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The Burb Note Log

1988 Chevrolet V10 Suburban
Property of flainn. Added Jun 16 2014

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Nov 1 2014

Drained coolant, flushed system with Prestone flush, replaced thermostat (was a 180 degree; new one is a 195), and refilled system.

  • 93,024

Added by flainn on Nov 1 2014 at 6:55 pm

Adjusted all four door strikers and added PEX shims. This finally fixed the door slamming issue, and all four doors are sealing much better now! The Burb is a lot quieter inside as a result.

  • 93,020

Added by flainn on Nov 1 2014 at 6:54 pm

Aug 7 2014

Previous owner said the Burb probably needed a brake job. A month or so after getting the Burb, the front brakes started making grinding noises, especially the driver's side. Braking was grabby and the pedal would "push back" as I braked, especially with a heavy load. We were in the middle of moving from the Hermosa house, and so I pushed it longer than I should have. It was becoming dangerous to drive, especially with panic stops. I replaced the front brake pads and rotors with Duralast brand from Auto Zone. To do this I had to completely dismantle both front hubs, which required a new spindle socket (which I had to modify with my bench grinder, since the stock four-pin one doesn't quite fit a Warn spindle nut). After servicing, braking performance is much improved, in terms of braking power and smoothness. Also, there is no longer any noise from either front wheel. The old driver's side rotor was completely trashed. The pad on the inboard side was down past the rivets and had worn deep grooves in the rotor. The entire rotor-spindle-hub assembly was getting incredibly hot from the brakes dragging, too. The passenger side rotor and pads were not as worn, and I considered just reusing that rotor, but rotors are cheap ($25), so I just replaced both. I discovered that both bleeder valves in front seem to be clogged; they don't work at all. I will need to replace them. Estimate 7 hours labor.

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Added by flainn on Aug 8 2014 at 8:51 am

Jul 20 2014

Purchased from an individual in Socorro a 15" 6x5.5 rim and a used 35x12.5R15 BFG Mud Terrain (dated 05/07) tire to be a spare for the Suburban. $60, plus $8 worth of truck bed liner spray paint to make the rim look decent.

Added by flainn on Jul 20 2014 at 1:31 pm

Jul 13 2014

Purchased from AutoZone a R-134a can tap ($7.52). Also purchased from Wal-Mart an R-134a retrofit kit (approx $14), two cans of A/C Pro "PAG 100 oil charge with ICE 32" ($4.97 each), and seven 12 oz. cans of Speed Steed R-134a refrigerant ($9.97 each). The Suburban requires 84 oz. of R-12, or about 90% of that (75.6 oz) of R-134a.

Added by flainn on Jul 19 2014 at 3:03 pm

Jul 3 2014

Purchased from Harbor Freight various stuff for the Burb: adjustable 11-inch drop hitch ($24.99) and pin lock ($9.99), AC manifold gauge set ($59.99), air-driven vacuum pump ($17.99).

Added by flainn on Jul 19 2014 at 2:49 pm

Jun 20 2014

Purchased from Amazon the following for the Burb: ACDelco CV774C PCV valve ($6.79), ACDelco D303A distributor cap ($21.25), Federal Parts 2912 spark plug wire set ($13.67), Dorman 800-644 3/4" AC line splice kit ($27.01), qty. 8 ACDelco CR43TS spark plug ($2.10 each), ACDelco D447 distributor rotor ($5.99).

Added by flainn on Jul 19 2014 at 2:53 pm

Jun 18 2014

Changed the oil and filter: SuperTech 5w-30 high-mileage conventional and a Purolator filter. 5 quarts oil $14.63 plus an additional quart, $3.77.Filter $3.27, all at Wal-Mart.

  • 91,610

Added by flainn on Jun 18 2014 at 2:29 pm

Jun 17 2014

Changed windshield wipers. Michelin 16", $6.57 each.

  • 91,605

Added by flainn on Jun 18 2014 at 2:31 pm

Jun 16 2014

Traded my 2004 Ford F-350 for this 1988 V10 Suburban Silverado on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

  • 91,000

Added by flainn on Jun 16 2014 at 11:08 am

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