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    Technology is great Steve, but only when it works...
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    I am going to look into geting some recaps for my pickup. I bought a pickup that had a almost new set on it. I was parting it out and didnt want the tires so i took them to a friends tire shop to sell.This was over 10years ago when a new tire was around 100.00. I stoped by one day and he handed me 200.00 i was shocked and a little mad because i didnt think the buyer would get his moneys worth out of them.But the guy put them on a dully and over loaded it all the time and drove like a mad man custom hauling on long trips. He got alot of miles out of them and want me to find him more.

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    Update: yesterday, the voice command on my 2014 Chevy totally failed. Push the push-to-talk button on the steering wheel and it did nothing. Did the normal re-set routine (shut the engine off, remove the key, open the door, close door, restart engine) several times--no luck. This morning, it worked like a champ.

    Like I said, it wakes up in a different world every day. I can't believe anybody in their right mind would want to buy a vehicle that drives itself! Hell! GM can't even make an ignition switch that works!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Doug View Post
    I am going to look into geting some recaps for my pickup. I bought a pickup that had a almost new set on it. I was parting it out and didnt want the tires so i took them to a friends tire shop to sell.This was over 10years ago when a new tire was around 100.00. I stoped by one day and he handed me 200.00 i was shocked and a little mad because i didnt think the buyer would get his moneys worth out of them.But the guy put them on a dully and over loaded it all the time and drove like a mad man custom hauling on long trips. He got alot of miles out of them and want me to find him more.
    Recaps might seem like a good idea but can you imagine being on a motorcycle next to a big rig and having one let go? Getting popped with thirty pounds of rubber and maybe some razer sharp cords mixed in and they should be outlawed. I guess if you got an old beater truck you can justify saving a couple of bucks but the added risk of a blowout taking out the entire side of my new truck is not worth it.

    The last place to skimp on a vehicle is tires.

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    I was pretty sure I had updated this a few times, must have gotten lost...

    So. Let's play the "Diagnose my truck" game.

    A while back (6-8 months?) my truck died going down the road and refused to restart. Google suggested a crank sensor. Installed a new one and was up and running again. After that, it really liked to throw a P0300 code at 2700-2800 rpm AND 70-72 mph. Only under those conditions. Fine most of the time, but my new house requires me to hop on the interstate to go pretty much anywhere. Speed limit 70mph. The P0300 is random/multiple cylinder misfire. Google tells me the crank sensor is the most likely cause. Not that the sensor is bad, but that I need to do the "crank sensor relearn" procedure which only a dealer can do. I've just tolerated the code so far with the intention to get around to it after things settled down with the move and baby.


    About 2 weeks ago my water pump started leaking. One new pump, lower hose, and fluid change later I was up and running again. Thought I had it whooped.

    Not so fast. Now, in addition to the P0300, I was also getting a P0332 "Knock sensor 2 circuit low". Low what? I don't know, but apparently the knock sensors, connectors and sub harness are known to go bad in the 100-150k mile range. I'm at 160k. So that makes sense to me. I'll get a couple sensors, sub harness, and intake manifold gaskets on order here soon.

    What is bugging me is that the P0300 which had become as predictable as the sun rising has just up and quit. I am now only getting the P0332 and it is on virtually every trip.

    I'm starting to wonder if I don't have a weak engine ground or something. Or maybe it's just a fluke.

    Current plan is to replace knock sensors and see what happens.

    What do you guys think? Truck currently seems to run fine despite the codes. Maybe a slight dip in giddyup if anything.
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    Not sure if you’ve got a wiring schematic but sounds to me very much like a “common ground “ like you said. Ford and some Jeep vehicles have had this issue for years. Especially those in the salt / rust belt.

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    Knock sensor low is probably low voltage in the circuit, would be my guess.

    I wouldn't disregard those misfire codes. If you're actually getting mis-fires and dumping raw fuel into the exhaust the catalytic converters will suffer for it. One of the reasons I traded my '08 chevy 2500HD was due to it needing a new set of cat converters. I had some mis-fire issues that were cured with a new set of factory plugs and wires. I'll bet the dealer did some other preventative maintenance things like re-learning the crank position sensor while they were replacing the plugs and wires under warranty.

    Anyway the cat converter problems didn't show up for a couple years afterwards. But the investigation into the issue uncovered the fact that multiple mis-fires and dumping unburned fuel into the cats can degrade them to the point that the CEL will set due to a downstream O2 sensor error.

    Good luck.
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    Still trying to solve this p0300. The knock sensor code went away.

    Got a local shop with a real scanner to check it out. Lot's of missfires on a few cylinders. Did new plugs and wires. Got significantly better, but still missfires. We've hooked it up 4 times now about a week apart. Each time different cylinders. So, we believe it is a system problem rather than an individual cylinder problem.

    Google pointed towards running a CKP relearn. Reported symptoms match mine exactly and I did replace the crank sensor a while back. Tried to run a CKP relearn and ran into a new problem. Procedure requires revving to fuel cut. We couldn't get the fuel cut to kick in. So we could not complete the procedure.

    Checked fuel pressure to rule out a fuel problem and was acceptable, but at the bottom of the range.

    We're kind of stumped. Going to try injector cleaner and cleaning up engine grounds.

    Any ideas?
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    What do your grounds look like under the drivers floorboard along the frame? My truck did some goofy stuff when they were corroded
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boostinjdm View Post
    Still trying to solve this p0300. The knock sensor code went away.

    Got a local shop with a real scanner to check it out. Lot's of missfires on a few cylinders. Did new plugs and wires. Got significantly better, but still missfires. We've hooked it up 4 times now about a week apart. Each time different cylinders. So, we believe it is a system problem rather than an individual cylinder problem.

    Google pointed towards running a CKP relearn. Reported symptoms match mine exactly and I did replace the crank sensor a while back. Tried to run a CKP relearn and ran into a new problem. Procedure requires revving to fuel cut. We couldn't get the fuel cut to kick in. So we could not complete the procedure.

    Checked fuel pressure to rule out a fuel problem and was acceptable, but at the bottom of the range.

    We're kind of stumped. Going to try injector cleaner and cleaning up engine grounds.

    Any ideas?
    I shoulda remembered that when I made my earlier post. Along with new plugs and wires the dealership said they also did a injector flush with their fancy machine just for that purpose. I can't say for certain what fixed the issue with my truck. But it is possible to get those misfires to stop. Checking ground connections is a good idea too. Look for a list of them online so you can check them off one by one. I found such a list for my chevy 3500HD and it had about 20 ground connections to check. I gather that you can have issues if any of them are not good and solid.
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    Another thing that can happen is water can pool on the top of the engine and cause problems with knock sensors. Local mechanic told me most of the ones he changes are basically rotted out
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    You mean this ground? Yeah, looks like a good place to start...
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    Nope. That's a retainer for the cab. Found the little grounds. They are in about the same condition.
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    Gotta love living in the rust belt. I ordered the intake gasket and knock sensors for my 02 2500 hd but it has fixed itself for now
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    I think maybe we got it fixed.

    Did a few more checks to rule in/out a manifold leak. Nothing indicated a leak. I asked to attempt the crank relearn one more time before throwing parts at it since the last attempt did not complete the process. This time the crank relearn went successfully. Took maybe a minute. Misfire count now read zero on all 8 cylinders. It was in the high hundreds on a few cylinders when I first started some weeks back. So I went for a test run. So far, so good. We'll see if it stays that way.
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    How does a wear pattern like this even happen. Was shiny before I washed it and the pad is worn to the same thickness as the others. So I know it's working.
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    I had 3/4 ton Chevy I put a trailer fully loaded at 15 tons great truck but 10 mi to gal dry
    But gas price was $0.35 gal

    My truck to get 26 mil to gal
    Purchase in 2001 works great
    The few times I more cap I take more trips

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boostinjdm View Post
    Been shopping for a truck to replace my '99 Dakota. Set out looking for a 1500, but ended up focused on this 2500.

    2006 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 2wd
    100K miles
    6.0 liter gas
    Asking price was $9500. We're down to $8500 OTD.
    It is a very clean truck.

    I'm looking for a newer truck with more towing capacity. Mpg was a concern, but after and extended test drive today, I don't think I need to worry about it. I drove roughly 5 miles in town and 25 miles of 55mph highway. My computer reported an average of 14.2 MPG. I think it will get better as most of my driving is hwy miles.

    I'm having a hard time making up my mind.
    What do you guys think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boostinjdm View Post
    How does a wear pattern like this even happen. Was shiny before I washed it and the pad is worn to the same thickness as the others. So I know it's working.
    cheap chinese rotors.....they rust and wear the pad down on the outer edges then the pad only makes contact in the center and the rotor keeps rusting away till you have half the brakes when it was new, my 2003 duramax would do that till I finally replaced the rotors with better chinese ones, the factory GM rotors are pure crap, had them replaced under warranty at 20,000 miles as they were falling apart, the new factory ones only lasted another 15,000 miles, then put on centric rotors, they lasted maybe 30,000 but started doing the same thing, bottom line chinese rotors suck...

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    Rotors are crap calipers are crap. I’ve done rear brakes on my 02 3 times in 50-60000 miles. Always the same caliper seizes wrecks the rotors
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    I'm pretty sure these are the original brakes. There's still 1/8"-3/16" of pad left before the squealers. I've put just shy of 70k on them. Truck had 100k when I bought it.
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    Cruising around looking at trucks again. Saw a few that looked like what I want.

    2014 3500hd crew 4x4 with 98,000 miles and 6.0 gas for $28k.

    2015 2500hd crew 4x4 with 53,000 miles and 6.0 gas for $34k.

    Both were optioned similarly.

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    I drive a van. My 2013 6 liter Is happy. I have 90,000. All is well. Vans have a preposterous mandate. They are available in 3.42 gearing, with a double overdrive trans. I have lost three torque converters, and one transmission. I blame most failure on GMs policy of replacing damaged components without flushing shared fluid. Transmission fluid gets toxic. After a failure, it must be flushed. GM warranty didn't mention they were putting the gunk back, until the second torque converter fail. By the third, they asked if I would like to pay for new fluid!!!!!?????

    I believe lower gear ratio, a one over overdrive transmission would sacrifice a bit of empty truck fuel economy, but eliminate failure. I now use Tow Haul everywhere with no loss in economy. 9000 Lb everyday weight, near 100% hills, just short of 15 MPG summer, 14 Winter.

    I couldn't be happier with my 6.0, but I hate my differential ratio, and my transmission program.
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    I would get the most heavy duty pick up you can, I had gas trucks doing 35 mph up steep grades pulling 12k no fun and 2wd no thanks I travel at times in the winter 4wd has saved me too many times and its safer, one time going up a icy hill at 50 mph F150 decided to fish tail for a 100 yards almost into opposite lane of on coming semi, doesnt happen with 4wd. I enjoy slides hard driving etc but that time no thanks, If I would have let off would have spun into him or worse hit brakes all I could do was try and control with throttle and steering inputs, no more 2wd trucks for me.

    Diesel with 4wd better resale, last longer and pulls heavy at least 3/4 ton but preferably 1 ton, duallys are much more stable towing heavy.

    Oh and stay away from Fords heres a pic of me towing heavy huge rear end squat and 400 miles later a flat cam and blown turbo this a few years ago truck is still in my front yard hood up heads off have yet to pull blockm can fix it but why will just break again LOL

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    I have a 2009 3500hd with 9' reading body dually 160k miles 6.0 gas, runs great. Sits at 10k weight due to all the tools and welder on it. Gets 9 mpg. Towing 15k gets 8.5 mpg.

    I paid 27k new for it in 2011 and I'll run that thing till its dead. Just got a new 2017, same truck for 41k.


    I will say, I like the fords towing and suspension compared to Chevy, but then Chevy wins for everything else. I don't like the 09 Chevy factory brake controller. It doesn't account for coasting, it thinks you lost control and downshifts the truck to slow down. It's OK but bothers me from time to time.

    Do you know about the frame beaming? It's where the truck shakes at 45-60 mph due to the thin but high strength steels in all major maker truck frames.

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