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2008 GMC Sierra 1500

Cyclops

Classic Velocity

It is a credit to this vehicle that this next post is about a blown headlight bulb ! Thousands of trouble-free miles except for oil changes have been the norm. Duties include a fair amount of enclosed trailer car hauling and bikes in the back. However, the replacement of the bulb was not routine. A contributor to the bulb blowing was that it was not fully seated in its socket. That was in turn because the wiring was not long enough to fully reach the bulb in its proper position. I have no idea why, as it all looks like factory wiring, and the passenger side is fine. In any case, the wire strippers came out, and the offending wires were lengthened. New bulb in, problem solved. Once my numb hands recovered, I also took the opportunity to put in the K&N air filter that had been sitting around for months.  

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Winter Shoes

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This is one of those chores that you try to avoid. A Bright sunny fall day, but you know that winter is around the corner and you need to change your tires.A different look for the truck, and nice looking wheels, but the symbolic change is bittersweet.

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Cheap Fix

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One of the most pleasant surprises surrounding the ownership of this vehicle has been ready availability of parts and the inexpensive cost of them once you need them.  Case in point, the power windows switches at the main console stopped working for the passenger window and one of the rear windows. The replacement was found online for about $20, and it took all of 10 minutes to replace it....

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Towing Test

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This was the first test of any appreciable distance towing the trailer loaded. It took the a car over to Fabtech. It performed fine, and the towing mode really changes the transmission shift patterns. Mileage plummets, but that is to be expected, particularly on a very windy day such as it was. One surprise was braking. It was surprisingly good even without a brake controller. I need to look into how that works. All in all, a good first outing. 

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New Shoes - Size Large

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It is full on musical wheels and tires. The old spare set of 8 lugs from the old truck are sold to a guy I overheard speaking at the tire place. Score. In exchange the new rims get a set of 17s and I find a set of 18 wheels and tires for super cheap. But they are Chevy centers, so something creative will need to happen there.....

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Electronics Evolution

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The stock stereo had an issue and it is surprising how expensive a replacement is. This caused a look around at the aftermarket. A Kenwood unit adds Bluetooth capabilities and better sound overall. A blown rear speaker also gets replaced. Although the unit was a bargain, the harness was pretty expensive. A faulty license lamp fixture is also replaced. Surprisingly, the original socket was the victim of crumbling plastic around the bulb! Strange.....

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Form and Function

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Immediate changes included a set of step/Nerf bars, which were found at a parts place for cheap since they were used.  These were both functional and cosmetic. An oil change was also on the immediate list even though it was supposedly done a month earlier. Last was a quick change to a set of used tires.  The ones on the truck would not pass the next inspection, and with winter still here, better rubber was in order. They were very cheap, but new tires are in the future as well.

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Sensory Substitutes

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A strange message hijacked the display; Service Air Bag. Not a comforting message, but the culprit turns out to be a pair of sensors mounted up front that seem to have a history of failing according to the forums. The passenger rear license lamp was out, and that turned out to be the socket, not just the bulb. In both cases it was Amazon to the rescue....

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Sierra to Sierra

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The 2000 Sierra was showing its age and without 4 wheel drive, it got stuck in January when it was most needed. After casually looking at trucks for months it was time to make a decision. The good news is that newer trucks are far more reliable and easily last up to 200k miles. The bad news is that they are ridiculously expensive. Even with high miles. After considering vehicles from Ford, Dodge, Toyota, GMC, and Chevy, another GMC Sierra got the nod. Although it is already 8 years old, it is quite the upgrade inside and out.

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