2008 Trailblazer SS

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Black is beautiful

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Going on 10 years of ownership and over 125k mileage she is still going strong and lookin' great. I spruced her up a bit with a detailed wax job this weekend.
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Re: 2008 Trailblazer SS

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Still in mint condition!
[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
-BP[/quote]
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With the Vette in her garage space, Smoke has to stay outside. This fall, we had a huge crop of very large acorns from our oak trees and they were falling like rain. They would bounce off the deck and kit the windows with a loud noise. Our oak trees are very tall, maybe 60 feet or so.
I've kept a cover on the truck and parked on the pad outside the garage away from the trees, but one day I had to juggle cars around and the TBSS ended up on the circle part of our driveway overnight. I had a cover on it and thought it would be OK. It wasn't. When I pulled the cover off, the hood had, what looked like hail damage. I counted 15 dents in the hood. Later, I looked at the roof and counted about 25 dents. I called State Farm to file a claim. They asked for pictures via email and sent me a check for $200. Done! But with light and reflections those pictures showed nothing of the real damage. When I took it my body man, Lloyd, he circled all the dents with a grease pencil and with proper lighting took pictures. After his photos and a real estimate, I got an additional $1500 check. I dropped off Smoke at Lloyd's shop today.
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Re: 2008 Trailblazer SS

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I picked up the TBSS today from Lloyd's. What an unbelievable job he did! All the dents in the hood and many of them on the roof are no longer there and the paint was not disturbed! Another phase of the job is pending where the remaining dents in the roof are fixed and the roof repainted. Another body shop, Piperformance in Raleigh, a buddy of Lloyd's, will do that job early next year.
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Long standing mysterious noise fixed

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For years I've been mentally diagnosing a mysterious tinny rattle during the 1 - 2 shift under moderate acceleration. It sounds similar to a lifter rattle but more tinny. I decided to check the serpentine belt tensioner. The check showed both the tensioner and idler pulleys to be suspect, so I changed both pulleys and the tensioner since they have been on the job for 129k miles. The AC compressor runs on a separate belt on this engine and it, too, has it's own tensioner. The belt is very cracked so I have a belt and tensioner on order now. I took it out for a ride this morning and the noise seems to have gone away. I hope it stays that way. If not, I can always hope the new AC belt tensioner pulley will complete the fix.
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My tensioner always gives me noise, especially when cold. When it warms up it all but goes away. And whatever you do, don't try to lube it, it makes it much much worse. It's a common LS engine complaint. Hopefully yours just goes away.

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I changed the AC compressor belt and tensioner today. It was not a trivial undertaking because the attaching bolts for the tensioner were difficult to see and access with my assortment of sockets and extensions. Again, patience prevailed. It took a couple of hours but now it's done.

Update: I took the truck out for a ride and tried to recreate the noise. All seems good. Noise seems to be gone.
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