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  1. No problem, hope what I've provided helps. I did a little research and was actually a bit wrong about the last throttle body I bought at Advanced Auto Parts. It's a Techsmart and is actually made in Mexico, not the US. They also had an option at the time for yet another made in China unit but after all the bad luck I had with them, even though they were considerably less $$ up front, I spent the $200 + on the Techsmart and it's paid for itself so far, zero problems with it. I also recall they had a good warranty on them if it were to fail. They also now have an AC Delco reman but I tried one of them as well and it lasted like 6 months and I was under the hood again. As for fixing the one you have, they do have a repair kit available as well but it will take more than 15 minutes to do the job. The throttle body will need to come off, then you have to drill out the rivets that hold the black cover in place, then hope to repair it without messing anything up, put it back together and get everything right. I pondered that option and decided against it. Marc
  2. Also as an add on here. Disconnect the battery when replacing the throttle body and touch the battery leads together, this and the time taken to replace the throttle body gives the computer time to clear any codes stored, and you basically start from square one on re-connect and first start. There are several procedures outlined online as to doing the throttle body relearn procedure, but I found the best way to do it is just start the engine and let it idle (don't touch the throttle) until it comes up to full temp 210 degrees. Once you're at 210 put your foot on the brake, let it idle and put it in gear for a few, but don't let the truck move. Put it back in park, still letting it idle and turn on the AC for a few, then put it in gear with the AC on and again keep your foot on the brake and just let it idle for a few. After this take it for a normal drive and vary the throttle but don't go nuts at first and go drag racing. At first the truck will be pretty poochy and will seem to not have a lot of power. What's going on is it's re-learning as you drive and you will have to drive it for a few days as it re-maps everything. After I drove mine a few days I began stabbing the pedal to the floor at various speeds and the truck began to come back to life in fairly short order. It takes a number of these flooring procedures but again, all was back to normal in a fairly short period. If you want to try the throttle body repair kit vs. replacing the throttle body it's up to you, but again my 2 cents worth is I wouldn't especially if the repair kit is not US made. Marc
  3. Hi all, I haven't been on this forum for a long time but got an email notice this morning that this old thread has suddenly come back to life. A couple of things I've learned since originally posting this that may also help. In addition to all I've listed to go through and check, the grounds being one of the more important to check, in particular the ground on the frame under the drivers door and the one on the back of the drivers side cylinder head (very hard to see and you have to feel around to find it), the other issue is the throttle body itself. Here's what I've learned that is also at issue..... There is what they refer to as a wiper inside the the throttle body under the black cover where the plug connects and basically the guts of the throttle body with the gears and so on reside. Basically there's a small plate inside with electrical contacts on it that wear out over time, causing the signal to jump erratically from the contacts hence throwing the truck into reduced power mode because the computer is getting errant readings as to the position of the throttle body. Auto parts stores such as Advanced do now sell a repair kit for the throttle body and I've seen a few videos online outlining the fix but my 2 cents worth is I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. The answer if you've exhausted all other possibilities and it is still happening is to replace the throttle body with a new 'quality' unit. Beware of the cheap made over seas by the CH-ina company units, don't waste your money as they will last around 6 months to a year without issue and will be at it again, trust me I learned the hard way! The last throttle body I put on my 03 was made in the USA, was about two years ago now and have not had one problem since. At the time the factory replacement was an AC Delco but they were on back order and were impossible to find. If you have a throttle body with a lot of rounds on it (i.e. lots of miles), find a good quality built in the US unit and your problem should be solved. I don't remember the brand I ended up buying but it was US made and I got it at Advanced Auto Parts, they should still have them. Hope this helps, Marc
  4. Hi all, I saw an old post here from 2014 I replied to on this subject, but thought since it is now 2019 and maybe there's been a few changes that I'd start a new thread and see if anyone here has the answer to this. The wife and I just picked up new trucks on lease, mine a 19 Silverado LD and her's a 19 Colorado. I'd like to be able to activate the backup camera while towing just to be sure things with the trailer, hitch, straps, (nothing is ready to fall off! ) ect., are OK as I drive. On the Colorado there's a camera icon on the display you can tap while driving and you can then see behind you same as when you're backing up. The dealer claims I can do the same with my LD, however there is no camera icon on the display like there is on the Colorado, and so far haven't been able to figure out if I can even make the camera work while driving or not. I did read on the internet that there's possibly a setting to activate the camera while in forward gears in the 'driver assist' settings. Haven't tried it yet but if anyone here can confirm one way or the other would be greatly appreciated.
  5. The wife and I just picked up new trucks, mine a 19 LD and hers a 19 Colorado. On the Colorado you can activate the camera while driving. There's an icon on the display, just tap it and viola, you can see behind while you're driving. The dealer told me on my LD that I could do the same thing but there's no camera icon on the display like there is on the Colorado, and so far haven't been able to figure out how to make it work. You'd think if the Colorado does it then the Silverado would as well? I too would like to view behind while towing as an example and you'd think this would be a standard thing. I read online that there may be a setting in the 'driver assist' settings to use the backup camera while driving forward. I'll do some additional investigating and see what I come up with.
  6. You should be able to drop a 350 in it without problem and as far as motor mounts go, everything should bolt right up. Places like Summit and Jegs sell complete 350's ready to run quite reasonably priced, or as long blocks and all you generally need to supply are things like the intake, valve covers, distributor, carb and so on. If it were me, I'd look for a 1996-2000 long block with the vortec heads (no, 305's of any year do not have vortec heads), but you would need to verify that the long block you buy has provisions for a mechanical fuel pump. Why a 350 with vortec heads? Arguably the vortec heads are the best out of the box iron heads GM ever produced, including those from the hot rod days of the 1960's and up to 1970. Their only limitation without machine work is camshaft lift which is limited to about .450 lift, some say you can go a bit more, but for a truck you're looking for torque, not high RPM, so a high lift cam is not needed anyways and there are several aftermarket cams that will stay under the lift limitation and give you tons of low end torque and you'd make 300 HP pretty easy. The other plus is if you go with the 1996-2000 engine you get the roller cam block, so no worries about breaking in a flat tappet cam shaft. Summit and Jegs have cams they can recommend and would work nice. I'd go with a dual plane intake designed for idle to 5500 RPM operation (the intake will have to be for vortec heads), a 600 CFM carb such as an Edelbrock performer and you could throw a set of headers on it (also from Summit or Jegs), a free flowing dual exhaust and you'd have a nice combo that would be fun to drive. You'll be fine with the transmission you have and you really wouldn't want to throw much more power at it than the recipe I outline here. One thing not mentioned in your question: Is your truck computer controlled or is that part long gone?
  7. Most 'from the factory' small block Chevy's will indicate a red-line around 4500 RPM on the factory tachometer. You can run them safely up to around 5500 RPM, but why beat on it? You wouldn't be gaining anything anyways as the stock camshaft specs will not be targeted for this high an RPM. I also like to play it on the safe side with stock bottom end components and stay under 5000.
  8. You're exactly the kind of customer the shops like and are hoping walk in the door every day! Easy money.
  9. If you messed up the plug wires you'd think you'd at least get a pop or a backfire when cranking. Did you check for spark at the plugs? If your truck has the same rinky dink distributor cap as my 98 Yukon they're kind of a joke and after sitting, especially when the cap gets older and if it's been wet or damp they can be stubborn to start. I think what happens when the cap gets bad is yes you do get spark, but it's erratic and is jumping all over under the cap and not going to the wire it should be going to, hence it won't start. I've had a similar issue in the past and again recently with my Yukon, l put a new cap and rotor on it and the thing fired right up, no issues since. Does your cap look like this? >>>https://www.1aauto.com/distributor-cap-and-rotor-kit/i/1aedk00042?f=699211&y=1998&utm_campaign=gb_csv_br&utm_content=EDK&gclid=Cj0KCQjwierMBRCHARIsAHl9i4HNUcqa2OfCGdwyppmvDtnQAvj4EQnDqNMpyKEVpyvri-AH-ZnFYRwaAjd_EALw_wcB
  10. Plug for the water temp sensor on the drivers side cylinder head? If it's that short it probably wouldn't be long enough to reach anything on the intake manifold, and if it was anything unplugged there I'm sure the check engine light would be on. Could also be the plug to the original horn?
  11. Ahhh, blown head gasket. That could definitely cause that type of noise. Had a slightly leaking head gasket on my 350 in my Camaro last summer after a rebuild, it was kind of a chirping metallic squeaking sound off and on and I could not for the life of me figure out what the issue was. Once I had the head (Dart, junk!) off you could see a dark spot on the block deck surface where the exhaust gases had been escaping under the gasket. Fortunately for me there was no coolant leak. I turned the Darts in and got a refund, put on a set of GM Vortecs and VIOLA! Runs like a champ!
  12. A bad flex plate can be tough to determine without removing it as they crack very close to the bolt holes which is tough to see when the converter is in the way. It's possibly the flex plate but I'd more so suspect the torque converter itself. A bad converter will usually make a clunking or ticking sound when they are getting bad, it may also make a creeking or kind of a metal on metal scraping sound when you go from drive to reverse with your foot on the brake. Can you remove the tranny dust / inspection cover and let it idle in park while you take a look at the converter spinning from under the truck? If it's the converter it will be pretty obvious, you'll be able to hear it. A bad or vibrating converter could also cause the engine to feel like the idle is rough.
  13. Depending on your answer to the above I'm guessing so far something transmission related.
  14. Is the idle rough in both park / neutral and in gear, or just when it's in gear?
  15. The 6.0 in my 03 has always been a bit clickity clacky as well, and I also suspect it's the injectors making the noise. As others have said here, these engines are a bit noisy. I'll also agree with the others here, I don't think it's lifters or you'd really hear it, especially on cold start up. If it is lifters another trick is dump in a quart or two of kerosene before you change the oil, let it idle for a few minutes and then change the oil, the kerosene serves the same purpose, flushes the engine. Did that on my 98 Yukon that had pretty bad lifter click on cold start up, cured it 100%.
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