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  1. Do you have a 5.3 or 6.2? Did you also install the throttle controller or just the new throttle body. Thanks!
  2. As BlancoSilverado mentioned, the voltage will vary. I've seen as high as 15v to a low around 12v. The alternator will adjust depending on the needs of the electrical system. Temp seems to play a part too. I generally notice higher voltage in the winter vs the summer. If the truck starts easily then I would say your battery is fine. Here are a couple articles I found explaining this voltage regulation: http://www.agcoauto.com/content/news/p2_articleid/350 https://gearsmagazine.com/magazine/high-output-a-look-at-todays-charging-systems/
  3. I'm at around 156,000 miles on my 14 Sierra. Purchased new in Oct 2013. Truck has been good overall. Has never left me stranded and only once didn't start (weak battery which I replaced this winter). I try to stay on top of maintenance. Here is an overview of what I have done: - Change engine oil/filter every 7300-7500 miles. Basically following the OLM to 5% or so. Been using Mobil 1 except for the first few complimentary dealer changes. - Changed transmission fluid by doing drain/fills through the dipstick. Can get about a gallon out each time. Would do this 3-4 times (drive each time between exchange). First time was around 60,000 miles followed again about every 30,000 miles. Dropped pad and did filter a little over 100k. - Air filter every 40-50k. I don't drive in very dusty conditions and they have typically looked OK. - Cabin filter once year - Rear differential fluid around 50k and again around 140k - Front differential and T-case around 80k. Will probably do again at next engine oil change. - Spark plugs and wires around 100k. They actually looked good and probably could have gone further. - Dropped lower radiator hose and emptied overflow bottle last fall (150k miles) and replaced with fresh antifreeze. - Replaced all engine belts (primary serpentine, vacuum, and AC) last fall the same time I did the antifreeze. They didn't look terrible but were certainly showing wear. I had developed a slight 'tick' coming from the front of the engine. New belts seems to have solved that problem. May have been a little rock or something but I figured after 150k they were due regardless. - On third set of tires. OEM till around 50k then Cooper Discover ATW till around 100k, then Falken AT3W which I'm still on. They have been wearing good and still have at least 10k in them. - Still on original brake pads and rotors. May replace them (and fluid) sometime this year. Non-maintenance items: - Front drive door was noisy while driving with a cross wind. Had dealer adjust and problem went away (under warranty) - A few computer updates - Loose driver seat. Would feel like it would slide left/right when turning. Fixed under warranty with kit GM released. - One of the rear shocks began to squeak. Removed and it appeared to be leaking and didn't feel right. Truck was still under warranty but I replaced myself with Bilstein 4600 series which were a little better overall. Also later replaced front shocks with Bilstein 5100 series on 2nd highest level. Front shocks were still good so this was more for looks. - Did replace the vacuum pump as preventive maintenance item (even though it's technically not a maintenance part per the manual). I had suspicion my pump might be on its way out due to a noise I could hear coming from that area. Not long after I replaced it, GM issued the bulletin regarding replacing it if you had braking issues. I never did have brake issues but was more concerned about it "grenading' and sending debris in the engine oil. Dislikes/problems: - Have a vibration around 75-80 MPH. It's not violent but noticeable. The strange thing is I don't recall having it when the truck was new. Not sure when it really developed. - Had a rattle coming from the passenger front door. Took the armrest off and made a little shim between it and the door where it seemed to be rubbing. Seemed to have fixed the problem. - The torque management, numb throttle, poor transmission programming, and V4 makes for less then exciting driving experience. Transmission is way to eager to get into the next gear and the throttle requires a lot of movement to make power. I bought a Diablo inTune i2 tuner around 90k and installed their 87 octane tune and added throttle boost. Also did the firm transmission tune. This helped some (held gears a little longer) and make it a little more responsive. Also disabled V4 mode which I didn't think helped much anyways. Wouldn't stay in V4 mode long unless I was driving 55 MPH (which isn't often). - Factory headlights were pretty poor. Added an HID kit. - Coating on frame started coming off within the first year or two. A lot of surface rust on the frame now. I've just accepted it. - Paint on front bumper (AT package) is thin or just plain poorly applied. It's covered in 100's of little chips. Wish I would have it wrapped with that clear film. What's interesting is the paint just above the bumper (grill and headlight surrounds) isn't near as bad. Just seems like the bumper has poor paint. - Developed a stain on the headliner. Appears to have come from the 3rd brake light as the bulb was out. Suspect water got in and stained the headliner and burnt out the bulb. - Something inside the tailgate latch broke when trying to open the tailgate. Partially my fault as the tailgate was a little stuck (cold weather makes it stick to my seal kit and tonneau cover). Replaced handle myself (pretty easy fix). Can tell new replacement handle is designed a little differently so there must have been a design change at some point. Thought the original looked a little weak. Overall I can't complain too much about the truck. No rust on the body that I'm aware of and the paint (except the bumper) is good overall. Most of my issues/dislikes appear to be somewhat common. I don't drive the truck as much as I used. Was averaging at least 25k a year for the first 4-5 years. Started a new job in Sept 18 which provided me a work car which is now my daily driver. Sierra gets used on the weekends and mainly to pull the boat. Still runs strong and doesn't burn much oil (maybe 1/2 quart every 4000 miles or so). Since I don't drive it that much, I really haven't gotten too serious about trading it for something different/newer. It's paid for and plan to keep it for at least another couple years. Will wait and see what GM does with the 2021 models.
  4. Been using Valvoline MaxLife ATF in my Sierra. I have done at least 3 exchanges (3-4x drain/fills each time). I'm around 155,000 miles and it still shifts great.
  5. Typical highway driving (not towing) during the summer, the oil temp and coolant temp are very close to each other. Usually between 202-206F. Can take a while for oil to get up to these temps depending on ambient temps. In the winter, oil temps are maybe a little under coolant temp (5-10 degrees). When I tow my boat, I keep the trans in 5th gear (which of course raises RPMs). I usually tow between 65-70 MPH. Coolant temp usually stays where it normally does but oil will rise to around 220F. What's interesting is I have ran in 5th gear while not towing and oil temps are about the same as when towing (220F range). I don't think its the towing load the causes the temps to rise but mostly the increase in RPM's. Granted I am towing a relatively light boat (under 3000 lbs) and local roads are generally flat so I'm not working the engine very hard. I think the highest towing oil temp I've ever seen is around 230F. That was on a hot day, AC on, and a long trip on interstate.
  6. Looks overall. I have ran a few UOA's on my Sierra and copper was originally in the mid 30's PPM but started to trend downwards eventually. Last few reports had copper in the low 20's PPM. Some have said its from the oil cooler. Here is some information that supports that: https://www.machinerylubrication.com/Read/646/copper-diesel-engine-oil
  7. I've removed the fan motor to clear debris before. Wasn't too bad. A wire harness and maybe a few screws and it drops down. Have to remove some panels to get to it but overall it wasn't a bad job.
  8. I'm just over 156,000 miles and I think a little over 3300 hours. Definitely don't drive my pickup as much as I used to since my work car is my daily driver. Changed oil last September I think I've only put on a little over 3,000 miles since. Pretty much only driven on the weekends. Now that the boat is out of storage thats about the only time the pickup get's used. Still running great though. Did replace the OEM battery this winter. Was at at a friends place to watch some football and it had been sitting all day outside in sub-zero temps. Went to start it and it wouldn't even crank. Tried my lithium jump pack and still wouldn't crank. Tried jumping (and letting it sit with the other car running for awhile) and nothing. Ended up pushing into a heated shop and putting it on the charger. Steering a non-running vehicle when't is -15F is a real chore! Finally stared after about an hour on the charger. Decided I got my moneys worth out of the original battery and replaced it with an Interstate AGM. Still on the original brake pads and rotors. Thinking it's about time to replace them as they are pulsing more and it seems I have to push on the pedal harder then I used. Will probably replace all rotors and pads and have the fluid flushed.
  9. I used AC Delco A3181C for my 14 Sierra 5.3 with Z71 (which is the high capacity filter). GM part number should be 22845992
  10. Looks like Banks is working on a tuner for the 3.0 https://official.bankspower.com/insider_news/3-0-liter-duramax-derringer-development/
  11. I've watched Chad Ivan's YouTube videos where he records his gauges while driving. His oil temps were around 225-233F and coolant around 215F. Are you able to view engine oil temp through the DIC? I know I can't on my 14 Sierra but can through my ScanGauge. My engine oil temps are usually pretty close to coolant temps (196-206F depending on outside temps). Seems the 3.0 Duramax wants to run a little warmer but 280F seems pretty high (especially for 0W-20 oil).
  12. Has the transmission fluid ever been changed?
  13. Just normal highway driving and up to full operating temp I usually see between 192F and 196F on my 2014 Sierra 6 speed. I think its been established this is normal for the 6-speed K2 1/2 tons (assuming you are stock and haven't modified the bypass valve).
  14. 194F is normal as thats the thermostat bypass setting.
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