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poconojoe

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    2019 Silverado LD Quad Cab Standard Box 4X4 5.3L V8 6 Speed

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  1. Every socket I beat on it just sheared off when turning it. Easily too. The metal was just crap. I'm sure it would have grabbed if it was made of actual steel. I even thought about welding a nut onto it, but it was just really crap metal. Good point about the salt getting in them. We get our share of salted roads. Combine that with an overzealous "mechanic" with an impact gun and you get a nightmare.
  2. Thanks for the info! I did try exactly what you said. I beat a few different types of sockets onto it. Even tried 6 point vs 12 point. Standard sockets, impact sockets. I picked up a set of those bolt removal sockets. Nothing worked. What type of socket do you think would work best?
  3. Oh, and if you have the old school clicker type torque wrench, be sure to turn it down to it's lowest setting before putting it away.
  4. A friend of mine recently had a problem with a lug nut on his Jeep Liberty. Some shop overtorqued it. When attempting to loosen it, the head of the lug nut was basically soft chrome and it just shredded. Of course, the rest of it was seized in there. It didn't help that Chrysler made crappy lug nuts. They are steel inside, but the nut part itself was just a peeling chrome cap. A lot of manufacturers have this now. They care more about shiny chrome than strength. Three people gave their best to get it out to no avail. We tried those backward easy-out things for rounded nuts. We tried heat and penetrating oil. We tried everything. One of his friends took an acetylene torch to it. He got it off, but the wheel was destroyed. Moral if the story....if they had used a torque wrench, he wouldn't have had this nightmare to deal with.
  5. I'd rather do the time consuming thing (torque to spec) than worry about compromising the integrity of any component. Safety is always paramount. The torque value on some of those bolts for the brakes are only 20-30 ft. Pounds, if that. One can easily overtighten them, especially when not knowing the proper torque value. Manufacturers specify torque values for a reason. It's not supposed to be guesswork. Threads, metals, etc. have stretching and breaking points. Am I being over cautious? I don't think so. It's just the proper thing to do.
  6. And...tighten the lug nuts in increments and rotate with opposing sides to make sure even torque is applied. I start by snugging them by hand, then torque them all with my torque wrench at half the value. Again, doing one, then do the opposite one, continuing around. Then, after that I go to the full torque value.
  7. Torquing lug nuts is absolutely necessary for many reasons. If you go to shop and notice they don't use a torque wrench, say something and find another shop. And that also goes for 99% of all bolts, nuts, etc. on any vehicle!!! Doing a brake job? Grab that torque wrench! Torque values are given for several reasons. You don't want to overtighten, undertighten, unevenly tighten, strip threads, break bolts......
  8. Are you sure you are not interpreting the law incorrectly? 2+ means two or more occupants. I could be wrong, but I don't think it means every seatbelt needs an occupant. Signs should be posted, clearly explaining the requirements. Every HOV lane I've come across clearly posted the requirements. I've never seen one that requires more than 2, but I don't doubt that some do require 3. I doubt the amount of seatbelts has anything to do with it. It's all about the occupants. I wouldn't remove any seatbelts. That sounds like it would violate safety laws.
  9. Thanks for the reply. Everything illuminates. I'm still here, just haven't had a chance to mess with it. When I do, i will update.
  10. Maybe I'm messing it up some how by playing around with it too much. Some good ideas here.
  11. Thanks for the replies guys! Nothing blocking the sensor. I'm adamant about clutter in my vehicles. There's zero clutter....anywhere. So, your saying if I mess with it during the day, it won't dim later. I'm assuming if the truck is turned off, it will reset. I thought maybe there was a setting buried in the menu somewhere, but I couldn't find anything. Maybe a choice of manual or auto dash dimming. Funny.....I noticed during my search that there are a lot of people that hate the auto dimming dash! I think it depends on where you drive. I'm guessing city folks don't need the dash dimmed at night since there are street lights everywhere. But us rural folks are in complete darkness, so the dash can be blinding if too bright.
  12. This is a 2019 Silverado LD with LT trim. Basically a K2, since it's an LD. The dash is blinding at night. I have to lower the level with the thumb knob near the light switch. My 2016 Colorado automatically dimmed the dash at night, but this truck is not auto dimming the dash. I looked through the infotainment menus and can't find anything related to this. Am I missing something? Or doesn't this truck do that? Thanks!
  13. You only need the brake controller if you are pulling a trailer that has either straight out electric brakes or electric over hydraulic brakes. A lot of trailers have self activating hydraulic surge brakes in which you don't need a brake controller. You could buy an aftermarket brake controller if you ever need it. I don't know about our trucks, but my daughter's Ram had a jack under the dash by the steering wheel to connect an aftermarket controller. So, it was pretty much plug and play. We did have to order the correct harness to match the truck model.
  14. Thanks! So, basically all 1500 trucks are the same. I'm guessing they are all 1/2 ton. It's just strange they call this one light duty and have the letters LD on the tailgate. It makes it sound inferior. Since mine has the LT package, I would rather it had the LT on the tailgate.
  15. I have a 2019 LD and it's sometimes called Legacy class. As stated, it's the same body as 2014-2018. So when you're looking for parts and accessories, look for 2014-2018 or Legacy. Remember, the new body style started in 2019. That's a different truck than our 2019's. I don't know why it's called LD, "Light Duty". Is our payload lighter?
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