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  1. Some of this reads like the fat people who when...

    Some of this reads like the fat people who when asked why they smoke reply that if they quit they would gain weight. Synthetics have their place but no fleet operators with trucks putting on millions...
  2. Whatever experiences the mechanic has in the...

    Whatever experiences the mechanic has in the 1980's or 1990's or even over the last 10 years should not be used to decide what to do with a new vehicle. Metals and lubricants have changed over the...
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    Poll: 4WD low in snow is less effective than putting...

    4WD low in snow is less effective than putting the truck in second gear in hi-range 4WD. With my Duramax the Allison goes into a low traction mode and applies less torque to the wheels to minimize...
  4. What a stupid statement to make. Actually in the...

    What a stupid statement to make. Actually in the USA there are 30,000 gun deaths each year and 9,000 of those are suicides. Having a gun in the house increases the odds of someone taking their own...
  5. Jake is correct in point out that the GCWR is...

    Jake is correct in point out that the GCWR is what is important for towing. It indicates how much weight your truck's engine, drivetrain, and frame can safely handle. The GVWR is simply a number...
  6. Gm has produced 5 different Duramax engines over...

    Gm has produced 5 different Duramax engines over the past 8 years and many have had their weaknesses. One of the best in an older truck is the 2006-07 LBZ engine. Its only weakness is in the fuel...
  7. Several Two very different approaches taken by...

    Several Two very different approaches taken by people. Many go with a synthetic and do frequent oil changes which is a complete waste of money though the oil companies love it. Second is to use a...
  8. I would not run biodiesel in my truck after...

    I would not run biodiesel in my truck after reading the GM Duramax owners manual and this is for the LML. Earlier engines are not designed to run B-20.

    "Biodiesel fuel quality degrades with time...
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    In the 1950's and 1960's it made sense to change...

    In the 1950's and 1960's it made sense to change to change the oil every 3000 miles to keep the engine running as long as possible. In those days a car or truck with 100K miles on it was ready for...
  10. Thread: ABS pulsing

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    Most likely you have one or more bad ABS sensors....

    Most likely you have one or more bad ABS sensors. Not at all unusual for one to fail. Easily tested by the dealer to find the faulty one(s).
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    GM's are known for having problems with the...

    GM's are known for having problems with the intake manifold gaskets. It can affect cars with as few as 24k miles. I had the problem with my Tahoe at 67K miles and first noticed a loss of power as...
  12. With each new platform there are improvements to...

    With each new platform there are improvements to the suspension, frame, drivetrain, brakes, and other important components, as well as greater payload and towing capacity. The current platform was...
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    Contact GM customer service directly by phone and...

    Contact GM customer service directly by phone and complain. In California there is a lemon law and it is worthwhile to document the work done and the conversations and keep any service orders whether...
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    I would want to know when the water pump was...

    I would want to know when the water pump was replaced, alternator replaced, AC compressor replaced, see the transmission filter and fluid replacements at 100K and 200K, and the last brake job, check...
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    Ever think that the rear of your truck is 1/2"...

    Ever think that the rear of your truck is 1/2" "too high"? Trucks are designed to carry a load and your truck is built to have at least 1000 lbs. in the bed and be reasonably level without a lot of...
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    A 7,000 lb. truck is not going to get good...

    A 7,000 lb. truck is not going to get good mileage, gas or diesel. Figure 14mpg with diesel and may 16mpg with gas if you drive conservatively. With diesel costing 10-15% more at the pumps there is...
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    The chalk test is not going to produce usable...

    The chalk test is not going to produce usable results. It would take an extreme difference in tire pressure to have only the center section of chalk removed and the sides be scrubbed clean and a very...
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    I see cars and trucks every day in any parking...

    I see cars and trucks every day in any parking lot with nice dents in the rear where the driver backed into something they failed to see. It takes longer to back into a space and I risk hitting...
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    As mentioned the problem with any truck is not...

    As mentioned the problem with any truck is not having weight over the drive wheels. Limited slip helps but so does a couple of sandbags. The advantage of 4WD is having the front drive wheels pulling...
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    I do at home but not in town. I have been driving...

    I do at home but not in town. I have been driving trucks for 40 years and one thing I have learned is that the less I back up the less likely I am to back over or into something I did not see. If I...
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    Pontiac Fiero - ironic that a key problem with...

    Pontiac Fiero - ironic that a key problem with the car was a tendency for the engine to catch fire.
  22. I like having the doors lock at 13mph. Same...

    I like having the doors lock at 13mph. Same feature on my Mercedes and I don't have to think as to whether the doors are locked as I drive down the road. Many people are thrown from cars that crash...
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    If mud is really important then you need mud...

    If mud is really important then you need mud tires which will provide very short tread life and be noisy going down the highway and increase your stopping distance as well. I had mud tires on a 4WD...
  24. Any pickup with an empty bed is going to be...

    Any pickup with an empty bed is going to be relatively squirrelly compared to a 4WD sedan or SUV. Performance also depends on the tires and the stock Bridgestone tires are not a good choice for snow....
  25. Better job was done by the folks at mrtrailer.com...

    Better job was done by the folks at mrtrailer.com with their "Hurt Locker" series of tests that covered over 2,000 miles of hauling with a 19,000 pound trailer in tow. The testing was of the 3500HD,...
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