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fbachman last won the day on September 29 2017

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About fbachman

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    Frank B
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    '16 Sierra
  1. Safest Highway Tires?

    You're going to get many opinions, none of them wrong. I can't vouch for the "Safety" of them, only to say that they have never given me one ounce of problems... I run Bridgestone Dueller Alenzas (chose the upgrades speed rated ones---"H" rating I believe). I got rid of the junk SRAs as soon as I could --- those are dangerous tires. About the stability of a hover-board on anything other than bone dry pavement. I will say this: my truck felt like a completely different truck going from junk SRAs to Alenzas. Between my present truck and my last 2 trucks, I believe this set of alenzas is probably my 5th or 6th set of them. Maybe this helps...
  2. Block heater cord help

    http://kussmaul.com/091-20wp.html Something on this order...?? Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  3. Block heater cord help

    Not sure this is a viable solution, but, back in my firefighting days, all of our vehicles had shore line receptacles, i.e. what looked like a male 110v receptacle mounted to the vehicle with a weather flap which was spring loaded. Maybe there's a location that's unobtrusive where you could mount one, and give you the freedom from popping the hood all the time. Not sure this would work for you, but just an idea... (???) Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  4. Remote Start in the Cold

    Seems like the answer has been presented for this particular case. I had a case where I had failed remote starts, no rhyme or reason to it, and it turned out to be a failing throttle position sensor that ultimately failed completely and eventually threw a check engine light. The failed remote starts were a symptom leading up to the ultimate TPS failure. Just thought I would share. Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  5. Courtesy car

    My dealer has been quite good about this in general. They almost always offer a loaner even for simple stuff. I guess I have a good dealer? It is a very large mega-dealer, buick/gmc/caddy. Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  6. 2016 Tire Replacement

    Bridgestone Dueller Alenza HL I am always on-road, so this is the tire for me. Great wet and winter traction. Quiet and good traction all the way around. I will trash the junk gy sra s before too long here. Tired of driving a surfboard in the rain. I guess I got 13000 white-knuckle miles out of those east German surplus crap tires. Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  7. You may check mountguys.com. I have found they have a huge variety. Maybe something they carry will work? Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  8. Cooler Temps = Better Performance?

    Assuming you are not turbo or super charged, the following holds true: Your piston, on its downstroke, pulls in a fixed VOLUME of air every time. Hot air at a given volume represents less mass than the same volume of COLD air. More mass of air = more fuel at combustion time (air-fuel ratio is held around 14.6 unless you are at WOT, then it is 12.1 +/-). For the sake of this discussion, assume AFR is constant. More mass of air = more fuel = more power. That's about
  9. The dueller alenza has been my tire of choice on my trucks for years. Excelling in rain and snow for a highway/street tire. The POS wrangler sra s will be going the wt of the dumpster on my 16 before winter propper sets in around here. Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  10. I had a similar thing happen on my headlight socket on my 07 sierra. That was 5 years ago. Buddy bought the truck from me. Told him about it. Still fine today, 6 years later. Should be ok. Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  11. No problem. I'll see what I can learn on Monday. Again, my suspicion is it may only involve some ecm tweaks for different regions. Heh, looks like we'll BOTH maybe learn something.... Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  12. May take until next week, but I can reach out to some on my epa counterparts and see if they are familiar with that. I am in the aviation emissions arena and not too familiar with the automotive end... What I may SUSPECT is that these different "builds" could mean as little as engine tune tweaks to achieve certain combinations of gaseous emissions levels for various states and/or regions. The odd thing, to me, is that modern gasoline engines are kleeeeen as a whistle at the tail pipe in the factory calibration. We have shoved probes up tail pipes, and, once the catalyst heats up, you get nothing other than co2 and water out the back. Diesels on the other hand, even with after treatment, will never achieve gdi emissions levels in Automotive applications. You can do a lot, and they do, but nox is difficult to clean up in diesels. I'll see what I can find out. Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  13. Ouch... lol Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  14. 2014 gmc blowing hot air

    My guess is a blend door actuator Sent from my STV100-1 using Tapatalk
  15. I suppose there's an OUTSIDE chance that your sending unit is out of wack. I had an '05 explorer that had the sending unit go wacko after I shot some Techron through it. Eventually corrected itself but had the sending unit swapped under warranty anyhow. Just a thought.

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