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Tune-up time!

Postby 05/Silverado\Z71 [OP] » Jul 17 2012, 6:38am

Getting ready to do a tune-up on my new truck.... I have owned it for going on 6 months this month and when buying it it had 135,000 miles on it and I just rolled it over to 140,000 I am gonna be doing an oil change, spark plugs, wires, differential change, pad rotor caliper inspection as well as a complete fluid inspection... I am not very well with vehicles but my girlfriends dad is awesome with them so he is going to be helping me along the way but I was hoping for some input from some of you all on your opinions and what you use etc. So for Oil at 140k should I go with conventional or partial synthetic, full synthetic? Any specific brands? Mobile 1, Castrol, Valvoline? Spark plugs should I go with Bosch, AcDelco, MSD, NGK, E3? As well as what route should I go with wires? I am gonna go with whatever is decently priced for the differential oil I know it has to be the 75W90 full synthetic for sure. As far as the automatic trans fluid goes since I don't know if it has ever been changed should I risk changing it or not mess with it? Is it true after 10 years or 100k miles you cannot change it anymore? As far as rotors and pads go I found a set of PowerStop's 2 sets of pads and 2 cross drilled slotted rotors for $150 on summitracing.org at advanced auto parts or auto zone for 1 rotor it is $85 so I figured that was a good deal as well as I heard that cross drilled and slotted is a lot better for heat management.... drums on the back and as I heard from her father those are a pain to replace / rebuild but I think we will be inspecting them to see how they are I would like to get a complete fuel system cleaning done at the local shop I got a coupon for it for $109.99 is that a good deal or? Him and I are going to rotate the tires as well as check the brakes etc as I said above.... any help anyone can offer or anything else I should inspect / checkout let me know please!!! I hope to hear back and to take all your personal equipment preferences in for good use!!!! Thanks!!! - Zack
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Re: Tune-up time!

Postby ASTE25 » Jul 17 2012, 7:28am

For the spark plugs, wires and filters I would suggest staying with the AC Delco's. As far as fluids, I am partial to Valvoline products. As long ag they meet the specs in the owners manual any should be fine.
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Postby TweedleyD » Jul 17 2012, 11:55am

In my 04 Silvy i had NGK AC Delco's ( i bought the Truck used ) took em out an installed Bosch +4's they were ok but i went with the AC Delco Iridium's was Nite an Day going from the Bosch's to the AC Delco's So Stay with the AC Delco's
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Postby Machster69 » Jul 17 2012, 12:14pm

+1 on delcos only!!!
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Re: Tune-up time!

Postby JCunningham » Jul 17 2012, 3:45pm

OEM only Your truck was desinged to work best with what came in it from the dealer. Putting anything els in there will only make it worce. It mite run better then it does with bad plugs and wires using after market snake oil parts but it will run its best with the OEM stuff.
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Re: Tune-up time!

Postby 05/Silverado\Z71 [OP] » Jul 18 2012, 4:34am

Thanks for all the info everyone! I will keep this in mind during my next trip to the auto parts shop to compare prices to some of the online sites I have been using!
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Re: Tune-up time!

Postby urbancynic » Jul 18 2012, 4:57am

On a gm vehicle I would use ac delco anywhere possible. As far as fluids go, i like valvoline and castrol. On older vehicles I just use conventional oil, but I haven't seen what year your truck is. If you decide on synthetic, Walmart actually stocks it much cheaper than the auto parts stores.

I like rock auto for online parts when it comes to domestic and some foreign vehicles.

As far as the transmission service goes, I've had no issues in the past with simply replacing the filter and topping off the fluid. Then I usually drain and add more fluid a week or so later, never actually fully flushing the transmission at once. In my case though these transmissions were old Ford c6's and turbo 350's. Someone with experience in your particular transmission may have more accurate information.

With a fuel flush, I never went with the "special service". I typically replaced the filter, and added a bottle or portion of a bottle of seafoam or stp injection cleaner.

If you're going to do coolant or brake fluid nows the time to evaluate hoses.

As far as rear drums go, they are a bit more involved than discs, but aren't really more difficult. Just do one at a time so that you still have the other side for reference if needed.
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Re: Tune-up time!

Postby 035.3Z71 » Jul 18 2012, 8:20pm

With anifreeze, use green not orange. Orange is corrosive to GM motors. theres even some law suits because of it.
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Postby RNGRDVE » Jul 18 2012, 8:30pm

A/C delco all the way for maint. and tune up parts. As far as the trans if the fluid still looks decent and doesn't have a strong burnt fuid odor then go ahead and change it. If it's nasty and has a silvery look to it changing it may cause problems. As far as the antifreeze I prefer green to dexcool but dexcool isn't bad as long as its maintaned. If it is flushed every 30k it will be fine. If you let it go for 100k it is junk. 100k interval is in perfect driving enviroment where hardly anyone lives. The dexcool didn't eat the gm intake gaskets though it was the junk gasket design that failed, thats why they redesigned them.
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Re: Tune-up time!

Postby Luke300zx » Jul 18 2012, 8:34pm

I know everyone has been saying "AC Delco" for spark plugs. But before you do check out the "E3" spark plugs brand. It's a unique new spark plug and I put one in my quad and it made a pretty noticeable difference of getting rid of a misfire for me. The way the sparkplug is shaped it shoots the spark out of the plug instead of it sparking between the 2 electrodes. Which causes a cleaner fuel burn which means if you burn more of your fuel which gives you more power and you end up using less fuel since you're not wasting it all.
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