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  1. I have a 2001 Express 3500. Was changing the rear axle seal, and I think I may have driven it in too far. It's driven in evenly, but it's a few mm recessed inside the hub. I recall that when I took off the old ones, they were flush with the hub. Not sure if it matters that it got banged in that deep? At this point I would have to basically ruin it to get it out and install a new one...thanks
  2. Thanks to all you guys for your suggestions. I'm going to think about this some more and I will try to follow up with what happens. Either way, ironically in a way this makes the decision easier for me, because I really wasn't sure whether it was worth the time and money to fix it. I was planning on doing it but it wasn't an easy decision. By these guys making the job harder, it's more clarity not to go forward with the repair. I do realize that's kind of a backwards way of thinking but hey. And don't get me wrong, I'm still going to go after them. But I'm feeling ok with my current situation is all. Thanks again
  3. I'm definitely going to follow up with a lawyer friend of mine. And honestly at this point it may not be worth fixing the truck regardless. Really frustrating that people would do that. I realize that they thought I was never coming back and that the truck was junk. But still it's so insensitive. And then to charge me storage fees and ship it back in that condition? Terrible. It was in Virginia. I'm in NY.
  4. Actually now I'm starting to wonder if maybe they did swap in a bad tranny. They obviously wouldn't have planned on doing that initially, but perhaps they pulled the tranny because they needed it, and then when they heard I planned on taking the truck back they put the busted tranny back in? I can't think of any other explanation. I know this whole story sounds crazy, but trust me it's real. They had to do some kind of a chop job to put things back together clearly. I can't think of any other explanation. This truck is low mileage and was very well maintained. The whole thing is insanely frustrating. Is there any way of verifying whether the tranny on the truck is the original one?
  5. I guess there's no way for me to know for sure. But it didn't look out of the ordinary near the transmission, no fluid or anything. Also, I'm pretty sure they were planning on taking parts off my truck for another truck, not the opposite. So no reason they would have done that. I just thought maybe they wanted the running boards.
  6. The title of this thread is no joke. I'll make a very long story as short as possible. My 2004 Suburban got rear ended badly, and I was out of state, and so I had to leave it at a local body shop over there. The damage was basically just rear end body work, with some minor suspension repairs. Insurance was totalling it, but I was trying to decided if and how to repair it. The shop that it was at was not very helpful, and after it sat there for a few weeks eventually I had it transported back to near where I live. First thing I noticed was that the running boards were missing from the truck, but they were inside. That was very odd. The guy who towed it told me some strange explanation the shop told him for that. Very weird, but ok. It was a couple weeks more after that before I actually got it back to my house to work on. Well, guess what. First we discovered, oddly, that the truck would not go in reverse. Which was not the case when I had left it at the shop. Also, it was telling me Service 4WD. Well, anyway, when I went underneath I discovered that they had begun harvesting parts from my truck!! Apparently that shop assumed I was never coming back and that the truck would be junked, so they thought they could just take some stuff they needed!! So, the front drive shaft that runs from the front axle to the transfer case is missing entirely. And a whole bunch of connectors are unplugged from near the transfer case, and I can't figure out where they go, so there's probably a control module or something that they took. There's a ton of codes in the TCC module. They also damaged the exhaust in the process, and other stuff but that's for another conversation. They cut the nuts on one of the exhaust pipes to lower it, and I'm not exaggerating, they literally put a c-clamp on the pipe to sort of hold it together for the tow back up to me. I doubt they were interested in the drive shaft; I'm guessing they probably planned on taking the transfer case, or tranny, whatever, but probably they heard that I was taking back the truck before they got to that point. I do intend to try and take legal action, but in meanwhile I need to figure out what to do. I'm not worried about the 4WD issue right now, even though I may want to repair it at some point, but bottom line right now I want to figure out why it won't go in reverse. And to see if the vehicle can drive normally at this point. The transmission fluid condition and level seem fine. There's no indication that the transmission was damaged, and no reason to assume that it suddenly went bad. I'm sure it has something to do with what they did. Perhaps with something they disconnected or removed. The shift cable looks ok I think, but I'm not really sure how to diagnose that for sure. My scan tool did confirm that the transmssion range sensor indicated Reverse when I put it in reverse. I'm at a loss where to take it from here. So frustrating. Would really appreciate any help, thanks!!
  7. Yes true, I don't mind doing that, but if it is almost certainly the radiator I would order a radiator also in advance to save time.
  8. I'm pretty sure this is a bad radiator, but want to confirm with you guys 100%. I could get a pressure tester and maybe should, but want to see if it's really obvious. I've just never diagnosed a radiator before. 99 Suburban, overheating pretty quickly. No big puddle of coolant on the floor, but strong smell. Then I noticed that at the base of the radiator, I think it's called radiator support, it's like a plastic "tray" that the radiator sits on/in, and it is full of coolant. Also the fan has coolant sitting in it. None of the hoses or fittings coming from the radiator seem to have leaks, so is this open and shut case of needing a new radiator? Thanks!
  9. Anyway, so my friend got the cat replaced, and it drives MUCH better. No misfires either. In case anyones curious whether a bad cat can cause misfires, the answer is yes...hopefully the screw piece will be fine, no issues so far
  10. It was a rebuild. Yes I guess cam timing could be. Who knows. If these guys won't deal with it, I don't know what he should do.
  11. You're 100% right, but they refuse and my friend isn't the confrontational type of personality. Very sad and pathetic business model. What do you think about the cam thing and misfire?
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