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  1. Leather help

    Also, look into getting a drivers side entry assist handle. It’s a gm accessory, found in any online parts outlet, your favorite auction site, or the dealer parts store. It will help keep the seat bolsters from taking a beating. Takes about 15 minutes to install. And I think (but double check first) the part is the same between GMC and Chevy, pickup and SUV. M.
  2. Leather help

    For tips on leather care, hit up the autogeek and autopia forums. There’s tons of info there to research. But from what I’ve read, most (if not all) leather interior products are a tanned and dyed hide that has been further treated with a synthetic top coating. Old school leather conditioners and treatments end up just sitting on the factory coating layer rather than penetrating. The new approach is to thoroughly clean the seat with a diluted all-purpose-cleaner (APC) or steam, then top the leather with an additional coating or protectant chemically designed to bond to modern automotive leather. What to do about already damaged leather? That can be tricky. OP, your seats look about like mine (roughly the same age and wear). They’ll benefit from a good cleaning to remove the surface grime and oils (and even the hendrick stuff that’s just sitting there). That’ll get you back to a somewhat factory look, except where the leather has been burnished smooth and shines a bit. Pick one of the newer leather coatings to apply and follow the instructions to the letter. You will at least have restored the seats to a baseline that you can maintain from there. Really rough seats, on the other hand, might need a look from the dealer service department if you’re still in warranty. They shouldn’t wear that fast. As a last resort, there are some excellent aftermarket leather seat replacements. Katzkin, for example, seems to be very popular. I’ve seen them first hand, and I might agree that they’re nicer than factory. Good luck! M.
  3. Title says it. I read somewhere that they do, but my 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT CCSB has line-x from a local shop. Also, the bed bulkhead is plain rather than the type with the logo. Just curious.... /m
  4. My ‘15 Sierra 5.3 CCSB (I’m the 3rd owner) pings and feels tired on 87 regular, but I definitely believe it improves with mid-grade. I don’t feel much of a difference with premium tho. I’ve wondered the same thing about a tune, but would be surprised if there was one installed. The previous owner didn’t seem the type nor did he mention anything to me. It’s a mystery. So maybe the next question should be: is there an easy way to check the bcm for a tune -without - going to the dealer? M.
  5. Check the Autogeek forums for details, but what you are looking for is Carpro ironx spray and a mild grade clay bar. If you have the time and are willing, a full pro grade detail can make this paint really, really pop (I have it on my 2015 z71 ccsb slt). If not, seek a pro and pay a little for their time, materials and expertise. But for Pete’s sake, don’t let the dealership touch it. You will end up with swirls and holograms that will require a pros touch to correct. Good luck! M. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. A definite “maybe”. But a reputable detailer might be able to treat the stain and reduce its appearance considerably. There may even be some diy tips over at the autogeek and autopia forums. I’m thinking dilute all-purpose cleaner, gentle use of steam (or perhaps not), and lots of blotting with towels. Best of luck, let us know how it comes out! (pun sort of intended M.
  7. Past service work

    I’ve always been able to walk up to a dealers service advisor with keys in hand or the vehicle nearby, and ask for the service history. A quick check of the VIN and a few mouse clicks later and I have a copy hot off their printer. But I’m not surprised they wouldn’t play ball over the phone. M.
  8. A few thoughts... Before doing anything drastic, always try a small test spot. It’s really easy to skip, but it could save you a lot of work and worry later. So, there are a number of excellent citrus based degreasers/cleaners that can attack stubborn stains and contamination. Often they can be used straight for difficult jobs but you should follow their particular dilution ratios to get the result you want. One great product to remove tar/grease/ set-in stains is CarPro TRIX (not affiliated - I think it’s a great product). Apply according to the instructions. You will likely need to follow that with a clay bar surface decontamination. Again, follow the instructions from the product. Once that’s done protect the paint with the wax or sealant of your choice. Have a look at the detailing forums at autogeek.net Good luck! M.
  9. Help!

    I think I saw somewhere that there was a change to the cabin fresh air flow in the ventilation control calibration. It might be a tsb or it might have just been production change. It increased the amount of fresh air entering the cabin to help control cabin humidity. You might also check to make sure the a/c evaporator compartment drain isnt plugged or blocked. Good luck! M.
  10. Can’t find a darn turbo encabulator anywhere tho. Talk about the ultimate mod... wow! M.
  11. 2015 GMC Sierra SLT CCSB 4x4 5.3 As we all know, the engine air filter housing has to come out to gain access to the right headlight. I recently changed my head light bulbs to get a little better output (just new Philips 4K halogens, nothing fancy). So for the past few weeks the gas mileage has be lousy. I’m wondering if disconnecting the MAF (the assembly is part of the air box) has caused the computer to recalibrate the MAF and fuel flow? Or is it super sensitive to being bumped? I can’t find a good reason to explain the sudden change in performance. Although it has bee in the 30’s here in Atlanta for a while. Any thoughts? M.
  12. I would think that with a documented repair history they will likely give you some grace on the vehicle warranty. If anything, their own repair should carry a warranty that will cover the redo. Check the service receipt for the first repair, I bet there’s language that explains the coverage of their work. M.
  13. On your radio go to: Home / Settings / Radio / Maximum Startup Volume You might have to scroll to the very bottom, on mine it is after Auto Volume. Good luck, M. Ps, I see now there’s a much more detailed answer, I was a little slow hitting send
  14. True, the truck is only a few months old, but who knows how old the crate of button batteries might be. Anyway, glad it was an easy fix. Happy Thanksgiving! M. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. Come on already! It’s been an hour, don’t leave us hanging! [emoji38] M.

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