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  1. Flat rate book pays 3 hours on a 4X4; so depending on the shop's rate and or other issues; as in seized differential mounting bolts or bad U or CV joints, could all add to the cost? The oil pan gasket is around a 100 bucks; the pick up tube seal is about 6 bucks, then an oil filter and fresh oil; add another 40. I'm also going to say that this seal change is not a guarantee; you've got a 50/50 chance that it is the actual problem? So I guess I'm saying throw the dice and hope like hell you don't roll snake eyes? Dan.
  2. This is a long shot; but it has helped with a number of these high mileage GM engines. Go to Crappy Tire and get a bottle of the Lucas engine oil stop leak. Lucas This stuff will soften and swell rubber seals and if it is the pick-up tube seal (Which it likely is; I have done lots of them) you may get lucky and seal up the suction tube? It won't hurt anything, Lucas products have served me and my customer's vehicle's well over the years. Change the oil again and then pour this stuff in; even with the 15W40; diesel engines run it year round; so it wont hurt a 360K loosey goosey gas engine. LOL Take the truck for a drive (an hour or so) that'll give this stuff a chance to work through the whole lubrication system and have a chance to do its job. Dan.
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    Vehicle Insurance changes for 2019 NF

    Yeah there's no need to hold your phone to text with today's technology. My 17 Silverado has voice command to send and receive texts and make phone calls. Push one button on the steering wheel and tell the system what you want it to do. Verbally say what you want to text; it repeats the text back to you; then asks if you're ready to send. There has to be an after market source for a similar system? Dan.
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    The French need to fish more ......NF

    For things like this countries could take a lesson from the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi. 20+ some years ago when we were in the UAE, visiting my in-laws (they were teaching there at the university in Dubai) we read about the cab drivers in Abi Dhabi; rioting over territories. Most of the cab drivers are/were Sikh or Indian decent. On the morning of the third day of rioting the Sheikh called out his army. They were to collect all rioting drivers. They were then taken to the airport, where there were a number of jets waiting for them. The planes were to take them back to their home countries. Get on one and leave, we do not want you here anymore. Problem solved and there were hundreds of cabs abandoned, waiting for anyone to take them and work them. Harsh maybe; but cause me or my people grief and you will be dealt with. Dan.
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    Remote car starter

    Like what someone else here already mentioned; factory equipped or dealer installed; if the vehicle is under warrantee. The first thing that a tech at a dealership and myself now, is to disconnect an aftermarket system and rewire the harness back to its original state; if there are some strange electronic issues. I have had to disconnected remote starts that had been working fine for years; due to something in the remotes logic go screwy. Things like power windows not working or going down all on their own, power locks randomly locking and unlocking while driving down the road and my list of strange things could go on and on. All the control modules (computers) on today's vehicles, talk to each other via a serial data line and each module knows what the other's jobs are. Connect an aftermarket cheap knock off of a "known good" system and it sends skewed data down the serial data line, could confuse the other modules; causing them to make the wrong choices when they receive a command. I'm not knocking all after market remote starts; just the cheap knock offs or a cheap system that offers a lot of functions. Both of our vehicles have remote starts, my truck is a factory system and my wife's is a basic aftermarket by Viper. What I mean by basic is that it starts the vehicle and that's it; the factory fob does the rest. As for the comments of fuel usage; yeah sure it uses a bit of gas. But a lot less then driving a stone cold engine, with the computer dumping fuel into the cylinders to keep that engine from falling on its face; when you step on the throttle. Dan. Sorry forgot to mention, buy from and have a dedicated automotive electronic shop install your system. Not some pimple faced "trained technician" at your local Best Buy store.
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    She made me so PROUD NF

    Be proud for sure!!! It takes a lot of courage for a young person to stand up against another; that was/is doing wrong. My son when he was 10, was suspended from school for fighting. I couldn't believe it; he has always been a bigger kid (in size) then most his age. When we heard the whole story; yes he was in a fight and got his butt kicked. But he was portecting a younger kid from a grade 5 kid; that was trying to push the other off the swing set. He took his lumps and the suspension; but I/we knew he did the right thing. Dan.
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    Designers design, engineers implement the designs and the bean counters tell everyone what will be allowed. Dan.
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    Regardless of all the politics and Bull; it's still a shame to see GM pulling out of Oshawa; it's the end of an era. This old girl was built there, back in 1950; she's my pride and joy. 1949 was the first year for this body redesign post WW2. The original truck plant was opened in 1918, good bye centurion. Dan.
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    My son is an engineer working for GM at the technical center in Warren Michigan. He was sent to the truck assembly plant in Texas; to find out why some of these trucks had a server engine vibration. What he found was that some of the frames were not parallel to each other; causing the engine mounts to be stretched or crushed to their limits. After some investigating he also found that all the frames that came out of St Thomas Ontario were perfect. The bad frames were all made in Mexico. So you ask my son what he thinks of out sourcing, to save a few bucks. He spent a few weeks down there to come up with wedge shims to be placed between the frame perches and mounts to center the engines. When he got back he asked Chevrolet's lead engineer if the bean counters were going to be held accountable; rather then his engineering department. All he got from his boss was shrugged shoulders. Dan.
  10. Had a different reply; but I don't want this thread to go down the toilet; with a pissing match. Sorry but I stand with my first post. Dan.
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    Get ready Cormorants 😡

    How convenient it is to dump this issue onto the hunters? It won't cost the ministry a dime and if this proposal is passed and doesn't lower the population of birds; they can say we gave the public a chance to make a difference. More politics then remedy! Not sure what else can be done; but putting a bird that is worthless as table fair is idiotic. By proposing this the ministry is acknowledging there's an issue with these birds. They need to put their big girl's panties on and get out there themselves fixing this problem. Dan.
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    Need new boat cover, advise please

    convertaboat Go see Bert. Tell him what you're looking for and I'm sure he'll be able to help. My sister worked for him before she passed away. She never had a bad thing to say about Bert and was impressed with what he would do for his customers. Dan.
  13. Maybe that's the mentality these two kids have; coyotes are a useless animal. But again where did they learn this type of thinking? Dan.
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    Easy DIY line holder for spools

    I think it looks like a great idea? Dan.
  15. These two idiots are bad enough; but in my opinion the parent(s) of these two should also be held accountable. It's obvious the kids didn't have any respect for the animal. And in my opinion, respect is something that is taught and their parents have failed dreadfully. Dan.