Well, as much as I try and take care of the truck, wash it, wax it, park it where it won't get door dings, etc. it looks like after 9 years, the paint has finally had it. I have already had the roof repaired because of paint blistering with rust and water leaking in the cab. I also have rust spots coming through the cab on the left and right sides of the cab now also. The thing that bugs me now is that though some of you remove the plastic door molding, I like the way my truck looks with it on and of course it is now starting to look like c**p. The paint is peeling off and now cracking as if it were caused by expansion and contraction of the molding, causing the paint to crack and flake off. I hate seeing GM vehicles going down the road where big sections of paint are peeling off....but I guess mine is just around the corner from being another one. Here is a picture I took of my side molding, and you can see the cracks in it. There are 2 sections, not in this picture where the paint has already flaked off. Just a matter of time before I either repaint these or come up with another type of molding that might look good. Anyone else have some ideas on what looks good on their doors?
flyboyron replied to Gorehamj's topic in The NewsroomDoes the emblem on the tailgate need to be that thick? WOW! I am concerned about the truck bed height. I have a Silverado now, and the top of the tailgate of my Silverado is the same height of the Colorado. Will the Ford Ranger will be lower. I miss the days of the S-10 where I could reach over into the bed and grab stuff out. Maybe the Ranger will address this?
The only thing I liked about the OnStar was if my truck was stolen, I could report it, they would be able to locate it and I would possibly get it back. Other than that, nothing else seemed worth it for me. I cancelled it after the second year. They said if your check engine light came on, you could call them and they could tell you what the problem was. I did that late one night far from home when the light came on and they didn't know what it was. I asked them, will I make it home? They didn't know, and just said take it to the dealer tomorrow. Come to find out it was only the gas cap not sealing. I do have something similar on my wife's 2017 Subaru Outback. I want to make sure she is safe so I pay the money for the full system, whatever it is called.
I was looking at an article on Classic Vehicles and came across this picture of the 1973 -87 Classic Trucks and saw my old bike on the right. It is the green and silver one, a 73 Honda Elsinore CR250M. The truck is really nice too. A friend of mine bought a 79 Chevy Silverado stepside that looked like that, only it was all black. It had the 350 V8 and I believe a 4 or 5 speed stick. If I remember correctly, they called it the "Big 10". He took the stickers off the fenders, thought they looked stupid.
flyboyron replied to flyboyron's topic in 1999-2006 & 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra 1500Just checked my owners manual. My dipstick does not look like the one in the manual. I wonder why? Oh, well!
flyboyron replied to flyboyron's topic in 1999-2006 & 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra 1500Mine is different. It does not have a hatched area and there are only 4 dots.
flyboyron posted a topic in 1999-2006 & 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra 1500I have the 2009 5.3L with the 4 speed auto. I don't have my owners manual with me, but I wanted to find out what the markings are on the dipstick. There are 4 dots. I assume (a$$ out of you and me) that the top dot is full, and the lowest dot is 1 quart low. Are the dots separated by 1/3 quarts?
Yes, I went online and found the lowest price and asked them if they would match it. They said bring in a copy of the quote, which I did, and they did match it, along with the installation charge also. Plus I will get a $100.00 rebate from Goodyear for buying 4 tires, and I had a $500.00 rewards card from GM that will give me 15% off parts. So I saved a little on the new sensors and valve stems. Price wise it was ok, knowing I got the same OEM tires and sensors was a plus.
I recently had all 4 tires replaced. I also had the TPMS sensors in all 4 tires replaced because the truck is almost 9 years old and I didn't want them going out down the road and have to bring the truck in to replace one sensor at a time. The dealer never offered to replace the sensors, I had to request it. Because they never informed me of how long they last, or if they should be replaced or not, I gave them a bad review. The dealer called me and wanted to know what was going on, so I told them. After talking to the guy, he said they do not replace the sensors or even ask the customer about replacing them because they don't replace them if they are still working. He said there is no set life on the battery, so they don't know if they last 2 years or 15 years so they don't recommend replacing them unless they are bad. I understand that. But they also need to know that if they go out, I have to bring the vehicle back down to have them replaced, most likely one at a time. The dealer said they charge $63.50 plus the $100.00 for the sensor, and it would be close to $175.00 to replace one sensor. Now they didn't say anything about charging me a diagnostic fee if I come in and tell them there is an error message is on the dash. Anyway, the guy did understand my point of replacing them when all the tires replaced as preventative maintenance, and may change the way they offer the option to customers to have the TPMS sensors replaced. That is what he said. Who knows if that will actually happen. They also told me to bring the truck in first thing in the morning and they would get right on it, but It took them 8 hours to get it done!
On the first page given to me by the dealer it shows my right front wheel is not aligned correctly (Red), and the left wheel is aligned correctly (Green). That was at 7:10 am. Now I knew when I had it aligned a few years ago the right front camber was put out of spec by 0.1 degree and that is why it is showing that was red. I read the report and that is what it showed, and I wasn't going to complain about it or pay another shop for another alignment to fix 1 degree. The second page shows before they aligned it at 2:16 pm and if I am reading it right, the left wheel was out of alignment, and the right wheel was ok! Why is this backwards? Is it possible I am reading this wrong? So what do you think?
Great, Thanks. I just went on Amazon and checked out the sensors/stems there. I will have both the stem and sensor replaced. I did not know there was a battery in there and they say they last about 10 years. Mine should be reaching that lifespan within another year or so. It is amazing that the dealer keeps customers in the dark about these things and will just say you need it and charge you for it. I think there should be a class for drivers, (not mechanics) explaining what a lot of these type of parts are and when and why they should be replaced. Thanks for the help.
I am confused. My 09 Silverado has the TPMS on the wheels. I am taking my truck in for new tires. My rule is every time I put on new tires, I replace the valve stems. The repair shop is giving me the option of changing the TPMS stem. I have no idea if the valve stems are part of the TPMS or are they separate parts? If I change the valve stems can I reuse the current TPMS parts there or do they have to be replaced? Maybe a good explanation on the TPMS system would be in order. Any help would be appreciated.
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