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2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

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New to me today.
Been reading since March. Many thanks to all the previous posters and the admins for keeping this going. I've done several builds and this is a nice site with alot of info. Makes it easy, and convinces gullible individuals to buy a vehicle that don't need, just to f**k with it.
I've worked on Astros before and always said "remind me not to buy one of these".
But I had a stroke last August, and somebody posted about AWD and I fell for it. :doh:
So after looking online everywhere I could think of, and several false starts, I bought an Astro in my tiny NC town.

2004 Astro base but AWD.

My plan is a mild lift 235-75-15s
4472 all the time transfer case replacement
some kind of v8 replacement, maybe 350 CPI, maybe 6.0 :shock:

It was fleet bought by the Red Cross. Hopefully well maintained, but nope, the wipers don't even work....I think I remember how to fix that.

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You'll probably have to reflow the solder on the wiper board. Cold solder joints are so much fun.
You originally typed 223c and that's what he was questioning. 233c has indeed been done before.
If it ain't broke, put GM AutoTrak 2 in the case, drive it about 100 miles, doing as many figure 8s as you can, then drain and refill.

But if you're going to replace it with a 233c, there's not much point.
dcsleeper said:
so now I have two 2004 Astros. more info to come..

what I want to ask about is emulators/diag software eg: VXdiag device, the Tech2Win, obdii readers
what is the latest and greatest?
You won't be able to stop. Trust me :lol:

I have the Tech 2 knockoff and it works great for me.

I had to install the hitch on my '99 and '02 (same hitch, just moved) by myself because my husband was otherwise occupied. I found that putting it as high as I could on jackstands, then using the bottle jack from my long-gone '84 Isuzu Trooper II (really long handle with 2, 90° bends in it) was the way to go. Got it up close, then the jack cranked it up far enough to get a bolt started on one side, slide the jack slightly and get one bolt started on the other side, then easy-peasy to get the rest in.
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