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Old 11-13-2012, 06:24 PM
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Angry Auto engineers should be beaten!!

Just came in from fixing the brakes on my Suburban. What a screwed up job that was! My neighbor came down early this morning and helped me cause there is no way it was a one man job. The factory puts those metal lines in BEFORE they set the body on. We ended up cutting the line in 2 places just to get the old one out of all the plastic clips. It was still a total wrestling match to squeeze the new line between the frame and the body. Of course the one that blew is the longest one going from the middle of the car back to the passenger side front wheel.We ended up getting the longest section of line Napa carries plus another 40 inch piece and 2 couplers. Had to cut the one end off the long one and reuse the special end that goes on the ABS unit that they stuck down along the frame. What idiot puts an electrical control with 4 lines going to it down on the frame where all the salt and sand from the front wheels splashes up on it? The same for running the lines between the frame top and the body. With 4 lines up there and a bunch of clips to hold them all the salt and crap lays there and corrodes them. Will have to give some thought to what vehicle replaces it next year.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:08 AM
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Re: Auto engineers should be beaten!!

and not just once! Had to replace throw out bearing sleeve when it broke .It was less than 1/16th cross section!! Broken pieces wedged and caused pressure increase sufficiently to break the plastic master cylinder. I've found brake lines with SAE fittings on one end and metric on the other. You can buy stainless exhaust for virtually every car other than entry level but you can't get stainless brake lines . or so I've been told by my dealer.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:23 AM
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Re: Auto engineers should be beaten!!

Well I got the brake lines fixed and now the damn transfer case won't come out of low range. I had shifted it into low to slow it down pulling in the garage with no brakes. POS vehicle.
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Re: Auto engineers should be beaten!!

Well after jacking it off the ground so I could turn all 4 wheels it still would not shift out of low range. Tested fuses to the motor that shifts it and they were fine. Never got a sound out of it either. With all the other problems that have plagued this vehicle I opted to trade it in. Had AAA come haul it in on a rollback and bought a 2012 Suzuki grand Vitari. It is a big step down from a loaded to the max Suburban but without all the gizmos should be simpler to own with less problems. Took a 7 year extended warranty on it as well. Hope i never need it but it will be nice to have it be their problem not mine. I tried the Suzuki out in my one hayfield that has a pretty good slope and even in the wet grass it never spun a tire even punching it from a dead stop. Should be good in snow. We originally were looking at a Subaru but price and fuel mileage made the difference.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:56 PM
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Guess i will get to try out Suzy tomorrow since we have a pretty good snow on the way. Baldy is only about 25 miles west of me and they are calling for 8-14 " there and 4-8 here. It never warmed up like they were calling for today. We are getting flurries now so I don't think it will be as much rain as they predicted before it is all snow. Covered up my wood that did not get stacked in the woodshed and mounted the plow on the pickup. Let it snow.
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