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#1893 of 1973 Intake Manifold Gasket
Jan 12, 2010 (1:45 pm)
Have a 1999 GMC Safari and it was leaking anti-freeze. Mechanic said it was the intake manifold gasket. He said it would be 800.00, While replacing the gasket he says when he removed the intake manifold something must have fallen into the engine and was causing it to knock. He then had to take it apart again and take the Head off to remove the debris and of course charge more.
I have not heard of this happening unless you dont cover with clean rags while doing the work ? I have normally trust him for a long time but wondering if the extra cost was due to sloppy work.
#1894 of 1973 Re: Intake Manifold Gasket [wolverine2]
Jan 12, 2010 (7:01 pm)
Debris? What the heck kind of debris? Like a nut or bolt? Small debris would typically get blown out of the cylandar via the exhaust valve. If he dropped something substantial into the head and it got sucked in through the intake valve, then there's a good chance it would have found it's way out through the exhaust valve. Something doesn't add up. Did he offer to show you the "debris" after he charged you to correct his mistake? Sounds like it's time to start looking for a new mechanic. Apparently this economy has caught up to your mechanics wallet.
#1895 of 1973 safari trans problems
Jan 12, 2010 (7:46 pm)
I have a 94 safari that doesn't shift into 2nd gear unless you let off the gas and it doesn't shift into overdrive at all. I tried replacing the TPS and flushed the fluid and changed the filter with no change. My next step is to rebuild but I am wondering if anyone knows exactly what the problem is so I can make sure and replace it when I rebuild.
#1896 of 1973 Re: Intake Manifold Gasket [Steve_01]
Jan 13, 2010 (4:41 am)
Oddly enough I asked him what debris he found and he said by the time he took the head off he could not find any and it must have come loose.
To add insult I got in my Van and drove away and it would not shift and the ABS light was on. He then said he thought it was on when I brought it in. A friend of mine was with me and just happend to have his code reader. Scanned it and found out he forgot to hook up the speed sensor. Would have thought after spending 1200 he would have taken it for a test drive.
#1897 of 1973 Re: Intake Manifold Gasket [wolverine2]
Jan 13, 2010 (9:15 am)
Unbelievable. I feel your pain. I've been there before, only worse believe it or not. Won't go into details. Good luck with your repairs. Sorry about your ordeal.
#1898 of 1973 Re: safari trans problems [defordvols]
Jan 18, 2010 (6:09 am)
A few years back, I had to "rebuild" the transmission in my 2001 Safari van. Was pulling away from a stop light (normal torque off the lights) and all of a sudden, "bang". I lost 3rd gear and "R" gear. My local transmission specialist rebuilt its tranny for $1,000 cash and afterwards, my van shifted better then factory. Amazing what a rebuilt transmission feels like (afterwards).
While rebuilding its transmission, my tranny specialist also recommended the install of oversized LPD tranny cooler. re: http://www.transmissioncoolers.us/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Cod- e=4590&Category_Code=trucool-coolers-hd&Product_Count=2
Got both done at the same time and my van worked great (until we sold it).
If not done already, do install an over sized LPD tranny cooler as well. Even if only driving the van as normal "soccer parent" vehicle. The 460LE tranny in the Astro/Safari van's don't like heat. Extra tranny cooler eliminates the "too much heat" situations...
Hope this helps...
#1899 of 1973 Re: Intake Manifold Gasket [wolverine2]
Jan 18, 2010 (6:16 am)
My local mechanic forgot to connect its speedo cable (actually, its the VSS wire connection) as well. I simply returned the van (after driving 1 block and noticed something wasn't right), and my mechinic fixed the problem. NO Charge.
My local mechanic was working on our other vehicle, leaned over the hood and his body weight accidentally broke the upper part of the grill. When I went to pick up my vehicle, he explained the problem and asked if I wanted it fixed (free of charge), or credit my account (of equal dollar value). Thus, showing he took "accountability" as well. He could have easily said - "NOPE - wasn't me" - lik your mechanic is doing with the debris.
My suggestion.... Look for another mechanic. Especially if this "lack of accountability" is more then 1 strike against him. If 3rd strike (for stuff like this), "he's out of there". And if wondering, I went through 4 mechanics before finding my current one - which I've been using for 16 years.
Hope this helps...
#1900 of 1973 Re: Day Time Running Lights Disabled [astroltman]
Feb 08, 2010 (11:40 pm)
i had a 97. hated the day-time-running lites. to turn them off (i learned from some forum) press down on the emergency brake ONE click. off they go. if they aren't coming back on, be sure the E-brake is released all the way. so there is a switch in there somewhere that turns them off. so you might have a bad switch that is keeping them off. (?)
Mar 02, 2010 (10:59 am)
when my heat/defrost/vent fan is on high it will stop blowing while the van accelerates, when I lift off the throttle the fan picks back up. I put plugs in a while back and while i had the doghouse off i found what appeared tp be a yellow vaccum line laying loose, could this be the cause and where does it go?
#1902 of 1973 astro 97 side light fuse
Mar 07, 2010 (10:16 am)
hi I have an astro cali custom on a 97 and while replacing the headlights I shirted out the side lights looks like a fuse popped, trouble is I cannot find the side light fuse, its not in the main fuse box up by the battery so I am a bit confused to were this would be located. can you help.