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Chevy Silverado - Continued XV



  • chevy4mechevy4me Posts: 203
    I changed mine at the one year mark and it (they 2 pieces) had the mold. I was getting odor from this with the a/c . It must have spread in the duct work but the dealer sanitized it somehow and I haven't had a problem since.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    Like I said..I can feel my Pneumonia coming back and i'm starting to wonder if this may be the cause?.....I gotta get under that dash man....

    - Tim
  • wight1wight1 Posts: 218
    Where can I find a site that provides the actual written text of each TSB on the Silverado? the NHTSA and alldata sites list the numbers and a brief description of each TSB, but there's no detailed text of the problem and the actual repair involved.
  • ovalleyovalley Posts: 135
    my dealer can't even seem to find copies. (or won't take the time to look them up)
  • roger350roger350 Posts: 157
    The dealer should be able to get you the full TSB. I got one for my wife's Grand Prix a couple months back. Interestingly enough, it was for an odor in the AC system at startup, mold just like others here are reporting. They clean it out, and then spray a mold preventing compound in there too. I haven't gone to get it done yet, but will soon. For those of you with the mold problem that might want the Dealer to clean it out, look up the TSB for '99-'00 Pontiac Grand Prix, and get a copy from your local Pontiac dealer, and take it in with you. My Service Dept. treated me well when I told them I wanted a copy of the TSB, as they knew I was well educated in the matter, since I had the TSB number for them. Try another dealer if they can't get it. Probably they are being lazy, but it did take about 30 min. for them to find it. I don't think most of these places are too organized. Good luck.
  • xringxring Posts: 129
    Does your truck set outside at night or is it garaged? Do ya think the damp night air or dew might have anything to do with the mold growth?

    Just wondering?

  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Helm's. I believe they update them quarterly. For got how much they charge but it wasn't cheap.
  • careyacecareyace Posts: 44
    For those of you who have a 2500 and tow ,what psi. do you run when your towing.Last night we bolted in the fifth wheel hitch (about a two hour project)its a Reese 15K slider and tonight we go to pick up the camper,so I want some input on psi.I found the 50/40 combo works well for me when I'm not towing.I was told about 50/70 combo would work well for towing.The pin weight is about 1000 pounds.
    I really wanted to get a spray in liner before I bolted the hitch in but time and $$$$$ did not allow so I will have to remove the hitch rails someday so I can have it sprayed.
    But any help on tire psi. would help a lot.

    Thanks Andrew
  • bcobco Posts: 756
    thanks for the info on the shocks...already changed mine. was looking to help others out who are planning on it. thanks for your input though too...

  • ksim2ksim2 Posts: 4
    Hi guys:

    I got my truck back with new Goodyear Wrangler tires and the vibration is different. Now you can feel more movement in the seats and
    less in the steering wheel. I plan to try another dealer. My dealer has been nice but very "laid
    back" so I'm gon'a take her in to a larger dealer. The carbon removal did stop the noise during cold starts. And the dealer said to bring it in for the next oil change and he'd document the oil usage. So I'm checking my oil every week... time will tell.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    I always pump them up to 80 for all towing hauling....but I have no 5th wheel experience..

    - Tim
  • wight1wight1 Posts: 218
    Like Tim, I always run the rears up to 80 psi when towing, and 50 psi in the front is probably OK. You've got a lot of pin weight, so you'll want the rears up to the 80 psi max allowable. The 50/80 combo is what's listed on the door jamb sticker.
    What kind/size of camper are you getting?
  • careyacecareyace Posts: 44
    WE are getting a used one, it is a 1996 28ft Sportsmen w/ a large slide out and lots of goodies.Granted it is not the best of names out there It is a big step up for us from the 1973 21ft trailer.
  • wight1wight1 Posts: 218
    How much do she weigh? Sportsmen might not be the best name out there, but they make a practical rig that performs pretty well.
  • willimjowillimjo Posts: 73
    I haven't seen any talk about the 1/2 Ton Crew Cab, so I thought I'd pass this on from While the article is about a GMC, near the bottom it states it will also be available as a Chevy. The article has a couple of pictures too.

    GMC Unveils 1/2-Ton Sierra Short Box Crew Cab

    During our recent trip to Southern California for a drive of the Sierra C3, GMC provided the automotive press with a surprise viewing of the 2001 Sierra Short Box Crew Cab.

    The Sierra Crew Cab has a 6.5-foot cargo bed, compared to the 5.5 foot box found on Ford’s F-150 SuperCrew. Like the SuperCrew, the 1/2-Ton Sierra also sports four fully independent front opening doors with a 60/40 split bench for rear passengers. Rear seats fold down to provide access to additional storage in the back of the cab.

    The 8600 lb.,"heavy", GVWR Sierra 1500 will be available early next year in SLE or SLT trim only.

    Rick Asher, from GMC Communications, says the 1/2-Ton Sierra Crew Cab is very similar to the new Heavy Duty crew cab. It's updated Vortec 6000 V8 will produce 300 horsepower and 360 ft-lbs. of torque providing more towing power than most other trucks in the 1/2-ton segment.

    GMC is expected to produce 10,000 Sierra Crew Cabs for 2001 though more can be added to production depending on demand.

    Chevrolet will also market a 1500 Silverado Crew Cab for 2001 with similar specs to the Sierra.
  • careyacecareyace Posts: 44
    Im not sure of the weight I think it is 6300 pounds.
    We think that we are getting a good deal as it looks like brand new as it has about every option one could want.
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    Hmmm. 1500 with 4 full size doors,a 6.5 foot box, and 6.0l engine. Decisions, Decisions.

    BTW, did you see the picture of that dodge maxxcab? EEECH! Looks like a caravan pulling a utility trailer on a short hitch.
  • heavy1heavy1 Posts: 1
    My last Astrovan had me sneezing and my eyes water everytime I turned on the A/C. I asked the dealer about it. They sold me a can of "Frigi-Fresh". All you had to do was start the truck turn on the air and spray it into the vent intake on the firewall. The can suggests spraying for 10-12 seconds. It worked great. I've only done it 1 time since. "Frigi-Fresh" in made by BG Products in Whitchita Kansas.
  • vince4vince4 Posts: 1,272
    1000 lbs pin weight is not very much weight for a 2500. I think 70 psi is just right for that load. The 80 psi sticker value is for max load of around 3000 lbs.
  • vince4vince4 Posts: 1,272
    Let's see, 8600 lb GVWR, 6.0L engine. Hmm, why is this truck called a 1/2 ton?
  • wight1wight1 Posts: 218
    Given the current situation with Firestone tires, I'm not taking any chances. I'll run my Steeltex's at the max when towing.
  • johnt9johnt9 Posts: 10
    10,000 to be produced in 2001? thats not too much is it? how many 1500 ext cabs does chevy make in a year?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    that's 10,000 GMC 1500 crew cabs. Not 1500 ext cabs. ;)
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    ...double the GMC production?

    it's going to be called a 1500.....cuz that way more people will buy it!
    - Tim
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Well guys went to walmart for some tire wax and a wash mitt and i also came out with an Oli Filter they had em this time. $2.97 not to bad. Looks like this wk ill be doing my first oil change on my truck.

    Kyle, Tim and Dean what oil do you use in your truck? Brandwise. Thanks just collecting some info on brands thanks

  • Well,we picked up the fifth wheel camper Wed. night I put in a 60/70 combo and it seemed pretty good but it was not a long haul home.We will pull farther this weekend.
    On the the power side of things I was happy with the take off and ability to hold a good speed with the truck.We have about an 8%-10% grade to climb to get home starting from a stop at the bottom and it did great going up.
    I did not plan on getting a camper this big when we bought the truck so I got the 3:73 gears rather than the 4:10 gears cuz all I would pull is my three place sled trailer and one in the truck or my lawn care trailer or the 21' camper but the 3:73 gears seem just fine so far with this bigger trailer.
    I wonder what my mpg will be towing this trailer I'm hoping for 8-9 mpg.Anybody have any thoughts on it?
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Don't know if this is true - but a contractor I know - tows all the time, many different rigs- he says with a 1/2 ton truck take your MPG empty and divide by 2. Your MPG when towing a heavy trailer should be a little better than this. He also claims if your MPG is much less than 1/2 of what you get when you are running empty you need a bigger truck. Although this is a pretty ruff way to calculate - it does have a certain amount of logic.
  • Truck was kept in garage but I live near the ocean so humidity can be high. Could be a factor.What was strange ,the odor came on strong after the a/c had been on then switched to vent air.
  • vince4vince4 Posts: 1,272
    That's normal. When the a/c is on the evaporator is cold and gets a lot of condensation on it. Then when you switch it off the moisture evaporates back into the warmer air stream. Even with a clean system you can smell the difference for a few minutes.
  • Ryan:

    Even though you didn't ask me, I use Mobil One. Amsoil is probably better, but the case price for Mobil One is decent at Sams Club.

    In the past I used Havoline (and did for years, as my dad did and his father, etc.). I am trying synthetic for the first time now.

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