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SideHillSoup

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Posted: 01/26/21 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I remembered something, so I re-read all 8 pages of the post to see if anyone had mentioned it, and we didn’t.
I was downstairs in my storage room and I was moving some stuff around and I found my grille cover for my 2007 and my 2017 durimax trucks.
Diesel trucks run colder than gas engines, and the winter when the temps really drop the diesels can’t get up to “normal” running temperature.
Now where I live in south eastern BC, we get tons of snow, but hardly any sustained cold weather. We normally hover around +3c to - 10 c. The only time I have every used by grille covers is when I went to northern BC or Alberta in the winter months, where it gets bone chilling cold.

*** I highly recommend that you do some research and read up on when the grille cover is used and make sure you have one especially when you start getting into northern BC, Yukon & Alaska. ***

Pulling the trailer may bring up the engine temps a bit on the hills, however I highly doubt it will be enough to keep the engine running at its normal temp.
And don’t forget, the engine cooling system also heats the inside of the cab where your sitting.
Something else for you to read up on.
Soup.


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^True story. But mostly on the downhill stretches. Down to -25F I’ve never had issue with a Dmax or Cummins making full temperature, if towing and highway speeds.
But it will help with warmup and even more so on long downhill grades.

At -20 or colder I don’t think you be able to keep the temp up coasting downhill without one.


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SideHillSoup

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Posted: 01/26/21 05:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The chances of these people pulling at Hwy speeds on this trip to Alaska are slight after reading all of their posts.
And Hwy speeds this time of year for this route, especially towing by “ winter driving newbie’s” are in my opinion next to zero.
They will need the grille cover

Soup.

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****! Something else to buy. Man!

I was asking about this on the silveradosierra.com forums and they were saying that if I was towing I wouldn't need it, but I feel like you guys have more experience.

Any suggestions where I can get one that doesn't involve sticking buttons to the grille?

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Pipsfc wrote:

****! Something else to buy. Man!

I was asking about this on the silveradosierra.com forums and they were saying that if I was towing I wouldn't need it, but I feel like you guys have more experience.

Any suggestions where I can get one that doesn't involve sticking buttons to the grille?

Go to the GMC dealer near you. The two I have, just have hard tabs that bend over to hold it is place. No “buttons”
Funny... up here in Canada where it gets cold, they come with the truck when you buy it new
I’m not sure how many of those people on the form drive in northern BC, the Yukon or Alaska, but I have done it pulling a 20ft loaded cargo trailer.... and I was happy I had the cover on as we were nice and toasty inside the cab and the truck was running at its normal operating temperature.
I will say, I did do a run in my 2007 truck, to Northern Alberta ( Cold Lake )with out a cover... and it was Cold in the cab until I stopped and wired a hunk of cardboard on the grill. No trailer on the way there but I did have one on the way home.
Remember, safety first.
Soup.

* This post was edited 01/26/21 06:40pm by SideHillSoup *

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Pipsfc wrote:

****! Something else to buy. Man!

I was asking about this on the silveradosierra.com forums and they were saying that if I was towing I wouldn't need it, but I feel like you guys have more experience.

Any suggestions where I can get one that doesn't involve sticking buttons to the grille?

Get a piece of cardboard, sized to cover the rad. Slip it in between the rad and the grille when you notice your heater not keeping the cab warm. Keep an eye on the engine temps, and the exterior temps. Remove as needed.


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Darryl&Rita wrote:

Get a piece of cardboard, sized to cover the rad. Slip it in between the rad and the grille when you notice your heater not keeping the cab warm. Keep an eye on the engine temps, and the exterior temps. Remove as needed.


This works great! You can even spray paint it black if you want to hide it.


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Darryl&Rita wrote:

Pipsfc wrote:

****! Something else to buy. Man!

I was asking about this on the silveradosierra.com forums and they were saying that if I was towing I wouldn't need it, but I feel like you guys have more experience.

Any suggestions where I can get one that doesn't involve sticking buttons to the grille?

Get a piece of cardboard, sized to cover the rad. Slip it in between the rad and the grille when you notice your heater not keeping the cab warm. Keep an eye on the engine temps, and the exterior temps. Remove as needed.


That's some janky stuff but I like it! I will probably do that.

I'm going to repack my bearings today as well. Wish me luck. I'm nervous!

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Guys I took the hub off and started to clean the racers and noticed the rough area just passed the inner bearing. Is this normal? It doesn't seem to be where the bearings sit.

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Posted: 01/28/21 07:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never mind... local RV service center confirmed this is normal for a hub.

However, I got two wheels done but had to finish the repack of the outer bearing of the second wheel the old school method because my grease gun doesn't want to work properly it seems. Maybe it's me since this is the first time I've used one.

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