Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
Earlier this week GM-Trucks.com reported that the bean counters at Goldman Sachs had estimated import tariffs on steel and aluminum could cost GM $1billion in profits. Maybe they were wrong? In an interview this week, GM's CEO Marry Barra was asked specifically about the top-selling General Motors vehicle, the Silverado. The host asked, "Have you done any studies? Would it jump the price of a GM Silverado by $100? Is there a way to gauge?" Ms. Barra's answer was interesting. She said, "It's a small impact. We would look to find offsets and efficiencies in other places to not have to pass that on to the customer." Although that was good news for Silverado buyers, what Barra said earlier in the interview was a bit of a surprise, given the media's coverage of the tariff issue. When asked if she thought there would be tariffs on imported steel and what it would mean for the price of a General Motors car, Barra said, "We source about 90% of our steel and the majority of our aluminum from the United States. So when I look at the specific impact from that perspective I think it something we can more than offset. "
Barra did go on to say that if there is a change that drives the cost up it will have a direct effect on demand. For part one of our coverage regarding why GM and other automakers are staying silent on tariffs, please check out our prior story.
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
Global metals supplier Kobe Steel has admitted to falsifying materials specifications and quality control reports on numerous metals for dozens of industries. The false engineering isn't a short-term error, but rather, a decades-long culture within the company according to reports. Despite the name, Kobe Steel is a key supplier to the automotive industry for metals such aluminum, copper, steel and other critical metallic components in everything from doors and hoods to gears and other drivetrain components, and even such things as LCD screens. Ford says that materials that are suspect were used in doors and hoods for its Chinese vehicles, but has not yet determined if the materials were not to spec. A spokesman for GM, Nick Richards, told Automotive News, "We are investigating any potential impact and do not have any additional comments at this time."
Both Toyota and Honda use Kobe steel as a key supplier in some markets and have come forward to state that they do use metals from Kobe Steel. However, like GM and Ford, whether substandard metals were used in the production of its products remains unclear. According to Bloomberg, GM accounts for 1.67% of Kobe Steel's global revenue.
Long time reader, but just registered as I can't seem to find the answer to this questions.
I have a 2014 Silverado Crew Cab (short box) 4x4. The truck has aluminum upper and lower control arms. I need to put new new ball joints on the truck, and I am having trouble determining which parts are going to fit / work best for this repair.
I know that the upper control arms come as a complete unit with the new ball joint. However, I am starting to think that the aluminum lower control arms are going to require a complete replacement as well (as opposed to just pressing out the ball joint and pressing in the new one). Can someone confirm that this is the case?
No one has the Aluminum upper control arms in stock, and I am wondering if I will run into problems simply replacing the aluminum control arms (upper and lower) with steel control arms?
The truck has a 3" front leveling kit that was on the truck when I purchased it. I suspect that ball joints will likely need to be replaced every few years, and I don't really want to have to replace an entire lower control arm every time this happens. However, I don't know if there is a benefit to keeping the aluminum control arms? Will this cause any other issues with the truck's suspension, etc.???
Got the Fox 2.5's and the Cognito UCA's installed. Wanted to post this since I had a hard time finding good information about it myself. I have the aluminum stock upper and lower control arms so everyone made it seem you could only get so much lift out of those. Not true. I got the Cognito part specifically for the aluminum UCA's. From my understanding, the difference between aluminum and steel UCA's is the length of the bushings and bolts that connect the UCA to the frame. I mounted the ball joints underneath the control arm and have had great results. The shocks I have are the 2.5 Factory series Coil-over IFP. The ride is amazing, it looks great, and I am shopping for the rear shocks now... Definitely the correct way to do a leveling kit, well worth the cost.
Fox # 883-02-028 adjustable 0-3" Cognito # UCAK100045
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