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  1. Replacing stock tires

    I bought my truck used at about 36k, now at 90k with the Michelin Defender LTX AT2's still tons of tread and grip
  2. Yeah, dealer did it, I called to complain and they said they would fix it, but really there was nothing they could do, I polished most of it out
  3. At 90k miles with original oem pads, thought they needed changing once, but they were fine. Definitely replacing with oem pads when the time comes though
  4. As some one who always handwashes, I am glad to be reminded to stay away from car washes. One time I got a free oil change and they washed it for me, putting tiny clear coat scratches on it, never again
  5. I've heard this can happen when it gets to the colder months, humidity and temperature and such have huge effects on paint
  6. Ouch, need new bumper

    Finished it up, hardest part this time was getting the chrome skid plate to attach to the plastic filler plate. These two plastic pieces are suppose to snap together, but wouldnt do it even with extreme pressure and tapping it with a rubber mallet. Eventually we noticed on the front of the filler panel, there are little plastic nubs, these nubs were getting dug into by the chrome piece making little rubber flat spots. We got a razor knife and cut the nubs a bit and then with the rubber mallet and a towel to protect things we got them to snap together. Then after 10 or so bolts to hold the plastic pieces to the bumper and another 20 or so bolts to hold the air dam on we set it back on the truck and it went together quick. New chrome tow hooks werent there before and look nice. I need to install the license plate bracket, but it seems too nice to add that thing to it
  7. Ouch, need new bumper

    Dug into it a bit today, photos: https://imgur.com/gallery/KFb3Z Hardest part was getting the bumper cover loose, I've heard you can get under it and get the four 10mm bolts, center two are easy enough, but the outer two were near impossible for me. What we ended up doing is pushing out the tabs under the bumper cover where they slide into the truck and pulling it loose a tab at a time, once it's out the last two grill 10mm bolts are easy to access So the bumper itself is a chrome metal piece, under that there are two bumper brackets that hold the fog lights and wiring and such. I've had to pull those off and about 500 little uclips from the old bumper to put on the new bumper as I didn't see any hardware/screws included, just the parts themselves. I changed out the "filler panel" part number for the one with tow hooks: 22944881 and also ordered the chrome center skid plate they call it (really is plastic) that goes on top of the filler panel: 22944882 In the photos I took some extra's of the parking sensors, they came out easy enough, pull out the red tab, then stick in the screw driver from the opposite end to help pry it over the little nub you see there when it's disconnected. The sensors pull out from the plastic ring inserts by sticking a screw driver in there and twisting a little, the plastic inserts come out from the inside with four little push in nubs I'll get some more photos of the brackets and such behind the bumper tomorrow, thought I got good photos of them, but suppose not. I'll also get a few of the chrome tow hooks, got those from amazon as it was a discontinued part for some reason from GM
  8. Ouch, need new bumper

    So I just ordered all the parts above, plus one more plastic skid plate behind the bumper: 22847943 think I might need the chrome piece as it might be separate from the “filler panel” https://m.ebay.com/itm/Chevrolet-GM-OEM-14-15-Silverado-1500-Front-Bumper-Skid-Plate-22944882/292173650867?epid=0&hash=item4406e81bb3:g:FboAAOSwgv5ZXTon But I’ll wait to see what I get to be sure Edit: also got the license plate bracket: 22763523 and it is blue
  9. Ouch, need new bumper

    Just realized I dont have my license plate anymore
  10. Ouch, need new bumper

    23173678 Front Bumper $461.03 2014-15, BUMPER & HARDWARE, CHROME, W/ PARK ASSIST, CHROME, W/ PARK ASSIST 23126910 Filler Panel $59.32 2014-15, TRIM COMPONENTS, W/ SKID PLATE, W/ O TOW HOOKS 23423409 Air Deflector $86.39 2014-15, TRIM COMPONENTS So at least $600, (unless there is something else needed) and am not sure if the trim includes the skid plate or just the bolt holes for the skid plate
  11. First let's start with the gore: https://imgur.com/a/yQlzb Oh yeah, almost forgot the story. Heading home from work, typical heavy traffic on the toll way, truck infront of me swerves left and I see a solid orange looking thing, I have 1.5 seconds to react and decided I could probably go over the thing... Whack... skidding metal sounds, pull over and yank it out from under there, then continue on home. -- Looks like some sort of bob cat attachment or something So I think I lucked out that everything hit does not require paint. Underneath it took some rubber stuff off the frame (I'm assuming rust protection) and put a big hole into my plastic skid plate. Looking at my insurance I have a $1000 deductible. Now I've always been able to change my own bumper on an older 1994 Silverado, anyone have part numbers on the bumper pieces and skid plate I will need? My insurance rates are already pretty high, I'd hate for them to go up. Part costs look like $700 or so without labor from my local dealership, and he said that's just for the chrome piece My truck is an 2014 LTZ and has the front parking sensors, not sure if that complicates things
  12. Brake pad recommendations?

    OEM brake pad seems to be GM part number 23135915 and is made by "akebono" http://akebonobrakes.com/news/akebono-congratulates-general-motors-north-american-truck-year-award-chevrolet-silverado $60 give or take -- might just get a set of those, but I think it's an organic pad too "The four-wheel-disc brakes on the truck also feature Akebono brake pads made of low-copper, non-asbestos friction material." -- I would think they would specifically mention semimetallic and/or ceramic if it were non organic
  13. So I've heard a squeak or two, it doesn't seem constant, but I'm at around 60k miles and think the brakes are nearing the end of their life and want to get a replacement set lined up. I'll probably pull a wheel later and see how much life i have left. (Put my fingernail on their and it feels like it's got a bit, but I'm not sure where the metal hanger starts to hit) So I went to oreiley and got the cheapo organic pads for $20, but after buying them I started to think about brake dust and want to try to minimize it (have the 20" chrome wheels, and the stock pads seem alright dust wise) So I looked at ACDelco pads, they look to be about $40 (not that cost matters that much, but no sense in wasting money) But they seem to offer organic, ceramic, and semi metallic, looking around the web it seems GM also sticks on cheapo organics. So I figured I'd ask here to see if anyone can recommend a low dust pad that will keep my wheels chrome and not rusty black
  14. Supposedly fuel injector cleaner will fix the rough idle (brother was complaining about it, said that cleared it up) You would think a new truck would have clean injectors though
  15. Just now getting my seatbelt recall done and they said the noticed a frayed wire regarding the lane departure warning They said my invoice will have part numbers and want to charge $200 or so to replace it (seems I just rolled over my 12k mile CPO warranty by a couple miles or so) Since its frayed I'll put electrical tape or a wire sheeth over it and hope it doesn't short out here Edit Part number 22884702

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