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  1. Is the oil level good? On your paperwork, is there a p/n of the oil used? Did they install a PF-63 filter? Can you give us a video of a cold start? Without hearing it I'm leaning towards normal. Its the oil pump that is making the noise. 14-06-04-004H: Various Engine Noises During Cold Start and Warm Engine Operation - (May 12, 2022) Oil Pump Cold Start Rrrrp or Rasp The oil pump design has changed from a gerotor gear type pump to a two-stage vane type pump for fuel economy reasons. At temperatures at or below 0°C (32°F), or when the engine has been sitting for a few hours, it is possible to have air enter the pump through normal oil drain back. Upon startup, the owner may hear a short “Rrrrp” or “Rasp” coming from the front of the engine. It is most often heard during a remote start. There is nothing wrong with the oil pump or oil system. No repairs should be attempted for this condition.
    4 points
  2. 1.) The converter issue is a design flaw. It's not just a bad batch of them. When it fails the debris takes out the rest of the unit. This is never just a 'replace the converter' issue when they fail. It WILL kill the pump and valve-body as well as trash the clutches and bearings. New pumps are hard to come by. Few shops will re-machine them. Fewer still get it right. I own a 2015 with this transmission BUT behind a V6 that uses a different captive clutch converter. Failure rates of this transmission behind a V6 are nearly nonexistent. IF my truck had a V8 I would have replaced the converter with a Billet clutch unit like the one below the day it became available. CADILLAC, CHEVY, GMC Torque Converter 77-JMBXSD (floridatorqueconverters.com) Here's an explanation of the issue from the people that make the parts used to modify them: 6L80, 6L90 Transmissions: Consider an Updated Converter in Your Next Rebuild | Sonnax 2.) As @rav3 notes, keeping check on heat is huge in these units. The "brains" are in the fluid. Use the kit. Flip the pill. Use the new GM 70C/158F thermostat but get rid of the 192 F unit that's on it now. Monitor you temps afterwards. If it won't stay under 160F then you need more cooler as well. You can find one with a Google search. Improved Racing, Setrab, MHX, Mocal, Mishimoto, Hayden, B&M and Derale come to mind. 3.) Fluid and filter changes. Use the severe schedule. 45K mile fluid swaps minimum. I do 25K. This is a pain the first time as the pan hasn't a drain. There are several manufactures that make pans with drains, or you can have one fitted to the existing pan. I use an 8-quart PML alloy pan. They have a factory sizes 6 quart. B&M has one. There may even be a steel pan by now I don't know about. Look around. AC-Delco filter is fine. They are all dog and cat catchers. About 100 microns. PML GM 6L80, 6L80E Deep Transmission Pan (yourcovers.com) 4.) Use a better fluid. Red Line, AMSOIL...... Something PAO or PAO/POE not mineral based. First four are my 'have to do' list. 5.) SONNAX Zip Kit 6.) Blackbear tune There's the 'wish list'.
    4 points
  3. Installed replacement Fog lamp housings as mine was hazed and installed 2022 AT4 wheels a few weeks ago. Yotaman
    4 points
  4. Pretty excited about this next mod! I scored a brand new GM rear sliding window off of FB Marketplace for $125! Sorry for the poor photos it was dark after I picked it up last night Then I ordered a switch panel off of Ebay I ordered a panel with the HomeLink. I have read a few threads on it; I am not 100% positive but I believe the HomeLink is plug and play but I will be sure to update whether that is true or not. Now I just need to schedule to get the window installed and I also need the motor.
    4 points
  5. I went for an eye exam yesterday and full covid protocols were in place. (I was actually pleased as there is a lot of close contact in a confined space). At the conclusion of the exam my optometrist recommended cataract surgery in both eyes! It seems I've hit a stage when every medical type of appointment ends with scheduling some sort of procedure! They all require some convalescing time and/or support. It is all manageable but demonstrates the need to keep up to date on chores, projects and finances!
    4 points
  6. What brand did you use? I extracted/refilled 3.5 quarts using Amsoil 1,000 miles ago and even that amount made a difference. My transmission shifts smoother than it did before.
    3 points
  7. Lets beat a dead horse some more. My 2 cents is if GM recommends it, use it. If you cheapskates want to save a few bucks go ahead. I didn't buy $70,000 truck to save a few bucks on fuel.
    3 points
  8. Maintenance in the garage beats repairs on the side of the road, tow trucks and changing flats. Putting yourself at risk of being hit or killed by a bad driver when stranded on the side of the road makes no sense to me.
    3 points
  9. Washed up, finally got some good pics of the work done so
    3 points
  10. Just took delivery of this on Saturday. Ordered in February and it’s been a long wait for the 6.2, max tow package, tech package, multiflex tailgate to all line up and get built. Off to get lift, rims, tires, kickbacks and airbags this week!
    3 points
  11. In my recent experience, it will never see a light with the high pump leaking. At least to 8% fuel dilution. O2 sensor feed back just drives the duty cycle up until the lean condition is solved or you run out of capacity. Trims fall in line really fast. Just did this with lab results on oil/fuel. It is insane how much it can be off and not throw a code.
    3 points
  12. Put the truck to work at the Christmas Tree farm! Its funny how many people are suprised what a lowered truck can do lol its still a 4x4! Turned plenty of heads in the muddy mess there. But of course it didn't stay muddy for long I also ordered some exhaust pieces. I have a carven exhaust on the truck. It sounds good but its dumped under the cab. It didn't bother me at first when I put it on but the drone its getting old. So I ordered a resonator and a tip to have a exhaust shop weld on and extend the tail pipe back to the factory location.
    3 points
  13. I had the same problem with my 2014 5.3. Not the high oil level, but smell of unburnt fuel and high fuel consumption. Oil smelled like fuel. I replaced all the injectors, and since then, everything is fine. A defective high pressure fuel pump would cause at least an check engine light, and would cause the engine running lean, not rich. A faulty injector can leak and cause this issue without causing a check engine light. Other probable causes for an engine running too rich are: - Defective coolant temp sensor --> Is the engine temperature within plausible levels? - Defective Thermostat --> Are you getting the engine to operating temperature? Especially on highway speeds? - Defective O2 Sensor --> Depending on the mls you may replace them anyways, as they age. - Defective MAF Sensor --> Already mentioned - Heavy short distance driving But most certainly i'd suspect the fuel injectors. I wouldn't recommend driving like this for too long, as the fuel washes away the oil film on your cylinders and may cause additional wear.
    3 points
  14. Up to 292000 at this point. Still going strong.
    3 points
  15. Think this is the heart of the matter. As someone who often staked my faith in the manufacturer and their intervals, I’ve been on both sides of the issue. But these days…when a manufacturer tells you who they are, you gotta believe them. Especially as we get pushed toward EVs. They have no reason to help you make your current vehicle last forever. The fox is guarding the henhouse. When I bought my current truck I was immediately suspicious. It has a ZF transmission that’s used in a ton of applications. In those applications, ZF typically recommends transmission service at 60,000 miles or 8 years. But Ram? They say it’s lubricated for life. If they mean for the life of the transmission, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Hell, everything can be “lubed for life” if you don’t expect it to last very long. If I never change the oil in my lawnmower and it blows up in 3 years, it was indeed lubed for life! Never mind that maintenance could extend said life by 10 fold. More on point with engine OCIs…I did a UOA recently to gain some insight. By most measures my oil was spent. Yet the OLM indicated 34% life remaining, which could have amount to another 2k miles. Really?
    3 points
  16. Got around to throwing this Carbon Creation hood on. Kinda like it, kinda too much. Definitely can’t drive it in the rain tho. The vent is right above the air filter.
    3 points
  17. i just picked up this Rocky Ridge with the 22's
    2 points
  18. It will spike to high pressure on the gauge in the dash. If you watch the oil pressure driving on these gen 5 engines, around 3500rpm the oil pressure spikes from say 40-50psi to about 70psi. That's the second stage kicking in.
    2 points
  19. Installed my Baja Designs XL80 lights onto my bumper this last weekend and had them wired up to a switchpros. The lights are incredibly bright (almost 10k lumens each) and with the combo lens they throw light very far, but also have a wide beam. Plenty of light to be driving fast off-road in the dark. Switchpros is awesome; tons of features including dimming and strobe which are the most useful for me right now. Planning to go out to Barstow again in a couple weeks to tune the shocks. Will get some videos of the truck and suspension in action.
    2 points
  20. Newest mod to the truck: BajaDesigns Light bar. Came with all the wiring and the switch. Light output is really great, especially as winter is approaching. Link: https://realtruck.com/p/baja-designs-grill-light-kits/bdi-447519/?irclickid=yfmVRVx6pxyNWcvwd-1KTzmMUkA0M5wBRxQv2k0&irgwc=1&utm_source=Impact&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=3600907_PureZ71
    2 points
  21. One of these motors was used in a custom build I watched on TV, so I looked it up. Expensive but ready to go and you have options. https://borowskirace.com/
    2 points
  22. Thank you so much for the detailed writeup, this is very helpful!
    2 points
  23. 2 points
  24. This explains it better than I can https://youtu.be/227dndw46JY
    2 points
  25. Got bored and stuck some black vinyl on my winter wheels to give them the look of split spokes
    2 points
  26. Fun fact. Turbo Plus and the HO are identical (so stronger block, bearings, crank, etc.). Turbo Plus is just a different torque curve and lower peak torque amount. There's an LPO option on the twins which is an ECM flash to turn a Turbo Plus into the HO state of tune. Option code RWQ. The new base 2.7 is RPO code L2R. L2R loses the piston squirters and other internal changes to de-tune it/lower costs, so it can't be flashed to any L3B spec. My guesses as to other changes is probably a different turbo, maybe even uses the original L3B less stronger block 19-22 engine? L2R - 237hp @5600rpm, 260tq @1200-4000rpm. L3b Turbo Plus - 310hp @5600rpm, 390tq @2000rpm. L3B HO - 310hp @5600rpm, 430tq @3000rpm. IMO, Turbo Plus sounds like it would be fun to drive peaking at 2000rpm but I wonder how the curve falls off after that.
    2 points
  27. When I was in Florida in 2020 most of the older folks were masked up but I was amazed at the number of younger ppl, some with young children that were not. It was quite a change from here in Mass where masks were mandatory. I got yelled at more than once forgetting to mask up going into a store here
    2 points
  28. My father in-law is a retired master sergeant. Lives there. Crazy town. But that’s where he settled. Service members cutting up. Fine with me.
    2 points
  29. Custom, I give you credit with your optimistic outlook. The human race disappoints me on a regular basis.
    2 points
  30. Ah yes sure. I was talking about the pressure being to low on the fuel pump (due to wear). I totally forgot that these pumps can leak into the engine. You are right, the pump leaking into the engine (and the fuel pressure still being ok) would not cause a check engine light.
    2 points
  31. Cleaned up a few rust spots on the frame and hit them with some Rustoleum Rust Reformer and satin black paint. Did the same thing last fall and those spots still look good. Coated inside the frame and crossmembers with Dexron 3 ATF to hopefully keep the frame from rusting from the inside. Used a rechargeable sprayer and a 2’ nozzle that came with the cavity wax I sprayed inside the body panels.
    2 points
  32. Option 1) Disconnect the wires from the plug, run the plug through the firewall, reconnect wires to plug. Option 2) Cut wires, run wires through firewall, splice wires back together. Personally, I prefer option #1. To figure out how to do I recommend looking it up on YouTube. Those were all separate pieces at 1 time. I see no reason why they can't be disassembled and reassembled.
    2 points
  33. Not today, but last weekend I put a lift on. Bilstein 5100's front and rear (trailboss part number) Rough Country UCA for 3" lift Motofab rear 2" block with U-bolts +2.5" in the front +2.0" in the rear I know the pic shows otherwise, but I put the front strut circlips set to the middle position for .55" of lift. Wanted to maintain a touch of forward rake, and with the extra weight of the diesel it worked out perfect. Now will the tires hurry up and wear out...
    2 points
  34. 2023 GMC SIERRA AT4 6.2L VALVOLINE EP 0W20 WIX XP FILTER OUT. CASTROL EDGE EP 0W20 ACDELCO FILTER IN.
    2 points
  35. 11/26/22 2022 LTD Custom Trail Boss 4X4 2.7L Turbo 21380 total miles on truck 5,617 miles on oil OLM at 25% Oil AMSOIL Signature Series 5w30 ASL out Havoline Pro-RS 5w30 Dexos1 Gen2 in ( low cost way to test estolides @ 25% of formulation and low 0.9% sulfated ash content ) PF66 filter out and PF66 filter on Sample off to Nicks ISO Certified Oil Analysis lab : Nick Mikitka Independent AMSOIL Dealer Synthetic Advantage LLC email: [email protected] Phone: 910-290-2371 Added ~3/4 qt of RLI 5w20 HD low ash ( 1%) for the interval. Trying to determine if ash content of lubricant is contributing to oil consumption on L3B when there are no leaks. E15 86 min octane Maverik for most of this oil change. E85 and 91 octane premium mixed frequently to get to 87 min octane.
    2 points
  36. Damn, I must’ve been just plain lucky again. Or as Derrick on vice grip garage says I pretended I didn’t see that. As many oil bath filters I’ve used over the years K&N and Amsoil. I’m guilty of over oiling. If I had over fueling in the oil. Amsoil probably saved me again.
    2 points
  37. Over-serviced K&N out of the plastic factory bag can cause oil wetting of MAF and contribute to fuels dilution after said oil cooks to heated MAF. That would not put 20+% fuel in oil. Windshield wipers sure will ruin an engine......LOL You have an internal fuel leak and if we are SURE the fuel pump and associated plumbing isn't leaking then injector/s are suspect. Let us know what corrects the issue.
    2 points
  38. A leaking fuel injector could also be a cause.
    2 points
  39. ASTM2896 New oil sample showed TBN to be 3.5 points lower using the ASTM4739 method. This is the number to use.
    2 points
  40. So, GM got involved and the local dealer contacted me and set up an appointment. Yesterday, I had it in for service. They couldn't duplicate (not surprised!) nor were there any codes found. They applied Bulletin #22-NA-169 to update the step control module. We wait and see. BTW, the same issue has happened when pass. door is opened and drivers door opened seconds later. This was prior to the update, so we'll see if it fixed the issue.
    2 points
  41. Those are neat as hell. Damm Harbor Freight will just about give em to ya though. Yotaman
    2 points
  42. I hear you. The golden years are here. I do, drive, go where I want. But I believe Grumpy deal was I’m going to figure this out. Not a need to for economic situation. Otherwise add oil and go. Obviously spending more money than just adding oil. Hence my reason for the information.
    2 points
  43. Free gas cap. Was doing an oil change on another vehicle and thought the cap might fit the Silverado.. Bam! it is 99% perfect fit, the plastic will conform to the inlet,takes about half turn to tighten.
    2 points
  44. Leveled with RC 2in struts and new pro comps.
    2 points
  45. Most folks ignore the inevitable and prefer circumstance or others decide for them. Human nature for most I have observed. You are the exception Donstar.
    2 points
  46. Was playing around in photoshop and slammed the truck. Not too bad, wouldn't be able to turn though
    2 points
  47. 162,000 Miles Still on the OEM factory brakes!! Lots of pad left. Still looks great. Top, bottom, inside, outside........ Still trouble free. Tune ups, clean ups, fuel ups and oil changes. Switched to E-85 at around 155K and she loves it. Very clean oil report.
    2 points
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