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Normal Sounds The sound you are hearing is the ABS releasing pressure within the system to allow the wheels to continue to rotate and not lock up when you apply the brakes in low friction conditions. As the snow builds up and you encounter low friction driving conditions due to snow and ice the ABS will kick in more frequently because you are encountering ...


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My top suspect would be a radiator fan that isn't running when it should. The fans assist in transferring heat from the radiator to the surrounding air, and are most needed when the car is stationary. This doesn't mean that the fan is bad. It could be that the relay is malfunctioning or there is a break in the wiring somewhere, so I would try to rule those ...


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While disconnecting the fuel pump relay and running the engine will work, there are other alternatives. If you can access the Schräder valve, depress it to release the pressurized fuel before disconnecting the fuel lines. This will have the effect of reducing fuel line pressure. It helps to have the vehicle cool down and not running for a few hours. I don'...


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With only 200 miles on the engine, I'm thinking you could get away with using the same rings on the engine as long as you didn't see any scoring on the cylinder walls or any other obvious damage. With that said, a stock set of piston rings is dirt cheap for a 350 or a SBC in general ... as long as you are talking about the Gen I SBC and not a Gen III SBC (...


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If you can see and access the crack, a two-part epoxy or something like JB-Weld can be great for a temporary fix. This page shows the process on a metal radiator for a race car, but your fix would be similar. Clean the site of the repair, and rough up the surface with fine sand paper, especially if working on plastic. Mix the two-part epoxy and generously ...


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Things you will need: Head unit Steering wheel audio control adapter compatible with the head unit. Example for your truck Dash kit. It allows for the radio to fit in the non-standard opening.Link to kits Factory system adapter. Allows you to plug in the head unit harness into the factory one and keep the current speaker system in place without splicing in....


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I have a 97 suburban, so I believe things are very similar. I too have replaced lines on this truck and spent hours of time and over a gallon of fluid trying to get it bled correctly. A couple things that I've learned and have helped. Bench bleed the master. Remove the lines, install short lines, and have them go back to the reservoir on the master. Pump ...


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The one tool you will need to purchase / borrow is a Volt Ohm Meter (sometimes called a Multimeter). Then you need to use it to read voltage AT THE BATTERY, before the car is started and after the car is started. My guess is you won't see any voltage difference. Before the car is started, I would guess you'd see voltages like 12.6v or so. After the car ...


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I would use epoxy primer to start. You can then spray paintable undercoat on your frame, underbody. They come in various forms as depicted in the image below. You may also use a rocker guard type product as shown. To my personal taste, I would seal with epoxy primer, rubberized undercoat, and then oil undercoating to protect even further. Application ...


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If you've changed the calipers and the pedal now goes all the way to the floor, chances are that you've introduced air into the system whilst you had the calipers off. To fix this, you need to "bleed" the braking system. At each brake caliper / wheel cylinder there is a bleed nipple or bleed screw. The basic procedure is to start at the wheel furthest ...


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When sizing springs for a particular application, manufacturers have to get the right physical size for the job, but they also need to worry about the "spring rate" to properly support a given load. The spring rate is basically how much weight it takes to compress the spring. A larger engine is going to be a bigger static load for the suspension, and a ...


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Putty/epoxy works but here's a handy tip I picked up from my materials professor to ensure that the crack doesn't propagate: Drill small holes at the ends of the crack to arrest its growth before using metal putty/epoxy to seal the existing crack. My dad used to own a Maxima that developed a crack in the radiator's aluminum head. The mechanic he took ...


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Once your system expels as much fluid as it can via the pump there is still an additional amount of fluid that is left in the block and other areas that the pump can't push out because there isn't enough fluid and pump is just attempting to push air through the system. Some engines have block drain plugs. You would need to remove those, allow to drain and ...


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It sounds like a valve adjustment is required There are many items that can make a 'ticking' noise that is tied to the RPM of the vehicle. Having the sound match RPM's certainly gives a clue that it is associated with the operation of the engine. Many times a valve adjustment is required. This is a component of a regular maintenance schedule for almost ...


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I would replace the piston rings and inspect the pistons for any signs of damage. You are already investing money in repairing the engine. It does not make sense to skip such an important part. Make sure that the cylinder surface is prepared properly. A good machine shop should be able to do the work for not a lot of money. Note: If you comment about the "...


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You are correct in how to do this. I was just watching an episode of "Tech Garage" and they were talking about this very topic. Their suggested methodology was to pull the fuel pump fuse, and run the engine till it stopped on it's own. You can now change out the fuel filter. You will still get some fuel out of the line, but nothing like having 30-60 psi of ...


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There's air in the lines from the sounds of it, likely from them not correctly bleeding the system. An air bubble in the system will compress before the rest of the fluid in the lines, thus not actuating the brake callipers. If you don't have the tools to bleed your brakes at home, you should take it back to the workshop and get them to asap.


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The best way I'm aware of to cure this is to get zinc coated rotors. While the zinc in the wear areas (where the brake is applied) wears off quickly, all the rest of the brake remains coated in zinc and doesn't rust. This leaves it semi-shiney all the time. I had them on my 1994 Z28 which had the C6 Z06 wheels on it and shows quite a bit of the brake disk. ...


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Is there a legal or technical reason why they can't rotate my old tires? There is no technical reason. I don't know California law but it seems unlikely there's any law prohibiting him from rotating tyres that are not road legal. He's effectively warned you the vehicle is unsafe for use on the public highway and that should cover him against any legal ...


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On most fuel injected cars where you can hear the pump turn on, once the system is up to pressure, the pump won't re-engage until it needs to. One easy way to test this is to turn the car on, but don't start, first thing in the morning. If you hear the pump, good thus far. Next, tap the key over to just barely engage the starter, but not enough to start the ...


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On the upper control arms are two eccentric bolts for adjusting caster and camber. In this image the knockouts for camber/caster adjustment haven't been removed. And would need to be either cut out or use a special tool made by OTC. You need a camber gauge and plates or an alignment machine to set camber. If the camber on the bolts are maxed you ...


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I would bet the engine in your car is drive-by-wire, which means the computer is controlling the throttle, not you. In doing so, it is going to look at the load put on the engine and a bunch of other factors and give it only the throttle it can use as well as the gas ... at least in high gear. By going WOT in this instance, you'll not be causing your engine ...


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The conventional heater on your car is basically a small radiator inside the cabin and a fan. So yes, in the event of an engine heating more than it should turning the heater temperature and fan speed to the max with the windows open will help it cool down slightly. The effectiveness of this probably depends on the specific car model - or more specifically ...


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The tail lights on this car look like: (image source) The outer assembly is the one on the quarter panel: The inner assembly is the one on the trunk: I'm 99% sure of this, but note that it is the result of a bunch of Google searching, and generic product pictures on parts sites make finding a clear image confusing. If somebody could confirm this ...


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This is plain silly. Rotation is done on tires that are currently in use, not on new ones. If the shop wants to replace all four tires then there is no point in having them rotated. If the tire shop has troubles realizing that tire rotation is moot for new rubber then I have to agree with @NateEldredge - you're better off employing the services of someone ...


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Setting all other variables aside for a moment, "racing around" is something ill-defined and quite subjective, but it is entirely plausible that something like hard acceleration, while not in the short term, can get you better mileage in the long run. To understand why this might be the case, you need to understand the power band. An engine's performance ...


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This is the best picture i could find. Align the marks of the balance shaft gears. then install the big gear and chain. While installing align the marks on the big gear and crank shaft. PS this is a timing chain not belt.


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According to this article (and my knowledge, lol) the stock rocker arm ratio of most stock small block Chevy's is 1.5:1. Polylocks should work just fine. Whether you need the guide plates is completely up to what type of roller-rockers you get. If they are non-self aligning (NSA), you'll need the guide plates. If they are self aligning, you won't. My ...


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It appears that as soon as the vehicle detects a wheel has locked up, the ABS goes into failure mode. This would suggest to me that you may have a fault in the abs module. If it was a wheel bearing or sensor that was at fault, I would expect occasional false activation of the ABS and also normal activation where the pedal judders. It looks instead like ...


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It sounds like you're lacking compression - I think the sound you're trying to describe is the engine turning much faster than it should be, which would be hte case if there was no resistance. Have you checked that the timing is correct? When you replaced the gasket, did you get the head skimmed? Have you checked the correct torque values for the head bolts?



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