A few notes/ observations from working on a Bravada all weekend
Had the sole mission of changing out a front left wheel bearing/ hub on a 1999 Bravada last weekend. Ended up trying to do more and it became a costly job and my wife is livid with me for working on the Bravada non-stop from 5a.m. Saturday morning to 11p.m. Monday night. I decided to replace the shocks while I has the front end on jacks and Monroe had a rebate. A few notes:
Treat CV boots as the most sensitive and critical item on your car. If they get a hole in them, the hole will get bigger as you drive and spray lube everywhere to include brake parts.
Do not torch a part near a CV boot- the boot will melt quickly
Do not torch the bolts that hold GM shocks with plastic uppers. A tar like substance will fall on your face and hands and burn you and leave large blisters on your body
Do twist your plug wires in a ¼ turn clockwise and then clockwise position before trying to remove them. Even a spark plug boot puller will not work- the ends get stuck on the plugs and I think the rotation mat set them free prior to pulling them off the plug post
Dielectric grease is a great thing, but if you fill the distributor cap side plug wire with to much it will prevent the plug from seating and you will have to clean out the grease
Advance Auto sells a plug tool that will get out the # 3 (or 5) plug on the blazer/ jimmy/ s10/ Bravada. These vehicles are known to be brutal to replace this one plug. Many remove the steering shaft to access the plug. In my case what was need was to slide down the sound dampener on the shaft. It looks tough to slide but was easy. As tight as it goes- but with the tool all six plugs came out easy via the wheel well
If you CV boot is damaged- consider replacing the axle. It saves huge time and hassle and doesn’t cost much more than just the boot
If replacing the front axle you might want to replace the ball joints since they are exposed during the axle removal
Brake cleaner will pool up if enough is sprayed and if it gets to your inner thighs and buttocks you will feel a very painful burning sensation that will not go away for some time.
2001 Bonneville SSEi, 219,000 miles.
Whats in my driveway:
1998 Chevy S10 4x4 ZR2, 1999 Olds Bravada, 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi, 2007 Ford F-350 regular cab 2WD, 2008 BMW 335i coupe (Wife'* replacement for her Bonneville). The Bonneville is my favorite of all the cars in the driveway.