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  • larry91larry91 Posts: 189
    I hope i can get this posted, there is or was something wrong with the site. I kept on getting sent back to the town hall welcome page when i hit the post my message button.

    I agree with you on the JUNK Delco battery, but what led you to buy the Optima over the Sears Diehard? I had a 99 Tahoe with the same problem. The battery failed right after the warranty ran out.

    I wonder if GM will ever get it right?? My guess is NO
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  • Just replaced our 01 XL battery as it just started leaking. Coincidentally, just like our '94 Suburban, the battery problem surfaced on a Sunday. I was so disappointed because I had to get a Sears Diehard over a Delco because Sears was open on Sunday but the dealer was not. On Monday, I took the receipt and old Delco to GMC and 2 weeks later I had a check reimbursing me for the Diehard. Conveniently, I dumped the bad Delco without replacing it with a Delco and without having to pay for the swap myself.
  • larry91larry91 Posts: 189
    Good work.

    I absolutely cannot understand why, when GM has battery problems for what appears to be years, they can't get it fixed??? It's really frustrating. I would suggest New Suppliers in certain areas. But of course, who are we?
  • jgmilbergjgmilberg Posts: 872
    I would not use a Die Hard battery if you gave me one!!! I had to replace mine 4 times in the same year before getting a good one that only lasted 3 years, it was a 80 month battery!!! I paid $85 for that pain in the rump, and got nothing but problems out of Sears every time I went back to get ANOTHER new battery. I understand that Sears got in big trouble and is being sued in a class action suit for selling old bad batteries that were cleaned up and painted, then sold as new. I WILL NEVER use Die Easy batteries again. For me it's Optima or DuraLast from Auto Zone ONLY, I have not had one lick of trouble out of either and nothing leaks or shorted out, they just keep on starting the trucks. My friend was being lazy and went to sears for a battery because he didn't want to change it himself, he to had problems with it and had to spend over $100 to find out it was the a battery because he could not believe his Die Easy was bad only 3 months after he bought it! If memory serves Sears gets their batteries from Exide which also supplies AC Delco with batteries, so take it for what it's worth.
  • larry91larry91 Posts: 189
    Okay, got the message, Thanks
  • xyz71xyz71 Posts: 179
    Only a few companies actually produce auto batteries. The rest are just a label change. Next time you are at the parts store look at the different brands - same battery - different name.

    I am not sure who produces the Die Hard for Sears - my guess is who ever meets the spec and has the lowest price. The same is true for tires -and many other products.

    I also just read that GM and Ford are planning to develop a new 5 speed automatic tranny. Who woulld have every thought GM and Ford working together to save each other $. The article claimed it would save over $300,000,000.
  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    It is a speed auto tranny for front wheel drive cars....
  • xyz71xyz71 Posts: 179
    I think it was for full size SUV and light duty trucks. Since GM is further along in the development they plan to use the GM design. Ford will pay a % of the cost and then "buy" the number they need from GM.

    This is not new for GM - they partner with many other companies - they already for example provide a tranny to BMW that is used in the 5 series.
  • orwoodyorwoody Posts: 269
    I recently changed out the Michelin tires on my 2001 Denali for some slightly more aggressive SUV tires. The construction is similar(number of belts and plies...) but I have noticed that the ride is a bit more harsh. It seems like the autoride may have been tuned to the Michelins. I thought it may recalibrate or self-adjust after a few miles or drives.
    Has anyone else done same and noticed any change in the ride?
  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    Aggressive tread tires will effect ride quality and noise. They are better in off road situations. The only way to fix the problem is to change the tires again. My current plan is to replace my Cross Terrains with H speed rated Crross Terrains. How many miles did you get from the tires?
  • orwoodyorwoody Posts: 269
    I actually changed them at about 28k. There is still good life left on them but I wanted tires with better winter driving capability. The Cross Terrains were not very effective in snow/slush/ice last year. I travel in the NW to Idaho and Montana several times a year and need something that will keep me on the road better. I saw an article where they drove a Denali for over a year. Based on their estimation they felt the Michelin's would run up to 80k.
    The ride is still better than my 1999 Sierra PU but I did notice it changed after the tire swap and was curious.
  • 1k miles on my 02 Denali and noticed a fluid leak from the front end. Dealership said it was the front differential vent (did not specify it was the vent or vent hose) causing the problem. Fixed under warranty. Dealership said this was a common problem. Anyone else experience this?
  • wam5wam5 Posts: 1
    I've got a 2001 Denali XL with a second row bench seat. Every time I put my seats back in the upright position after having had them down, the mechanism malfunctions on the passenger-side sliding seat that allows access to the third row. It won't slide forward. I've had the dealer fix it four times but all they do is somehow hook the mechanism back up and complain about the poor engineering. They have yet to give me a long term fix. Has anyone had this issue or know a fix?
  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    The only problem I had was the seat getting caught on the catch all mats when it slid forward. The way I solved the problem was to put a piece of metal under both front edges of the sliding portion that covers the edge of the mat. Now the seat slides without a problem.
  • Is there anyway to make the front passenger seat fully recline to a position that is close to flat? Girlfriend is complaining on long trips!
  • Hi...I purchased my Denali back in December 02 and it intermittently stalls when I put it in Park. The dealer could not find anything wrong. Any ideas? By the way, it has a dealer installed remote start...could this be the culprit?

  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    Does the idle ever fluctuate? If it does it probably needs a new throttle body.
  • orwoodyorwoody Posts: 269
    If it intermittently stalls when putting it in park, you might want to have the shop check the transmission electronics. I believe that there is a stall/lockout feature to prevent inadvertent shifting from drive to reverse...there may be a intermittent contact and false signal being generated. If the issue is predictable they can hook up the umbilical and see what kind of codes are being generated when it happens.
  • I noticed my rear view mirror flashing "ice" the other day (argggg winter is already here). What triggers this warning and is it only a warning or does something mechanical occur as well?
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