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Day off tomorrow I’ll grab the door panels I need to replace and grab the cooling hoses from the wreckers.

Progress has been extremely slow with this return to work and this is a 4th vehicle so the priority is low.
I did manage to remove most of the dent in the tailgate. F63801BC-9882-49DD-8EC1-94A85E711E82.jpeg F63801BC-9882-49DD-8EC1-94A85E711E82.jpeg E3543942-0E7B-48B2-89C9-AAFC3F78D790.jpeg

I don’t have the power lift gate. So this was a breeze. Remove the inner grab handle cap with a pick and then 2 7mm bolts.
the rest are clips and took 5 mins to remove 9416B7B3-AADA-46B4-AD8E-643354951BB4.jpeg

pop out 2 pins from around the latch
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Turn the heat gun to high moving over the area for about 5 minutes
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With mechanic glove on I pressed my fist into the dent and pop it almost came right out 97% repaired. I don’t own a hammer and dowel and it looks good enough to me. Not perfect but much better than how I got it

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You are doing a great job resurrecting this ride - keep up the good work !
 

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I was up in the air on selling it or keeping it. The more wrenching the more I’m feeling a connection and I’m wanting to license it and possible make it a daily driver. Currently it’s still off the road until I can fix the idle and suspension(which I’m dreading but may tackle tomorrow) with my day off.
I’m liking the truck and I know why you all bought one. It’s gonna be hard to give it up. We’ll see how tomorrow goes
 

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I was up in the air on selling it or keeping it. The more wrenching the more I’m feeling a connection and I’m wanting to license it and possible make it a daily driver. Currently it’s still off the road until I can fix the idle and suspension(which I’m dreading but may tackle tomorrow) with my day off.
I’m liking the truck and I know why you all bought one. It’s gonna be hard to give it up. We’ll see how tomorrow goes
I honestly really enjoy driving the Traverse. We have a '15 Pilot and '10 Yukon XL Denali as other 3 rows in the family, the Traverse is my go-to. It has the best ride, a great cruising powertrain (it is clunky around town thought), it's the most comfortable, etc. And I think it looks pretty good to with the facelift and the pearl white paint.

I think you'll like it even more when you get it all fixed up.
 

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I apologize I still have the Covid machine but since going back to work my hours to work on the truck have dwindled. So instead of working on it throughout the day. It’s been relegated to after 7pm. Dinner is 530 and after I eat the motivation is gonzo. So it’s weekends only and with 2 kids... time definitely is limited. Plus it’s been over 100* for like a month straight. It’s just now starting to cool down.

To start with the little I’ve done is the door panels. They were absolutely disgusting. The fabric inserts were filthy and the pull handles in the rear looked like they were chewed on by minions.
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when I went to the scrap yard I forgot the door panels were grey which should’ve been obvious my seats weren’t black but, I brought home black door panels

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But I did get to work on the part I’ve been avoiding the most.

The knee assembly. As I mentioned before. Strut, hub and lower control arm assembled in one piece.
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Ofcourse we ran into issues. The cv shaft rusted to the splines in the hub. We tried to burn it out, beat it out and press it out. Then we had a combination of the 3. we used a 3 jaw puller and kept pressure on the male end of the spline and beat the living **** out of the outter female side of the cv which holds the grease and balls. The snap ring was a casualty but we basically walked the shaft inwards millimetres at a time. After about 2 hours it finally came loose. However the castle nut flared out and had to use a larger socket on it to remove it. After having the castle nut on the end of the splines I’d have thought I’d save the threads on the cv shaft....no can’t even get a new nut on. So it’s close but if I have to pull everything to get a new cv shaft in. I’ll blow my lid so it’s been sitting on jack stands until I muster the energy to mentally deal with it
 

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That will interesting contrast but easier to clean. . Two hours to get it out in 100 degree weather is better than it sliding out in - 30 degree weather though.

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So the rain had been intermittent and I figured why not put some hours in....
Milwaukee m18 3/4” drive
24” 1/2 breaker bar and 18” extensions
15mm impact socket and penetrating fluid
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One thing I’d like to mention when removing these seats. The outer bolts are extremely high torque. The inner bolts came out like butter.

To remove the outer bolts I had to 1)crack them loose with the breaker bar +15MM. 2)Soak them with penetrating fluid. 3)Loosen with impact gun. 4)Add more fluid. 5)Tighten with impact gun. 6)And loosen with impact

Third row seats were I believe 3 or 4 18mm bolts and all came out relatively easy with the torque gun.

Lastly there’s a trunk divider I don’t even know what to call it but there’s a stow away bin in the trunk behind the 3rd row there is a black raised partition. 3x 13mm bolts hold this in.

Interior has been removed and the stink is gone. I need to pull the cabin filter but forgot.

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Here’s what the trim looked like before and here’s the ones I did yesterday for the after. Simple green. One man and one brush. Two girls and one cup have been removed from the TRAVesty

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I have to say that I have enjoyed your journey and look forward to the next installment.
 

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Definitely been slacking but woke up this morning with energy and vowed that traverse was coming off the jack stands. Up since 5am so I couldn’t make noises and wake up the neighbours let alone the wife and kids. So I went to the basement and organized my tool boxes and after a few years cleaned them and put liners in.
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so like I said the trucks been on jack stands for probably a month to do suspension. Which turned into an CV boot clamp and castle nut for the CV axle.
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so I did forget to take photos of the easy part which was tightening the rearward lower control arm bolt which is closest to the sway bar 2x 22mm Wrenches and that was knocked out in 5 mins after 3 trips inside to the basement to get tools and Back outside.
I did the cv boot clamp second. Well actually didn’t have the tool or the patience to try and make the clamp fit so I went to the hardware store and picked up a 5” plumbing clamp.
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Done piece of cake albeit I drove to the store and spent money instead of being cheap. Just have thin patience at this moment and can’t think straight because this truck has frustrated my life
Then the pain in my arse that I was defeated by and made my stomach turn every time I looked at the truck.
So the castle nut I mentioned we were beating on mushroomed and so did the threads. 2CA3573D-E14C-4692-A981-6A5AD95A8EDF.jpeg
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so I went to the junk yard and pulled 3x castle nuts from an Acadia traverse and enclave AWD. Assuming they would be the same. Just to make sure I got extras which is probably why I have 4x toolboxes instead of 1 large one. Anyways. The 3 replacement nuts don’t thread on the cv shaft splines. They make the top thread and then spin off. Can’t tighten or make them bite. The old mushroom nut goes on but it’s pulling the threads out of the nut and stops turning about 3 threads in. So before I lose my head and damage anything further I’m going Attempt to file the first thread on a taper to see if that helps.
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NOPE
F-it
 

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I went to the wreckers and pulled the coolant hose I broke a few threads back. Installed that.
installed a new abs sensor and wired it into the engine bay major PITA
Installed the intake snorkel. And sealed it with silicone. Engine bay is done
F it. Wheel is going back on. Not driving the car but it’s coming off the stands. Oops I don’t have a castle nut on the cv shaft. Ah well. Guess it won’t be driven till I figure it out. I am on steel wheels with hubcaps. So if I order a new one from the dealer tomorrow I can install that with the wheel on.

so ya it’s been 100* or more for a month and some straight and looks like my asphalt driveway tells the story
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yes that’s my socket have hurried in the hole on my asphalt the jack stand left after sinking with this heat. Well that’s the second main reason why I’ve had little to no progress.
However if anyone has a suggestion for my cv shaft axle nut solution. Please let me know .... I feel like there’s a different thread pitch on the Castle nuts I have
 

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Unfortunately the summer project has come to an end. With the summer of Covid dwindling down I went out to the truck yesterday to investigate the pedal relearn for the throttle adjustment. After stating the truck up a clear fluid began to pour out of the right rear of the truck above the coil spring
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I’ll just assume a brake line has burst or rotted out. Not something I’m going to invest time into repairing. This weeding to come it goes up for sale to whomever wants to repair it locally and put their own expertise into it.
Sad day it is
 

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Could be from the rear ac unit or water that was trapped in the exhaust? Either way you put together some really good DIY information.

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So the rain had been intermittent and I figured why not put some hours in....
Milwaukee m18 3/4” drive
24” 1/2 breaker bar and 18” extensions
15mm impact socket and penetrating fluid
View attachment 9312
One thing I’d like to mention when removing these seats. The outer bolts are extremely high torque. The inner bolts came out like butter.

To remove the outer bolts I had to 1)crack them loose with the breaker bar +15MM. 2)Soak them with penetrating fluid. 3)Loosen with impact gun. 4)Add more fluid. 5)Tighten with impact gun. 6)And loosen with impact

Third row seats were I believe 3 or 4 18mm bolts and all came out relatively easy with the torque gun.

Lastly there’s a trunk divider I don’t even know what to call it but there’s a stow away bin in the trunk behind the 3rd row there is a black raised partition. 3x 13mm bolts hold this in.

Interior has been removed and the stink is gone. I need to pull the cabin filter but forgot.

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Here’s what the trim looked like before and here’s the ones I did yesterday for the after. Simple green. One man and one brush. Two girls and one cup have been removed from the TRAVesty

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This is good stuff. Does anyone have any idea how many pounds of pressure do you need to torque the bolts to When putting the seats back in?
 
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