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  1. I take mine out and wash them when I wash the truck (hose, soapy brush, rinse). Getting them in or out is a bit of a pain, but never seemed too bad. If they’re not too dirty, which is often the case, I just wipe them down with a rag.
  2. Follow up question. Are any of these products problematic if they get on the paint. The main thing I want to do is my wheel well trim and of course, that butts right up to a pretty long line of paint.
  3. Follow up question. Are any of these products problematic if they get on the paint. The main thing I want to do is my wheel well trim and of course, that butts right up to a pretty long line of paint.
  4. I’m pretty good at making my tires look good (wet black). But does anyone do anything with the trim? I was looking at the fender trim and the mud flaps and thinking that should look “wet/black” too but I’m not sure what a good product would be to use and if there is anything I should be careful of.
  5. I’m sure I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life, but my comment was just to say that it was hard for me to understand how this happened. There’s just something about wiping off the contact area that I can’t imagine missing that. I’m not sure why. Just very satisfying for me to see that area all clean and shiny. Generally, I’m pretty good about step by step (checklist) types of procedures. I’m pretty particular. But, if I’m winging it, look out. If it makes you feel any better, the other day I was adding liquid chlorine to my pool. For some reason the seal on the gallon jug was not cooperating. Instead of going to get a knife, I just got all aggressive and tried to rip if off. It came off alright. But the jug sloshed and I got pure chlorine on me. I was lucky I didn’t get any in a sensitive area like my eyes/face. So yes, stuff happens. You can bet I have a new mental checklist for adding chlorine now that includes removing the seal before I take the jug to the pool.
  6. I can certainly understand that stuff happens, but it is hard to understand how this happened. Don’t you wipe the contact metal down with a rag? I’ve never done an oil change where I didn’t do that which entails visually inspecting the surface. If the old ring was stuck to the surface, it would be seen and corrected. Do you put a little oil on the new seal before you screw on the new filter? As for the drain plug, I’ve never had one where, again, I didn’t clean the oil pan where the seal connects and then clean the plug very well before install. Which, I’ve always snugged the oil drain plug down by hand. I would never take a wrench to a drain plug that wasn’t snugged down by hand. I get that someone in a high volume shop could skip these steps, but in my driveway, the whole point is to slow down and do it right. Of course the OP has learned that lesson.
  7. Wow, that’s not bad at all. Thanks so much for the insight.
  8. What type of company does this? Can you give me their name? Maybe they know someone local to me. Also, do you mind sharing how much that cost? Seems like a pretty big bill for labor on a job like that.
  9. That’s exactly what I want to do with mine. Let me know when you have time to do my Equinox. Thanks for posting. So you say it took the edge off. I was hoping more for a miraculously quiet interior. Any better way to describe how much it dampened the noise? Me and DW can’t even really have a conversation on the highway. And, if I want to listen to music, it has to be turned up at least 10% higher just to hear it. And of course the noise still takes a lot away from the quality of the music.
  10. I’m sure the tires could be improved, but comparing an Equinox to my full size truck just seems to point to there being little to no sound insulation in the Equinox. I think that’s one of the things they do to make Chevy’s cheaper. It’s one of the main reasons I traded my 2018 Silverado for my 2021 Sierra Denali. My Silverado only had 20K miles on it and I liked it a lot but I did not like the noise. My main car while working was a Buick LaCrosse. That was a very quiet smooth driving car. I guess I’m spoiled, but I gotta believe I can get the Equinox closer.
  11. So my wife and I took a drive this weekend in our Equinox (2017). Overall it’s a nice vehicle, but it is nowhere near as quiet as my ‘21 Sierra Denali. I did some research and there seem to be a number of products out there for DIY to install to deaden sound, however, I’m no good at DIY. It looks like to add some sound deadening you end up taking the seats out and installing insulation under the carpet. It also seems to go into the doors behind the door panels. In the engine compartment and under the headliner were also mentioned. My question is, what type of companies do this kind of work? I couldn’t even figure out who to call. The only company that came up was Ziebart and all they seemed to have is an undercarriage spray which I don’t think I’m really interested in. Any help to finding a company to do this work would be appreciated. Thanks.
  12. It would interesting to see if that would work. The spot is very small/concentrated and doesn’t look like a good candidate for PDR. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of PDR. Hard to believe there aren’t micro cracks in the paint after PDR that eventually lest moisture in and cause rust. Hopefully the Bmartin will let us know what they do.
  13. Okay, now I see it. That sucks. Back to the dealer for some body work and painting. Ugh - on a brand new vehicle.
  14. Of course you did what was asked, but it just shows how hard it is to get a good picture if shiny paint. Try standing back a ways and adjusting your angle to get rid of the reflection. I tried to post a picture of a scratch and all you could see was me taking a picture of my fender. Black is a hard color to take a picture of given the reflection. Generally, if the exact same dimple is not on the other side, it’s probably a defect. I’d take it to the dealer. Of course then you have to decide if you’re going to have a brand new vehicle painted. Generally, I wouldn’t but I can’t see what you’re seeing.
  15. I come from a GM family. I don’t think I could bring myself to drive a different truck. If I had to choose, I might look at a RAM. I have an in-law who has one and it seems better than my friends Ford. Realistically, I’d just get something else. Probably a Yukon or an Acadia, whatever SUV I could get, not being sure of the reason the truck wouldn’t be available, but that might take the Yukon off the table too.
  16. Thanks. Yours is further forward than mine. The place that installed mine said that they had it as far forward as they could. I guess I’ll have to look at it better. Maybe it as far forward as the thought best. Personally, I wouldn’t mind a little water leaking at the tailgate over not having the tailgate work automatically. A little water will just run down the tailgate and drip out. I don’t think that will hurt my golf clubs, which is about all I ever carry in my bed on a regular basis.
  17. Does your tailgate seat (the top seal strip on the cover) sit on top of the tailgate, or does it just barely touch it? Mine sits on top of the tailgate and hangs up the tailgate when it lowers. Easy enough to pull down by hand, but there’s just enough drag that it won’t work automatically. Or, did you lift up the rear of the cover just enough to have less pressure on the tailgate from the seal? In case you can’t tell, I’d really like this to work.
  18. Yeah, just for your own sake, you should test the cabin for carbon monoxide. Hopefully that’s not getting into the cabin. If you get a positive indication, switch the cabin HVAC to recirculate the cabin air and see if that changes the results.
  19. And if you are out of warranty, then I would look for someone to do the repair that’s detailed in the sticky thread in this forum. If you can’t DIY, then paying someone to do the repair that will work would be better money spent.
  20. I’m sure it’s somewhat dependent on location. Mine was certainly dirty after on year 15,000 miles. Could have gone longer, but I’m glad I changed it. Seems about the right interval. I am thinking about the KN filter, however, it seems like it needs a specific cleaner and the cleaner is not cheap, taking away a lot of the savings.
  21. Take a look at this page. I’m not sure what size the bolt is, but this may get you close. https://www.amazon.com/Prescott-Plastics-Round-Flexible-Rubber/dp/B07QWZ77PK?th=1
  22. Wow. Makes me feel like I got a deal. The thing that cracked me up is that the place I went to was very much like a dealer and they gave me a list of upcoming maintenance items to consider (no hard sell, just a list). On it was the cabin air filter - $92. Talk about LOL. I changed mine yesterday for about $20.
  23. Not exactly. I’m trying to find a quality shop. I don’t mind, and I recognize, that will not be the least expensive option. I’m trying to save about $20 off what I believe was a price pretty high on the spectrum. I was, however happy with their work. That’s a good start. FWIW, I’ve done oil changes before. I’ve done a lot of repair/maintenance work in my life. At this point, I’m just not willing to do it. I’m just over 60 years old and while I’m still capable, I’m not at all interested. I do, however, still perform some of the basic items. I replace wipers and filters (cabin and engine). I check and top off my fluids. I keep my truck clean and even hand wash it in the summer (only spray it in the winter). No auto wash. So, it’s just a matter of where I save my money and what I’m willing to do. Balance.
  24. They’re good people but I don’t feel right if they’re not their tires. I understand they’d do it and I am a customer of theirs in the past, but it just does feel right to me. Once I replace my tires or even one tire, I’ll definitely use them for rotations.
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