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Old 09-30-2009, 10:55 AM   #11
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Well, I just changed mine last nite in an hour and that was while watching NCIS out in the shop. Piece of cake!!! Got the part from GM parts direct for $22 and binga banga boom~
I watched the Youtube Vids that Hans did and with those it'* truly simple.

I Had a lof of crud and rust around the locking ring so I wired brushed all that, kept the shop vac handy. As I beat the ring around more and more stuff loosened up. more vac- One thng I did, I left the line attached until I got the ring loosed. I didn't want to take a chance of stuff getting in the lines while I was doing all that banging and beating.

I would suggest taking an old screwdriver and putting a V notch in the blade to help hold on the locking ring. It'* a plastic tank and I could easily see someone driving it right through the tank if they weren't careful. I have a bud who would do exactly that. He'll destroy a quarter panel changing a marker light-some guys just don't have the finesse.

Oh, and it worked and solved the issue!
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Thanks for the update Dan. Feels good, doesn't it? Not to mention the money you saved.

I put off doing mine for the longest time thinking it was a big repair. When I finally got around to doing it the job took less than an hour. LIke I mentioned to you earlier, the only tricky part is getting that lock ring off. If you are patient, and alternate hitting each side it comes off pretty easily. I really like your idea of the notched screwdriver, but I would use a brass rod or some other material that wouldn't produce a spark when striking metal (for obvious reasons).

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Thanks for the update Dan. Feels good, doesn't it? Not to mention the money you saved.

I put off doing mine for the longest time thinking it was a big repair. When I finally got around to doing it the job took less than an hour. LIke I mentioned to you earlier, the only tricky part is getting that lock ring off. If you are patient, and alternate hitting each side it comes off pretty easily. I really like your idea of the notched screwdriver, but I would use a brass rod or some other material that wouldn't produce a spark when striking metal (for obvious reasons).

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If you leave the fuel lines attached while your knocking the ring loose, sparks are no worry since there isn't fuel all over the place just yet. I also sprayed some rust buster on all the tabs to give it some lube.
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You are correct. I disconnected my hoses before banging on the lock ring to get more access to both sides of the ring. Now that I know how to get that ring off I would do it like you did (ring first, hoses second). I still am nervous about banging metal to metal next to my gas tank ... particularly with me in the trunk at the time. I didn't say my fear was logical.
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Hey guys, what is the part number from GM? I saw the video but couldnt catch the Part Number.
I would like the Tristar part but its 89.00. If the GM part is 22.00 and lasts like another 100,000 miles, I may be dead by then so it will work for me. Thanks for all the information. I thought of the brass drift also as I do gunsmithing and use brass drifts and such for many things. And also thought of the "V" notch in the screwdriver thing.
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hey guys, what is the part number from gm? I saw the video but couldnt catch the part number.
I would like the tristar part but its 89.00. If the gm part is 22.00 and lasts like another 100,000 miles, i may be dead by then so it will work for me. Thanks for all the information. I thought of the brass drift also as i do gunsmithing and use brass drifts and such for many things. And also thought of the "v" notch in the screwdriver thing.
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Thanks Leonardo! Thanks to all here. Ordered it from GM just now. Take care guys!!
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We are here if you need help. Good luck, and let us know how you make out.
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Thanks Leonardo! Thanks to all here. Ordered it from GM just now. Take care guys!!
I know just how you feel! it'* a nice to be able to get the real help you need and do it yourself. Now, on to that intermediate shaft!!! Oh, and now I also know where the battery is! haha
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