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1996 safari purchase advice

Postby ihsaan [OP] » March 9th 2008, 3:57pm

I just purchased a 1996 safari(awd) with 139,000 miles on it. What do you advise I should do for example what fluids should I change,timing belt or chain changing or etc,also the blower for the heat and A/C only works on medium and wont blow any air if switched to high.
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Re: 1996 safari purchase advice

Postby gtkane » March 9th 2008, 4:10pm

It wouldn't be a bad idea to change fluids in both diffs, the transfer case, and have a transmission flush.
Check the oil cooler lines for excess leakage.
As far as the heater fan problem, your switch is probably burnt out.
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Re: 1996 safari purchase advice

Postby phaestos » March 9th 2008, 6:08pm

I second the changing fluids in the drivetrain. Pal of mine just spent the bank after not noticing the front diff was leaking.
The problem with the heater is very common.Sometimes it's a simple ground connection on the motor itself, mebbbe a resistor pack, lot's of information on the forums from people with similar problem.
Tranny shifting allright?
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Re: 1996 safari purchase advice

Postby ihsaan [OP] » March 10th 2008, 9:47pm

Thanks a lot for the replies.The transmission changes good and it drives good too.
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Re: 1996 safari purchase advice

Postby phaestos » March 10th 2008, 11:34pm

Sounds like a good beast. Enjoy.
You'll learn it's idiosynchcrasies (I can't believe I typed that).
One I've seen on lots of vans as they get older is the rear door seems to stick.(closed)
Trick is to push in on the door without a handle (midway up just above the latch)
and then you can open the door fine. I didn't know this until someone showed me.
Until then I thought I had a f***** door.
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Re: 1996 safari purchase advice

Postby Smiliesafari » March 10th 2008, 11:53pm

As was posted earlier the blower not working on "high" is a burned out resistor. It's on the blower housing right behind the washer and radiator overflow bottles. You have to remove them to access the resister. One electrical connector and two screws and the resistor is out of there. GM has done an upgrade so there is a small amount of modifying to the blower housing to fit the new one.
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Re: 1996 safari purchase advice

Postby SSAstro » March 11th 2008, 1:17am

only do the tranny flush if you change the filter with it we had em come in all the time at the dealership where people did it and did not change the filter and left all that crap in there this is how i do it and have done it since the trans was replaced when i first bought the van 5 yrs. ago with 143,000 miles on it and now have 256,000 on it. trust me and if the fluid looks really dark brown too pitch black plan on a tranny overhaul been there with my dads van when valvoline did it and they had him sign a waiver 2 days later the tranny blew all the clutches were toasted
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