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  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    >"August i started again working on my masters, i figured if i stopped i wouldnt go back."<

    so what, we all gonna have to call you Master now??

    on another note, being as smart as you are, give me some tips for getting those "blank" spark plug boots off.........

    "good luck on this one now!"
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    All i can say is good luck with the boots. About a month ago i was going to inspect the plugs and couldnt get a boot off so i left it alone (didnt want to break the wire since i didnt have a spare). I asked over on the other site and people said theirs came off easy.

    ON the Zaino Note Obyone I emailed them and heres what they said


    You will get some runoff from water or rain.... I can't help that... but it will not cause any harm...
    Sounds like you are putting it on to heavy....Try putting less Z-16 on...

    Thank You,
    Sal Zaino

    Their website says

    One application of Z-16 Perfect Tire Gloss&#153; leaves an incredibly durable, water repellent, perfect looking satin finish, that's only slightly glossy and dry to the touch.

    Now correct me if i am wrong but if it is water repellant it should not run. I am not claiming to be a smart guy but come on
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Master Ryan??? Hahaha right now I have a BS degree :)
  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    well we all know what BS degree means on this forum eh?

    porter, you can chime in whenever..........LOL
  • noobie1noobie1 Posts: 326
    Someone may have already mentioned this here but, given the "pain", it bears repeating.
    I had the same problem the first time I took mine off. One trick to eliminating it is to thoroughly coat the inside of the boot with a glob of Dielectric Silicon Grease (GM #12345579 or equivalent), using a Q-Tip. Repeat as needed.

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    yea that will work for the next time but for the first time its a PITA

    also that dialectric grease is good for the door weather stripping
  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    just found out that there is a boot puller that is about $12.00 to do the chore.
    i have a huge tube of Die electric grease that the dealer gave me 3 years ago.............they lube all the cab seals and weather stripping with the stuff.............totally wipes out the squeaks caused by dry stripping.
  • noobie1noobie1 Posts: 326
    This is another pretty good product to quiet weather stripping and cap boots, though I've never tried lubing spark plug boots with it. But, rather than spray it on, wet a small piece of cloth (not as messy). One of these days soon they'll come up with a material that doesn't need lubricating.

    BTW, seelig: If you get that boot puller, let us know how it works out.

    ryan: Man, you're right about that. I finally found a technique though that worked for me; I stood on a milk crate to get leverage and rotated the boot in a circular motion while pulling. Also, it pays to wear gloves; They can let go very suddenly.

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    milk crate? haha i stood on the step on my grill guard.

    any of you guys detail your engine bay? Yesterday I spent about 2 hrs to clean the dust (from work) out of the engine bay. Used an air hose, vacuum, some Zaino Z16 on the plastic pieces and hoses and i waxed the back of the engine bay where it is painted (after cleaning it). I can tell you it sure doesnt look like I have 40K miles+ on my engine its pretty darn clean.
  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    that's all it took for me to give up engine detailing.............i'm waaaay too anal about this sort of stuff..........took me 2 days, and then i had to go on a job site that was employing what seemed like 2 dozen earth movers...........totally undid what i spent 2 days on.
    now the wife's truck still looks good, and we should be in the new home by December, so that one will get some sprucin up.
    there is a distributor in the area of my work (2hrs away) so i'll have to pick of some zaino.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    i should take some pics but the hoses in the engine and the plastic look awesome. Did a better job than the 303 I was using (makes it look wetter)
  • Its forbidden for you to go there... LOL
  • bmaigebmaige Posts: 140
    You boys obviously aren't on a farm using your trucks. The detailing in my engine compartment--as well as everywhere else, is mud and manure. Day before yesterday I had to rake the mud aside to find the door to the truck. I did hose it off and wash it, though, as it is clay and sticks pretty hard once it dries.
  • bmaigebmaige Posts: 140
    The engine detailing through me for such a loop I forgot what I came into this forum to begin with, which was to ask for input on how the Duramaxx engine is doing in everyday use and heavy towing. Could I hear from some users on that?
  • suit86suit86 Posts: 3
    Hey does anyone know if GM has fixed any of the common problems with the Sierras (4WD Ext Cab) for 2004. Ex. sterring shaft, cold start knock, etc. etc. etc. I am somewhat considering trading in my 2002 Sierra SLE on a 2004 pretty much the same truck. Or should you talk me into a Ford F-150 or Toyota Tundra?
  • rayt2rayt2 Posts: 1,208
    bmaige, scroll down a little more in pick-ups topic there is a discussion on the Duramax.

    suit86, PLease no mention of that word Tundra on this board, it's poison to the soul !
    Here's an excerp from a post way back from heavy5022,

    #3539 of 3587 147,000 miles by heavy5022 Oct 16, 2003 (4:37 pm)
    I have a 2000 1500 5.3, 3.73 ex cab sb. 2wd. Last I remember at least 147,000 on the clock. So far I have replaced The gas guage sending unit, a couple of belts, front door speakers (one was cracked)and a battery (pretty common in AZ).


    He has a "piston slap" issue but it has not seemed to effect the longevity of the engine to date. That's a good thing!

    Ray T.
  • bjl3bjl3 Posts: 22
    Has anyone had the Service 4WD display on the DIC. I have an 03 Silverado with 8900 miles. I looked at the owners manual, tried what it said. After a couple minutes it displayed this again. Guess I will be calling my dealer in the morning. Made it exactly one year to the date of purchase. First problem. Hopefully nothing serious. Thanks for any input.

  • gvoigtgvoigt Posts: 63
    If it is anything like mine, the dealership will install a new switch on the dash. They had a run of defective ones. Takes about 30 minutes if they have the switch.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Here are a few pictures I tookm today (been awhile since i took any). I detailed the engine last weekend with zaino Z16 (i think thats the number). Does the engine bay look like it has 40K+ miles on it? I worked my butt off to get it somewhat clan (over 2 hrs)



  • Quick and Easy. First I cover the alternator with a plastic shopping bag. Then I spray Simple Green on a cold engine. Let it soak and rinse with the garden hose. Start it up let it idle then take it for a spin. Let it dry completely and spray the whole thing down with Extra Shine Armor-All. Wipe down some of the puddles and a quick buff and I am done. 30 minutes tops. Just my .02.
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