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Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons Today, 04:09 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Russell James
Use a scan tool and see what the IAT sensor is...

Use a scan tool and see what the IAT sensor is reading. Should be a bit higher than ambient. If it's reading like -20F, there is your problem.

A big change when disconnecting the MAF, would have...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 06-19-2018, 10:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 248
Posted By Russell James
Idling, use a propane torch (not lit) to flow...

Idling, use a propane torch (not lit) to flow propane around all the intake joints. If the engine speeds up, you found a leak. Start with everything you touched making sure all the intake joints...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 06-19-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 104
Posted By Russell James
It now has to be thoroughly flushed. The two are...

It now has to be thoroughly flushed. The two are not compatible. A mixture is bad bad stuff. After water flushing very good, go back to 50/50 Dexcool. Sooner than later.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 06-18-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 162
Posted By Russell James
As long as the dots line up, it is fine. ...

As long as the dots line up, it is fine.

Not possible to be 180 off. The crank spins 2x the cam. Not the other way around. The only thing you would be checking using TDC is degreeing in the...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 05-15-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 178
Posted By Russell James
Just feel up and down on the rocker tip over the...

Just feel up and down on the rocker tip over the valve. Start with the checker on the short side so you feel that tap/lash with the rocker bolt snug. And sneak up on zero lash when you no longer...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 05-11-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 322
Posted By Russell James
If the heads have been on/off multiple times......

If the heads have been on/off multiple times... it'd be really good to get a machinist's straight edge and measure the end to end, corner to corner flatness. Anything other than near perfection, and...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 05-09-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 584
Posted By Russell James
The tank purge valve is in front of the passenger...

The tank purge valve is in front of the passenger cyl head. Did the hoses and electrical connector get plugged back into that? With that message, sounds like either a tank purge hose did not get...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 05-09-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 386
Posted By Russell James
Measure PTV (clay or dial indicator method). ...

Measure PTV (clay or dial indicator method). You'll need a spare lifter set up as a solid. And some spare headgaskets/headbolts to mock up the heads as installed.

Measure PR length. Select...
Forum: Suspension / Brakes / Chassis 05-08-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,099
Posted By Russell James
Depends on the DOT 4. The higher the temp, the...

Depends on the DOT 4. The higher the temp, the more often it has to be changed.

I have a road course race car that I use Castrol SRF in. It has such a high temp rating, achieved because it...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 05-08-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By Russell James
Probably 57. It wouldn't even start on 5.7

Probably 57. It wouldn't even start on 5.7
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 05-08-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By Russell James
Most common cause of lean in a leak somewhere in...

Most common cause of lean in a leak somewhere in the intake system or PCV.

I'd first check the air filter. Check air box. Check all the tubes and connections between the air filter and throttle...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 05-01-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,195
Posted By Russell James
I've done it a thousand times. Heck, I've lifted...

I've done it a thousand times. Heck, I've lifted the back tires of my truck off the ground. It'd be a pretty weak jack that can only handle an unloaded trailer, which some are.

If it's a weak...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 04-30-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 381
Posted By Russell James
There are many brands of Dexcool. I wouldn't...

There are many brands of Dexcool.

I wouldn't use anything other than Dexcool in a system that started life with Dexcool. The two types are incompatible.

I can't imagine there are zero brands of...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 04-30-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,195
Posted By Russell James
Along with some wood out back, raise the front of...

Along with some wood out back, raise the front of the trailer with the trailer jack. This will give the frame more clearance.

Tie downs work best using T or J hooks into the oval frame slots....
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 04-25-2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,771
Posted By Russell James
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMrDYJvY0Ts ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMrDYJvY0Ts

That is a good video of an Easy Out extractor. You can see when the thread bind releases the stud actually spins in farther. Which shows there is not...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 04-25-2018, 05:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,771
Posted By Russell James
Did you use the ARP lube, and according to the...

Did you use the ARP lube, and according to the instructions only on one side of the washer. If the wrong lube or on both sides of the washer... the actual tq being applied can be way more the tq...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 04-22-2018, 10:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 455
Posted By Russell James
Like mentioned, measure a few cyls both int and...

Like mentioned, measure a few cyls both int and ex. Then come up with a length that puts the preload between .04 and .05. Then call a PR company like Trend and see if they can do a custom length....
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 04-22-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 873
Posted By Russell James
Did you use new OE gaskets on the headers? ...

Did you use new OE gaskets on the headers? Those seem to work best. The aftermarket gaskets often blow out and sound like a bad lifter.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 04-17-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 484
Posted By Russell James
They need that looseness cold to allow for...

They need that looseness cold to allow for expansion of stuff when hot. You'd be amazed how much tighter a timing chain gets on a hot motor. If you start out any where near tight cold, it will...
Forum: ZL1 Discussions 03-31-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 9,637
Posted By Russell James
I couldn't find any. All it says is that it is...

I couldn't find any. All it says is that it is factory set and don't adjust it.
Forum: ZL1 Discussions 03-26-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 880
Posted By Russell James
The high performance owner's manual supplement...

The high performance owner's manual supplement covers that in the Track Events and Competitive Driving section:

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LS/LT 1LE, SS 1LE, and ZL1

Change the engine oil to 0W-40 or 5W-40 that...
Forum: General Automotive + Other Cars Discussion 03-26-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,383
Posted By Russell James
Be careful, it's addicting. Over the years I...

Be careful, it's addicting. Over the years I have bought two race cars off Racing Junk. Both Camaros.

It all started by going to the advanced search page and putting "Camaro" in the keyword...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 03-23-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,099
Posted By Russell James
Using an aftermarket 2 step... yeah you don't...

Using an aftermarket 2 step... yeah you don't want to sit there for minutes hammering everything to death with all those misfires. A couple seconds tops. If you ridiculously over did it, I'd bet...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 03-23-2018, 07:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 783
Posted By Russell James
Does the DIC show V4 under light load? ...

Does the DIC show V4 under light load?

Years ago I drove an auto, and thought there was a DIC screen choice that showed V8 V4 status.
Forum: 2016+ Camaro: 6th Gen Camaro general forum 03-23-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,941
Posted By Russell James
I would unwind the deal. Then offer this option: ...

I would unwind the deal. Then offer this option:

I refuse delivery of a damaged vehicle period. I will purchase an exact replacement damage free if... you provide a comparable loaner vehicle until...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 03-22-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 7,532
Posted By Russell James
I'd disagree. Just my personal opinion, but I...

I'd disagree. Just my personal opinion, but I consider it a major failure of autonomous technology. The theory and sell to the public is they are safer than a human driver because of all this high...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 03-21-2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 481
Posted By Russell James
Something is wrong in the clutch hydraulics. ...

Something is wrong in the clutch hydraulics.

Does the pedal feel normal? Did the clutch hyd line get pinched during all this work?

Have someone under the car with a light watching and...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 03-20-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 369
Posted By Russell James
Yeah, I sure wouldn't put a cam in with the stock...

Yeah, I sure wouldn't put a cam in with the stock AFM lifters. Not only is there that lifter issue.... but one advantage of a cam is now you can rev higher. L99's have heavy stock intake valves....
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 03-20-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By Russell James
The OE LS3 HG is .051 compressed. The LS9 is...

The OE LS3 HG is .051 compressed. The LS9 is .055" compressed.

If N/A either will work fine. The LS9 is important to use if boosted.

How much to mill off depends. Are you trying to raise...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 03-20-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,947
Posted By Russell James
Correct. I just looked at an '11 service manual....

Correct. I just looked at an '11 service manual. For the V6 Front caliper it says... install New Caliper Guide Pin Bolts... tq to 20 lb ft.


Then for the Caliper Bracket.... install new...
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