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Forum: Engine / Drive Train Yesterday, 07:57 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By JimN
Replacing parts without doing any diagnostics is...

Replacing parts without doing any diagnostics is just a waste of money and adds to the aggravation, as you have found. The first step when the cause isn't known should be using google. Enter the...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 07-23-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,017
Posted By JimN
If you find that the fuel line and all of the...

If you find that the fuel line and all of the parts between the tank and pump are clear and free of any restrictions, it may be time to look at the pump as the problem, but I would start with...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 07-23-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,017
Posted By JimN
Have you removed the line going to the fuel pump...

Have you removed the line going to the fuel pump inlet? If not, do that and clean the screen. Also, make sure the fuel shutoff valve and anti-siphon valve at the tank's outlet are clean and the...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 07-22-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 725
Posted By JimN
Did you probe the terminals on the CPS plugs, to...

Did you probe the terminals on the CPS plugs, to heck for reference voltage? If it's not showing 5V, find out why.

(Note)- I'd recommend looking on the manual for the actual reference voltage- I'm...
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,519
Posted By JimN
Hard to say, but if the thermostat is for low...

Hard to say, but if the thermostat is for low temperature opening and the incoming water is cold, they might- not sure of their temperature tolerance.
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,519
Posted By JimN
That would only flush the raw water intake and...

That would only flush the raw water intake and mufflers- likely to be good enough, but if immature mussels get into the block and survive, they'll still cause problems.

I would think about...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 07-22-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,017
Posted By JimN
If you can get GM fuel line parts easily, buy a...

If you can get GM fuel line parts easily, buy a spare fuel filter (the one on the engine) and use that for reference to buy parts. DO NOT cut the hard fuel line and install a compression type of...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 07-20-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 454
Posted By JimN
What amount of testing and inspection did you do...

What amount of testing and inspection did you do before buying it? Are the four dry plugs on the same bank of cylinders? If so, you don't seem to have any/much gas getting to them- that one looks...
Forum: General Discussion 07-20-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,295
Posted By JimN
Cool! FYI- the knock sensor goes in finger-tight...

Cool!
FYI- the knock sensor goes in finger-tight + 3/4 of a turn. No Teflon tape- the red sealer that's on it is all you need.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 07-20-2014, 03:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 354
Posted By JimN
How did you try to remove it? With a puller, or...

How did you try to remove it? With a puller, or something that was rigged? If you didn't, use the real pulley puller/installer.
Forum: General Discussion 07-18-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,295
Posted By JimN
Best to check for codes when the key is OFF, but...

Best to check for codes when the key is OFF, but you can start the engine with the tool inserted.

How many switches are on the scan tool and how many positions? Most have a "Clear Codes" button,...
Forum: General Discussion 07-17-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,295
Posted By JimN
If the Malibu dealer only checked for codes, did...

If the Malibu dealer only checked for codes, did they offer to do diagnostics? It's not cheap, but it would give you a lot more info than just checking codes- it shows data from the sensors, shows...
Forum: General Discussion 07-17-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,295
Posted By JimN
Getting it in your eyes doesn't burn as much as...

Getting it in your eyes doesn't burn as much as you'd think.
Forum: Audio/Stereo 07-17-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 365
Posted By JimN
I wasn't aware that the woofer was in any type of...

I wasn't aware that the woofer was in any type of enclosure, other than the storage bin. If it was, the vent should be placed in the open, not behind the cover.

Re: the port as a filter, it's...
Forum: Audio/Stereo 07-17-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 365
Posted By JimN
You mean the distance from vent to driver? If...

You mean the distance from vent to driver? If it's too close, the energy from one side can partially cancel the energy from the other side, resulting in comb filtering and very uneven bass response....
Forum: Audio/Stereo 07-17-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 365
Posted By JimN
Blow across the top of a beer bottle- same...

Blow across the top of a beer bottle- same principle- add or remove liquid, the frequency goes up or down, respectively. Larger diameter requires a longer bottle (tube) but if the diameter is too...
Forum: Electrical 07-16-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 133
Posted By JimN
How wet was the distributor? If it was wet...

How wet was the distributor? If it was wet internally, the regulator and other parts may may have gone away and caused problems.

There's a breaker at the rear of the engine, too. Check that and...
Forum: General Discussion 07-08-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By JimN
How would it NOT run better? Regardless of...

How would it NOT run better?

Regardless of whether you bought it privately or from a dealer, there's an implication that it ran well before the transaction- who's paying for the head repair? Is the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-08-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By JimN
That wouldn't make it run rough.

That wouldn't make it run rough.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 07-08-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 289
Posted By JimN
Have you cleaned your flame arrestor? You need...

Have you cleaned your flame arrestor?

You need to remove the flame arrestor. Guessing before looking? Huh?

Carb or injection, to clear a flooded engine, wide open throttle, crank it and when it...
Forum: Electrical 07-07-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 202
Posted By JimN
Depending on the pump, some have a known problem...

Depending on the pump, some have a known problem with the power plug and the terminal becomes hot, melts the plastic and loses contact. Look at the plug on the old pump and the harness- if you see...
Forum: General Discussion 07-07-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,232
Posted By JimN
Knowing or even thinking they may target out of...

Knowing or even thinking they may target out of state boaters, wouldn't it have been prudent to know ALL of the Indiana regulations? I'm sure they include a definition of 'vessel', which could have...
Forum: General Discussion 07-05-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By JimN
Mastercraft filters are the same as other...

Mastercraft filters are the same as other filters, other than the logo. This is the same as Mercruiser filters or any other private-label filters. Since it's not replaced extremely often, it doesn't...
Forum: Audio/Stereo 07-03-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 270
Posted By JimN
The iHome and many other docks bypass the...

The iHome and many other docks bypass the iPod/iPhone's D/A converter- does it have a 3.5mm plug sticking up, or just the Apple connector?

Any chance of trying to connect the iPod to a different...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 07-03-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 725
Posted By JimN
Google 'Chevy ECT resistance chart'- I don't...

Google 'Chevy ECT resistance chart'- I don't remember seeing ANY resistance that would be as low as what you saw, but if you're measuring resistance when the plug is inserted and power is applied,...
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