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Is a rebuild my only option with blue smoke on startup?

Usually the puffs of blue smoke on startup are actually caused due to leaking valve seals. These can be changed without the need for an engine rebuild. Changing them out also can be done while the ...
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Oil in my radiator, but no water in my oil

The problem, in general, is that there is a leak between the lubrication system and the cooling system. There are only few obvious where this can happen: One is at the head gasket where oil can leak ...
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1989 s10 Blazer Cold Start issues

Take your car to a local parts store and have them check the battery. Old batteries lose cold cranking amps and it may just not be getting enough amperage to turn the engine and start the car. Often a ...
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1989 S10 Blazer loose lugnuts after tire change

I suppose it is possible to stretch the wheel lugs beyond their capability, even with an air wrench it seems unlikely that is your issue. I recommend that you do the following: With the wheel off the ...
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1989 S10 Blazer Rear end differential

You need to discover what your current rear differential is, then you can proceed forward with what you might be able to do for the Blazer. If I'm seeing things right, your rear end should be of the ...
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What is the difference between Stage 1 & Stage 2 Performance chips for an '89 S10 Blazer?

Generally as you start tuning an engine for more power, you get into a cycle where one thing leads to another – for example, I put in bigger injectors, but I don't have enough air to burn the fuel, so ...
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Squeaky belt issues on '95 Chevy S10

More than likely, the tensioner pulley spring is weak. If, when you are running the truck, you see the tensioner flex a lot during operation (belt easily tries to straighten out), then the spring may ...
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2003 chchevorlet S-10 pickup truck

You may want to jack it up and check the brakes and look to see if the fluid is coming from the brakes. It would be on the tire or the wheel on the inside. Look it over and try to pinpoint the origin ...
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Engine idle surging on startup & sputters during acceleration

One possibility is an split hose causing an unmetered air leak. This is an cheap fix to look out for before spending money on expensive components. Check the crank case ventilation hoses and the ...
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Oil in my radiator, but no water in my oil

You probably need to replace the head gaskets. The oil pump when functioning properly makes much more pressure than the coolant system. As a result, when the head gasket fails, oil can make its way ...
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Oil in my radiator, but no water in my oil

This engine is a single in block cam engine so there should be no high pressure oil going to the heads across the head gasket. If the head gasket was blown you would get the classic water in oil and ...
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Vehicle shakes when accelerating

The problem was the U Joints. No other fixes were necessary to stop the noise or the vibration.
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2000 Chevrolet S10 dies, won't stay on after jump-start

The battery isn't holding sufficient charge to power the vehicle's electrics. This could be due to: a failing alternator So something about the alternator or regulator is not allowing it to put out ...
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2000 Chevrolet S10 dies, won't stay on after jump-start

Unfortunately I suspect the answer is both - from what you've described I think the alternator has been failing for a while, and the increased discharge from the battery has probably caused that to ...
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Chevrolet 1989 s10 blazer AC clutch noise

From what you have described, you are seeing (and hearing) the AC compressor turning on and off. This is normal on most vehicles when the heating selector is set to defrost the windshield. They ...
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Chevrolet s10 AC blower motor

When it only works on high, this is a sure sign the blower resistor is blown. The resistor "does work" at the slower speeds by limiting the power which will flow through. It's direct power on high ...
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Rocker arm adjustment specs

You don't find a torque spec because there isn't one. There's a process you must follow to adjust your rocker arms. Stock rocker arm nuts have an interference fit, which have a clamping force of their ...
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4.3L Engine Will Not Rotate After Head Gasket Replacement

Take the valve covers back off, loosen all of the rocker arms, and take out the spark plugs. Then try and turn the motor back over using the socket wrench. I suspect what you've done is not tightened ...
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S-10 Truck Problems

Jack up the truck and rotate the tires. If they didn't turn freely, you need to fix the brake.
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1989 Chevy S-10

I would guess your clutch release bearing is starting to fail. Get it checked and fixed if necessary before it causes any collateral damage. If it has enough play in it, it can wreck the gearbox ...
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Truck won't start when sitting for 8+ hours in cold, but will with gas pedal

Some vehicles have a coolant temp sensor that adjusts how rich the fuel mixture is depending on temperature. I have heard that disconnecting the sensor simulates a cold start. You might as well give ...
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My 96 s10 sounds like a jet engine

Although it is impossible for anyone to know what exactly is causing the noise and poor acceleration, it sounds like it may be a restricted exhaust system. To confirm or deny this as a possibility, ...
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What is the normal (expected) idle on 1999 Chevy Blazer 4.3 V6

A v8 once warm can easily idle comfortably around 600rpm (in good condition...), my 3.5litre v8 did that all the time once warm (but not fully up to temp...).
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What is the difference between Stage 1 & Stage 2 Performance chips for an '89 S10 Blazer?

Basically it is up to the chip creators as to what exactly this means. To one tuner, Stage 1 could mean a 50hp boost, while to another it could mean a 35hp boost. There isn't going to be one set ...
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1994 Chevrolet S10 2.2L LS pickup - gas smell when starting

I would follow the path from the tank to the intake, just like for an electrical problem I'd start at the battery and work out. Might try working in reverse if that's easier, since the fuel path is a ...
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1994 Chevy S10 2.2 L LS pickup-no heat or ac and sounds like a fast sewing machine

I will need more info but here is what I can say. for the heater you will need to check to see if the heater core was hooked back up plugged or bypassed. I am assuming you let the engine warm up ...
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Squeaky belt issues on '95 Chevy S10

Another possibility is the wrong length belt was installed when it was replaced. Go to a parts store and get the part number, which is usually the belt width and length. If you want to make sure ask ...
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Squeaky belt issues on '95 Chevy S10

The soap on the belt will cause the belt to "slip quietly" – rather than stopping the slipping. Belt slippage is almost always due to either a damaged belt or low belt tension. With a newish ...
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1998 S10 Blazer Getting No Brake Pedal After Repair

(I have used this answer on several questions for chevy truck brake issues) I have a 97 suburban, so I believe things are similar, but I have rear drums. I too have replaced lines on this truck and ...
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1998 S10 Blazer Getting No Brake Pedal After Repair

You've got air in your lines, I am sure on that. Even if your question leaves me wondering in some places what you mean exactly. Once I have had similar issues where I replaced brake components, but ...
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