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Posted: 04/23/23 05:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

During assembly the guy on the drivers side pushed up and the guy on the passenger side pulled down. Wouldn't be the first time.


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Posted: 04/23/23 08:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The hitch may be part of the bumper. Installing a new bumper may be the required fix.

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Posted: 04/24/23 05:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check the option list for that truck. They may have missed checking that box when they ordered it and had one installed by a bonehead.


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dodge guy wrote:

Look for a non problematic gas engine


Where would you find one of them, at least in a GM product? My understanding is they STILL haven't fixed the seizing lifter problem on the variable-displacement 5.3's.


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dodge guy wrote:

Now that you say it’s a diesel I would skip it. Look for a non problematic gas engine, with a good hitch!


Like a 5.3 or 6.2? Lol
At least my lifters were replaced under warranty…twice. (Well, one side and then the other side about a month after I got it back from the first repair….)
To be fair, it was during the Rona and the service mgr told me they should have done both sides but they were only getting 3-4 sets of new lifters per week [emoticon] and they opted to save a half a set for the next guy because they had more failures coming in than parts to fix ‘em.
And this was at a very small local dealer not a big volume dealer.
Pick your poison I say. They’re all the best truck ever or a steaming pile of poo depending on the day….

That said, somehow it seems the ‘Mericans haven’t seemed to master the 3 litre diesel platform, somewhat unilaterally. Which is curious since they’re SO widely used in the rest of the world for far longer than been available here. (Save for FCA who picked them up in the late 2000s via their Daimler connection.)
At this point GM has the only baby diesel. Ram dc’d them after 10+ years. Ford never got off the ground with them and Nissan was a total flop.
The one big difference is GM is an in-line configuration which is inherently more desirable for a couple reasons.
I haven’t heard (read) horror stories about it. Personal opinion is it’s no more risk than LS motors with valve train issues and Fords with cam phasers and whatever and Hemis that are not bulletproof but may be a bit more reliable overall than the other 2.
I do know a local construction company that has been running baby Dmax trucks since they came out. Got a few of them that are over 100k mi now and more newer ones. And they’re still running them. That says a little for their performance.


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Grit dog wrote:

Is there some adjustability in the mounting holes and maybe it just needs re-aligned? As the chance that a brand new hitch is bent or fabricated that far out of tolerance is very slim.

I’ll have to find the pics of a row of new F150s with the droopy hitch tubes and post them here. Everybody gets lazy and let’s things go when they should not.
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I thought the Old Navy slogan was Great Styles at Great Prices!
Maybe I’m thinkin of a different Old Navy…lol!

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So the salesman said that the decision on whether it is something that needs to be fixed has been passed onto the Chevy technicians or Engineers. I think that it is pretty apparent that it is not correct. I will pass on the truck if they don't replace the hitch.

I am pretty sure that the problem is that the hitch square and surrounding metal was welded onto the hitch tubes at an angle. Nothing is adjustable. The light wasn't good and the ground was dirty so i didn't spend much time under the truck.

I am willing to take my chances with the diesel.

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Hopefully it works out for you. Dealership is the wild card here though.
Talking to anyone in the sales side of a car dealer, I can liken to talking to my in-laws. Never sure what their response will be but certain that it will be somewhere between inapplicable and not making sense at all.

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I’m sure it wasn’t welded properly, I’ve seen that before with new vehicle parts. It’s probably not detrimental to the hitch and will not fail. But it will not work correctly with a WD hitch. Not to mention it would drive me nuts looking at a crooked hitch whenever I walk up to the truck.


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