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Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 06-10-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 771
Posted By Russell James
I think oil has become more complicated lately. ...

I think oil has become more complicated lately. Mobil 1 use to be great stuff, but just about any mass marketed synthetic has gone through changes in the last few years. Mostly dictated by the EPA....
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 06-09-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 554
Posted By Russell James
Did a weight loss back to back comparison a few...

Did a weight loss back to back comparison a few weeks ago. A 55 lb reduction was good for about a .15 improvement. Swapped two lead acid batteries for one lithium battery in a high 8 sec 1st gen...
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 06-09-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 778
Posted By Russell James
I looked at the parts in the bulletin, it's a new...

I looked at the parts in the bulletin, it's a new supercharger. Eaton is a big company, I wouldn't imagine there to be a supply problem.
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 06-09-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 8,805
Posted By Russell James
Have them give you a copy of the bulletin....

Have them give you a copy of the bulletin. Several errors in that Motor Authority article. I think they wrote it before reading the bulletin. Doesn't cause engine failure. The coupler is sealed...
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 06-09-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 778
Posted By Russell James
The bulletin gives the part numbers for the new...

The bulletin gives the part numbers for the new supercharger with the solid coupler.

They just need to follow the new bulletin. If it rattles at idle, put the listed parts in. The new...
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 06-05-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,695
Posted By Russell James
They probably looked in the wrong spot. ...

They probably looked in the wrong spot.

Tell them to look under "Applicable Warranties" it will show:

Special Coverage 13313

For a '12 it's there. They probably looked where the...
Forum: V8 and V6 Transmissions / Driveline (6L80 / 6L50 / TR6060 / AY6) 06-05-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 549
Posted By Russell James
3.91s And you'll need a whole lot more than...

3.91s

And you'll need a whole lot more than gears if you plan on making more than 600.

Take everything in the driveline from the pressure plate to the rear axles and upgrade it to the best on...
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 06-04-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,893
Posted By Russell James
Your dealer needs to read the new bulletin closer...

Your dealer needs to read the new bulletin closer #13313.

It says in black and white, the condition is - rattle at idle.

The correction is - replace the supercharger.

Part numbers are...
Forum: Suspension / Brakes / Chassis 02-20-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,223
Posted By Russell James
Have you tried lowering your tire pressure? On a...

Have you tried lowering your tire pressure? On a lot of vehicle, a few lbs makes a big difference.

In my Silverado, if I start at 35 cold. Hot they will be 39/40ish and a jarring ride. I set...
Forum: Off-topic Discussions 02-19-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 6,068
Views: 268,307
Posted By Russell James
Finally found a 9mm S&W Shield last night and...

Finally found a 9mm S&W Shield last night and bought it. Shot about 25 rds through it at the range and love it. Fits my hand perfect, and love how slim it is. Going to be the perfect carry gun for me...
Forum: Off-topic Discussions 02-18-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6,068
Views: 268,307
Posted By Russell James
I'm looking for a Shield 9mm right now. Get her...

I'm looking for a Shield 9mm right now. Get her the 9, not the 40.

Held a demo Shield the other day, sweet gun, everything felt perfect. The only knocks I've heard about it is - kind of easy to...
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 02-11-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,526
Posted By Russell James
If you want to be proactive.... Use great oil. ...

If you want to be proactive.... Use great oil. Something like an Amsoil. And be careful with the break in.

A lot of valve to valve guide wear occurs during break in. Especially if that...
Forum: 1st & 2nd Generation Camaros 10-20-2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 451
Views: 88,215
Posted By Russell James
Last run of the year in my '69. 8.69 @ 156. ...

Last run of the year in my '69. 8.69 @ 156. Ran the best time of the year on it's last run. Time to tear it down now for some maintenance.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 10-17-2013, 09:30 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,229
Posted By Russell James
When I was a tech, saw plenty of hydro-locked...

When I was a tech, saw plenty of hydro-locked engines where a lifter destroys the block. Many things can happen.

Full of water, the combustion chamber is now solid. Can bend a rod, break a...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 10-16-2013, 10:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 730
Posted By Russell James
I've bought many new cars, never had a problem...

I've bought many new cars, never had a problem with the plugs up to 100K. Always changed them when the manual says. They use platinum tips now that don't wear like the old plugs.

Exception...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 10-16-2013, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 455
Posted By Russell James
I'd go to the source (Goodyear) for the correct...

I'd go to the source (Goodyear) for the correct info.

Below 40F - do not move the car.

Below 20F - remove tires, store in a climate controlled location.


Everything else is a variety of...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 10-16-2013, 09:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,236
Posted By Russell James
The cables stretch. Use it often, it will stay...

The cables stretch. Use it often, it will stay self adjusted.

If not used often, the adjuster inside the rotor hat drum will get gunked up and frozen and stop self adjusting. If that happens,...
Forum: Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection 10-16-2013, 09:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,144
Posted By Russell James
The acids used in touchless car washes are...

The acids used in touchless car washes are corrosive to just about everything. I've seen them melt windshield washer blades from puddled up residual water after a wash.

There is a touchless wash...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 10-15-2013, 03:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 455
Posted By Russell James
Nothing wrong with the suspension hanging. ...

Nothing wrong with the suspension hanging.

Several good spots for the jack stands. Frame up front, and in back by the shipping hook slots is where I use. That area is reinforced for the...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 10-15-2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,236
Posted By Russell James
It will automatically adjust with normal use. If...

It will automatically adjust with normal use. If it doesn't, the little adjuster wheel might be gunked up and frozen. Then the rotor has to come off, clean and manually adjust it so the shoes fit...
Forum: Camaro5 Fest Discussions 09-26-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,375
Posted By Russell James
How about a Spring time Fest in Florida? ...

How about a Spring time Fest in Florida?

The side trip possibilities would be awesome.

I've loved the Indy Fests, would go back there in a heartbeat.
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 09-19-2013, 12:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 933
Posted By Russell James
Take that stuff back. Get 4 qts of Royal...

Take that stuff back.

Get 4 qts of Royal Purple Synchromax.

I've also heard Redline has some gear lube that works well in the Tremec. Not sure exactly which one, I haven't tried Redline,...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 09-19-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,780
Posted By Russell James
If you actually need race gas, stick with the...

If you actually need race gas, stick with the best stuff sold right at the track. I'd be suspicious of crap sold at a gas station for 6.99. My 13.5 CR BBC in a drag car runs best on VP 112 or...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 09-17-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,114
Posted By Russell James
Theres some variation in the pumps too. Some rip...

Theres some variation in the pumps too. Some rip you off, some give you a little bonus.

Take a 5 gal can there and see if it actually pumps 5 gals.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-14-2013, 01:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,905
Posted By Russell James
Loud knocking right away.

Loud knocking right away.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-14-2013, 11:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,905
Posted By Russell James
I'd have the dealer look at it. That close to...

I'd have the dealer look at it. That close to when they were working on it, mostly likely they bumped a wire or something.

If it idles normal, it has oil pressure. The lifters would be knocking...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-12-2013, 03:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 583
Posted By Russell James
The ECM calculates it from the crank sensor. ...

The ECM calculates it from the crank sensor.

The ECM constantly monitors crankshaft acceleration and deceleration speed between firing strokes. If that crank speed is out of whack, the ECM will...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 08-23-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 857
Posted By Russell James
get track insurance swap in some better brake...

get track insurance
swap in some better brake fluid
spend a day at a driving school

If you cook your brakes, spend another day at the school.

Practice braking and downshifting before the...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 08-08-2013, 12:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,125
Posted By Russell James
I agree. An 8 second car, I'd start from day 1...

I agree. An 8 second car, I'd start from day 1 with a Ford 9" and 4 link. Turbo 400 if it's heavy, Powerglide if it's real light, trans brake in either. Drag coilovers up front. And strip every...
Forum: 1st & 2nd Generation Camaros 08-06-2013, 12:16 PM
Replies: 451
Views: 88,215
Posted By Russell James
Launching my '69 at the Fest last weekend. ...

Launching my '69 at the Fest last weekend.

http://i422.photobucket.com/albums/pp308/rjgalbum/Camarofest_2013_2_zps59270a12.jpg...
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