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How to perform intake manifold vacuum test on chevy suburban 2003

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    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Are you looking for a leak, or want to know how much vacuum ?



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Use a dyson vacuum

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Hello, Have a look at your Crankshaft and Camshaft sensors. As I remember there was a problem on some Chevies with the Crank sensor and it caused a different problem with the timing. But it probably could cause more problems so its' suspect.

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I hope my solution is very helpful to you. It looks like you spent quite a bit to solve this.

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