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#10186 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted December 31, 2017 - 05:40 AM

Sometimes I think it takes two people to put on one of those belts! They can be a real pain! Glad you got the repairs done, hope it doesn't take long for that money to come in.


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Posted December 31, 2017 - 10:10 AM

Sometimes I think it takes two people to put on one of those belts! They can be a real pain! Glad you got the repairs done, hope it doesn't take long for that money to come in.

Yes, and my nephew and GTT member Craig is coming to visit today, so I'm hoping maybe the 2 of us can do it easy.  The issue is room.  I haven't looked at the possibility of pulling the tensioner from under the truck.  That would leave plenty room up top.  There sure isn't much room around that Duramax engine!


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Posted December 31, 2017 - 10:45 AM

Nope, no room AT ALL to access the tensioner from underneath!   :(


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Posted December 31, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Can he help hold the belt on from down there?


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Posted December 31, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Can he help hold the belt on from down there?

Unfortunately....no.  I'll get it on today come heck or high water!  I'm sure the shops have a special tool for the tensioner, where I just have a 1/2" ratchet and a short cheater pipe.


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Posted December 31, 2017 - 12:01 PM

I seen a guy putting a belt on at a shop. It was this ratcheting piece that rested against the stop then clicked back holding the tensioner. He then had both hands to route the belt!

I thought what an invention.....but the same as I have a ratchet and a pipe...

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Posted December 31, 2017 - 03:08 PM

Got the belt on rather easily this morning.  Guess I was just too tired and hurting to think clearly yesterday, PLUS I found an aluminum tube that I squeezed in my vise and ovaled it so it fir perfectly over my racthet handle, and would easily slide on it.  Once I got the tensioner pulled far enough, I slid the tube up the handle in between some radiator bracketry which held it solidly in place while I slipped the belt into place.  

  Once all tightened, I fired the engine and all is good.  Alternator is charging perfectly.  I also think I have the battery draw totally stopped.  Did some of my own "work arounds" and appear to be the trick.  I found a wire only energized with key on.  I spliced into it and ran to a solenoid off my old parts Jeep.  Then from the solenoid energizing side ran a ground.  Then on the switched side of the solenoid, I ran a fused wire from from an "always hot" wire, then the other side to the power in of the instrument pod cluster.  The cluster gets no power now when key is off.  Engine starts and doesn't do a lock out when put in gear even.  Now to do a test drive to be sure.  Then I'll monitor the batteries to be sure they stay up.

  BTW, I could not find any bad solder joints in the instrument cluster, so put it back together.

First pic is the maze of wires used for testing and charging.  

 

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Posted December 31, 2017 - 03:25 PM

Ain't that fun? Glad to see it back together. Hope it works!


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Posted December 31, 2017 - 04:15 PM

Use a small ratchet strap to hole the breaker bar while you put the belt on. I have had to do it before. 


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Posted December 31, 2017 - 05:05 PM

Truck performs perfectly!  All the instruments read correctly.  After going down the road 2 miles, the dash even said "ice formation possible...drive carefully".  Volt gauge reads a bit over 14V.  Now to watch battery charge state for a few days, but I'm pretty much 100% sure the problem has been fixed, albeit in a round about way.


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Posted December 31, 2017 - 07:05 PM

       YEP.. By time me and my granddaughter walked through the shop door the truck was running great, Daniel was finishing up a test run. Then Daniel ran it through another final test while we were there. Worked perfect! I didn't have to lift a finger to help, I was to late.

        The problem with this truck blew my mind, I would never of found that problem on my own. Never even heard of such a thing b4. NICE work Daniel! Nice work.


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Posted December 31, 2017 - 07:07 PM

 I'm sure the shops have a special tool for the tensioner, where I just have a 1/2" ratchet and a short cheater pipe.

I use this: https://www.harborfr...-kit-63077.html

 

It's indispensable for serpentines!


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Posted December 31, 2017 - 07:45 PM

I use this: https://www.harborfr...-kit-63077.html

It's indispensable for serpentines!

Thanks Josh, gonna get one maybe this week!
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Posted December 31, 2017 - 07:49 PM

Nice fix!  

Better write down or draw a schematic of what you did for the next person who might have to fix it down the road.


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Posted January 01, 2018 - 02:04 PM

Of course it's only been 24hrs, but Steve's truck batteries read 12.65V.  Wrote it down and will recheck every day for a few days.  Shop will stay 50* or above, so reading will be reliable.  I don't expect any draw-down.  My heating oil tank was down to 1/2 full, so pumped a 15 gallon container of oil into it, then rolled the 30 gallon drum of oil from just outside the shop door inside and tried pumping it into it as well, but the pump could barely pump the thick cold oil, so I'll let it sit inside a couple days before pumping it out.

  Been doing more organizing in the shop, and some cleaning under the work bench.  Got my shoulders hurting, but not too bad.  Brought some tools up to the house to stay here.  Cleaned out the 2 "junk drawers" in the kitchen (lots of junk got tossed), so now we have one with screws, nails, etc, and the other for a set of tools that will be much handier.  

  My cell phone is not reliable inside my shop by any means, so I'm looking into a signal booster/repeater.  I am AT&T 4G LTE and trying to find out exactly what frequency I am on.  Guess I will need to call them tomorrow to be sure.  Most are 700Mhz, but I see some are 850Mhz and I sure don't want to buy a booster that won't work.  Anyone here know about all this stuff?


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