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Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Sierra 2500, GMC Sierra 3500, Towing, Truck
#84 of 303 Rear end / differential
Dec 08, 2007 (2:05 pm)
I have a 2003 Chevy Silverado 1500 Classic. In January I will be leaving for Tennessee in the mountains...My rear end is basic and one wheel is always spinning in the rain.. What can I do to get better performance in the snow/rain/sleet.
Other than using chains only when necessary. Should I look at changing the rear end/differential to a positive traction?
My truck is in new condition and only has 10,000 miles on it.
#85 of 303 Re: Rear end / differential [maxum]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Dec 08, 2007 (5:15 pm)
Either a limited-slip (posi) or an aftermarket locker that has a manual switch so that you can control when it's in use.
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#86 of 303 Re: Rear end / differential [kcram]
Dec 09, 2007 (5:16 am)
Thank You for your suggestion... Do you know how I can learn more about what you suggested. Like a web site or books. What type of shop would you recommend I go to...
I live in central Florida at this time.
#87 of 303 Re: Rear end / differential [maxum]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Dec 09, 2007 (6:33 pm)
A search on "locking differential", both here at Edmunds and on the web (Google, Yahoo, MSN) will give you lots of information.
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#88 of 303 Re: Problem with brake lights on Travel Traler [l8kready]
Dec 12, 2007 (1:25 pm)
If it's not too late, let me suggest purchasing your hazard light module at ROCKAUTO.com. I had my hazard lights go out, and since I often stop to help motorist in my area, I needed something. When I found out that the module itself was $350.00 from the dealership, I ordered strobe lights and installed them myself for $120.00. That not only fixed that problem, but also added slightly to the cool factor. However, recently, when looking for O2 sensors, I found this site (rockauto.com) and priced the Hazard light system at around $190 w/o cruise or $220.00 with cruise. The installation itself isn't too hard if you're comfortable taking your car apart and don't mind setting off the horn a few times. Scared the you know what out of me a few times as I'm grabbing a wire and the horn went off. Once you get the steering column apart, there are two ribbon connectors that you pull off, remove the entire switch assembly and then reverse the process. Will probably take you between an hour and 1 1/2 hours.
#89 of 303 Re: where to hook electric brake controller on a 2003 silverado 1500 [michael9782]
Dec 17, 2007 (12:23 pm)
have you had any luck,when you sit in the driver seat were your left foot is there is a black box just above your toe undo the nut take the cover off it kinda has some clips on the side,looking inside the top left receptacle is for the trailer brake to plug in,my 01 didn`t come with the tow pacage so i had a heck of a time my buddys 05 was a plug and play he had the tow pac just no contoller,you will have to put the fuse for the brake in the fuse box under the hood,you should be able to order the pigtail to plug to the 03 to the controller,trying to wire on your own,,,i wired in a protege 4 wire it wired black hot24/7the red hooks to brake lite only hot on appl,white ground,blue trailer brakes,,big tip the plug to fit you trk is a good buy save you lots of headache
#90 of 303 Towing a 2800lb Boat or Hauing a Camper
Dec 17, 2007 (11:36 pm)
I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD. It has 25,000 miles and I bought it used. Found out after the fact that the Transmission had been replaced. Carfax was used but it didn't show up. I have the toys listed in the title and was wondering if I should always use the tow mode or just when working the Truck harder like pulling hills and such? Truck has a Temperature gage, heavy duty cooling for Tranny. But they lost the first one for some reason and I don't want the new one to go out. I did buy a extended warranty. That will help but who wants the hassle? Not much in manual about how to use tow mode and I have never had a rig with Tow Mode.
#91 of 303 Re: Towing a 2800lb Boat or Hauing a Camper [lilcorky]
Dec 18, 2007 (9:30 pm)
#92 of 303 Re: Towing a 2800lb Boat or Hauing a Camper [lilcorky]
Dec 18, 2007 (9:47 pm)
I always use the tow mode when pulling trailers. I have pulled small boats, small and medium sized pop up campers and a large travel trailer with my truck. I can't tell the difference on the small stuff but it seems to make a difference on the heavy travel trailer. I think you'll pay a little more for gas by using the tow mode but it's probably good insurance against damaging or burning up a tranny. BTW, a 2800 lb boat or camper isn't small. Especially if it's the empty weight. All the tackle, coolers (full of good beer and ice), and other misc stuff add up fast.
#93 of 303 GMT 800 or 900 & Camper mirrors & & air ride
Dec 25, 2007 (6:30 am)
I just purchased a 2007 Sierra 1500 ext cab 2 wd with a tow package. Where do I look to find whether it is an 800 or 900? I need to know before I add airlift suspension. I failed to get the camper mirrors option and now need something to add on for the occassional towing. Has anyone had real success with any of those strap-on or form-fitted etc mirrors? Would you recogmend any certain brand or type? Any recomendations on airlift? I'm pulling a light(7700LBS loaded) 5th wheel (50 miles 2 or 3 times a year)