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Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by Yak, Apr 2, 2016.
Gave her a Royal Purple fresh 7 and a Mopar filter.
More than I wanted to. Upper ball joint and control arm. Needs struts too.
Traded in the old 2001 Chevy 1500 Z-71 for a 2016 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel quad cab 4X4. Drove 364 miles to pick it up and got 25 MPG coming home. The Chevy was a capable TV but was getting old and struggled climbing Siskiyou pass. Can't wait to see how it is towing with 420 ft/lb torque compared to the 325 of the Chevy.
The bed rug seems to be an improvement. It will be a while before we drive roads that will really test it.
I towed the TT from NM to OH. We had the oil changed yesterday, first after the new valve cover assembly was installed. It apparently has not fixed the oil use issue, ugh. Not looking forward to pursuing that when I get home.
The truck was much better as a TV for this trip than the 4Runner was two years ago.
We had just arrived home from our last camping trip.
Backed the camper into the driveway, disconnected and parked the Jeep in the street.
Not 20 minutes later, I went to start it to go to the store..............Dead!
Put my 6-amp charger on it for a couple hours, try to crank it..........Nope!
Un-bolt and remove battery, and take it in the garage. Hook up my maintainer and let it charge all night...............Ride my FJ to work the next day.
Come home from work, measure battery voltage.......12.8 volts.
Re-install battery back in the Jeep. As soon as I hook up the cables, and the under-hood light comes on, I measure the battery voltage again.............10.4 volts.
Luckily I don't drive my other car much, so I pull the battery out of that to use in the Jeep until I get a new one for it.
Since I use the Jeep for pretty much everything, including occasional winch use on the trail, I went with the Optima Marine-Starting battery. With 1000 cranking amps, it's more powerful than the Yellow one I was using for the last 5 years.
It's also nicer that it has both stud and post terminals. Makes my winch cables and other cables a little neater when installed.
After verifying that there is no parasitic draw when the key is switched off, all is back to normal.
5 new tires
The odo rolled past 255,000 miles and runs great (the motor has 200,000 miles)
Had a Leer 700 fiberglass tonneau cover installed on the new GMC, and on Sunday installed an Airlift air compressor and manifold Sunday, will install the Firestone airbags next week when it stops raining/snowing etc.
Doubled my oil pressure and got rid of the nerve racking tic tic tic
Never looked at the Canyon and Colorado tailgates as they fit to the bed, but those seals for the tailgate didn't do squat on my '13 Silverado. Also installed it on my '15 only cause I also installed a Bedrug. The seal, plus the way the bedrug fit the rear, by the tailgate helped to cut down dust intrusion, and since the bedrug was gray, at least the dust did not show as bad.
On my 16 GMC, it came with Line X so no bedrug and looking at the gaps between the tailgate sides and the bed tell me it is just like the silverados and worthless so I'll forgo the seals on this truck.
Hopefully, it is a tighter fit on you Colorado.
I liked the bedrug, I would guess you will too (but who knows).
Front brakes and repaired stripped caliper guide pin mount.
Made an appointment to have crash bag sensors checked.
Royal Purple and Mopar filter oil change; cleaned and relubed the K&N; cleaned the pcv with carb and choke cleaner.
RS9000XL rear shocks
just installed air lift air bag helper springs
Got a new Christmas battery
Ran a can of Seafoam through it to see if I could help with the white smoke on cold starts. Seemed to have helped a little.
We had to buy a pair of tires on our Thanksgiving trip, after a road hazard flat. The other tires have a few thousand miles on them, so those will probably be replaced before camping season. The tires were not the originals, although the truck only has 15K on it when we bought it at the end of Feb., or at least they don't match the spare. We've already put 19K on it, we bought better tires.
Last week, I took it in for an oil consumption test and change, the first that was solely with the replacement valve cover and PCV valve. Looks like the consumption is decreasing, I'm not sure I consider it fixed but we'll see.
We got a recall notice about an HVAC issue, but it turns out it was done when I had the oil checked in Oct.
Last night, we gave her a pre-trip "warsh." I like to travel in a fresh rig. I will get the tires rotated and balanced tomorrow.