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  1. We've been down this road before. 1974 model year cars had what was called the seat belt interlock system. It was fraught with enough problems that repair manuals of the era dedicated at least 1/3 of their content to trouble-shooting this one system. Fortunately in 1975 congress mandated the removal of this requirement. Was this a case of congress listening to their constituents? Oh Hell no, just like today they were acting in their own self-interest because they hated the system so bad.
  2. Grumpy, not sure about your wife's Terrain, but on my wife's Nox, there is a timer function in the DIC settings. Although not a true hour meter, for your purposes it will function like one. It's on with the ignition, automatically resets after 100 hours. You could reset it after each oil check if you wish assuming you have said timer.
  3. The cable dipstick on my wife's 2017 2.4 was the first one I had ever encountered and I wondered about it, so I took a gander at things. Mind you this was some time ago, but if I recollect correctly the dipstick tube itself is rather convoluted, kinda like a lazy S from where it enters the oil pan to where they decided to locate the ring pull on the dipstick. Blade style dipstick just wouldn't have enough flexibility, guess we should be happy that GM got the cable right and didn't give us a string to try and push through the dipstick tube.
  4. Grumpy, glad you got your brake job done to you and your wife's satisfaction, even though it take some $ and persistence. I just replaced the original wiper blades on the wife's 17 Nox yesterday with AC-Delco OEM blades that I sourced from Rock Auto and wanted you to know that I wholeheartedly agree with you on using OEM parts even for something as simple as wiper blades. Yes, they cost twice as much as others, but the originals lasted better than 4 years and the replacement was easy as could be, no need to mess with adapters, so OEM all the way! Others would disagree, but I even use AC-Delco batteries when the need arises as I've had good luck with them.
  5. Chris, I admire your fortitude for posting your mistake, perhaps others will learn from this so yes indeed it is a PSA. Here's hoping your repair will be perfect!
  6. Hard to say if a recession is imminent, but with the inmates running the asylum in D.C. now, anything is possible.
  7. Not related to getting your electrical issues sorted out but if you got a picture of the tree and how your truck was parked in relationship to it, perhaps your comprehensive insurance will help you out if your expenses run in excess of your deductible. Just something to keep in mind.
  8. Hear ya go: SINGLE VS. TANDEM AXLE ENCLOSED CARGO TRAILERS I was hoping that would come up as a link, but you can google it and get there.
  9. Undoubtedly suspension and axle damage. I hope you can be there when the appraiser makes their judgement. Make him or her aware that you won't stand for any hidden damage and insist on new seals and outer axle bearings, new shocks, leaf hangers and maybe new leaf packs if they are not perfectly straight. My guess is the frame is bent so you'll want that addressed too. Oh, and the wheel that took the impact is probably damaged and will need to be replaced also.
  10. Ok Grumpy, I went back and read it, picked up some of the transmission service intervals also. Will continue to follow this thread with interest, thanks!
  11. Grumpy, at what mileage did you change the spark plugs? Just curious. Wife's car is a long ways from needing it yet, but I'll probably change out the VVT solenoids at around 70k and do the plugs at the same time although I'm sure they could go further.
  12. Yes Grumpy, that's the AC-Delco part number, available from your dealer or even on Amazon probably cheaper as long as you trust the seller isn't selling a Chinese knock off. There are other alternatives I've read about CFM makes a billet breather cap that replaces the stock oil cap for about $80, ZZZ performance sells a cheapo plastic one for about $20. I have no idea if a fully vented cap would effect fuel trims or anything else. There is another company out there that sells a vented cap that vents at a lower pressure than the GM FC219 but I couldn't find the name of it, it's expensive too and there have been some complaints of fitment issues. And others concerned that they couldn't blow thru the FC219 and worried if vented at to high of a pressure have made their own by drilling a hole in the stock cap, using a check ball and spring setup using a variety of lightweight springs sourced at their local hardware store to find the one that vented when they blew thru the cap. I haven't seen anyone complain of a rear seal blowout using the FC219, so I'm sure it would work fine. Thanks for the compliment, and I've learned a lot more from you than you will ever learn from me, of that I'm sure.
  13. Grumpy, there were a few other things I forgot to mention. Apparently the 2.4's are not the only ones prone to timing chain issues, some of the newer V-6's are also prone to them too. If GM would have only stuck with the tried and true pushrod 3800 for the passenger vehicles. The Generation III 3800 had the lower intake manifold gasket issue ironed out and was indestructible, even the supercharged ones. I did see on the Nox forum where a couple of guys had made it to over 300,000 miles on their 2.4's. One of them to 333k and this was on a 2012 probably before the piston ring redesign without major engine issues until he had to have a water pump replaced and he was starting to use 2-3 quarts of oil in 5000 miles, no more posts after that so I assume he moved onto to something else. So I can think you can reach or even exceed that with your excellent maintenance if you choose to do so. I've been using the AC-Delco synthetic oil and AC-Delco filters and will do so until the powertrain warranty is up (this coming Feb.) After that I'll be using the Purolator One filter due to your recommendation, haven't decided on a oil yet, but it won't be a boutique one. Once my DIY oil change days are over I'll just take my oil and filter in to a local shop and have them do it. Again sorry for the rambling.
  14. Hi Grumpy, I've been following this thread with interest as my wife has a 17 Nox LT with the 2.4L. We bought new in Feb. 2017. I would have preferred the 3.6 but they were just not available and besides I couldn't beat the deal on this one, with GM incentives and my GM card earnings the MSRP of over 27K we were out the door at right around 20K before trade and T and T. I was hesitant to wait for a 18, new model year and turbos. Anyhow, I frequent the Equinox/Terrain forums to try to stay ahead of major problems with the 2.4L. Common problems I'm seeing with normal maintenance are VVT solenoids need to be replaced around 70K, cracked exhaust manifold and timing chain set,cam gears and guides all at around 90-100k. Also plugged PCV orfice at around 70k and those in cold climates can and will experience real main seal blowout and if the motor isn't immediately shut down they will also have the added expense of timing chain replacement. Haven't really seen any oil comsumption problems on the newer 2.4s. Wife's car only has about 35K on it so far but has been absolutely flawless, no annoying rattles or anything and has only been to the dealer twice for the 2 free oil changes. I've been doing the oil changes myself and I purchased the Lisle 32mm oil filter socket, perfect fitment. I've been around 4000 mile OCI's, sometimes a little more or less. I try and get as much old oil out however, overnight drain and clean out the filter compartment as best I can, first tried using compressed air but that made a mess underneath so have just been using paper towels, been thinking I should find a plastic hose that will fit the oil drain plug snugly as the compressed air does a better job. I'm 72 years old with arthritis so I'm afraid my DIY auto maintenance days are rapidly approaching an end. We live in SC where freezing temps are rare and with the Nox garage kept and low miles I haven't been worried about the PCV blockage yet so I haven't yet used the GM FC219 vented oil cap, might be something to keep in mind for the future tho. One other thing I've seen recently of interest on that forum is collapsed oil filters and some have said that's an indication of excessive blow by (plugged PCV orfice?). Have you had to replace your VVT solenoids yet? If not there's another indication of the EXCELLENT job you're doing with the oil and engine maintenance as I believe their life is dependent on clean oil. If you've posted the transmission maintenance I missed it, did you have a flush done or just drain and fills? One other thing you might be interested in, Nox and Terrains built before Aug 16 are prone to wiper motor failure, there is a TSB out on it and if you experience this you might be able to get GM to fix it for you for free. Sorry for the long ramble.
  15. SuperDuper, you're fine, after all it's not like you're breaking in a new motor like Finnegan and Freiburger would. The towing restrictions probably have as much to do with bedding the brakes and breaking in the differential gears as much as the motor.
  16. I also saw that, in my case on FBN. They also had a guest analyst on that was an insider in the chip industry who stated that other than Toyota all the auto manufacturers brought this on themselves with their "just in time" inventory practices and he didn't feel one bit sorry for them.
  17. Just remember by going from a tire 33.2" in diameter to 35" in diameter you're going to effectively decrease your numerical gear ratio by around 5%, may or not matter depending on how heavy you plan to tow. Also your mileage will probably suffer with that and the heavier tires, again may or not matter as I understand the 6.6 gasser's mileage isn't all that great to begin with.
  18. If you're doing the tire rotation yourself, the short answer is yes, at least on GM vehicles.
  19. Not an expert on trailers, but looks like the boat trailer may be poorly designed, even downright "fishy". With the tandem axles located completely "aft" much of the weight of the boat and outboard is probably being directed on the tongue of the trailer so as Phantom and newdude have suggested get that tongue weight. That trailer looks more suitable for a boat with 3 large offshore outboards hanging off of it.
  20. I feel for the OP and I wouldn't blame him for never coming back to this forum after his thread being hi-jacked by BMW fanboys!
  21. You've done just fine. If indeed your truck was strapped down unevenly for that length of time it is quite conceivable that your leaf pack (blades) has lost tensile strength or retained memory of the compressed position. As dieselfan suggested replace the springs on both sides.
  22. No worries or need to feel foolish, all new vehicles take some acclimation, anyone that has gotten into an unfamiliar rental car knows from what you speak.
  23. Cam you're a lot more knowledgeable than I am about these things but the OP in his title for this thread did state that the 04 was a HD half ton so it's a 1500 to 1500 swap he plans.
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