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RE: Battery replacements in 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel

One thing I would suggest is disconnect both batteries before starting the project. I pulled a battery out of my 08 to replace a light bulb. The other side was still hot, I must have touch the connection during removal of the battery and took out the ECM. Costly mistake on my part. It is not worth $55.00. It takes about 20 min tops to RR both batteries. Just watch the connections as you do it.
ksss 06/29/20 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hemi Camshaft Failure Mystery Explained

It appears idling is what accelerates the failure. If so police applications must be experiencing high failure rates. That is true, incredible failure rates here locally. The 2011-2014 seem to be the worst. The local pd has auctioned off the majority of Chargers. The City mechanics are continually pulling these apart, repairing them only to have to do it again. Really something not right with this engine. We do work for a couple of towns around us. It’s not idling. It’s the geometry of the cam and lifters in relation to the pushrod/rocket arm. Also the poor quality roller bearings in the lifter. With the amount of Hemis on the road the failure rate is very minimal. What the reason is for the failure, I am not sure maybe idling or poor components, but to say it is minimal simply is not true. Well we are a larger dealer in a big suburb. If anyone would see them fail at an alarming rate it would be us. Like I said we only see a handful a year. I had a second today and I swung by the City shop (reference this thread) as I know some of the mechanics. In the bay was a 2014 Hemi police car with 60K on it. Valve train out. I asked the mechanic for his take on these. He leads me over and starts pulling cam shafts and lifters off the shelf. Points out the flattened out lobes and the lifters smashed down on themselves. Pretty clear the lifter locked up and took out the cam shaft. I took pics but this website is a PINTA for posting pics. Each mechanic has their camshafts from the repairs they have done. There are others that were done by the dealer. They tried aftermarket lifters and the life was even shorter. According to the dealer the mechanic said that there are 18K lifters on backorder. Many cars are dead lined and auctioned off, way short of the anticipated life span. I mentioned this thread, the mechanic had a lot to say about these engines and would gladly share what they have experienced. These are all LE cars, and are subject to prolonged idle time. The oil is changed at 5K, maybe as some have said is part of the issue, certainly poor engineering is as well. The pd has deadlined 13 of the 33 Chargers that they still have. If the dealer is telling the truth about the out of stock lifters, certainly this isnt isolated to what we see in our area.
ksss 06/23/20 07:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Used Diesel Truck Miles: How many is too many

The initial depreciation on a diesel isn't as harsh as other vehicles. A quick example locally, the local Chevy dealer has a 2020 D/A 3500 HD LTZ with 15K on it for 68K (I would guess the purchase price was somewhere around 71K). A 2018 3500 HD D/A LTZ with 38K and they are asking 55K. It is money for sure, but for that you get a full 5 year warranty, optioned like you want and if used only for towing, the miles will stay low, keeping its value high as it ages.
ksss 06/21/20 05:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hemi Camshaft Failure Mystery Explained

It appears idling is what accelerates the failure. If so police applications must be experiencing high failure rates. That is true, incredible failure rates here locally. The 2011-2014 seem to be the worst. The local pd has auctioned off the majority of Chargers. The City mechanics are continually pulling these apart, repairing them only to have to do it again. Really something not right with this engine. We do work for a couple of towns around us. It’s not idling. It’s the geometry of the cam and lifters in relation to the pushrod/rocket arm. Also the poor quality roller bearings in the lifter. With the amount of Hemis on the road the failure rate is very minimal. What the reason is for the failure, I am not sure maybe idling or poor components, but to say it is minimal simply is not true.
ksss 06/07/20 02:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hemi Camshaft Failure Mystery Explained

It appears idling is what accelerates the failure. If so police applications must be experiencing high failure rates. That is true, incredible failure rates here locally. The 2011-2014 seem to be the worst. The local pd has auctioned off the majority of Chargers. The City mechanics are continually pulling these apart, repairing them only to have to do it again. Really something not right with this engine.
ksss 06/07/20 10:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: I almost cheated on my truck yesterday.

Sounds to me you were momentarily overcome with a moment of clarity that you let slip by.
ksss 06/06/20 10:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: In bed diesel tanks

Enduroplas makes tanks that we use in construction that fit in the back of the pickup and are made of plastic, easy to move and come in a multitude of sizes and configurations. Might be an option for some, they come with an electric pump. They also make them for DEF but I doubt many on here would need that unless you have a fleet of off road equipment.
ksss 06/04/20 10:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone order a new Ford 7.3 gas?

The FORD 7.3 Gas is Fords knock off of the GM LS engine line. It certainly has proven an effective design, why fight with an overhead cam, especially for HD use.
ksss 05/25/20 09:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Heavy Chevy!

LOL... And it has the exact same steering wheel as my '92 Chevy truck. Not original wheel. Good possibility the steering wheel came from the same truck that the engine did. Sorta like it better than the 80's steering wheels, will probably leave it. The original steering wheel is much like the steering wheel on a mid 70's grain truck. I would stay with the smaller one as well.
ksss 05/21/20 10:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Heavy Chevy!

I had a K-30 SRW 4X4 with a 6.2L. Mine had that lighter blue on the top and dark blue at the bottom. I loved the truck. I put 225K on it, should have never sold it. They didnt make them any better Dana 60 up front, 14 bolt in the rear, 205 gear drive transfer case, TH400 auto tranny. I had dreams of finding another and putting a Dmax and a Allision in it. Hard to find a SRW K-30 in those years.
ksss 05/20/20 10:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TIres, looking for long wearing, all weather load range E

Living where I live and doing what I do, mileage out of tires falls behind ability. A tire that can tow heavy and make it to 60K and still be stellar in snow, ice and moderate offroad I am not sure exists. I had one set of EXO Grapplers that hit 55K, close as I have come and no other set of EXO's made it or will make it to 50K, more like 45K. When I do the math, a $1200 set of tires that goes to 60K costs .02 cents a mile. A set that gets 45K out of the same set of $1200 tires costs .026 cents a mile. It simply isnt worth it to me to run a tire that excels in mileage at the cost of performance. I want the most for my money like most people, but "most" for me is excellent Winter traction, and good offroad performance and at least 45K out of a set. I pull heavy trailers, and pull them on marginal logging roads, deep snow and icy snow pack is the rule of the day in the Winter. Saving money on a set of long running tires that gets me hung up in BFE, or sliding sideways down the highway isnt cost savings. If you run in difficult conditions, I think it is important to keep your environment in mind when deciding on what type of tires you need.
ksss 05/08/20 10:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Tahoe

The weight of the trailer is one thing to consider, but length does matter as well. Pulling 30' of trailer at 7K is a lot of trailer. Pulling that with a shorter wheel base, half ton chassis is asking a lot.
ksss 04/27/20 07:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended warranty. What are your thoughts

I bought an extended warranty on an 01 Duramax 3500 DRW. Cost me 1800. Right before I traded it at 100K, the ECM went out and cost $1800 to fix which the warranty picked up. Being a first year engine and tranny, I felt it was worth the cost. As it turned out I barely came out, I have never bought another warranty. I cant think of a time that I needed it, my 5500 could have used it but it never would have covered the issue I had since it was so far over OEM warranty.
ksss 04/23/20 10:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wanting to upgrade truck tires. Need advice.

I have a set of Terra Grappler G2 on a GMC 1500. Been a really good tire, wearing very well at 60K right now. Probably replace before next Winter but cant complain one bit. That pickup doesnt get off road often so not a lot to say. I think on dry ground it will do well. The tread design tells me that in mud they wont clean out very well. The Wild Peak I hear great things about, the tire shop I use, that serves the Ag community here, says it is their best selling AT tire. I have a set on an S-10 but I dont think that repesents much. The WP will be my next tire on my 3500. I have the EXO Grappler on my 3500 now. It is an aggressive, heavy duty tire. I have had three sets of these. I have gotten as good as 55K out of them. This current set will be out at 45K. However when I am off road or on snow and ice, it is the tire to have.
ksss 04/22/20 10:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lifted truck

My tire guy talked me out of lifting my 2500, even a leveling kit. He says okay on a 1500 but a 2500 lifted will jar your teeth out when not towing. That is not necessarily true. I had a 2011 2500HD gas that I turned up the torsion bars on. Ride sucked. The next '15 3500 gas and '15 Dmax and current '18 Dmax I used Cognito leveling kits. The ride is OEM, I kid you not. Check out their website. Much more comprehensive leveling kit. All mine were I believe the level two, using existing Rancho shocks with extenders. You can order FOX shocks with them if you like. I have been very impressed with these. If you want to level it, I would look into them. I looked them up, I have been buying the Stage 4.
ksss 04/19/20 09:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 PSD owner compares it to his 2019 PSD towing 18K

I agree with all of that. Especially when the value of the truck is less than the cost to fix it. That will park a lot of trucks that could have gone on to live longer lives and upset a lot od owners that now own a new piece of lawn art. Bosch, in my view should have been held more accountable for that. I guess OEM's option in using something other than Bosch is how that is going to be handled. My point was simply the fluctuating fact base used by some to keep waving their favorite flag.
ksss 04/12/20 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 PSD owner compares it to his 2019 PSD towing 18K

Has ANYONE heard of a 2019 or 2020 RAM/CUMMINS Bosch fuel pump failure?????? Same with FORD?????? Yes, there was a 2019 Ram/Cummins failure; I'm sure Fish has it bookmarked. :B On one of the Ram forums, there was a tech saying that he fully expected to see them fail. As for 2020's, it is likely too early to see any but I'm sure they're coming. Given the risk of this disaster, there is no way that I will ever own a truck with one. Ok so that’s one. Was there any follow up as to if it was the pumps fault or possibly someone dumping DEF in the fuel tank. I am a member on the TDR, not a peep. Cummins12V when Cummins was using the CP3 it was a main talking point of yours as one of the major advantages of the RAM. Now that Cummins has a 4, you ask for proof its not a POS. You never accepted that in the years before. A CP4 was poop, plain and simple. I think at its worst the 4 had what...2% failure rate in FORD and GM? Costly as hell if the warranty doesn't pick it up, but a rather small failure rate. Yet you played it like a fiddle. Now you take the exact opposite side when RAM takes the CP4. Consistency is a major part of credibility.
ksss 04/11/20 09:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM trucks outsell Ford first quarter !

I'm surprised that the GMC numbers are so low compared to the Chevy since the GMC actually looks good and the Chevy's front end has the only your mother could love look. I don't think the buyers are finding it nearly as awful as you think it is. You clearly don't like and you have been consistent on that. However that feeling isn't held by as many as you would like to believe. They are selling pretty well. I agree the GMC is more traditional and to some degree I like it better, but I would own a Chevy as well.
ksss 04/09/20 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cybertruck can have ladder rack after all...

The roof rake would be convient, out of the way place to store a generator and fuel until the charging stations show up at remote camp sites. Might have a bit of a Jed Clampett look to it, but better than walking.
ksss 04/08/20 07:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: My have things changed

People always complain about this topic when their favorite brand is behind the competition. When their brand is ahead of the competition then all this power is great. Well I am not one of these guys. I am pissed. GM has been kicking Fords azz up that hill for ten years and they have given that up this year. When I need to wear a G suit for hard acceleration, we then have enough power. Kudos to Ford for dominating the power category this year.
ksss 04/07/20 10:24am Tow Vehicles
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