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  1. Terrible to see that; I had a flash since my 18 is blue too. It doesn't just clip back up somehow or hardware is broken? Yeah I put a cap on mine too. I imagine you could buy a trailer hitch cover and trim to fit or a guy on eBay sells them too. I'm not a fan of gas capless system, but it is what it is. Sub'd to see outcome.
  2. @truckguy82 They would use the same R-134a - which is cheap and widely available. Forget I mentioned the other stuff; you're truck doesn't use it and they are not going to put it in. If you don't have the tools to work on the HVAC, rather than learning and investing in the tools and knowledge, I would say it would be easier to take it to a dealer or a mechanic. I have the tools etc which is why I bought 35 lbs years ago for personal use and for close friends. I also have the reclaimer machine. Anyway, as others mentioned, before you decide to do anything, you should measure what's coming out. "Cold" might be a relative term. The system should function at specific temperatures/have a specific reduction in temperature in the cabin given several variables. You can call around to get prices. Sometimes what people do is have a mechanic suck out the old stuff. Then you can put the specific amount back in. Again, you'll have to consider what you want to invest - time to learn diagnosis (which obviously can repay you back over time), or money now and just have a mechanic do it for you.
  3. 1) I didn't realize I had the new stuff until this thread and I popped my hood. 2) Wow that is very expensive! I hope my system lasts quite a long time. My 2005 impala (bought in January 2008) never needed a charge/never had a leak even until I got rid of it in early 2020 because someone hit and run in my parking lot (enough damage to the front end to not justify saving a 15 yo 250k mile car - sold and replaced with my current 2005 silverado) and it worked very well even in Texas heat and humidity. @LDM Yep no doubt.
  4. FYI, my 2018 has R-1234yf. I'm not sure the year it switched.; be sure to check your manual/engine bay for listing. On a side note, I've noticed my 2018 (with the newer refrigerant) doesn't seem to cool nearly as fast as my R-134a vehicles. Can't remember the comparison to R12 but that's beside the point. My 2005 silverado (with the r-134a) cools down faster than my 2018 with r-1234yf. I'm not here to bash new technology or say I don't care about having a clean environment I'm just pointing out my anecdotal evidence. Someone with more and current HVAC experience can chime in on that. As mentioned, you'd need a set of gauges. I wouldn't generally recommend just adding it until the whole system is evacuated though. If you're unfamiliar with these kinds of procedures, paying a dealer/mechanic is probably worth the money to avoid the headache. Edit: I see LDM mentioned you still have R-134a for 2014s. Well that's a plus I'd say. You can buy 35 lbs of that for cheap if you do it yourself. If I were you, I'd just take it in to a mechanic and avoid messing with it.
  5. I have a 05 4.8 WT rwd sc/sb and a 18 5.3 LT rwd dc/sb. Hard to compare 100% but what I enjoy specifically on my 05 over my 18 is simplicity and availability to easily add factory options. I've added steering wheel controls - a wheel out of a escalade, an auto dimming rear mirror with temp and compass IDK a Yukon? - factory style and functioning fog lights (factory button and works as designed from factory), I Frankenstein'd 2 jump steats (bottom from 07-13 and top from 14-18) to replace the non folding jump seat, wired in some outside heated mirror with turn signal, I had an 05 impala which someone hit and run in my parking lot which totaled it - that car had an aftermarket touch screen radio which fit perfectly into the 05 Silverado since it had all the wiring done already and now has a backup camera too, probably a few other thing's I'm forgetting as well. The 2005 started out as a barebones WT with only a 4.8 and a manual sliding rear window.
  6. Still have my 2018's original battery. I have a battery tester and tested it a few months ago and checked out. It lived in Texas heat for a few years now it's in TN. My wife's Malibu is a 2016 (new body) premier with the 2.0. I think it's just standard flooded batteries which have been in there but we have gone through 3 batteries - all replaced by the dealer under warranty. The latest has been in about 1 year. We will see on that; I'll probably put a agm in both when the time comes. Yes it seems gone are the days when replacing a battery was very simple and easy. As for height, I'm 6' 0" and yeah it's problematic but this isn't the only vehicle. To get to the back of some of these vehicles I have been known to basically be in the engine bay on all fours. My wife wonders why I love my 2005 Silverado; don't get me wrong my 2018 is nice but in other ways. On my 2005 I can reach into the bed super easily, reach around the engine bay fairly easily as well (save fore the sensors on the back of the engine), manual windows/locks/seats, manual rear sliding window (it's fine because its a single cab), non carpet floor (WT), easy to upgrade with factory options, etc. I don't even lock the thing.
  7. DOHC as far as I know for both 6 & 8 cylinders. While I doubt sourcing parts for a tundra would be difficult in the future, I think their yearly sales of Tundra are around 110,000 vs Ford & GM around 800,000 to 900,000 or so each respectfully. I prefer something more widely available so that parts and junkyard will be far widely available. Just more food for thought.
  8. Tundras are made in San Antonio, TX; I never looked into whether or not they split production like the do the Silverados ie doubles in Indiana and the full back doors in Mexico. I used to work for a supplier on site; not sure for sourcing all of the parts. I agree with above comments in general. I like simpler push rod engines. Parts have always been easy to source for my GM products throughout the years. And also agreed on a heavier duty truck if you want to tow often; I too would rather not have to worry about anything. I met someone while I was tent camping; he had the same 2018 Silverado 5.3 as me - not max tow; he was pulling something that looks comparable to your trailer. No issues, but he said he did have some speed loss issues which is to be expected especially in the hills of TN and KY. Good luck and as is with any manufacturer, none are immune to problems.
  9. I just completed this. As @Chev85 did, I ordered the new style plastic cover, the new long fill tube, and a new valve cover gasket - for just in case. In my case - 2018 Silverado 5.3 21,000 miles - the short tube simply rotated off. It does have that locking piece, but through defect/possible (but doubtful) slight redesign, and most likely pure luck, mine came off with no issues, nothing broke, and the short tube seems to still be useable. I rotated the new updated long tube on and installed the new plastic cover. I obviously didn't use the new gasket, but it's cheap enough so I'll probably buy one for the passenger side and just throw it in the glovebox for future use. Thank you all for the information and part numbers making this a very easy upgrade & install.
  10. I have an aftermarket tonneau cover on my 2018 Silverado DC 6.5' bed - just a cheap 6.5' tyger brand soft trifold - and I was wondering the same thing: can the tonneau cover from my 18 fit on my 2005 Silverado SC 6.5' bed. It did but it doesn't look perfect ... it didn't look noticeably bad either; I'd use that tyger soft trifold on my 2005 if I ever change it on my 2018. My 2005 doesn't have the spoiler - WT model very basic black plastic cover on top of tailgate - so I noticed that it would be easier if it had that spoiler that protrudes out a bit in order to be able to grab the tailgate to pull it down.
  11. Anyone know if this is more prone on certain years? I have an 18 LT DC - I don't think it's leaking but I haven't looked. Moved from TX to TN so there is much more rain. My wife has a 2016 Malibu and it had the same problem but GM issued a recall on it and extended the warranty milage to 72k for this repair. Had the Malibu's 3rd brake light and headliner replaced at the dealer at no cost. TBH I hadn't noticed until 1 the letter came in the mail and 2 I noticed a bag I keep in the spare tire wheel well was wet (the bag is cloth and contains clothing for emergencies) which I found shortly before receiving the letter but dismissed it to a hard rain and we grabbed something out of the trunk.
  12. Just to add my 2c in case another person comes looking for the answer - I can say OEM is better from manufacturing aspect; I have seen the plants, and know the procedures - published and not. To be honest, after seeing so much from mechanics, engineering, and manufacturing aspects I am surprised vehicles last as long as they do.
  13. I can agree - but a point could be made with the old adage power corrupts... and as the cyclical nature of history has shown it's not the first time nor will it be the last. Also the adage of don't bite the hand that feeds seems appropriate then again greed does set in as well as necessity - if many are using and abusing the union or system, you'd be losing money/purchasing power if you didn't. Terrible really.
  14. I tend to agree with this logic. I live down the road from the largest GM facility in North America which is in Spring Hill, TN (near Nashville). I've run into many of these guys and had lengthy conversations; please no one make the generic statement that I am going purely on anecdotal evidence or anything - it's just using common sense and my interactions with a "focus group" if you will. Also I have seen/met other facilities including GM Arlington, Toyota San Antonio, GM Fort Wayne. I tend to take complaints with a grain of salt because it's true, jealously does play a role; and the major fact is yes, choices make all the difference. So many forget/ignore the difficulties and sacrifices that it does take to 'get to the top/higher up' and like so many other industries, it's very easy to complain/claim that you're so undervalued or paid and also that he got a hand out. This is true too - there is a buddy/buddy system but it exists everywhere, ie bet you wouldn't complain if your friend who was a cop didn't write you a ticket because you were friends.
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