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  1. Drakito

    Tricky ABS and TCS behavior 1999 (may apply 2000+)

    First I've heard of that. Still have tons of DOT 3 at my shop. Every parts store near me has hundreds of bottles of dot 3 sitting on the shelf. Maybe 5 DOT4 and 1 to 2 DOT 5. 1 DOT 5.1. DOT 3 is the standard clearish-yellow brake fluid used in every car and truck from the 60's up till today. I...
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    What are your top five emergency items for your trunk?

    I have a "go box" in every vehicle. The go box in the Suburban(The Hulk) has wheel chocks, a small hydraulic floor jack, a bottle jack, jack stands, 4 way lug nut tool, gear wrench set, small hand tool set, extra serpentine belts that fit that vehicle, 1 qt oil, 1 qt trans, 8oz brake fluid, 1...
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    Removing heads on Ultra

    I've done complete race rebuilds of these engines, as well as in car head gaskets. My engine build log has about 600 photos of the process in it.
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    2004 Buick Park Avenue losing coolant

    Old green and dexcool will actually slowly chemically react and turn into a sludgy gel. The main problem with dexcool is that GM originally said it was a lifetime fill fluid in 96, Cadillac in 94. Turned out it is a maintenance fill fluid that needs flushed and exchanged every 3 to 4 years. Old...
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    Volt light reset?

    The volt light could indicate the bad battery. Reason being it is not just a dummy light on the newer models. The computer could be reading too much AC flutter in the feed, showing the battery's filtering capacity is shot. Not sure if your 02 has that ability though. Grounds are a huge thing...
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    Interior window moisture

    Seems like you hit all the major ones. The only further things I can think of are:Check the vents in the trunk to make sure they open and close without sticking. Change the cabin air filter and vacuum out the inlet under the cowl. Check the cowl drain vents are not blocked. Check the climate...
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    No headlights, taillights, or instrument cluster lights.

    Wire chafing in the trunk lid or by the front lights can short to ground. I have also seen minor collision damage cause it. My guess though is the other 2 fuse boxes you didn't know about. ;)
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    Oil pressure problems

    It could be heat related. As the oil heats up the pressure sensor starts getting flaky. As they are cheap and easy to replace yourself, it never hurts to swap.
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    Window tint?

    Certain states can impound your vehicle if they give you 2 or more tint tickets and you don't fix it. Some states don't. Utah can revoke the registration on the second and impound on the third, making you pay the registration and impound fees for every violation. That adds up super fast, like...
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    New suspension all around - Low rear end

    The monroe all in one struts sit about 1.5 to 2 inches high for about 1 to 2 months and around 1000 miles before settling to level. The rear air ride should be normal height. If the wheels are tucked and in low rider mode there is something else wrong. Usually its an air leak somewhere, but the...
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    No headlights, taillights, or instrument cluster lights.

    There are 3 fuse boxes on the PAU. The first under the hood is easy peasy. The second under the back seat is a little harder to find. The third in the passenger footwell is a pain and has the most fuses of them all. The lights have feeds at all 3 boxes. A single shorted out bulb can also cause...
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    Gas won’t go to engine on 2002 Park Avenue Base

    Jeez O Pete. everything you have written about that shop would make me run as fast and as far away as I could. Fuel delivery issue is a simple check. A clunk in the engine area and they immediately jump to a new engine? What did they tell you went out? Oil pump, rod bearings, main bearings, cam...
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    Traction control

    Scan tools are always worth it. Buy the best one you can afford. The better it is, the more functions you get, such as ABS and airbag codes, ABS pump activation for bleeding, etc.
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    Low oil pressure on 3800 174000 miles.

    Definitely gasket leaks if you are smoking. Oil will breakdown over time and become "runnier" if you will, lowering it's viscosity due to shearing of the oil particles with use. A cracked head can also be your coolant leaks. The 3800 series 1 and 2 both are notorious for it in high mileage...
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    Traction control

    Luckily on the 2003 PAU you have, the traction control codes get stored and can be retrieved with a scan tool. They will NOT set a check engine light, but will set the traction light. When my traction light showed up 8 years ago it was the steering wheel sensor, but it can be any of the wheel...
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    Would EVAP line to tank be wet if it had a leak?

    Clean it off with something and see if it comes back.
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    Would EVAP line to tank be wet if it had a leak?

    EVAP carries nothing but vapor. If it's wet it's probably pin holes in the return lines rust. At the brake booster, the largest and furthest forward is the fuel pump output. The one just slightly smaller immediately behind it is the fuel return. The same size as the middle at the firewall side...
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    Low oil pressure on 3800 174000 miles.

    You can see it below the exhaust manifold. It's basically a flat bar with a cut to fit around the diff case and 2 tabs to bolt to the block.
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    Low oil pressure on 3800 174000 miles.

    60psi is fantastic. My race engine with all my oil flow mods puts out about 60 to 80spi cold idle, depending on ambient temps, then drops to about 30psi for hot idle, which based on the oil I use is exactly where it needs to be. Any load at all and oil pressure rises linearly up to 70psi at...
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    Low oil pressure on 3800 174000 miles.

    You can also open up the pump, which is on the front cover, and add a shim to the oil pressure bypass valve(basically a normal thickness fender washer), upping the pressure by about 10psi over stock.
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