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About dcairns

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    *Elite SS Member*
  • Birthday 06/08/1961

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  • Owns
    SS
  • Silverado SS/VHO/TrailBlazerSS Color
    Arrival Blue
  • SS/VHO/TrailBlazerSS Year
    2003
  • Drivetrain Config
    AWD
  • Build Date/TPW
    2-17-2003
  • Delivering Dealership
    Ron - Saint Pauley's Motors
  • Delivery Date
    3-13-2003
  • Modifications
    Magnacharger Radix, Velvet Ride, SnugTop Shell, BedRug, Edelbrock Shocks, Helliwig rear anti-sway

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    Male
  • Location
    Orange, CA
  • Interests
    RC airplanes, Hiking, Fast trucks, my wife, computers and puttering in the garden.

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  1. As I recall, it is not that hard. You do need to remove the door panel, and you can find videos on that. If memory serves, there is a screw or two to remove, the rest is popping the panel off the door (wide flat blade screw driver or get a tool made for this purpose). Once loose, you need to disconnect wires and then you have the door panel free and can access to the screw that holds the power window switch panel.
  2. Stock HP is 345. The stock transmission is marginal in the first place. If yours is still original (not been rebuilt) and with that many miles, you might need a transmission rebuild in the not too distant future. Adding 125 HP to my 03 SS with a Radix Supercharger, caused the stock transmission to wear out at 70k (installed the supercharger at 2,500 miles). That should give you some idea about what you can expect from the transmission.
  3. These trucks look pretty great just as they are. One add on that I have really liked is the under seat storage compartment that goes under the rear seat. If you want to do some hot rodding... that is one area that is a lot of fun. I put a supercharger on my 03 SS and it really changed the character of the truck. Lots of power off the line. The down side is shortened transmission life ;D
  4. Welcome back 🙂 Looks like I have been here since Sept 2002.
  5. I have not done mine (yet). Although I probably should. I did run across this video on replacing the column bearing that might be helpful. Notice the bit towards the end about the keying and clip of the plastic insert that might affect how you go about it.
  6. What usually wears are the clutch bands. Rebuilds are expensive, just had mine done again last year. If you have it rebuilt before something breaks, it might take fewer replacement parts to rebuild it. On the other hand, if you can afford to have it break down on you sometime, you could just wait and hope no expensive parts go out at the same time. I seem to have a knack for breaking expensive parts.....
  7. Although you sometimes hear of transmissions failing after a fluid change, I would change the fluid anyways. At least do it at a time when it would not be inconvenient if the transmission failed. Or just be pro-active and get it rebuilt. My 03 transmission only lasted to 70k. I do have a superchager, which does help with transmission longevity ;D
  8. Have you used a scan tool to see what the error codes are? Some auto parts stores and repair shops will scan for free.
  9. Looks nice. Is the center part plastic or metal?
  10. I did replace the hubs a while back due to a error. I think that showed up differently, but don't recall exactly what it was. Those speed sensors in the hubs seem to be rather finicky.
  11. My issue is on startup (almost all the time). If I turn it off, open and close the door and restart, it is usually fine. But I will check the fluid. I had not thought of that being a trigger for an ABS error.
  12. Lots of little stuff. Steering gear is a bit hard to turn. Either the pump or the gear box. The driver's side panel that the has the windows and door lock switches has popped up and needs some surgery. Window washer pump is not working. Gear selector index is kinda funny. There are like two spots where is still shows Drive. The gear selector indicator is very dim. I need to pull the cluster and re solder some resistors, from what I have read. Security light randomly flashes on. Sometimes the whole instrument cluster goes dead and then comes right back. I hear that could be the BCM. Rarely, the ABS and Brake lights will put on a light show with lots of beeps, which might be a ABS module failure. But more likely a bad wire somewhere.
  13. Welcome back. I have been showing up here again as well. More and more, it seems like I am needing info for minor repairs ;D
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