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1989 Chevy Suburban 4x4 performance

wolf01wolf01 Member Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Chevrolet
I own a 1989 Chevy Suburban, 4X4, 1/2, with a new 350ci crate engine and a new transmission (700R4). In the 3 years that I've owned the vehicle, it has had a problem with episodically flashing the "SES" light which seems to be activated by some vacuum related issue. It lights up most often when decelerating from freeway speeds. Various codes have been detected including MAP sensor, TPS maladjustment, and others. However, all of the components in question check out correctly, contrary to the codes. I'm baffled. The vehicle performance, while passing emmissions with no difficulty, is well below what I'd expect. It actually runs as though the ignition timing were severely retarded though it is "on the mark". I've also recently replaced the T.B.I. with a new Holley unit and it, too, is adjusted properly. Note that this problem has been present with both the original engine and the new crate engine. One person I spoke with suspected a ground problem. Any suggestions? Any and all input would be welcome.


  • jgmilbergjgmilberg Member Posts: 872
    If this was happening both before and after the motor swap, it probaly in not a grounding issue, although an extra ground strap couldn't hurt anything.

    I had the same problems with a 92 Chevy Silverado P/U. It would pop up with goofy codes, and all would test out good. Then I discovered that the ignition module itself was bad. The ECM doesn't monitor that, it just sends info to it. If the info isn't processed right and applied it will set a code. I replaced it and everything was good, even felt a little more peppy.

    When you set the timing did you follow the instructions? I know some of the GM trucks had different ways to set timing. The computer controls it, so it has to be disconnected, or sent into trouble code reading mode to set the timing correctly.

    What was the reason for the engine & trans swap?
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