Somewhere on this forum, someone said that 275/70/18's would fit a stock height truck and not have rubbing issues. I put that size on my truck, but I did level the front end to make sure there weren't any issues. However, I'm pretty sure they would've fit fine though without the level and I'm certain the size you want to install will fit without issue at all.
Supposedly, the condenser has already been redesigned on the later model K2's. The 2019 likely utilizes the lessons learned from the K2 trucks. Still, I personally wouldn't buy a 2019. After owning a first year model run 2007 and 2014, I've learned that you really should give a new model a few years to work out all of the bugs. Reap the benefits of the early adopters.
My voltage fluctuates too below 14 and past 14. I'm fairly certain it always stays within the acceptable range that's noted on the gauge so I don't ever worry about it. The manual talks about the voltage fluctuating as well and it being normal to do so.
A pan drop fluid change is fine at that mileage, even without prior service. It's the full transmission flush you have to worry about. Even so, those have become less of a concern with modern flushing systems. In particular, BG has a good flushing system that utilizes the transmission's own fluid pump to cycle out the old fluid and replace it with new. The best way to describe the process is it's like a blood transfusion. The pump and transmission work as if you were out driving around, except instead of cycling the existing fluid in a loop, the old fluid is pumped out as new fresh fluid is pumped in. The BG machine has a window so you can monitor the color of fluid leaving the transmission. Initially the fluid leaving the transmission is dirty and looks black. As the service process plays out, the color of the fluid in the viewing glass gets progressively lighter until you finally see nothing but fresh new light red color fluid cycling out of the transmission. That's when the process is complete. Since this system utilizes the transmission's own pump, there is no pressurized forcing of fluid through the transmission by outside sources.
If it's the original battery, 4 years old is about right for it to need to be replaced. Every vehicle I've ever had needed a new battery around the 4 year mark, cars or trucks. The testing results are weird though. I would get the battery tested one more time by a different shop to be sure.
I had 60,000 on my GYs before replacing them. I agree I was impressed with how long they lasted but I never felt confident in them from a performance or stability standpoint on the road or for off-road traction. They were average. Good enough to use them but not good enough to recommend buying them.
This was going to be my suggestion as well based on the OP’s notes about noise and mpg’s. I have 33” KO2’s on my truck in load range E and I actually like the way they ride. It’s a little rougher but I would say it rides like a truck. The noise isn’t that bad....you can hear them more than a highway tire for sure but they don’t sound nearly as bad or as loud as say mud terrain tire. But if you don’t go off-road much and mpgs are important, I would check out the Michelin AT3’s. Another option to look at are the firestone destinations. They didn’t have as good of traction as the BFG’s in the snow but they lasted a while on my old truck and we’re good on the highway. Better than the stock Goodyear’s I would say.
I didn't even know these were a thing. Thanks for sharing! Luckily I've never towed anything of any significant weight but I could be in the future based on some life changes. This is very helpful. Also, I didn't know this before either but after doing some further research on towing, apparently those safety chains on trailers are supposed to be crossed in an "X" shape when you hook them up to your hitch. The reason being that they will form a safety net to hold the trailer up off the ground should the hitch fail/come loose. This makes total sense and admittedly, I've never done this before when towing a small utility trailer. Thankfully, I've never needed them.
As if it hasn’t been said enough already, definitely a crew cab. We have a 22 month old and a newborn on the way. Our rear facing infant car seat nearly touches the back of the passenger seat in a crew cab. If we had a double cab instead, the passenger seat would have to slide forward more to fit it. Plus the extra room gives you some distance from your kids kicking the back of the seat. Dont worry about weight and fuel economy....the trucks are nearly identical. This decision should be based purely on room/space.
The stock rancho shocks are most certainly not made by AC Delco. They're made by the same Tenneco company that makes Monroe and the SLIGHTLY higher quality aftermarket Rancho's. The stock Rancho's are just extra crappy because they're mass produced at a discounted rate and tweaked spec for GM. They're crap plain and simple. They last 30,000 miles at best, they rust more quickly than other shocks I've had over the years, and overall they're a waste of money to the point where it's not even worth paying for the Z71 package these days. Also, a mechanic that won't compress a coil-over-shock spring assembly to swap shocks is not worth their salt. This is a fairly straight forward and routine service. This is equivalent to saying that a mechanic didn't want to change your oil because they didn't want to remove the oil filter in the process. Keep looking for a shop until you find one that will do it. Finally, for any truck that will remain stock height or leveled/1" lift, Bilstein, Bilstein, Bilstein, Bilstein, Bilstein. I can't say that enough. Don't buy anything else. Just buy Bilstein and be glad you did.
I don't know what it is.....luck, karma, juju...whatever you want to call it, i'm a firm believer that the more you care and the more you try not to eff it up, something bad is likely to happen. It never fails.
I was going to say the same thing. I'm not sure about the Max Tow package features, but if you have the white Rancho Shocks, I guarantee they were shot at around 30,000 miles. The black Tenneco shocks tend to last a little longer until around the 50,000 mark in my experience. EDIT: I just looked it up and found out Tenneco owns Rancho! I had no idea. I guess the black shocks are Monroe's then, also owned by Tenneco. Either way I've never been impressed with Rancho shocks.
Please....take a seat rookie. I hadn't even made the first payment on my 2014 when I took it through a car wash that had a hard left turn to get into and I gashed the entire rear driver's side fender. Cost me $575 to repair.
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