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Old 08-21-2016, 03:38 PM   #71
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Originally Posted by PGDriver View Post
I find with my Sierra that the first thing I do when towing is shut off the grade braking. I find it annoying as I like to manually gear down, nothing worse then wanting to pick up a couple mph descending a small hill knowing you will quickly lose it going up the other side and the grade braking kicks in. The shifting in the tow haul mode is much improved when towing I find.

I have yet to determine if I love or hate the grade braking feature. It is very valuable in the mountains of AZ and definitely saves a lot of braking. However, it does come on at times when I really don't want it. At times when it does engage, it can increase the RPM to over 5K instantly if the grade is steep enough. I need to read the manual again to figure out how to quickly engage and disengage this feature. Bob

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Old 08-21-2016, 03:43 PM   #72
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I found in both of my last 2 automatics with "tow mode" that it takes awhile for the computer to learn your driving habits and after several cross country trips it seems to get better.

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Old 08-21-2016, 10:15 PM   #73
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Spec's in these truck's can they be believed.80,000km's change out your trans fluid,your transfer case fluid.Why? Do they not trust there own warrranties 100000 kms for p/train .
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:34 PM   #74
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Originally Posted by WLYBGR View Post
Spec's in these truck's can they be believed.80,000km's change out your trans fluid,your transfer case fluid.Why? Do they not trust there own warrranties 100000 kms for p/train .
I don't get the connection. A 100,000 kilometre powertrain warranty just means that they'll cover repair if the powertrain fails due to defect before 100,000 km when properly maintained. The engine is covered by that warranty, and needs several oil change in that period, and perhaps a coolant flush as well. Fluid changes are just maintenance, unrelated to the warranty period.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:04 PM   #75
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Originally Posted by SSBN View Post
Doug, I have a 2006 Silverado Crew cab with the short bed. Have you had any problems with the 5th wheel?

What hitch are you using?

No problems what so ever, I don't have the short box, mine is the the regular box. My last truck (2011 Sierra) had the short box and it also had no problems with the 5.0TA. I use the Reese 16K hitch, it has the slider option but I have never used that with either truck.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:48 PM   #76
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I've been using drain plugs from Fumoto® USA | Quick and Easy Engine Oil Drain Valves

I was changing the oil by myself and when I took my F 150 to the dealer for a 30,000 mile service they changed the oil. 5,000 miles later I discovered they had cross threaded the oil pan bolt when they put it back in. Never gone back to a dealer again. I cleaned up the threads with a tap and put a Fumoto valve in there and it has been leak tight for 75,000 miles so far. I also put on on my wife's car. I'm still enough of a klutz that I get oil on my hands but now it's a lot less.

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