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Old 08-25-2006, 06:45 AM   #29
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Carol, Our build date is the middle of September with delivery the first of October. I recently bought a new Ford F350 crew cab, trading in the 2001 Suburban 2500 4x4 with the 8.1 L engine. I love the new Ford but there were things about the Suburban that I really liked too. I think that I would have bought another Suburban if they had offered the diesel and duramax combination.The Ford is probably better for me as the I need the bed for work and the inside back of my Suburban was getting a little rough from loading tools. Really looking forward to the new Airstream.
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Old 08-25-2006, 07:39 AM   #30
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Hi Carol, yes I set the Prodigy on boost level I.Just mount it near your right knee-you'll forget all about it in a week.
We love XM radio also. I am not fond of paying for a lot of services (we never paid for On-Star, never even used it durring hte free period!) but I am a big blues fan, and you can't get that on the radio in New England, so we do pay for the XM radio. My son enjoys XM kids also. This is one service we use and don't mind paying for. As far as On-Star, to be honest, we have cell phones, AAA auto service, and I am always well prepared with tools, etc so I just don't have the need.
Love the new tow mirrors also-big improvement.

On synthetics; I run Mobil1 in all my vehicles after break-in. You should also change your tranny over at the first fluid change ( one towing season, or ~25k miles, which ever is first). The added protection, extended service intervals will pay for themselves. Boiled tranny fluid is the best way to ruin a tranny. Synthetics stand up to heat better than dino oil. When we got our first Suby with the DIC i grilled the service tech, and GM tech hot line about whether or not the computer can differentiate between syn or dino and I was told "yes-the computer is very sophisticated, samples the oil for viscosity and cleanliness. Follow the computer for oil change intervals wheter using syn or dino". I get about 7k-8k miles from the DIC durring tow season using Mobil 1. I don't know about dino oil because I switched out right away.Can't say if there are any long term benefits, or fuel savings but I feel better running syn fluids. My 97 GMC has 130k miles and runs as well as the day I drove it out of the show room (love that small block 350-it my opinion, much torquier than the 5.3l).
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:35 AM   #31
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Thanks for the maintainence info Leo and Bill. I know Bradley will try to put some good miles on it before vacation then he already told the dealer he is skipping the free oil change, told him that it is his time to bond with the vehicle and see just what is up underneath (strange pairing of words ). I will be directing him to your comments this evening. I appreciate all related information. This forum and its members rock!

Jack your new set-up will be just in time to catch some color for fall, such a beautiful time of year, my favorite. I wonder how I will like my first Chevy. Heck I like almost everything with wheels.

XM will be neat, I like being able to pick a genre and often reception on the radio is poor and selection sparce. We'll try the OnStar just because we get it free for a year, I think on Bradleys last truck he never even initialized it.
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possibly the best thing you can do for your new truck is to change the rear differential oil at 500 miles.

the 14 bolt rear end in these trucks is virtually bullet proof with almost no maintinance.

if you replace the rear differential oil at 500 miles you will most likely never have problems with it.

it comes from the factory with synthetic oil, replace with the same.

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John hd: Interesting recommendation.

I don’t doubt your knowledge and experience but inquiring minds might want to know why it is that: “the best thing to you can do for your new truck is to change the rear differential oil at 500 miles.” ???
If you also say: “the 14 bolt rear end in these trucks is virtually bullet proof with almost no maintinance.”
Is it also true or high probability that if you do not change the oil: “you will most likely never have problems with it.”
It that 500 mile fluid change practice recommended for all truck (& SUV) rear end-gear ratios? Or just for that 4.10 ratio?

The Owner’s Manual for the new ‘07 2500 Suburban does not mention changing the Rear Axle fluid (p.488). However it does say to change the transmission fluid and filter after 50,000 miles (severe service) and 100,000 miles after normal service.

We know that in general automotive materials, fluids and technologies have changed over the years. For new owners of expensive ’07 Suburbans this might be an important maintenance issue down the road. Therefore to be safe and not sorry, I would like to validate that recommendation. I can verify the “official” routine maintenance schedule with my Chevy Dealer’s master mechanic, but official verification is not the same as empirically valid life-cycle data.
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Hi JStanley--The reason john hd recommends changing your rear end fluid after 500 miles is to flush out any chips or burs that may be in the rear end, from gears. This is a good safety precaution>--Frank S
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Hi JStanley--The reason john hd recommends changing your rear end fluid after 500 miles is to flush out any chips or burs that may be in the rear end, from gears. This is a good safety precaution>--Frank S
jstanley,

frank has it exactly right. i have the same drivetrain carol has in my '00 silverado. my owner's manual suggests this in the towing section. the service manager at my dealer said "you never have to change it because it is synthetic" he changed his tune when i showed him the manual.

anyway, when i did my first oil change the differential oil was pretty much black. i change it about every 18 months now and it looks just like it did when it comes out of the bottle.

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