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  1. Are you missing your bump stops? Something looks missing from your pic. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I just did my front and rear diff. I used Mobil 1 delvac 75w-90. It is important to get the delvac and not just mobil 1 75w-90. The delvac does not have the LS additive. Cheapest I found was at summit racing, 32.99 for a gallon container. I bought other items so I qualified for free shipping. I ended having to buy an extra quart as 4 quarts was just not enough need about 60% of the final quart to top both off. I have a 5.3 with as I recall the middle size of rear end ratio. Here is a pic of the gear oil. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. 2015 1500 SLE Double Cab 5.3. Heading into towing season with 28,213 miles. Had vacuum pump replaced a few weeks ago under warranty. Dealership said the onboard pads front and rear were all wearing oddly and the rotors were crusty. I did not notice any issues when I undercoated in the fall last year. I think the salty roads in NH do not help, and I have been lazy and not taken the brakes apart and cleaned them after each winter. The odd thing is that the outboard surface of the rotors, pads looked great. Even the swept surface was even, shiny and went right to the edge of the rotor. I think a lot of junk collect behind the rotors and despite my low miles/usage in the winter and frequent washes the insides crust up quickly. I replaced rotors and pads, cleaned and filed calipers, flushed fluid, greased everything up real good. I will clean and recrease annually from now on. I bet then I can get a full life out of the parts. While I was at it, I did front and rear diff fluid, t-case, transmission filter and flush, coolant flush, cabin air filter, engine filter. It’s my first truck and I have not treated it badly. I do use it for truck things primarily, but not aggressively. Hopefully it will last me another 15 years! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. My pedal was stiffening up if I used it a couple of times at idle. For example if I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic and edging forward while going down hill. When it would get stiff the abs would kick in. I could still stop the truck but it was a lot more work. As soon as I have it some gas and the pump was turned at a higher rpm, my boost was restored. I brought it to my local chevy dealer. They measured and said the vacuum was 14hg in. I thought I read somewhere that the specs were 25 or 27? They replaced the pump under extended warranty, though either way I am still in my power train coverage. They checked the booster hose and check valve and said no oil present. Never had any noise from the pump that I could tell, and I did listen for it. New pump does not sound any different. 2015 GMC Sierra 5.3 DCRB 28,207 miles. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I was not saying digital is better for everyone, just offering my methods as it may inspire others. I am 35 and have zero developed photos of my youth, but every single photo since the advent of the digital camera. So potato potata, tomato tomata. Plus, I don’t care about the records for the next guy. I drive them all into the earth. I plan on keeping my truck till death do us part so to speak. Guess what I’m saying is different strokes for different folks. [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Just some examples above, capacities, weights and part numbers are easier to keep track of. Also be sure to back your photos up to the cloud. Everything will be permanently logged for life! No more looking for that pad of paper or book you diligently remembered to fill out but forgot where you put it. [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. For those who don’t want to use the gym website, or you have multiple vehicles/equipment that are not GM, save yourself the hassle of tryjng to paper document everything. Use your phone to log all over your maintenance with pictures. Create an album for each of your machines. Every time i do some maintenance I take a picture of the parts and the mileage. I right a brief description with all of the pertinent details. That way I have part numbers, time stamps, mileage and proof of proper intervals. It also helps when trying to remember all the specific things that pertain to each vehicle/machine. For example, when you are at the parts store and you are trying to remember the random oil filter number for tractor #3 or which fuel/water separator you use on your boat you can just reference your phone. I also don’t have to look up which weight oil to use again and again. This saves time, let’s face it, I can’t keep all of this stuff straight anymore. I used to be able to use the same filter # and 5w-30 on all of my vehicles. Now each one is unique and over complicated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Looks great! I am curious about the functionality of the OEM heated seat buttons. I have always curious if the could be adapted to operate an aftermarket system. How unique is the function of the switch and could they be spliced into an after market setup? This would carry the benefit of Bypassing any BCM mods. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I have a 15 Cayenne Metalic Double Cab 5.3 4WD SLE w 3.42. Bought it new. I have only seen a handful of these colors in my area. The one I see the most is an LTZ DC Silvy with a nice ARE cap painted to match. Makes me want a cap so bad! They only made the color for a short production run. (Not the full model year) I’ve seen other gym vehicles with the same color in the past. Corvettes, Firebird/camaros, Grand Am etc. When it is clean, and the sun hits it just right, it is one of the best colors IMO. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. The truth is that no one ever talks about with the snow vs all season is that it is not about accelerating or getting going from a stop that is important it is BRAKING!! I don’t care if you drive a 2 wheel drive, all wheel drive, or four wheel drive... we all have four tires with brakes on each corner. Good job for you if you can get around on “all seasons” in Alaska. when it comes to an emergency stop.... i don’t care what you have driving your wheels, you will be safer with a true snow tire. In New Hampshire I only drive awd or 4wd cars in the winter now. Everyone of my vehicles has a winter set of wheels and tires. All it takes is one emergency stop and the difference in stopping distance could save you thousands in damage or even a life. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. I bought the 5 gallon bucket of fluid film and the kelsport spray gun. I undercoat all my winter vehicles (4) every year and I usually get two years out of a 5 gallon bucket. Stuff smells like dirty scrotum, but my frame has no rust!!! My braklines have not rust. I plan on having my truck for atleast 10 more years. Long after the warranty will dry up. I also pressure wash my vehicles at minimum bi-weekly even in the deep winter. I have had no issue with the water damaging the frame wax with ff. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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