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Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Sierra 2500, GMC Sierra 3500, Truck
#3445 of 5688 Need some advice on towing with new Truck
Sep 03, 2003 (5:43 pm)
In the next few days I will be buying a 2003 Z71 (4x4)Silverado Ext Cab 6'5" box with a 5.3 litre and a 3.73 rear end.($6000 in incentives and $2000 GM points; Canadian dollars mind you but still enticing).
At the end of the month I will be driving to Northern Ontario, approx 5000KM (3000 miles)return. I will be carrying four adult passengers and approx. 500 lbs. in gear and will be pulling a 2500 to 3500 lbs. trailer. Is there a problem with this kind of load and towing with a vehicle that will have approx. only 1000 miles on it when I set out. I will be not be travelling on superhighway so I will not use the cruise and will have plenty of opportunity to vary the speed for break in period. I had been wanting a Colorado for a long time but the 4000 lbs limit just would not cut it here.
I was also waiting for the Silverado Crew Cab 1500 Short box on the regular frame but if you check the Specs on page 9 of the PDF at address http://media.gm.com/division/2004_prodinfo/chevrolet/trucks/pdf/0- - - 4_Chevy_Silverado.pdf
the beast weighs a full 1000 pounds more that the 1500 EXT cab and has the same dimensions as the 1500HD except for a 5'8" cargo box.
Any comments, advice and or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
#3446 of 5688 Changing fuel filter and cleaning throttle body
Sep 03, 2003 (7:15 pm)
I finally got the nerve to change the fuel filter on my 2000 3/4 Silverado, 6.0L, Xcab. No real problem with the pressure, just broke the fittings loose and let the gas seep out into a shop rag until the pressure was relieved, probably about 6-8 ounces of gas. Does make a bit of a mess, but did it outside on the driveway and made sure everything was well grounded. Took about 30 minutes and I work slow.
Also cleaned the intake using a shop rag dampened with some carb cleaner. I was amazed at how much black oily gunk I was able to clean out of the intake. The butterfly was even worse. Now my accelerator works like new. Be sure to clean not only the walls of the intake but especially both sides of the butterfly as well as around the edge of the butterfly. Took about 20-30 minutes to do it this first time, next time will be quicker since I now know how and what to clean.
A word to the fellow above who suggested using the spray cleaner to clean the butterfly. I read in a much earlier post that some of those spray cleaners may contain chemicals which may damage your O2 sensors. Might want to consider this potential problem if using sprays.
By the way, my fuel pump makes a fairly loud whinning noise, does anyone else have this problem and if so, how did you fix it or can it be fixed?
Thanks to all who share info on this board - your info does help!
#3447 of 5688 ghislain.... towing / Sonja / Chuckbender
Sep 04, 2003 (12:12 pm)
Ghislain.... You will have no problem with your truckload and trailer. Look on your door tag for GVW.
Boy, don't visit this site for awhile and your 200 notes behind.........
Sonja........Me a Plowhead ? That would be a trick to try and plow snow with a 2500 2 x 4 !
October 18th marked on the calender.
Been by you twice this year but no time to stop, last time up was when the power went out, we pulled off at Alexandria Bay to get gas and pumps were off, that's when we first heard about it. Campsite in Canada was without power until 10 that night so not a real problem for us. However this is the first time I've ever had to buy gas in Canada to make it back across, talk about high gas prices .59 a litre.
Chuck, read your post way back, thanks for the good job you do, it's good to know GM has some people with integrity still, it sure isn't in the upper management ! 41k on my 00, 2500 5.3 knocker and still tick'in.
Off to http://www.theglen.com so I guess I'll fall behind again.......but will be having a good time !
#3448 of 5688 new poster/GMC owner
Sep 04, 2003 (2:33 pm)
how are y'all doing...been lurking for a while and decided to post. I just bought a 2001 Sierra X-cab SLT, 2WD, 5.3 stepside (not really looking to buy stepside; just sorta worked out like that). Anyway, I've got a few questions: the truck came with some nice looking 17" wheels that must be factory since they have "GM" stamped on them. Were 17" rims an option? I need to know since if not, my speedometer is probably wrong. Also, what is the diff in a GMC and a similiarly equipped Chevy, if any? I love the truck so far, except for a gawdawful screeching sound when I roll my drivers window down...anybody got any thoughts on this? Thanks in advance!!!
Sep 04, 2003 (8:01 pm)
the only stock gm rims that are 17 inch are on the avalanche trucks. 99-03 trucks only had 16 inch rims. The new 04 trucks are coming with 17 inch rims on the Z71 pkg
Sep 05, 2003 (2:41 am)
The Denali also came with factory 17" rims. The diff ratio is 3.42, 3.73 or 4.10.
Sep 05, 2003 (8:46 am)
On the 2001 GMC Sierra, when one turns of the ignition the radio stays on until the doors are opened. Does anyone one have any idea how to disable this feature?
Sep 06, 2003 (3:02 am)
That's called Retained Accessory Power (RAP), it also let's you roll up and down the windows and some other stuff. You could just pull the fuse for RAP, but you might have some disastrous effects with the computer!
#3453 of 5688 Fuel Pump Whine
Sep 06, 2003 (4:20 pm)
One of my shop trucks had a really loud whine from the fuel pump. Finally got tired of hearing it and getting comments from customers so I had it checked. Turned out that the pump was stuck in a bypass mode, which kept fuel returning to the tank instead of being pumped to the motor. Never noticed any lack of performance just the darn whine. They replaced the valve assembly on the pump and it was cured.
Sep 09, 2003 (9:22 am)
uhhh, turn off the radio ??