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#30 of 304 hoses, etc
Sep 06, 2001 (12:10 pm)
whats it cost to get hoses replaced and belts replaced on a 1993 chevy s-10 with 2.8 V6?
also it may need a clutch...are we talking $199 here or like $599?
thanks for the help guys...
mine has 109,000 miles on it and runs like new...i love my truck. 1993 s-10 Tahoe with five speed...one great little truck.
i am currently looking for a new ranger to replace it, because even though it gets 23 mpg in all-around use, the rangers get more like 26 and the new four cylinder has more power than my old V6.
Sep 06, 2001 (2:14 pm)
'83 S-10 4x4 Extended Cab 2.8 4 speed from 1986 to 1990. I loved it and kept it in beautiful condition. It was a great truck until one day, with 107,000 miles, the intake manifold gasket failed. The first symptom was the bang-bang-bang of a collapsed hydraulic lifter. I was only doing about 30 mph and stuffed in the clutch and shut it down within 10 seconds of the first bang. Towed it to a shop to have the lifters replaced. Mechanic calls with the bad news...half a gallon of coolant in the oil pan...all bearings shot. Wants to know "rebuild or replace?" I was a senior in college, driving school busses for a living and engaged to be married...the cost of either option might as well have been a million dollars, because I couldn't even come close. Had to sell it in "Does not run" condition and buy a rust-bucket '78 C-10. About three years later I saw a high school kid driving "my" truck...broke my heart. (I know it was mine because I put the toolbox, running boards, fender flares, bug deflector, stripes and alloy wheels on it myself...would be one hell of a coincidence if somebody else made exactly the same choices.) I'd probably still have it, if I'd been able to affoard a small-block swap at the time. I've still got the wife and the degree, and she still has the diamond that made me so broke at the time, so I guess I'm not doing too bad, but I may have to find an old S-10 to fix up just right for one of my sons....
#32 of 304 seat re-covered
Sep 06, 2001 (4:42 pm)
Hi Folks! Got that bench seat re-covered today. I just had the seat bench re-covered, since the seat back was in good shape. Cost me $100.00.
The new material is a very close match to the seat back, so I am going to stop here and save the extra $75 it would cost to have the seat back done.
Now the inside of my truck looks as good as the outside.
#33 of 304 Hi, Tom.....
Sep 07, 2001 (2:34 am)
I saw your post about speakers, and was going
to recommend you have a look at crutchfield.com,
but it looks like you've gone ahead and had
some new ones installed already...I'm leaning
towards upgrading my factory stereo system one
of these days, and Crutchfield is a very good
source for car stereo components and assistance.
You sounded worried about how fast you can take
your truck up to and not damage the motor...where
I live, there are hundreds of old S-10's and
Sonomas around, and they're always tooling down
the interstate at 75mph+...the speed limit where
I am is 70, but that doesn't stop many folks from
doing 80-85...as I mentioned before on the S-10
board, I have a 1997 with 145,000 on it...I change
the oil religiously every 3000 miles, and I'm
always doing 70-75mph on the highway...I drove
it to Chicago last summer when it had aroung 120K
on it, and that was an 800 mile trip one-way on
all interstate highways, and never had a problem
Someone mentioned the relatively easy access to
used parts, and most new ones...well, I can tell
you first hand that there is no aftermarket fan
clutch for my truck, and the part runs $162
from a GM dealer, even though the equivalent part
for the 1996 model year can be had at any parts
store for only $30...what's up with that ???
You seem to enjoy playing with your new toy...I
like to tinker, too, but I also have to realize
that my vehicle is my only means of getting to
work (which is 60 miles one-way, thus the high
mileage I have), so I don't want to fix something
that's not broken, if you know what I mean...
Talk to you soon....
Sep 07, 2001 (4:02 am)
I seen my moms old 87 blazer which she sold may 2000. Still looks and runs great
She still wishes she had it but 3 cars in the family is enough 4 would be crazy
#35 of 304 Fan Clutch for a '97...
Sep 07, 2001 (9:53 am)
Don't know who is telling you those fan clutches are not available, but www.autozone.com lists one for $64.99 on their web site. The fan has a lifetime warranty, too. I read your S-10 as a '97 based upon your last post, and I assumed it had the V-6 with air. The make of fan is an Imperial, and the part number is 215158. Depending on where you live, the price may vary by a couple of bucks.
If you don't live near an Autozone store, see if you can order one online, or try Pep Boys. A parts store not having a fan clutch for a four-year-old Chevy truck is ridiculous!
#36 of 304 gonna see what she'll do on a trip
Sep 09, 2001 (6:28 am)
Well, I have put enough miles on my S-10 that I have the confidence in it to take it on a trip.
I will be going to Nashville today, which is a couple hours away. If it does ok on that trip, I will drive it to Chattanooga on Tuesday. The Chattanooga trip will be about 240 miles each way.
I'll be due for an oil change after the Nashville trip, so I have to make up my mind about which oil to use. I have just about settled on a synthetic blend. I believe Valvoline has one.
Any thoughts about the best oil for my truck?
#37 of 304 Hey >the5car<, FREE SHIPPING @ Crutchfield..
Sep 09, 2001 (1:14 pm)
All this month there is free shipping from Crutchfield. I have bought all my stereo equipment from them and have never been disappointed for instance if you buy any car stereo you get the plastic custom dash kit and adapters so their is no splicing necessary. These install pieces alone cost about $40 minimum which is why most places install radios for free except the parts. Did I mention that tax is not included which again saves you money?
\Loud and Proud/
Sep 09, 2001 (7:00 pm)
Synthetic blends are a rip-off. Most blends only have about 10% synthetic in them. If your truck takes 4 quarts, it is cheaper (and works fine) to buy 3 regular quarts and 1 synthetic quart. That way you will at least have approx. 25% synthetic. I run 5W30 full synthetic in my S-10 with a premium filter (mobil 1 which can be found at Autozone or AC Delco Ultraguard Gold which can be found at Pep Boys) and do 10,000 mile changes. If you're not comfortable with an interval this long, do at least 5-6K. I will say it again---blends are a waste! At least make your own!!
Sep 09, 2001 (8:33 pm)
How do you know the percentage of synthetic in blends? (I digress)
Friend of mine is mechanic for King Soopers (grocery chain) in Denver. Says they have fleet of GM Astro Vans that use the 4.3L V6 engine. He told me laughing with embarrassment about how many miles they put on those trucks, many with over 200,000 hard city driven miles, and 1 with 277,000 and still going!