2012 Yukon Denali - 6.2 lifter or something else? [Advice/How to Proceed]

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You've created a beast:

https://www.texas-speed.com/p-7379-...ce-dod-afm-delete-kit-for-536062-engines.aspx

Here's the deal I don't want to cut any corners and want it all done right. I just spoke with black bear and we're putting our heads together.

The mechanic, myself, or another shop will do what I want....I need to figure that part out. Will the vehicle run with an "unstuck" lifter? I'm in over my head...
Yep, the truck will run with an unstuck lifter. In fact that's the purpose of doing the procedure. It will eliminate the rapping sound and the misfire that goes with it.

We've all been in over our heads, but I don't know any other way to learn. For some folks, learning how to wrench on their trucks isn't a priority. Maybe they make $500K/year and can afford a new Suburban every other year. Or maybe retirement is still 2-3 decades away for them. Or maybe they don't have kids to put through college.

But for the rest of us workaday schmucks, to buy a brand new Yukon XL Denali is like torching a briefcase full of money. It'll lose $10K/year in resale value for the first 5 years. My wife and I make good money, but we have 2 kids to put through school in the next 10 years and we'd actually like to retire someday.

Texas speed puts together good DoD (AFM) delete kits. Also, each option they offer you to choose can generate a debate on these pages in itself. Cam choice, VVT/no VVT, lifter choice, spring choice - folks have strong opinions about all of them. The good news is you'll have plenty of input if you open it up to discussion here. :)
 
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Yep, the truck will run with an unstuck lifter. In fact that's the purpose of doing the procedure. It will eliminate the rapping sound and the misfire that goes with it.

We've all been in over our heads, but I don't know any other way to learn. For some folks, learning how to wrench on their trucks isn't a priority. Maybe they make $500K/year and can afford a new Suburban every other year. Or maybe retirement is still 2-3 decades away for them. Or maybe they don't have kids to put through college.

But for the rest of us workaday schmucks, to buy a brand new Yukon XL Denali is like torching a briefcase full of money. It'll lose $10K/year in resale value for the first 5 years. My wife and I make good money, but we have 2 kids to put through school in the next 10 years and we'd actually like to retire someday.

Texas speed puts together good DoD (AFM) delete kits. Also, each option they offer you to choose can generate a debate on these pages in itself. Cam choice, VVT/no VVT, lifter choice, spring choice - folks have strong opinions about all of them. The good news is you'll have plenty of input if you open it up to discussion here. :)
I'm not above turning wrenches but I do have to pick and choose which projects to take on (My Polaris, Dirtbike, hunting & fishing addiction) keeps me in the red.

I'm pretty pissed about this deal aside from this forum the mechanics are talking crazy...almost clueless. Of course there's the dealer route but I'm not going there. I may take a swing at the "Lifter Cheat Method".

One last thing - Because I have an oil leak on the passenger side which appears it appears that the transfer case will need to be removed to assess....Does this make it more lucrative for the (WHILE YOU'RE AT IT) ?
 
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Why in the world does the transfer case have to be removed for an engine oil leak???

L9H camshaft - 12711967 - VVT, No AFM.

If you pull the valve cover and do the Crazed Performance thing yourself, you could be back on the road in an hour, unplug the VLOM until you get the tune done.
 

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Why in the world does the transfer case have to be removed for an engine oil leak???

L9H camshaft - 12711967 - VVT, No AFM.
I hadn't gotten far enough to ask about that one yet. Prolly seems that way because the front driveshaft looks to be in the way of sealing up that oil cooler line mounting block, but it's actually on the drivers side and there's just enough room to work even though it doesn't look like it. Heck, I put a helicoil in one of the mounting bolt holes for it without dropping the front driveshaft on my 2012.

@Pointer 21, the transfer case is on the drivers side - at least in the US. Are you absolutely certain that the leak is on the pax side?

And thanks, James - I knew you'd know the number!
 
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I hadn't gotten far enough to ask about that one yet. Prolly seems that way because the front driveshaft looks to be in the way of sealing up that oil cooler line mounting block, but it's actually on the drivers side and there's just enough room to work even though it doesn't look like it. Heck, I put a helicoil in one of the mounting bolt holes for it without dropping the front driveshaft on my 2012.

@Pointer 21, the transfer case is on the drivers side - at least in the US. Are you absolutely certain that the leak is on the pax side?

And thanks, James - I knew you'd know the number!
Why in the world does the transfer case have to be removed for an engine oil leak???

L9H camshaft - 12711967 - VVT, No AFM.

If you pull the valve cover and do the Crazed Performance thing yourself, you could be back on the road in an hour, unplug the VLOM until you get the tune done.
@swathdiver - THANK YOU SIR!

@swathdiver @Geotrash - Oh hell, so per the last fire drill I had like this (that ya'll walked me through in late 2021 regarding the transmission) and when I had the rear main seal replaced. I had a clown (maybe 2) tell me that bc the vehicle was AWD and the oil leak was on the passenger side that it was "labor Intensive" bc they had to remove the (I thought said transfer case) but I know the pan gasket was involved. Being of aggressive nature I told them to shove it and came back here for ya'll to hold my hand.....I still have an oil leak.

I threw out the bids but I remember the oil was leaking onto the skid plate and I've never seen a drop on the ground.

It's a gasket in that area I believe - I'm forgetting now. I'm not rich enough to drive a 11 y/o vehicle
 
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To clarify - The “knocking” happened late Saturday (last weekend). There was no check engine light and it was uneventful until I popped the hood and started connecting the dots. Yesterday (after this post) I checked the oil which was OK, looked under the vehicle which had leaking oil around the filter and was chalking it up to a lifter issue. Moved the vehicle to level ground to check the oil again and the noise is GONE! I’m thinking I’m being warned here and yes - delete ASAP. I drive about a 1/4 mile and the traction control, engine light, etc all kicks on (this hadn’t happened yet). I was nervous about driving it home and was going to have it towed about 1 mile from where I stopped to my house (I ended up driving it back) - hope I didn’t cause more damage here.

Anyhow - I’ve got a check engine light (which even auto zones deal can read that code). Obviously a lot of variables here but if this does end up being the worst case scenario I’d imagine I’d want to do a lot of “while you’re in there work” including addressing the issues and future issues which is why I want to get to a shop that will work with me (would that be a performance shop)?

Any tips and/or if the “while you’re in there” is applicable and/or advisable or if I’m over thinking it is much appreciated.

If I need to cut bait and run - please lay that on me too! I’m not a happy camper with this costly vehicle right now….


I'm a bit lost in this thread. here it sounds like the tapping went away and it's running good. if so, then there's no stuck lifter to release? doing the release lifter trick is to fix the tapping sound.
 
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I'm a bit lost in this thread. here it sounds like the tapping went away and it's running good. if so, then there's no stuck lifter to release? doing the release lifter trick is to fix the tapping sound.
The noise was caught early and at my house. No check engine light and was questionable while trouble shooting. After checking, rechecking and moving the vehicle it suddenly stopped for 20+min in the driveway. Drove 1/4 mile and the check engine light came on and it was back only worse.
 

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@swathdiver - THANK YOU SIR!

@swathdiver @Geotrash - Oh hell, so per the last fire drill I had like this (that ya'll walked me through in late 2021 regarding the transmission) and when I had the rear main seal replaced. I had a clown (maybe 2) tell me that bc the vehicle was AWD and the oil leak was on the passenger side that it was "labor Intensive" bc they had to remove the (I thought said transfer case) but I know the pan gasket was involved. Being of aggressive nature I told them to shove it and came back here for ya'll to hold my hand.....I still have an oil leak.

I threw out the bids but I remember the oil was leaking onto the skid plate and I've never seen a drop on the ground.

It's a gasket in that area I believe - I'm forgetting now. I'm not rich enough to drive a 11 y/o vehicle
Welp, neither the oil pan nor the transmission pan require the transfer case be removed. The former requires the front diff, steering rack and crossmember to be dropped though, and the latter requires the exhaust wye pipe to be dropped a wee bit. But I'm betting that neither is the source of your leak.
 

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Pay no mind to an oil leak that doesn't make it to the ground. Not worth turning off Josey Wales or a John Ford western to fool with!

Now that stuck lifter, yeah, I'd get after that right quick. Order some pizzas, open the garage door and get the youngsters to come over, I provide the tools and know how! LOL
 
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Pay no mind to an oil leak that doesn't make it to the ground. Not worth turning off Josey Wales or a John Ford western to fool with!

Now that stuck lifter, yeah, I'd get after that right quick. Order some pizzas, open the garage door and get the youngsters to come over, I provide the tools and know how! LOL

HA HA - I'm still working on that "know how" not going to lie.... I'm a bit intimidated by the lifter process here : /
 

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