Where to begin?
My Birthday month turned into a complete goat rodeo! My BDay wknd trip to go mountain biking in a new (very hilly) area lead to a bunch of van decisions. While passing a Semi 2 miles from our destination one of the tranny cooler lines blew spewing the entire contents of the transmission onto the hwy :screaming:
I attribute this to inferior quality hoses that came with the aftermarket cooler (I have Gates now). Connections were solid and there was no rubbing, the hose simply burst. Sooooooo I pull my bike down to ride to town for parts; leaving the wife, baby, and boy on the side of the road. A Sheriff pulls up and offers a ride to the auto parts store which I gladly accept.
$118 later I am pulling my grill and headlights off to change out the hoses. A buddy who was joining us on our trip pulls over to help and we get it done. Ok, now for the moment of truth............I run the shifter through all the gears, put it in 'D' and double foot it to build pressure; all good!
Now to find a coin operated carwash for the EngineBrite and Brakleen. None in town; ok, fine. On to the campground..............SHIT! No pass. side brakes (doused in tranny fluid) Ok, hose down with brakekleen and ride the brakes hard down a hill. OK, all good.
Ride, camp, drink, pack up camp and head to the next trail. All good. Ride the next trail and head home. After reaching the top of the first large hill I lose 4th gear, then 3rd. Ok, check fluid level. All good, but HOT! We look for any town of size close by......nothing.
Head to first town of size that might have a mechanic/tow/auto store and find the road is out and detoured MANY miles. Turn around; get lost; lose GPS signal.......
Limp the 100mi home in 2nd gear; only got pulled over once on the 7hr journey. Warning for speed on shoulder.
SO here I am. Decisions. Decisions.
Just ordered $500 worth of parts for the van while its down. New rear PowerStop brake pads and rotors to match the front, All new steering components from Detroit Axle, Sky Jacker steering stabilizer, upper and lower ball joints with intent to relocate the uppers, ChassisTech re-indexed torsion keys, Energy Suspension sway bar links and bushings, Prothane control arm bushings, and Energy Suspension control arm bump stops.
I have a Buddy and GM tech comparing his "dealer" cost of a 4L60-E, 4L65-E, and 4L70-E GM Performance transmissions. Second choice is a local rebuild.
The current plan is to yank the tranny and front end this weekend and leave the van on stands while rebuilding the control arms and steering. Depending on price for the new one, we'll either drop the tranny off this upcoming week for the rebuild or pallet it up for storage.
I also plan on a new set of OEM cooler and lines, along with S10 HD springs once I find the part number, belts, hoses, and fluids.
Anything I'm missing?