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    Edmond, Ok
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    Jeep CJ2A 1947
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    '18 GMC 1500 SLT, '20 Jeep GC, 1946 CJ2A, E350 4Matic

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  1. Iron block? If so feel the bottom of the radiator.. and check that it is not solid with rust from the engine collecting there..if it is clogged it will be cooler than the top half of the radiator.. then replace it.
  2. I used to regard the extended warranty as more trouble than it was worth.. and then i got a truck with two turbos (twice the fun!) and found out the value... my truck rolled into it's 28th month last month.. and even though it has been solid i bought a GM/Platinum from Smith Chevrolet for $770 that added 39 months and 39,000 miles to where i am. Now seems like a weak time to trade in and get a new one with the 1/2 shortage of expensive trucks.. I think you really have to lay out the various prices/terms and mileage on them to see where the value is for you. Some folks spend thousan
  3. did you ever run e10 in the truck? what grade - 87 oct or higher.. thanks!!
  4. My dad has had three rams - ‘13 (lost 8sp), ‘15 and ‘18 (using coolant) and is now in a GMC.. The Ram is a lot more impressive inside… but you really don’t weight it very much after you have had to top off the radiator and the coolant fill with three quarts of antifreeze.. Basically a blown head gasket… still under powertrain, but enough was enough and yes you do have fight the touch screen to change certain functions like active vents… that is why you do GM.
  5. bad bearings make a lot of whine... the pinion and ring gear are misaligned.. however.. i would pull the cover before i decided. if the ring gear has a lot of wear - hardening shelling.. then at least you can make an informed decision. if the ring gear is ok... i would just clean everything up.. replace the bearings and seals.. So #4 should be getting the cost of the bearings and seals... your truck.. while still having a lot of life left in it.. getting to that phase where you try to fix economically.. you don't have to get 300k miles out of the repair.. if you are pu
  6. As an example one of my diesels, a TDI needed a glow plug replaced. I tried to… but a carbon deposit on the end of it kept me from extracting it. I had to pull the head… for a GLOW PLUG…. I waited till there two of them gone.. but that is my example of a real trade-off for a few more mpg.. which is based on higher btu more expensive fuel… gasoline…
  7. Typically draining a battery at high levels shortens the life... sometimes drastically.
  8. Like a Rock! Very solid. And i have had Toyota’s, Jeeps, Nissans and Fords. I have lost cam phasers, rear end ring gear and a front half shaft on Toyotas. I have pretty much decided GM (Yukon and SLT) is the best lowest cost operation (replacements are cheap) and Ford the weakest. My Toyota’s - never had parts in stock. Ever. Waited forever for the ring gear and pinion in my Toyota. Everybody has an opinion, though.. I provide some examples.. that have helped me form mine. And neither of my Toyotas got mpg at all.
  9. Got down to 8 months on the bumper to bumper.. With the truck sitting there... on telework.. i thought I would get a warranty to get my use out of the truck. It has 12,000 miles on it, so i got a GMEPP from smith Chevy. Did the 39 month and 39000 mile platinum... Wonder if i did right.. Thanks oh..$770 was the cost.
  10. I do not think a “journalist” is qualified (and educated) to provide a technical review of anything more complicated than a potato. So consumer reports is not a valid source for anything except the comparative prices of the autos. I will tell you why i dislike the Toyota V8 in my old Lexus. It had timing belts. The oil pan leaked.. and leaked.. new gaskets or not. And finally - when the starter needed new brushes at125k miles i had to pull the intake manifold to get to it. Imagine a design where you have to take off half the emissions, the intake manifold and hunt gaskets that are not in stock
  11. hold out for the low range... it is indispensable.. for backing up to a trailer or any number of crawling or pulling activities... i have a grand cherokee with no high range... its ok.. but a lot of capability and low speed control is lost...
  12. Oh well... when a canyon starts looking as good as this sierra.. i will trade. It will be a while..
  13. Agreed. My since new mpg is 23.8 at 11,000 + miles. I am always on the open road - no city. That is 1 mpg better than my f150 - and it read 2 mpg high on the dash... Ferds!! That 2.7 Ferd is good motor, too if you don’t mind new oil pans every couple oil changes...
  14. I have hand tested two tanks - one was a half mpg low and one a quarter mpg high than the dash. I am no hot rod... but i think you need more than 25 mile distances to get a fair reading. 50 mile distance should always be lower... stock tires with 42 lbs in them. 6 sp.. bedcover, which helped mine a liitle too. Nobody should gripe about either motor. They are both great. I suppose if i wanted the next step up in mpg i would need a canyon with the duramax.... All that said... i do think that the 5.3 is doing 2 mpg better than my F150 with 2.7 did. The 2018 sierra is a little shorter
  15. I want a 3.0 as well... but mpg seems weak to me... my 5.3 does close to what 3.0 does.. and fuel is cheaper... my 5.3 has a range so it is not the mpg best configuration for it either..
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