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    Cliff
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    2015 Silverado 2500HD LT Z71 6.0L and 2006 Cadillac CTS 3.6L

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  1. Yeah, I have never followed the OLM thing on any vehicle I have owned. And as for scheduling anything with the dealer, that will only happen if there is a warranty issue or a recall. Not comfortable with them doing anything to my vehicle except that. I guess a case by case basis. I haven't taken a vehicle to any shop for an oil change, diff lube change, etc in over 40 years. The OLM thing is a novelty that I don't avail myself of. As all sophisticated as it may be, it cannot account for some variables.
  2. The idea that OLM will drop to 0 after a full year is a falsehood spread around. My 2015 2500, I changed oil the first week of June in 2016. Reset the OLM. Put about 2700 miles on the pickup in a year. Changed oil the second week of June 2017.... one week over a year later..... and OLM was at around 60%.
  3. Is the newer 5.3 enough engine

    Which means that one will rarely ever be able to pull the max towing rating. They will already blow their payload capacity or max tongue capacity before they reach tow rating. Unless they are pulling a grain wagon or some other trailer that uses a draw bar instead of a tongue that applies weight to the truck. It is always the best to have more truck than you really need than to have one that you are bumping the limits of and maybe going over. Handling, braking, and all sorts of things come into play. Even how the trailer is balanced on it's axles with the additional load on it. Tow rating is only 1 narrow aspect of many to consider. If one loads a trailer with a lot of stuff, and to keep tongue rating down, they load more to the rear, that trailer will be pushing the truck all over the place. It is better to be just slightly heavier on the front of the trailer than on the rear. Ask any commercial truck driver who pulls double and triple trailers. The same thing applies to any trailer. Now one can fidget and fight, trying to out a square peg into a round hole, or they can just cut out a lot of the nonsense and get a little more truck than they need to get the job done and be further ahead of the game and much happier in the end. Nothing worse than plunking down a wad of cash to find out later that you made a mistake. Just like with Travel Trailers and RV's, you can't have too much storage. When it comes to the towing vehicle itself, there is no such thing as too much truck.
  4. Blowout

    Maybe a shade over 200 lb total. The uprights are heavier duty tha they really need to be. The blade is around 60 lb, give or take.
  5. I just dismiss messages in the DIC when they come up upon starting up the pickup and never get hassled by them again. i usually make some snide comment like... "thank you for sharing, now, take a long walk off a short pier!" as I dismiss them. When I get the ice possible one, I like to make the comment of "about time you realized it was cold outside" as I dismiss it. Not sure how it is that the OP's messages are hanging around. I just dismiss them with a push of the button and rarely see them again. Right along with a quick flip of the switch to disable the daytime running lights. Darn nanny state stuff.
  6. Is the newer 5.3 enough engine

    Towing capacity is one thing. How that plays out in relation to payload capacity or tongue weight limit is something else. It is highly doubtful that anyone could get a 1500 to tow 11,000 without going over on payload, unless they are pulling a dead tongue trailer like a grain or hay wagon on the farm. Even then, it is a package deal. Frame structure, brakes, etc all play into how well a pickup can pull something and stop it. I just don't have any love of the modern 1/2 tons for any reason. I just stick with 3/4 ton and then I have more of what I need and less of what I don't, and usually no more out of pocket.
  7. Your link on the taxpayer site is littered with falsehoods also. I did assert that there have been and still are subsidies for blender pumps. Go back and read my original post. But those are to retailers. Ethanol producers and the corn lobby do not market their product at the retail level. it is traded on the commodity exchange like any other fuel. A tax credit is not a subsidy. To assume that it is exhibits a socialist mindset that every thing belongs to the government and people are granted the privilege of keeping some of what they earn and the government gives it back to them. A tax credit is simply a reduction of taxes that need to be paid on income. Ok, let's take away those tax credits. But lets also take away the child and dependent care tax credit for individuals and the myriads of other tax deductions and credits. The public school system and the political class has done a stellar job in selling the idea that any reduction in the amount of taxes a person or company has to pay is thereby a subsidy, and essentially theft of taxpayer money. A subsidy, by definition, is a transfer of money or other tangible property from one entity to another. A tax credit is not that. Regarding corn and spark plugs....... http://www.farms.com/ag-industry-news/10-things-made-with-corn/7
  8. Wow, how misconceptions just linger long after they are dead. All subsidies to the ethanol industry were eliminated at the end of 2011, at the behest of the ethanol folks themselves! There is not a single dime of taxpayer money going to the ethanol industry. And of the entire U.S. corn production, less than 20% is used for human consumption.... worldwide. Of the 80% that is left, it is for animal consumption, ethanol production, plastics production, etc. And of the Ethanol production, only the starches from the kernel is used and rest is returned back to the feed supply system as high protein, highly digestible feed supplements for poultry and livestock. Dried Distillers Grain (DDG), the resultant product from ethanol production is highly in demand, big time. Even the Vietnamese sent a delegation to the Iowa to negotiate trade agreements to get their hands on more of the stuff for increasing their country's animal production. Now to be a little fair, there are some subsidies to retailers to put in ethanol blender pumps are some retail locations, but that is NOT the ethanol industry. That is retail fuel station concerns. Corn is used for a variety of purposes than come from ethanol production. Spark plug insulators are made from corn derived components for one. Various components used in pharmaceutical production as well. Various plastics are also derived in the same way. Ever get a chance, check out places like the Blair, NE biofuels refinery plant. And, surprisingly, many ethanol production facilities use no more water to produce ethanol than a petroleum refinery does to make petroleum derived products. Nothing is wasted. Every part of a kernel of corn that goes into a ethanol plant is used for some purpose and much of it returns to the food supply. For every bushel of corn that goes in, 17-18 lb of it returns to the food supply.
  9. If you know the make and model of the receiver on the 2000, you should be able to check with the manufacturer to see if it will work on the newer pickup. My guess would be no. But the manufacturer can confirm one way or the other.
  10. I just run my 2500 up on a couple of HD Rhino ramps for plenty of clearance to change oil, lube front end, etc. I have been changing oil since the 60's and have never "torqued" a filter. Heck, I don't even torque diff cover bolts. Guess I have just been doing this sort of thing for so long I just go by feel. Never had an issue. Just simple 3/4 turn after contact. Same on everything from my cars on up thru my commercial class 8 trucks. I do ditch the factory drain plug at the first oil change and replace it with a Fumoto drain valve. Makes things much nicer.
  11. Blowout

    Well, depending on how much you need to use the plow and for what, you might be able to get by much simpler and cheaper. I have a 2015 2500 that came with snow plow prep, but I really have no need for it. I just installed a Curt front receiver hitch and then got a SnowSport blade kit. I improvised on the deal by having a couple of upright brackets made and a winch put on the uprights so that I can raise and lower the blade when I need to, else it just stays down for both forward and rearward. I use it to clear about 1000' of drive, around out buildings, and even cut a path thru various drifts on my rural road two miles to the highway. It is on it's third year now. Total cost under $2K. Front receiver is nice for maneuvering some small trailers around in the pole barn from time to time. Here is what the uprights and winch look like on mine.....
  12. best AT tires for winter?

    Yeah, pushed snow last night for a little over an hour. Went to town this afternoon, several miles of snow packed rural gravel roads, then negotiating around many streets and store lots where they hadn't really gotten on top of the snow removal. I think i will keep the BFG KO2's. Never had any real doubt when I bought them.
  13. If you want to get stylish, in a ammo sort of way, you might want to check out this antenna replacement. Got decent reviews from other Silverado owners. Comes in black, camouflage, and silver. I have the Silver one on my 2015 2500 for the same reason you want to replace yours. Reception as good as the stock antenna. Just a screw on replacement. https://www.amazon.com/AntennaX-Bullet-5-5-inch-Antenna-Silverado/dp/B0141Y7S1Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1514517856&sr=8-3&keywords=2017+silverado+1500+antenna
  14. Towing a travel trailer

    I would add the Blue Ox Sway Pro WDH to that. Very easy to setup and use. Backing is not an issue with it either. One hitch is all that one needs for their lifetime. Just replace the rated torsion bars, if needed, for another trailer tongue weight. Comes in both 2" and 2.5" receiver varieties with torsion bars rated from 350 lb tongue weight to 2000 lb tongue weight. Up to 20,000 lb trailer weight. Here is a video to see how to set one up to show how simple it is...... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLDhAYw943U
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