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55trucker last won the day on January 24 2016

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About 55trucker

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    Oshawa, Ontario


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    A long time a land far away.........
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    hobbies, hobbies and more hobbies, and ready to retire
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  1. 55trucker

    5 speed swap

    This trans is a pull-type clutch release arm, it uses a conventional fork arm to actuate the release bearing, the direction of the arm is the same as the old conventional mechanical linkage mechanisms, but the slave cylinder direction is reversed when compared to a typical hydraulic push type release bearing. One has to slide off the clutch fork from the release bearing, one gets at it thru the access hole in the casing, (that black plastic shield you see next to the slave cylinder location), when you *unclip* the fork from the bearing the case should separate, the release bearing is held in place to the clutch by a wedge collar that is snapped into the centre of the clutch assembly, one has to carefully separate the bearing from the collar with a screwdriver being careful to not break any of the tabs.
  2. Honestly guys, where are you getting this information from with regards to pouring oil into the strut housing? my '91 & my '96 OEM service manuals make no reference to pouring oil into the housing, but instead removing any leftover that may be in there, even KYB states to remove any & all remaining oil from inside the housing. The only *shocks* that I recall that did allow for pouring in fresh oil were the old rebuildable Bilsteins, but those were not a twin tube design, they were a mono tube design where the oil in the outer chamber DID provide cooling, but that practice was dropped when the valving at the bottom of the shock was reconfigured to allow *breathing*, any oil down there would cause the shock to *lock up*. Wayy back in the 70's when we had Datsun's in the family those shocks were rebuildable (long before gas charged twin tube shocks), and did require a certain amount of oil to be poured into the housing, but once again they were a monotube design & the outer housing served as the reservoir for the oil, they were not a twin tube design.
  3. My first thought is seeing as you've been into a shop to have this rectified what got in the way of that shop NOT solving the problem? If you've paid out money for their time & diagnoses why is the car not trouble free?
  4. 55trucker

    L82 upgrade options

    Well that's why I suggested *for an easy no fuss* upgrade one of the last LA1 engines, they were the best LA1 that GM offered for HP & torque figures, an L67 is a worthwhile upgrade but that's an entire powertrain/electronic swap, one doesn't really want to be putting 270 ft lbs thru a 4T60e.
  5. 55trucker

    L82 upgrade options

    For an easy no fuss swap, dump the L82 & pick up a healthy mid 2000's LA1 engine. There is a noticeable difference in the two engine's output. An aftermarket or reground cam will wake up the engine even moreso. Porting & polishing both the heads & the intake assembly adds to the performance. The L82's were stricken with the small dia exhaust, all LA1 engines were 2 1/2" at the downpipe.
  6. UH-OH, I sense one of these coming on....
  7. The nitrogen charge inside the shock (that pressure one feels working against you when trying to compress the shock) is what keeps the shock cool when it's working. Any leftover oil inside the strut housing *should* be sucked out at the time the cartridge is replaced.
  8. 55trucker

    Ignition switch replacement

    One can rule out the starter itself by testing it *still in the car* by using a remote starter switch, one lead directly to the positive side of the battery, the second lead goes to the ign terminal on the starter. Repeatedly press the button, if the starter responds in a normal manner all the time then start looking upstream for your issue. Disconnect the fuel pump relay when you perform this test.
  9. 55trucker

    Ignition switch replacement

    Did you replace the starter with a new unit or a another used item?
  10. 55trucker

    3.4L DOHC Dies on the Highway

    The steel tubing runs down to the vacuum modulator on the trans. One more test you can try.......pinch off the return fuel hose under the throttle body back to the tank, see if you still a low pressure situation, *one last did Not mention whether or not you can hear the pump priming when you turn the key to *run*.........either the pump won't spin up or the relay will not let it...... If you're satisfied that you've eliminated the FPR as the low pressure source & there's no other location along the fuel lines where pressure can be lost then you're dropping the tank to go get the pump out.
  11. 55trucker

    3.4L DOHC Dies on the Highway

    The MAP is at the right rear corner of the plenum (right is the passenger side), the plastic tube that connects the FPR to the base of the MAP has a neoprene/rubber connector at each end, after near 25 years it's not unreasonable that those two short rubber connectors would be dry rotted.
  12. 55trucker

    3.4L DOHC Dies on the Highway

    with any other engine one connects a vacuum pump to the vacuum port on the FPR & pulls vacuum to test the diaphragm, then connect a fuel pressure gauge to the scrader valve & test the fuel pressure when the engine is both key on, engine off & engine running. But this engine's plenum being the design it is one has to pull up the plenum to get access to the FPR vacuum port to do the test AT the FPR, but one can still connect a fuel pressure gauge to the schrader valve located on the over on the front of the engine (behind the PS pump). One can connect a vacuum line to the FPR port at the MAP sensor on the far right side of the plenum & test there but if the plastic line between the two is worn/ rotted open you won't know if the fault is the FPR itself or the vacuum line seeing as that line is routed under the plenum & hidden from sight.
  13. 55trucker

    3.4L DOHC Dies on the Highway

    Scott: is the check engine lamp actually working? the MAF you installed, was a new item or used?
  14. 55trucker

    3.4L DOHC Dies on the Highway

    The engine is at 1100 because the system is in open loop, it would not be that high in a closed loop situation, at a constant 1100 even closed loop suggests that there must be a vacuum leak somewhere. At this point I would not entirely trust the scanner information (due to the various third party scanners that have difficulty correctly reading the numerous GM OBD1.5 ecm chips of that time), my move would be to use a digital multimeter with hz capability to diagnose the MAF to ensure it is not failing.
  15. 55trucker

    Junk Yard Thread, Never ending

    I'm still in need of a fuel pump relay cap, the relay is mounted to the driver's side shock tower, the cap snaps into place, mine went *walk-about* a few months ago, can't find one up here, if anyone scouring a yard sees one still in the engine bay please pull it off for me & let me know what it will cost to slip it into a manilla envelope to send to me, thx in advance