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  1. Ceramic coating

    So if you really want to go down that rabbit hole, go visit the autopia and autogeek detailing forums. But here’s a brief primer: There are several quite excellent DIY / prosumer grade ceramic coating products, and then there are a few full-on professionally installed coatings available. The common denominator is preparation. The paint must be fully cleaned and minor blemishes (hazing, fine scratches, etc) polished out before applying a coating. The difference is the to what extreme to take the prep process. A coating will lay down over just about anything, but if the surface isn’t clean and smooth it will only highlight the imperfections, not hide them. I’ve used coatings from CarPro (not affiliated, just picked one at the time) with great results on several of my vehicles, but I’ve also spent the time to wash, clay, decontaminate, wash again, machine polish, machine fine polish, then apply the coating in two layers. It’s an intense two days of work (I not a pro, I need frequent breaks). I have not done it to my truck yet... I’m kinda dreading all that real estate. I have used a spray-on / wipe off product called CarPro ReLoad on it and gotten about 6 months of protection from it. There are others that are just as good, maybe better. Anyway, there’s gobs of great information and technical discussion at the detailing forums. But bring a snack, you’ll likely be there a while. Some of the before and after posts are really entertaining. Good luck! M. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Seems like maybe the same tool that programmed the K2 park assist graphic (where the truck suddenly becomes a generic sedan...WTH GM?) was later tasked with programming the 3d view.... Anyway, OP, thanks for the honest review! M.
  3. Automatic Folding Mirrors

    I had to use the mirror folding feature to park in my old garage, and I cant count how many times I got half way to work with them still folded in the mornings. No a problem since moving. And since we are talking about mirrors... I sure wish the automatic curb-view mirror dipping when in reverse function (does it have an official name?) would stay on for more than 15 seconds. M.
  4. Silverado/Sierra vs. Tahoe/Yukon

    Well, you did post in the truck forum... [emoji2] Regardless, here’s my take, for what it’s worth. I’ve driven mid-sized SUVs for ages until coming over to a full sized pickup. Chevy trailblazer, BMW X5 diesel, Audi Q5. Family of four with two small boys in (huge) car seats, btw. I bought a crew cab pickup when I finally realized I just couldn’t cram what I wanted into the back of the SUV any more. Either it was too big, too dirty, or just too awkward to lift. And then we got a boat. SUVs have their virtues, like fully enclosed cargo, more compliant ride, usually more upscale interiors and goodies. They’re really nice. But a full size crew cab pickup gets you (usually) better towing, more versatile cargo options and these days just as good a ride as anything. Toss on a good bed cover and you have reasonable (but not perfect ) weather protection for the bed. The crew cab accommodates the boys safety seats with room to spare. The rear seat is very generous for adults as well. Crew cab short box is just a super versatile configuration. I love it. I’m anxious to see everyone else’s comments as well. Either way, best of luck! M.
  5. This is a complete shot in the dark, swag, out of left field, whatever guess... The last generation had a number of quirky electrical and computer problems that were traced back to a bad ground (matting or insulation under the dash preventing clean contact?) Could this be happening here again? M.
  6. I just changed the factory delco battery in my 2015 Sierra 1500 CCSB 5.3 SLT. I found the door ajar overnight, surprised it killed it. Tried to charge it back up but it wouldn’t take a charge. Swapping a new delco in is tricky but not too difficult. There are one or two good videos on the process. M.
  7. I picked her out

    If I’m not mistaken, you can buy an extended warranty from practically any dealer, even out of state. Do some searching and shop around. Good luck! M. Ps, let us know what you find! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. This topic came up on another forum I participate in... So, has anyone mounted a fire extinguisher for easy access in their cab? If so, where and how (especially if you have pics to share)? Thanks, M.
  9. Window Auto Up Feature

    Well, poop. Unfortunately, yes, I’m mistaken. I just went out and tried it for myself... and was immediately disappointed to discover auto up does not work from the keyfob as I had originally posted. Im sorry for the error and confusion it might have caused. However... my intuition tells me there’s a certain economy of scale involved in sharing computer development between platforms. I bet there are flags in the bcm (might as well be voodoo tho) that governs how the windows behave, be it Yukon, Tahoe, Sierra, or Silverado. M
  10. Window Auto Up Feature

    Just speculation, but I wonder if the motors and BCM are already capable. My 2015 SLT can express-up all of the windows from the keyfob (press and hold the lock button). I can’t for the life of me figure out why at least the passenger side window doesn’t have a double-pull to to express up function. Omitting it seems like a typical over-zealous bean counter kind of thing to do. Just my $.02 M
  11. The brake replacements are an interesting twist on the story. Did you consider any other brands for brake parts, and can you provide the part numbers for your application please? Thanks!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.

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