Category Archives: DIY

Two new belts, two new tensioners, one old noise

About a year and a half ago, we got the most amazing deal on a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 that had been well maintained and rolled up on relatively new tires. It had close to 350,000 miles on it, but it amazingly ran better than our much newer minivan.

Right now the “truck”, as we call it, is making a weird noise. That noise started just before the A/C went out, then it stopped making the noise. With a bit of help from a mechanic friend, I saw that the A/C belt had snapped, so I got a new one for about $15 and replaced it. Then the noise came back. Continue reading

Knocked back by “knock sensors”, if that’s a real thing

Should I be embarrassed to confess that I was nearly 45 years old before knowing what “knock sensors” are?

Okay. Show of hands. How many of you think I just made that name up, because this is the first time you’ve ever heard of knock sensors? Well, you’d be in good company. I thought the lady at the auto part store was just reading the scan tool wrong. Continue reading