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Being a Ford tech now for around 5 years, it's been awhile since I have had the pleasure of working on General Motors vehicles. After my run in with this 2.9L Chevy Colorado, er I mean 2.9L GMC Canyon, my brand loyalty has been a little bit more fortified. I have completely forgot what it was like working on such architectural wonders. I hope you can taste the sarcasm in my words. Come on, I'm sure your just dying to continue reading this story...

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It seems I have always been on the quest to find the best 3 jaw puller that works on many Harmonic Balancers. No, really, I am not kidding. I always had a few laying around so I could try to make something work. I came across this one awhile ago for a good price. I was using it on F150 5.4L triton engines, of course that works the 4.6L as well. OEMtools 3 jaw harmonic balancer puller saved my day while working on a this GM. I highly recommend getting one in your tool box.

Recently, I am doing a timing chain replacement on a Chevy Colorado, wait, I mean GMC Canyon I4 2.8L in the garage for my brother. This little tool came in quite handy as it slipped right on and pulled that harmonic balancer off as well. It's a life saver really, none of my other pullers would do it because of the length of the crankshaft pulley bolt with integrated washer.

On most of the Fords, I remove the bolt, remove the washer, and reinstall the bolt. Since the washer is not removalable on this Canyon, I had to use the right tool for the job. Those multiple length pushrods were just the ticket I needed to get the job done. I've dedicated another post just to the madness of the 2.9L engine.

A customer recently showed up to the shop with a check engine light on his Taurus SHO. Very nice car by the way even with the 90K miles on it. He complained that it ran a bit rough for the last month or so, with diminishing fuel mileage and a glowing yellow light. Upon running the codes, we discovered he had a code that stated Bank 2 over-retarded. After checking the VCT error pids, I determined that Bank two did not respond to VCT commands and showed it was off by 33 degrees...

For those of you that haven't read part one, I'd suggest starting there. After moving on from the Timberland Pro shoes, I decided to give another big name a try. I picked up a pair of shoes from Catfootwear. If you are unfamiliar with them, that is Caterpillar branded shoes made by (i think) Wolverine.

I purchased the Caterpillar Argon CT. I really am not impressed right off the bat after wearing the Timberlands. They really don't have the level of comfort I am used to. Actually, I have a pair of Sketchers work shoes laying around the feel better on my feet. I'll give them a go around the house, but things aren't looking too well for them. I have to at least give them a try but I must keep them clean so I can return them if needed. FYI Amazon prices were about $25 less than the sale price I paid at Shoe Carnival.

So being the avid Ford enthusiast, I went out and purchased a rough Mustang for a good price, a California emissions 1999 Mustang GT with 160K miles on it.  You could say this was a "barn find" because it was literally found in a barn, but its not in that great of condition.  The previous owners didn't take good care of it, but they were an older couple so the vehicle is completely stock - stock exhaust and not even a cold air intake on it... 4 pages

I have a few minor complaints so far about the new 2017 Superduty. If you don't know much about it, the new Superduty has a new body made of aluminum to be extra light weight. There are several things I do love about it, but a few things i have found to be slightly annoying or ridiculous. Specifically, I will be talking about the bed / box today.

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