Leaky Sunroof H3 Hummer
Lower White Sunroof Drain Hose Causing Leaky H3 Hummer

A few months ago I fixed an issue where the sunroof on my H3 Hummer wouldn’t properly drain the water. Which would make for a surprise after a particularly heavy rain fall. The problem was from going off-road with the Hummer and flinging mud and debris every where with the sunroof wide open. By design, all sun roofs leak which is why they have tubes to drain the water. If the mud and debris is forgotten about and never cleaned out, it tends to get jammed in the tubes. Once the H3 Hummer sunroof tubes are clogged, the water has no way drain out except out of the sunroof and sadly into my lap. Fixing the clogged sunroof drains is a simple process. On the passenger side you need to remove the plastic panel on the side of the dash to gain access to the lower portion of the drain tube that has this bent shape. This lower piece is white and has black grommet on the fire wall to drain the water outside the vehicle. The upper portion is just a flexible black hose. I decided to disconnect the two hoses and use 125 PSI air pressure from a air compressor to blow the dirt and grime back out the way it came in. Be sure to point the other end outside the vehicle, because I didn’t the first time. The plastic cover for the pillars on both the driver and passenger sides I found to be extremely easy […]

H3 Hummer PCM Programming
H3 Hummer 12627884 GM PCM Flash Update

After some research using the internet on PCM’s and Tuning, I found out that I don’t have the latest tune / reflash from GM for my H3’s 2006 3.5 L (211 CID) L52 I5 cylinder engine. I was able to check my vehicle by using a simple OBDII sensor I have and cross referencing numbers using TIS website by entering the VIN number. I compared the tune number from my previous post P0455 & P0442 ECU Fault Log H3 Hummer where the Vehicle Calibration ID on my vehicle as 12606370. The tune 12606370‘s description mentions that it is for “New software to address customer complaint of cruise being disabled.” Using my VIN number and selecting the option PCM/VCM Powertrain/Vehicle Control Module – Programming I’m able to see that the latest version is 12627884. The description of 12627884 says that it has “New software with driveability and fuel economy improvements achieved by decreasing the time TCC will be unlocked due to a misfire rough road event.” After reading about the improvements, Driveability and Fuel Economy, listed as an GM factory update I decided to get the newer tune from a GM dealership. Having driven on 12627884 for a few months now, I haven’t ever noticed and driveablity changes. The Fuel Economy does feel a bit better, I’d say 5 to 10 more miles per gas tank. Since I didn’t quite get the changes I’m looking for, in the future I’d like to try PCM of NC tune for H3 Hummers for […]

Burnt Out HVAC Instrument Panel Light Bulbs
GM 15840354 CONTROL, AC Instrument Panel with Light Bulb Burnt Out Getting Repaired

About year ago in my dashboard a light bulb for controlling the vents went out on my H3 Hummer, making it difficult to see which setting I had the ventilation on. A few months later, I had two light bulbs that didn’t illuminate on my HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Control Panel which began to make choosing the setting on the instrument panel difficult at night. I called up GM about getting it fix but all they want to do is completely replace the GM Part No. 15840354 CONTROL, A/C Instrument Panel, or with the part ACDelco 15-73909 GM Original Equipment Heating and Air Conditioning Control Panel with Rear Window Defogger Switch. Expensive and very wasteful I found out how to get my hands on the light bulbs from a guy on eBay. Replacing the light bulbs only took about 15 minutes of my time. Now I’m on the hunt to purchase a large quantity of them so that I can sell them to on my websites shop. Begin with putting your finger in the cigarette light socket and put up to release the dash. I know it sounds weird, but trust me it woks amazingly. After which you’ll need to remove four bolts that hold the HVAC Control to the dash with a 7mm socket (or at least that is what I used). I used a 7mm socket to remove the HVAC Control System from the dash panel. I’ve now disconnect the wires so that the HVAC Cluster […]

Blu-ray to MKV (MP4) Using Handbrake
Blu-ray to MKV Guardians of the Galaxy Rip

In my opinion the movie corporation needs to wake up to the 21st century and realize that formats like DVDs and Blu-rays are dead. When it comes to Google Play and iTunes the prices these companies charge for movies is bloated at best in my opinion. I can compress Blu-rays down to 1.6GB on average with nearly unnoticeable quality loss. As far as I’m concerned, there is no reason not to compress data. As a proof in point, the newer HBO series Silicon Valley is about a company that has some extremely good compression logarithm. My final point that they don’t know what they are doing, is that it is easier to torrent a film rather than to obtaining a legal copy. To get around all these problems I’ve turn to Amazon.com‘s used Blu-ray’s and two programs, Handbrake.fr and RedFox to solve nearly all of my problems. I compress Blu-ray, or DVD, using the H264 format into an MKV (Not Mp4 and I’ll explain why in a bit) video file. I’ve been doing this for years with great success, but only recently have I found all the settings that just work better than the rest. First up, get the program AnyDVD (RedFox instead now) so that you can get past the encryption on the Blu-ray. Otherwise I would never get anywhere trying to rip my Blu-rays because the files would be corrupted. I use MKV for one reason, because MP4 cannot handle multiple Subtitle files. When ripping a video you […]

130,000 Miles
Schwarttzy H3 Hummer 2006 130,000 Mileage Parts 4x4

Just the other day, while driving back from a weekend of packing parachutes at Skydive Alabama, my H3 Hummer crossed over the 130,000 mileage mark on the odometer. I think that my H3 has entered it’s proving ground now. This mileage period from now on shows how well built the vehicle really is. With a goal of 250,000 on the odometer, I want to reflect back on the vehicles performance so far. While I wish I had more power from the engine, the 3.5 L (211 CID) L52 I5 has never let me down in all those miles. The body feels completely solid, despite the rust belt’s handy work. And except for the driver side seat, the interior is great. Mike Ditka‘s sons ass is to blame for that one. Anyway, I’ve been worried for years that the damage to the seat in the first 30,000 miles was going to spread. Even though I have been worries, after 100,000 mileage of loving care the seat hasn’t gotten any worse. Despite all the good news, I’ve had needed to replace a few minor parts. Around 60,000 miles, my H3 Hummer’s Radiator Thermostat needed replacing because it would open up too soon. The H3 would run around 25° cooler than what is recommend for the 3.5L L52 I5 engine. After 3 visits to Burning Man and a few rather deep water crossings, the Evaporative Emissions Canister Vent Valve Solenoid gave out. When replacing the Evaporative Emissions Canister Vent Valve Solenoid didn’t come […]

P0455 & P0442 ECU Fault Log H3 Hummer
P0455 & P0442 ECU Fault Log H3 Hummer

About year ago my ECU light came on in my H3 Hummer, noticeably after some fun off-road. I grab my cheap Chinese OBD-II to Blue Tooth scanner from eBay, it doesn’t work with Fords, and open the Android application “Torque” . The scanner had no problem grabbing the code and I was able to see the error report in the computer. Fault log report generated by Torque for Android —————— Vehicle VIN: 5GTDN136X68227871 Vehicle Manufacturer: Unknown Vehicle Calibration ID: 12606370 12601134 1260 Current Fault Log —————— P0455: Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected (gross leak, check fuel cap, piping etc) P0442: Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected (small leak) Pending Fault Log —————— ECU reports no pending faults Historic Fault Log —————— ECU reports no historic faults Other discovered fault codes (possibly pending, current or manufacturer specific) —————————————————- ECU reports no other fault codes logged End of report. After some research I had decided one of two parts had to be giving the ECU the errors, the 20907779 GM Original Equipment Vapor Canister Vent Hose or the 25827646 Fuel Tank Cap. I checked the Fuel Tank Cap over and it looked in great condition, must be the vent hose. Although I ended up buying both parts, because at this point I’m tired of having the engine light on. The day when the parts got delivered to my door, I didn’t have time to install the Vapor Canister Vent Hose. But I was able to quickly put the new Fuel Tank […]

Updates & WooCommerce
Schwarttzy WordPress Woocommerce Update

In with the new, and out with the old. I’m dumping my old shopping cart software in favor of the more popular WooCommerce. If you’re interested in why, well I have my reasons. I’m theme developer, and I don’t need some shopping cart software attempting to do what I can do better. I would rather the shopping cart software use as many of the well polished built in WordPress features, instead of reinventing the wheel. Some other odds and ends also bothered me too. However those details are rather boring to explain. I’d like to make things fun for you and me. Suppose you find an issues with the website or the shopping cart that I have missed, I’ll hand out a discount for purchase. Something along the lines $5.00 off for purchases below $100, and $10 off anything over $100. If you happened to find an issue, please comment down below, or use the contact me page.

Under Construction
Schwarttzy Under Construction

Just about to finish up with all the new code for my WordPress Theme Semper Fi version 16. Completely rewritten from the ground up with better code to meet the new standards in HTML5 & CSS3. The main reason for all of this new code was to be able to rapidly create new options in the Theme Customizer. I also want to include a option for a Slider, which is just for now on the home page. Later I plan to be able to make custom sliders for pages or posts. This slider is unique because it requires no JavaScript to work, it’s written purely in CSS3. This slider’s code is incredibly easy to work with too, just check one box before saving. I’ve also written a menu specifically for mobile users. It’s the one in the upper right corner, which is very touch friendly. Hundreds of other fixes and new features exist in the theme, but I’ll get to those at a later time.

Last Chance Canyon
El Paso Mountain Off-Road Hummer Jeep

Last Chance Canyon is a canyon in the El Paso Mountains near Johannesburg, California. The canyon runs from Saltdale in the south to Black Mountain in the north; part of it lies within Red Rock Canyon State Park. The canyon includes a variety of archaeological sites, including pictographs, villages, rock shelters, mills, and quarries. Historic sites such as gold mining camps are also located in the canyon. The canyon is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and is open for recreational use. Hiking, camping, and 4-wheel drive vehicles are permitted in most parts of the canyon. The canyon was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 5, 1972.

Working on that code
WordPress Theme Semper Fi Updating

I’ve been hard at work for the last few months or so on how to introduce a new direction with website menus. Touch screen devices are every where, even my laptop has it, and I want to develop a menu that didn’t leave behind the old mouse and keyboard. This has been difficult for me to figure out a solution that I felt like it really worked. This is why development on my themes has tapered off lately. Been stuck on, “How” to include both devices and make it look good. I saw other websites get close to what I wanted, but when I looked at the code it just didn’t feel right. That is… until I came upon Vogue’s website. Their code does everything I was looking for. However, I like to write my own code, the menu feels more natural on the right, and I also wanted to power it with pure CSS. Now I’m in the trial stages testing out the new code on my website. (I’m actually taking a break to type this post.) There are a few bugs, because I just right clicked and saved my home page to start my developing environment. The dirty syntax of menus produced by WordPress is proving to be one of my biggest problems, because of how clean I wrote the menu in the testing page. I’m also cleaning something things up between Chrome and IE 11, because the test code was strictly built in Firefox. I’m also working […]

H3 Hummer Hidden Winch Mount
H3 Hummer Hidden Winch Mount prototype

Getting a winch on my H3 Hummer has been a goal for a while now. Originally I was going to use Defelice’s winch mount, but chose a different path nearly a year ago. Over that time period I’ve developed my own winch mount that hides inside the factory bumper. What I like most about my design, will be the difficultly recognizing it wasn’t made by Hummer. Currently I’m on my third version of the design and hope to have the fourth version be production ready. The H3 Hummer winch mount is laser cut from 3/8” inch steel to ensure that the design is plenty strong. So far with the testing I have done, it has proven to be plenty thick. As it stands now, the winch should cost in the $300-$400 range powder coated black. Update – Feburary 5th, 2013 Here’s the second video of me testing.

Truckhaven Hills
Truckhaven Hills 4x4 Park Area Salton City California

Three miles west of Salton City California is the 4×4 Training Area called Truckhaven Hills. I wouldn’t describe Truckhaven as either a park or a trail, but instead as a play ground. The obstacles for your vehicle to climb over tend to be man made from things such as logs, giant tires, concrete, and boulders. Having just spent an hour watching video’s on YouTube really say that the place looks amazing, and check out this video at the grand opening 2011. Something I haven’t really seen any where else is the labeling of the obstacles like Ski Hills explaining the difficult of crawling over it. Anyway, the next time in the area around 29 palms, I’ll be sure to stop by Truckhaven Hills. Truckhaven Park Map