leave it be. It shifts so much smoother. And this morning i finally figured out my noise i had while driving since i had done the brakes a month ago. It was the brake hardware just barely touching rotor i could see a clean spot on edge of rotor. Also the backing plate was touching so i cut most of it away because it was rusty and falling apart anyways. So now its kinda open back there but o well least theres no noises now thanks goodness. Its was driving me nuts. It was the drivers rear wheel making the noise. I had noise even when turning right so i thought it was front but found it was the back.


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I had the transmission serviced on my 2006 Envoy, purchased from my parents who owned it since new. Dropped the pan and new filter. Tranny shop owner came in after 10 minutes of putting the Envoy on the lift and said, 'Your car is brand new! There's absolutely no dirt or typical rust anywhere on the undercarriage!!' Only 26.7K miles on it. It is a sweet truck.
Fluid had never been changed, so I had it done for piece of mind.


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Only 26.7K miles on it! :thumbsup:
You've got a nice truck! I hope it serves you well!
 

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Well, this wasn't on my '04 TB. This was on the wife's '06 TB. The right side rear window defogger tab came off. I removed it from the vehicle and it was apparent that someone else had worked on it previously. The tab was broken across the connecting shaft and someone had (poorly) soldered it back together. The real problem with that repair is that I had intended to re-solder it back onto the window.

When I tried to apply some solder to the back of the tab, it separated into two pieces! :(
I found the same style of tab online, but $8-10 seemed to be the price range! For a small piece of metal that probably cost 5c to make! Off to the automotive recycling facility (U-Pull-It)! I paid the $2 yard entrance fee and pulled 6 tabs. The front counter didn't charge me for the tabs. :)
Came home, put some solder on the the back of the tab, and soldered the tab back in place. Hopefully it will work and stick. We'll find out when the frost comes!
 

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Last weekend I took 18 bags of mulched leaves to the landfill. Tomorrow I'm taking 10 bags of mulched leaves and a bunch of tree limbs and bushes.
The hackberry trees along both sides of the house are pretty well done shedding their leaves. The big ol' oak tree in the front yard is just getting started, though. It usually keeps about 25% of its leaves through the winter.
The trailer is made from a 1968 Ford F100. I bought it as a project truck, but then found a better truck. The '68 had parts from 4 different model years on it, so I named it Frankie, short for Frankentruck. The trailer still bears the name. It has definitely earned its keep over the years!
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Last night I replaced my battery in my 06 denali. Wouldnt start so i was driving our 05 sienna to work last few days. But last night i did battery and worked like a charm. Was really hoping it wasnt the starter again which i did last year. Next up is front end work. Not looking forward to that. Ball joints and some other things too. Ugh


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Having new front 'quickstruts' installed w/ alignment @ 32.8K miles. Found at a good price on RockAuto.

Hoping it stiffens up the front end & sharpens the steering somewhat. The original struts weren't worn out, but it felt like the front end behaved different to the rear end.

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I'm sure struts and alignment will help! I'm going to get an alignment done when I get a new set of tires for the beastie. That will probably happen the first week of July. Planning on going with Firestone Destination AT/2's.
 

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Said a few choice words to my ‘03 Voy tonight when I got to work. The battery in the key fob decided to die and the only keyed entry point on this thing doesn’t work..apparently the lock mechanism has malfunctioned inside the door so the key doesn’t work. Guess I’m calling AAA at 6:30 am when I get off work🤬🤬🤬🤬
 

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Purchased a cd after probably 25 years, and the bose head unit ate it.

Pulled the radio & I got it back.

Really surprised at how brittle the plastics are on this truck.


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Said a few choice words to my ‘03 Voy tonight when I got to work. The battery in the key fob decided to die and the only keyed entry point on this thing doesn’t work..apparently the lock mechanism has malfunctioned inside the door so the key doesn’t work. Guess I’m calling AAA at 6:30 am when I get off work🤬🤬🤬🤬
That would definitely be irritating! Hopefully AAA was able to get in without damage. Time to pull the door panels off and see if you can find out what the issue is.
 

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Purchased a cd after probably 25 years, and the bose head unit ate it.

Pulled the radio & I got it back.

Really surprised at how brittle the plastics are on this truck.


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Wow! That looks like a lot of work! Might be a good time to upgrade the radio. Maybe a single DIN with a cubby-hole underneath it. That's where I keep the plastic cap from a pop bottle when I'm drinking (soda pop) and driving!
Alcohol and I had a permanent parting of the ways back in 1983. Someone once asked General Robert E. Lee if he liked whiskey. "Yes, I like it. I love it, in fact. That's why I don't drink it."
 

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That would definitely be irritating! Hopefully AAA was able to get in without damage. Time to pull the door panels off and see if you can find out what the issue is.
Luckily AAA was able to get her open with o problems and they didn’t take very long to get to my job pretty quickly..well it was first thing in the morning. I grabbed new batteries for both remotes so I can reprogram them later today and a friend of mine is going to look at that lock cylinder on Monday when he’s done doing the alignment..helps having a mechanic friend😎
 

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Wow! That looks like a lot of work! Might be a good time to upgrade the radio. Maybe a single DIN with a cubby-hole underneath it. That's where I keep the plastic cap from a pop bottle when I'm drinking (soda pop) and driving!
Alcohol and I had a permanent parting of the ways back in 1983. Someone once asked General Robert E. Lee if he liked whiskey. "Yes, I like it. I love it, in fact. That's why I don't drink it."
Wasn't too bad. I was nervous about getting into the radio that much. Car Toys quoted me $1800 to install a $900 bells & whistles touch screen unit that would retain the bose & xm functionality.
I'll pass...

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Bought this 2005 LS 4x4 a couple weeks ago. 170k miles. Getting it cleaned up today and ready to be a blank slate for future mods. No idea what yet.


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Last Wednesday, I'm filling up with gas, 350 miles from home (no tools). Engine surges a couple times, then stalls. Ran crappy back to Brother-In-Law's home where we're staying. Stopped at Advance Auto along the way. Got the counter guy to put their piece-of-crap code reader on my 03 Trailblazer I6. Stupid code-reader shows P0300--random misfire. I asked him if that tool could display "real" codes instead of generic codes, and he confirmed that it would not. If they could have narrowed-down the misfire, I'd have bought a coil from them, and probably a 10mm wrench/socket/ratchet. But...NOOOooooo. Their junk code reader cost them ~$100 in sales.

Thursday, I drove 350 miles home at 50--60 mph. Trying to take it easy on the catalyst, as the SES light was flashing.

Put a REAL scan tool on it last Friday. The true code was P0301 not P0300 as displayed on the shitty code-reader. Pulled the Tupperware off of my parts-Trailblazer, stole the #2 ignition coil 'cause it's easier to remove than the #1 coil. Removed the Tupperware from the Daily Driver Trailblazer, ripped off the #1 coil. Pulled the spark plug--looked fine. Install plug, install the other ignition coil. Fire the engine--ran great. Cleared all the codes, put the Tupperware back on both vehicles. Changed oil 'n' filter on the Daily Driver--figured hundreds of miles on a misfiring cylinder likely contaminated the oil. Changed front differential lube. Only intended to check the level, but it was black as sin. It was light-honey colored when it went in, and it was light-honey colored when I pumped the new stuff back in. Greased the sway bar links. Dumped a 20 ounce bottle of Techron in the gas tank--I do that at every oil change. Reset the oil-change monitor.

Test drive showed that the O2 sensors were providing good info, the catalyst isn't dead, and it just plain runs like a top at 253,xxx miles.

The sweet, sweet, smell of success. I paid $400 for a parts car, delivered to my home. So far, it's saved me from buying a $70+ set of rear brake pads, and an $80+ coil. My $400 parts car now only owes me $250.

Next up: Pull the brake calipers apart and flush the brake fluid. I think I'm going to do all eight calipers--the Daily Driver and the Parts Truck.
 
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