It’s interesting how different our experiences can be. I came from a 2016 F150 in Ruby Red (a beautiful color!) that had tons of small rock chips on the bumper and hood. I noticed they started appearing with low miles and never stopped getting worse. I now have a 2019 Sierra in Dark Sky with very very few chips after over 6,000 miles. I don’t know if different colors are more durable or what, but the paint on my Sierra is very impressive compared to my F150.
I had a Solid Fold 2.0 on my previous F150 and it leaked really bad at the hinges. The retailer ended up refunding my purchase, but said it was common with that cover. That was about 4 years ago, so maybe they have since improved it or maybe I just had a dud. Either way, I then went with a LoMax and now have one in my Sierra as well.
You can get the TSB info directly from GM but you have to pay a subscription. I think $20 get you access for a couple of days. Anything longer and the price is really high. It’s referred to as “Service Information” on this website. https://www.acdelcotds.com/subscriptions#
I’m really sorry for your situation and it sucks that it’s costing you two new tires. However, as you said, it’s specifically called out in your owners manual. I guess it’s a lesson for everyone not to take the word of a service tech when it contradicts the manual.
Based on my personal experience and several other posts that I’ve seen, these trucks are just super sensitive to battery drain. The exact same thing happened to me a few months back when I listened to the radio with the engine off for about 45 minutes. I got the same group of 4 (I think) codes. A few drive cycles later they disappeared. For the poster above, this would also make sense for a brand new truck that sat in the lot. Also applicable when the service techs perform the recall. The procedure specifically states that they need to keep the battery on a charger for the duration of the calibration upgrade. I’d bet that many don’t though.
I usually just use water. Spray them with water, let it sit for a few minutes, spray with water again they’re usually ready to easily wipe off. Another option is to place a wet towel over the bugs for a few minutes to soften them up. Better yet, my electric pressure washer makes quick work of them.
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