Just before winter I noticed that the truck wasn’t running like it should. Looked under the hood and noticed that it looked like the PCV valve was puking oil. My best guess was it was clogged since I had previously run CRC GDI cleaner through it twice to clean out the carbon/oil residue. So I decided to gather up everything I needed to perform a walnut blasting to the intake valves when spring came. Last weekend I was able to get this done. The valves weren’t as bad as I was anticipating, but either way I wanted them to be as clean as possible. The truck now idles almost completely smooth which is the main issue I was having. I also replaced the spark plugs & wires while I was at it since I took the spark plugs out anyway to make it easier to turn the motor over by hand when checking that each valve was closed before I began blasting it. Below are some pictures from before and after.
I have one sitting in my basement, but have not installed it yet. My transmission was replaced under warranty last year because it was hesitant to go into drive whenever the truck sat for 8 or more hours. It’s funny that they never installed a dipstick and use the excuse for it as people don’t need to do it themselves because they’ll screw up the transmission, but GM themselves can’t even get these transmissions right to begin with.
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I'm hoping they change where the lower fender meets the bumper. I think if they change the flow of that it will be a lot better looking truck.
I don't exactly care for electric vehicles at the moment, but my opinion could be changed if they become more advanced. If I had the choice of an electric vehicle with at least 400 mile range and great reliability, I would take that over a small 3 or 4 cylinder engine with a turbo.
Haven't done anything to the truck lately, but I did take it to the dealership over two weeks ago now for a hesitation when shifting from Park to Drive. Turns out they have to replace the torque converter and the transmission. Hoping to have it back soon.
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So it's been a few months but I've still been doing some mods here and there. Added the "Glowtie", new wheels and tires, some LED headlight and fog light bulbs, window tint, Hawk brake pads and rotors, and last weekend I started to clean out the rocker panels and spray them with inner panel rust proofer. I only got the the passanger side done so far, but I'm hoping to get the drivers side done this weekend. Probably over kill since this truck will never see winter weather if I can help it, but better safe than sorry. Wheels are made by ION and the tires are LT275 65 R18.
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