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OffTheAir

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    James
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    Michigan
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    Graphic Design, drawing, outdoors, vinyl records, music, sports, and of course GM trucks!
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    2014 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE Z71 Double Cab

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  1. My 2014 GMC Sierra SLE Double Cab is at around 112,700+ miles now. The truck was passed down to me in 2016 after being used as a work truck and was already driven about 70,000 miles. I still really love my truck, and it caries a little sentimental value due to its ties with my family, and I've made it a personal goal to keep it running. It's pretty much completely stock, I've never done any performance or tuning modifications. As far as maintenance, shortly after ownership I changed the tires and brakes, and I've kept up on the usual routine oil changes, tire rotations, filters, etc (with a couple of recalls in between). The original battery also died during this time and I put in a brand new OEM one. In the first four years of ownership, I believe the only "real" problem I had with the truck was the constant 'Trailer Brake Control' warning that eventually went away. Then this happened: - I was not happy with the stock Rancho Shocks anymore and they were pretty rotted out, so I replaced them with Bilstein 4600s all around. - At 95,700 miles (in late 2020 near Christmas) my Water Pump failed which also prompted the discovery of a leaking Radiator and Cooling Lines. Basically got a whole new cooling system and while I was at it I got a tune up. This was the first big repair I did on the truck. This happened literally a couple weeks after the shocks; was definitely not a cheap December! - Also did spark plugs/wires shortly after the Radiator as well - At 106,260 Miles (Oct. 2021) I replaced all of the headlight bulbs + turn signals after both on the passenger side died. - At 108,434 Miles (ALSO near Christmas in late 2021) I had to replace the exhaust manifold bolts and gasket. - At 111,811 Miles (May 2022) my radiator fans were on full blast during a trip to a concert and I had to replace a faulty engine coolant temperature sensor. This was the first check engine light I ever got on the truck. All in all, it really has not been expensive to fix/maintain at all in the grand scheme of 6+ years of ownership (besides fuel costs I guess). It also seems to really like breaking around Christmas time apparently, haha. But look, I won't lie and be biased, there are "quirks" this truck has that would frustrate most owners. It's not always rainbows and butterflies. It shudders, it shakes, it squeaks, it's very slow, the thermostat is wonky, the tailgate "sticks" when opened sometimes, the frame is covered in rust. But you know what, I love it! I'm very happy with how this truck has aged over the years, the paint, interior, and overall fit and finish are still almost perfect, and I am almost always parked in direct sunlight. I'm still in love with how the K2s look, and personally I still love driving this thing around. Overall, very pleased with my ownership.
  2. My jaw dropped when I saw this photo. Looks fantastic!
  3. I have an Onyx Black truck and there is definitely no metallic flakes. Looking at your picture, I wouldn't say it necessarily looks bad though, might actually look pretty cool! I know that this is one little section of the truck, I'm curious what it looks like from afar in the right lightning. Personally, at first glance it kind of reminded me of all the dust particles that we get all over our cars in the Summer. With it being brand new, there's all sorts of contributing factors. Maybe the paint really does have some metallic flaking in it? Or maybe some particles just got stuck in the paint? Definitely no harm in asking, worst they can do is give it a nice little detail to see if it gets removed or not. Keep us posted!
  4. Hi all, This is going to sound absolutely crazy, and I can't verify if it is related or strictly a coincidence, but I was experiencing this noise last Fall and it was resolved after I replaced my exhaust manifold bolts (had three broken on the passenger side). I can't imagine why such a noise would be produced, but I hope this information is of use and can shed some sort of light. For context, my situation was the exact same, I experienced this noise pretty much every day at idle, and it went away after I drove off. I couldn't figure out what it was and it seemed harmless so I kind of just endured it, even though it was annoying. Later in the year when it got a little colder and I got the "chattering" noise, I pinpointed the bolts and ever since that repair the noise has never come back. I guess I figure there must be some sort of connection because quite literally all I did was replace the bolts on the passenger side, nothing else. Hopefully this information helps. I can say with certainty I do not believe this is a torque converter issue.
  5. Hey guys, Thanks so much for the responses, I really appreciate it. Huge bummer to hear this, but I guess it is what it is. I never really thought about it up until this point when I was messing with the coolant temperature sensor, my whole system was essentially replaced so I guess I just assumed everything was fine. I found a picture of my gauges around a little after I had the radiator repair and the needle is also in the 180 range, which basically tells me that the thermostat I got was a total dud. It's been a little over a year driving it like this, did I cause any long-term complications? I know that with it being cool like this it causes the engine to run a little rich, and with it being a DI possibly a lot of buildup. Let me know what you think! I'll look into trying to get this repaired soon.
  6. Hi all! Thanks for taking the time to check this thread out. I have a general curiosity that I was hoping someone could answer, as I am unsure as to what is 'normal' and 'not normal' at this point. Long story short, about a year ago I had my radiator, thermostat, and cooling lines all replaced due to the infamous cracking caused by the cycling thermostat. All has basically been well, until I just recently had the small scare with the radiator fans and the engine coolant temperature sensor. Since P0128 (the code that was scanned) is also affiliated with the thermostat, I'm starting to think that I might potentially run into this issue again. In my Dad's 2017 Sierra his engine temperature gauge usually reads a steady 210, right in the middle, which seems to universally be agreed upon as the appropriate temperature for these trucks. However, ever since I had my cooling system replaced, my thermostat seems to barely reach that point unless I'm sitting in rush hour traffic, and even then once I get moving again it immediately goes down. The picture below shows the range in which my truck is usually running: I guess my question is: is this normal? Did GM update the thermostat or something? I did double-check the part# and it is the updated design, so did I just get super unlucky and it's already failing again? I just thought I would be safe rather than sorry and ask since I know the cycling of the thermostat is what led to the previous radiator failures. I am also still covered under this particular repair (2-year warranty) so while I would rather not have to get this fixed again, GM will cover it for free if I have to. Let me know what you guys think! Truck runs great, no issues thus far, just don't want to replace another radiator, lol. If this is totally normal, then even better!
  7. So happy to share a positive repair story! I was on my way to Royal Oak for a concert on Friday and my temperature gauge wouldn't move, resulting in the infamous radiator fan blast. Soured my mood, ended up getting a check engine light and my truck sounded like an airplane taking off. Checked the code next morning, typical P0128 called for the thermostat. I figured there was not a chance, I had just replaced this with the updated design not even a year ago when I replaced my radiator. So this morning I went to Autozone and bought a new Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor, replaced the old one, disconnected the battery, and everything is back to normal!! Cheap, 15-minute repair
  8. I actually don't mind the new bowtie placement, I've seen it in person and I don't think it comes across as awkward at all. I think it looks pretty nice. I think Diesel had shown a photo of the 2019 Camaro bowtie placement earlier in this thread. Now that is definitely, um...an interesting location.
  9. Adding on to the service records, I would also keep an eye out for any sort of radiator work that was performed. The radiator and cooling lines leaking is a fairly common issue as well, and it is not a fun repair. If you happen to find that this issue has already been taken care of, that will be a huge plus!
  10. All waxed up for the Summer! ...It stormed the next day
  11. It's a very tough choice for me, I think they're all excellent vehicles. However, I'm just someone who isn't all crazy about interiors. Since I was a kid, my family has always had a Ford as a lease vehicle, and given the excellent service they've provided us I want to say that I would want to gravitate more towards an F-150 or Ranger, but all of these features and little menu items that populate the screen constantly is just a major turn off for me. This also carries over to RAM, with a lot of people using solely the interior as a selling point to me. Don't get me wrong, I love the quirkiness and clear passion, creativity, and fun that clearly went into designing the cabin. It's just too much for me, and the powertrain and exterior just isn't enough to win me over. Again, I think they're cool trucks, but I can just imagine myself getting distracted by all of the tech (and the piano black, oh god). If I had to choose I would say I am very interested in the new Nissan Frontier, its interior is very similar to what I have now and so is the utility. Overall very simple and to the point, and that just fits my needs.
  12. Wow! I had completely forgotten about this, I am so glad that it happened to get brought up. I had noticed this for the first time after I took my bumper off to get powder coated. The mounting brackets were misaligned from years of driving, it was a pain getting it back on and took a little finesse. I had thought after all this time that I had put my bumper back on incorrectly, because I could fit my hand in the gap on the passenger side and not the driver side. To hear that it was literally like this the whole time is such a breathe of fresh air, but also a very strange enigma, lol.
  13. Hi all, Hope you're all doing well. Thank you so much for checking out my listing! I've had these in my possession for a while now and I kind of want them to find a new home, with someone who is actually going to use them for what they were made for. It pains me to see them collecting dust, as they are a very quality-made product. They are original Klearz Sierra 14-19 (14-15 1500, and 16+ HD headlights) clear headlight markers untouched and still in the original box and wrapping. They come with the 2 7443 Switchback 60-SMD LEDs and 2 50w 6ohm resistors that were also available on Klearz's website. Basically what happened is that I received these as a surprise Christmas present after I was talking to my loved ones about opening up and removing the ambers from my headlights. However, by the time I received them I had color-matched the front of my truck (it was Chrome before) and I grew to appreciate the amber look to the point where I didn't think it was worth the trouble to modify the headlights anymore. These are about $125 plus shipping, so I'm asking for $75. However, I am absolutely open to offers. Here are some pictures: Thanks again!
  14. Slide, thank you for all of your content here, you will be missed. I hope you enjoy your new ride!
  15. They're not in the same driveway all too often so I wanted to take this fun picture; mine and my Dad's truck which just came back from transmission service. The one to the left (mine; the 2014) was the company vehicle from new until around 2016 when it was retired. The one to the right (white truck) is its younger replacement! Crazy to see the shift in use over the years, when it was being put to work the black truck had an uncovered, painted bed, chrome package, and a toolbox in the back which has since been replaced by color-matched everything, tonneau cover, and running boards.
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