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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Leeann_93Leeann_93 is online! » September 24th 2020, 2:54am

Meant to be - that looks perfect!
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Big_kid » September 24th 2020, 12:21pm

SWEET! Home sweet home!
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We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart?
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Postby WoodButcher » September 24th 2020, 1:29pm

Nice Augie, where are you now?
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby augidog » September 24th 2020, 1:51pm

still reedsport oregon. I moved an easy 0.7 miles from the duplex apartment to the mobile home park.
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby sixsix » September 24th 2020, 2:09pm

Cool, augi - so very happy for you. That is a nice area looking at it from your addy weeks back.
Looking Good. Glad you're in better health and can enjoy things a bit w/o wincing.

Carport for the Augi-Transport is an added Bonus!
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Mmusicman » September 24th 2020, 6:38pm

It's ME again!

Vibrations are NOT for me!
Usually means something is wrong.

It all started last month with my torque-converter shutter, which has been replaced.
In the process, I attempted to rule as much (other possibilities) as I could first.

It's been a complex series of different little projects with regard to engine and drive train.
Here's what I've done recently:

Driveline

* Drive-shaft professionally straightened and re balanced
* Pinion angle alignment (includes matching TC angle alignment)

Engine

* New Autolite Platinum spark plugs
* New ACDelco plug wires
* New ACDelco cap & rotor
* Fresh synthetic oil change

Recently done (within last 2 years)

* New motor-mounts (incl trans... all still good)
* New u-joints, trans yoke, and output bushing
* New upgraded fuel injection spider
* New distributor (still tight and good)
* New fuel pump
* New tires and alignment (not specifically related)

Despite everything.. I have been attempting to diagnose and resolve a slight engine idle-shake issue. It ONLY shakes/vibrates at idle in gear (loaded w/ac on). O2's good.. NO CODES. With 240K this may just be normal. Idling in neutral is smooth, and engine runs perfectly smooth cruising. Power good, smooth, fuel mileage also normal.

Trim LTFT Bank 1 seems to run a little higher than bank 2 (by about 4%) at idle.. which also may just be typical and normal for older engine. But it had me a little concerned. I checked for vacuum leaks but found nothing.

So I asked myself maybe an internal or mechanical issue? Maybe valves?
What would wear on an older motor?

So last night I decided to run a cylinder compression test. (first time on this engine)

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Job was fast and easy (though the fenders), about 1/2 hour total (both sides).
All results came up STRONG between 170-180.
Well at least that's a relief! PASS!

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On a separate note.. it seems I have developed a separate and new issue.

After starting... all my gauge lights came on (including Security and Airbag).. fuel gauge slammed to empty, overhead display went dead, gear indicator went dead, and charge light came on (even though it's charging perfectly).. engine seemed unaffected. Here's how it looked idling...

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It seems I may be developing the BCM (Body Control Module) issue that I've seen discussed on this forum. When I shut the engine off and restarted.. everything was suddenly fine. It has randomly happened to me twice. I'll be taking a closer look at this tonight.

Lot's of little stuff lately
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby dcsleeper » September 24th 2020, 7:27pm

Let me know where the BCM is. At our age we may be facing capacitor failure.
I've fixed lots of ECUs; Ford Honda etc.
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby MechBob » September 25th 2020, 6:28am

Hi.And,I am not picking on you,MM,but show me the procedures for "realigning" the driveshaft. Only way to do this is cut off the hollow tube,and re weld(expensive),on a lathe.Re balancing,or even balancing,can be somewhat done on a lathe,but better done in the vehicle.Oh,I almost forgot "professionally re straightened", is the same as cutting off the tube and re welding it.A minimum 300 bucks where you live.Now,as far as your new alternator problem,(Gauge problem,etc), Quick start has been upgrading vehicles with the AD244 for many years,they are probably the experts on this.AND,people forget,the newer astros charge rate is not controlled by the internal regulator(even though it has one) the BCM controlles this.Is possible you put the BCM into "logic lockup", intermittently.I would recommend calling these people.You may have to add a wire.Sorry,not being nasty,you are very smart,but might have missed some things.Bob
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Mmusicman » September 25th 2020, 3:06pm

MechBob wrote:Hi.And,I am not picking on you,MM,but show me the procedures for "realigning" the driveshaft.

Maybe you misunderstood me, or I wasn't clear?
I said I aligned my pinion angle (and parallel matched the trans) for correct driveshaft alignment.

Parallel (in example below) is the desired correct setup...

Driveline pinion angles 01.JPG

My driveline was originally more like the the "wrong" example (in this next photo).
My pinion was pointing high, my transfer case was hanging low.
While they were all almost perfectly inline, they did not have enough recommended driveshaft angle.
I aligned and corrected it to make it "right"... (as seen below)

pinion trans angle 01.jpeg

Spicer recommends 1-3 degree "u-joint working angle".
This is done for proper needle-bearing lubrication purposes.
My driveline shop recommended 2.5 degree working angle.
I'm closer to about 1.5-2 degrees now.. close to ideal.

Here's a great read from Spicer on driveline setup:
https://www.waterousco.com/media/pdfs/J3311-1-DSSP.pdf

Driveline pinion angles 02.jpg

Oh,I almost forgot "professionally re straightened", is the same as cutting off the tube and re welding it.

The place I take it to is a Driveline Specialist, locally in business here for decades. All they do is build, balance, and repair drive-shafts and drive-line parts. I asked them what they do when I bring my shaft in. They said if the yoke has issues, they cut them off and re-weld them, or replace them. They put the shaft on a machine. They take very accurate measurements, and apply heat to straighten if there is any minor run-out issues. Then this high-tech drive-shaft machine balances the shaft, front and back. I'd call this being professionally done.

Mine had a small amount of run-out which was fixed.
Shaft of course, was re-balanced too.

Now,as far as your new alternator problem,(Gauge problem,etc), Quick start has been upgrading vehicles with the AD244 for many years,they are probably the experts on this.AND,people forget,the newer astros charge rate is not controlled by the internal regulator(even though it has one) the BCM controlles this.Is possible you put the BCM into "logic lockup", intermittently.I would recommend calling these people.You may have to add a wire.Sorry,not being nasty,you are very smart,but might have missed some things.Bob

Bob, you unfortunately missed where I said my alternator is charging perfectly, and that my instrument cluster is displaying issues that are being caused by the BCM. If you note my last photo, charge voltage running is close to 14v (I confirmed this with my VOM). The alternator is working correctly.

I apparently have developed a new minor intermittent issue with my ECM/BCM.
Others on this forum have described the same exact symptoms I explained above.

Essentially, when you first turn your key on.. every instrument cluster display indicator temporarily lights up (diagnostic mode), and after the vehicle starts they are supposed to all turn off. Mine were staying on. Other things were affected too.

Last night I pulled my ECM/BCM for inspection.
It looked pretty rough...

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I opened it up for further inspection, and it appears some moisture has gotten in.

I believe the previous owner may have pulled this unit at one time for some reason, as the bottom right connector did not have the extra safety-clip, and appeared the connector may not have been fully plugged into place (or there was an issue with the rubber seal), allowing some possible moisture intrusion.

In this photo, intrusion is visible both at top of unit (upper left on board)... but most notably near bottom connectors (lower right). Most of what I saw and cleaned up is not visible in this photo..

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I have low confidence in this unit now.
I have no experience with ECM replacement (which included flashing the replacement).
I'm old school. I guess it's time for me to learn about something new.

I cleaned it up somewhat and put it back in.
It worked perfectly without issue....(for now).... :D

I'm going to see if the spare junk van at our shop has a compatible unit.
Otherwise I will probably purchase on online.
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby icebrrg3rd » September 25th 2020, 3:18pm

Dang cars have been talking with each other again. So the Sebring has picked up a gremlin, it now has decided to randomly shut off and not restart. Well, after a few minutes it does. So I start using the Astro more. Taking my daughter to the dr office, I smell coolant. In the lot, I check under the van and also under the hood. No leaks. Nothing inside either. Going home, the smell is still there, but now I notice there are a few drips on the carpet passenger side. So heater core it is. Guess they were conspiring to break down at the same time. Oh well, time to throw mo money at them. :banghead:

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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby sixsix » September 25th 2020, 7:10pm

Yup - '92 here...

Andy, you HAD to say something about "coolant drippy smell".
Smelled "A little Something" myself the last couple trips out.

No wet carpet yet, no drips under, but I really think changing the Water Valve for Ball Valves might be in order.
Lumpy and Randy did this on their Gen I Vans years back.
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Mmusicman » September 25th 2020, 8:20pm

I just cut this ECM out of our 97 junkvan at work a few minutes ago...

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Beside being a little grimy.. it's it perfect condition!
Under the connectors it still looks completely new!
The seals are in mint condition.

Unfortunately, this 97 ECM is not compatible with my 2000.
That was a waste of time.
Oh well... back to shopping... :shock:

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One thing for certain... THAT van won't ever run again.
And it even had a good running engine... :o
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Leeann_93Leeann_93 is online! » September 25th 2020, 9:37pm

I got a replacement for my '05 from Flashmasters on eBay - same guy Winnie bought one from. The guy was awesome - I ordered Sunday afternoon, providing the VIN as requested and got an email back in an hour from the guy. They flashed it and shipped it Monday and I had it Wednesday.


Just searched - '99 and '00 work for you:
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Postby Mmusicman » September 26th 2020, 1:06pm

Leeann_93 wrote:I got a replacement for my '05 from Flashmasters on eBay - same guy Winnie bought one from. The guy was awesome - I ordered Sunday afternoon, providing the VIN as requested and got an email back in an hour from the guy. They flashed it and shipped it Monday and I had it Wednesday.
Just searched - '99 and '00 work for you:
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THANKS LEEANN FOR THE GREAT TIP!!!
I ordered this with them!

Apparently, Flashmasters are VERY HIGHLY rated and recommended!
Price is awesome too.

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Postby Leeann_93Leeann_93 is online! » September 26th 2020, 4:09pm

You're welcome - thank Winnie for the original tip ;)
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby icebrrg3rd » September 27th 2020, 7:56pm

Doing the heater core, it's actually not that hard. Other posts were saying 2nd gen were easy, but 1st Gen takes all day, remove your front seat, etc. Other than some plastics and the doghouse, which I can remove in my sleep, it's right there.

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I was picturing some Chrysler-level BS, like remove most of the dash or other stupid stuff. This was maybe 10 minutes worth of unbolting.

Here's the old and the new:

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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby icebrrg3rd » September 27th 2020, 8:14pm

Open my big mouth and the van bites me in the can. Well, technically, the replacement part does. The two pipes are too close to each other, they don't fit thru the firewall. And no store locally has it, I got the only one that was. So I guess I'll button the van back up, because if I try and bend the pipes they'll probably leak, and I won't be able to return the part.

Great googly moogly.

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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby icebrrg3rd » September 27th 2020, 10:28pm

Since there are no other parts in the area to compare mine to, I don't know if mine is bad or if all the parts are like this. If I try and bend the pipes I know it'll leak, so I took my step drill bit and made another hole in the firewall so it would fit. Other problem was since the lower pipe ran parallel to the end instead of angling up it didn't go in as far, so I had to adjust (bend) the mounting bracket to line up with the screw holes. But it's in now. I also took this opportunity to install the ball valve I've had lying around for a year or so.

Pipes mismatch:
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Heater valve:
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Oh, and I topped it off and no leaks. Yay!

While I was vacuuming the metal shavings, I cleaned the slider door track and searched for the drain hole. Found it!

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It's towards the rear, past the catch bracket that locks the door open. The orange handle pick is in the hole. It drains into the rocker, so you can't see it from underneath. Hopefully with the debris out my slider track will properly drain and stop rusting.

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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby sixsix » September 28th 2020, 12:12am

Some AstroSafari Good Fairy ( or Elf or witch ) sent these ...
- after I just offhandedly mentioned it in a post some time back:

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For those not recognizing - Gen I Climate Control Dash Panel Knobs.
Even got a spare to glue together and try for a good fit.
Thanks, Charlie/Big_kid


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A few weeks/months ago, that Temp Control Knob on the left, kinda' crumbled in my fingers.
Not salvageable at all. The other one seems tight and not ready to explode, so it stays.

This one goes on nice and tite - so instead of heating and pressing - thought I would just gorilla glue, press and it clicked.
Perfect !!


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Here's the finished product - Looks great and works Perfect, too. Just the right amount of grip and the shape is oh so familiar - gosh , I am verklempt...
- we can just move hot to cold & back, willy-nilly.


Thanks again, Charlie !!

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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Big_kid » September 28th 2020, 12:53am

Glad to help!
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