The fuzz shown here in the thread are from the Transfer Case drain plug. My understanding is that the transmission pans also have a magnet (Shown by Bob2C with some sludge) in the pan and there should not be anywhere near the amount of shavings as the transfer case has/had.
I'm now curious to see what the magnet looks like in the transmission pan....but not to excited about dropping the pan. Looks like a PITA with the exhaust pipe running across it. I've seen the helpful videos from Dustin T and Sundae Drive on the ratchet strap technique to lower the pipe and that looks like the way to go. Anyone else got some tips or tricks on that? Going to do the fluid change on the front and rear diff's next. Another lesson I learned from doing the t-case was to pressure wash the underneath first. I probably spent more time cleaning off the plugs before I unscrewed them to make sure none of that Alabama red dirt got in there.
at ~55k miles. Totally normal they said. Fuzzy is fine. It means the magnet is working. Sidenote: my garage floor looks like an Amsoil ATF murder scene. I think I made more of a mess with the pump than without. I will try the squeeze packs next time.
Thank you, sir, for the witty response and analogy. I like that fresh and clean feeling every day. I would imagine my truck does, too.....'cept during hunting season when it stays dirty.
Thanks guys. I appreciate all of the input and feedback. Some of the Kirkland branded products are identical to name brand, some are "as good as or better" than name brand, and some products are not that good. How can you tell if the oil you're using is not the best for your engine? Are there tell tale signs or decrease in performance that are obvious? Is it only a catastrophic failure of the engine? Do you need an oil analysis to determine if the oil you used was acceptable? Is oil like car batteries, where all are made the same by a few manufacturers and then sold as different brands for varying prices? This is a fascinating topic and would like to learn as much as I can. Thanks again!
I see that Costco is running a deal on Kirkland Signature 0W-20 Full Synthetic Motor Oil 5-quart, 2-pack (10 quarts) for $24.99 after $5 off. I am thinking about getting a couple of these.
Thanks again for all of the replies and info. I pulled the trigger on the Cooper AT3 4S in 275/55/20 yesterday and so far, soo good. It's night and day difference in ride, handling, and feel. It's hard to explain but the truck just feels way better. Braking distance seems to be much improved, cornering is a lot tighter, and it just feels more responsive. I like the way the tires look on the truck and I'm glad I opted to have the Outlined White Letters placed on the inside for the black side wall look. I've only got about 100 miles on them since yesterday in traffic, on the highway, and around town so I will be updating after a few thousand miles, towing a boat, and some time in the woods. If I am being super picky, the only thing I would comment on is that the tires are slightly more noisy than my almost slick Goodyear SRA's that had 48k on them. To be expected, for sure. Thanks again, Matt
No, I'm down here in LA (Lower Alabama) and we are more of a tropical climate and known as the rainiest city in America. If it evern snows, it's not much and they shut down the town, no one drives anywhere, etc so snow traction is of no concern. I keep coming back to Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S for stock replacements. They have better numbers in terms of load rating, wear rating, warranty, tire weight, etc. when compared to Continental, Michelin, Toyo, and Falken.
Thanks man. I appreciate the info and the suggestion. Yes, I went straight to the Hercules website and then YouTube, Here, and some off-road/4WD drive sites. Have not found any negative reviews, which as you indicated, could just be a sales gimmick. So, I come here for the real deal.
Reviving this thread since I've been a slacker and have not pulled the trigger, yet. I know I know almost 6 months later. It's definitely time. I was at the tire shop this morning to get a tire patched for my wife's ride and talked to them about tires for my truck. I was dead set on Cooper AT3 4S and was inquiring about buying online and shipping to them versus having them handle it all. I can save about $100 if I buy online BUT this is a locally owned shop and I want to support them (even if it means paying a little bit more). So, we talked about the Coopers and then he threw me a curve ball: Hercules Terra Trac AT II. Apparently, they are owned by Cooper and would be about $50 less for all 4 tires installed. I see a few reviews on here and online, but mostly by tire shops. They look good, have a good sidewall and tread pattern, same weight, warranty, load rating, speed rating, etc as the Coopers. Anyone have some real world experience with Hercules tires? Thanks!
Thanks. It did not occur to me to check and see if the battery was still under warranty as it was original from the factory. I just assumed that it needed a new one and didn't want to risk not having a new one. More on the story: When I got to the AutoZone after driving approximately 15 minutes, a guy from the store hooked up the tester and it read 100% good battery. In retrospect, we probably should have let it sit for several minutes before attempting the test. I was initially relieved and was just going to purchase one of those jumpstarter packs with the Lithium battery. Their inventory showed that they had one in stock but after about 10 minutes of searching the shelves and not finding it, he said they could have one delivered from a nearby store in a couple of hours. That sounded good enough and at this point I was still thinking that the battery had just gotten low but was now charged enough to not have to get a new one. Well, that changed when I walked out to the truck and tried to crank it again. It was super low and barely turned over. The wife looked at me from the passenger seat with that look and I said "Let me go buy a new battery." :-)
On vacation up in the NW GA mountains and it got pretty hot on the 4th. Yesterday, in the 5th we went to leave and I used the key fob to lower the windows and let the heat out. Got in and tried to crank. Click click click. Dang. Called AAA (thankful that I had just renewed after some consideration) and the tow truck driver was able to jump it off after getting his dually up a 14 degree incline to where we are staying. I drove to the nearest town that had an Autozone and got their Duralast Platinum AGM. I didn't pack any tools for the trip, so I was glad to have someone else change out the battery. It was way harder than swapping out batteries used to be. Fortunately, they had it in stock and were open, etc etc. To my surprise, I only had to reset time and date and all of my radio presets were saved. I did not leave a light on or door open or anything like that. Only thing I can think is that the heat zapped this 2.5 year old battery.
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