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#136 of 192 Re: 2000 Blazer [dabbydo1952]
May 19, 2009 (3:29 pm)
Get a second opinion. While it is possible for a high mileage, or heavy towing, to kill the bearings in the diff, that $1500 estimate is high. A complete rebuilt or used unit is what he is quoting, and if you can find a good drivetrain shop they should be able to re-use something out of the original. The typical failure I have seen is the pinion gear bearing, and many times that is caused by having the pinion shaft seal replaced and the bearing being over torqued on reassembly. Very, VERY common on Chevy differentials. You really need to make sure you are dealing with someone who understands that the Chevy has very specific torque specs, and to exceed them will kill the differential.
#137 of 192 Re: 2000 Blazer [jlflemmons]
May 19, 2009 (3:55 pm)
I will definitely do that. I have had people tell me that $1500 is very high for this type of repair. Thanks for the advice!
May 25, 2009 (11:18 am)
Well, well, well, Ladies and Gentlemen....the mystery is solved. My problem was a wheel bearing. The first mechanic (?) said my differential was going out and that it would cost $1500. The second mechanic wanted $50 to diagnose my problem but that I had a wheel bearing going out. I finally found a FABULOUS mechanic on Angie's List. He diagnosed the noise as a wheel bearing immediately. He fixed it that afternoon for less than $450. I would have been SICK to have spent $1500 on a rear differential and then found out it was a wheel bearing later. So, I am back on the road! Kat
#139 of 192 Re: Wheel bearing [dabbydo1952]
May 25, 2009 (4:23 pm)
Thanks for the followup! It's always nice to save money on repairs.
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#140 of 192 Re: 2000 Blazer [dabbydo1952]
May 27, 2009 (5:42 pm)
You got hosed on your fuel pump too. Just changed mine (pretty easy) with a pump made in indiana for $330.
May 27, 2009 (7:07 pm)
I keep telling everyone that I am trying to build a new car a piece at a time. So many things have gone wrong in a year-and-a-half. I'm afraid of what is next. I have replaced the brakes twice, alternator, serpentine belt, fuel pump, wheel bearing, and ball joints; and my water pump has supposedly been going out for a year. I have lived in my current apartment for one year and have had my car broken in to three times (the last time breaking out the window). So, I am pretty exhausted at this point.
What should a new water pump cost, should it finally go out?
#142 of 192 Re: 2000 Blazer [dabbydo1952]
May 27, 2009 (7:41 pm)
Less than $50. It is basically the same water pump as used on a Chevy V8.
#143 of 192 Water pump
May 28, 2009 (5:33 am)
A 2000 Chevrolet Blazer with a serpentine belt must use a reverse flow (ccw) , long style water pump.
AC Delco 252-711 (new)
Rebuilt reverse flow water pumps vary from $35 - $50.
Chevrolet engines with a V-belt use a standard flow (cw) water pump.
#144 of 192 Re: 2000 Blazer [jlflemmons]
May 28, 2009 (5:50 am)
A year ago, a mechanic gave me a price of $250. The most recent estimate was approximatley $450. I am a single woman, so I can't do it myself (not that a woman is not perfectly capable. It's just that "I" am not). Maybe when my boyfriend comes home I can have him fix it.
#145 of 192 Re: noise around front door or window [skiextreme2]
May 30, 2009 (6:01 pm)
The hinge pin bushings were shot.