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RE: Mechanical Mystery...

most seat heaters have a thermal switch built into the element to turn off the heater (open the switch) when the temp gets above a certain point, then turn it back on below, or if the heater is otherwise temp controlled still have a thermal "runaway" switch. It's possible the switch is opening, then closes again, but takes less time the second time to heat enough to open, and then the third time open almost immediately. The switch is unfortunetly usuall in the element in the seat and usually not individually replaceable. If thats the culprit, likely a new heating element is needed. We just got two new heating elements installed a few weeks ago. It's still doing the same thing it did before we had the old ones replaced. What's the chances that the new elements (both) are defective?? cts
covetsthesun 07/22/20 04:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mechanical Mystery...

Ok...I'll bite. FREDs????Here's what I could find: Freaking Ridiculous Electronic Device LOL! I've got a lot of FRED's!!:B The truck has had so many Gremlins over the years I believe it has multiple personalities. Never know what it's thinking. :R
covetsthesun 07/22/20 04:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mechanical Mystery...

It's 68 degrees this morning here... and a seat warmer feels good on old bones. I've used the heated seats nearly year round...except on 90 degree days. The truck battery was replaced around 18 months ago. The passenger seat elements had been playing games for a year before being replaced a month ago. The new ones are doing the same thing, so it shouldn't be the problem. I'm going to have mech check pull the switch and look for corrosion. The dealer is concerned with a ground wire problem. Any other ideas I can give them? cts
covetsthesun 07/22/20 04:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mechanical Mystery...

It's the heated seat controller in the door panel just above the window controls. I had very similar erratic behavior in my wife's 2003 Yukon XL. The problem is the plastic joints aren't fully sealed and moisture gets past the seal on the window and drips onto the unit. Over time water gets in and corrodes the solder joints causing odd short circuits. Get a new seat controller (About $200) and before you install it, use 100% and cover all the joints in the body of the module. KJ We were wondering about the switch... the odd thing is that it seems to work if no one is sitting in the seat! We just discovered that yesterday. Of course...that could be just one more weird thing. I'll run this by our mechanic though...thank you! cts
covetsthesun 07/22/20 04:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mechanical Mystery...

My first thought is way too many FREDs Ok...I'll bite. FREDs????
covetsthesun 07/21/20 03:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

Meh. Wait till they come out with a motor on each wheel and they can do this. :). https://youtu.be/7BkxjHkOvYY :)
covetsthesun 07/21/20 03:39pm Tow Vehicles
Mechanical Mystery...

2004 Chevy Silverado EC 1500 5.3L LT3 over 350kmiles. Passenger heated seat started getting wonky about a year ago. Local dealer thought it was the seating elements going out...so we replaced them a month ago. Still acting wonky...but hard to track down the problem. Wonk Factor: Heat will work fine for an hour...and then quit. Hit the button to restart and maybe it works for another 15 minutes. Hit it again and the light flashes and goes right back off. This will happen several times untill I get tired of pushing buttons. Took it back to the dealer and they "can't reproduce the issue". It worked fine all day yesterday. Today...back to full wonk mode. But. Learned something new. IF no one is sitting in the seat...it will work perfectly and stay on. It appears to only malfunction if someone is sitting in the seat. :h Dealer wonders if it's a grounding issue...maybe it thinks it's shorting out and quits..but maybe it's grounding out instead. To be fair...this truck has been known to exhibit some passive aggressive tendencies at times. I'm "Driver 1" and it will forget my settings. It never forgets DH's "Driver 2" settings...and has been known to toss some of D2 info onto D1. His country stations kick my classical to the curb. It's a puzzle. Anyone ever see this before? The seats..DH is probably messing with my settings!;) CTS
covetsthesun 07/21/20 03:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

Out of curiosity...was the issue of whether or not AWD was better than 4WD settled? I have had 2WD for years and have been from Florida to Wyoming and parts east and west. For years, a good friend has strongly discouraged me from ever getting 4WD due to my penchant for finding "squiggly gray lines" on a map that turn out to be BLM roads. He says if I had a 4WD it would just take longer...and be more expensive to get me out once I got stuck. However...when he got stuck on wet grass in his own yard in a 4WD... I didn't say a word. Seriously. Too busy laughing. 4WD sounds good these days.
covetsthesun 07/21/20 03:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Big truck dealer in Idaho?

I know trucks are a national market now...seems everyone wants one more than ever. Does anyone know of a personal buyer that's located in Missouri or Kansas? I've looked at everything from Carmax to CarFax and it's mind numbing combing through the offerings. Thanks! cts
covetsthesun 07/21/20 08:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Big truck dealer in Idaho?

I've bought several pickups and SUVs through vehixbuyers.com. Syd Dorn is an auto broker in Portland. He is very honest and reliable. He and his family have done much to change the laws in Oregon protecting consumers in the auto market. He can find you the vehicle you want anywhere in the country, usually within 48 hours. He does the negotiating; all you do is the test drive and sign the papers on the one you choose. DW and I and our family won't "shop" anywhere else. NOTE: I don't work for or get anything by referring people to Syd. I just hate the car buying process, but Syd has taken all the pain out of it. Good luck in your search. I looked him up... I would love to find someone like him in Missouri!
covetsthesun 07/21/20 08:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Been away for a while

Covid has changed everything. DH and I tried to take a fantastic trip in 2015. Our first stop was a NICE hotel in Colorado Springs. DH managed to walk through a fresh cloud of germs that someone had coughed up in a hallway. I heard and saw the man coughing without covering, but couldn't get DH's attention fast enough. In less than 48 hours he had come down with the beginnings of pink eye AND a sinus infection! We limped into our second destination to find a clinic. Had to put goo in his eyes for 3 days before we could start home. So...we were in a hotel while I tended him. In the mountains we couldn't enjoy. In spite of all precautions... I got it from him. At least now... it seems that the hotels and more people are taking infection more seriously. But... like a lot of seniors...I'm pretty leery of hotels these days. DH is going to have double hernia surgery soon, and needs a cpap, so we aren't going anywhere till at least October. What ever we do... it has to be easy to do. Thank you everyone for the advice and stories. It's good to know steps to take to get back on the road! CTS
covetsthesun 07/19/20 09:06am RV Lifestyle
RE: Big truck dealer in Idaho?

Thanks everyone! I've dipped toes in a few times over the years to see if it was worth buying. With our current truck at over 350k miles and cranky it's well past time to get newer. Local dealer here treats me very well... and they have a buyer...so going to give that a whirl. Now we just have to figure out what path to take. Travel lite...or find something that will tow a TT. Covid just changed everything. Thanks again for all the advice. Very much appreciated! CTS
covetsthesun 07/19/20 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Big truck dealer in Idaho?

That's it! I'll check it out. May not be worth it. A friend suggested looking into a rehab dealer here...they get vehicles that are salvage title and apparently rehab them completely for resale. Not too sure about that option.
covetsthesun 07/18/20 03:40pm Tow Vehicles
Been away for a while

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covetsthesun 07/18/20 03:29pm Around the Campfire
Been away for a while

Hey Folks, I've been away from the forum for a long time...a few years now. Life got in the way big time. It still is...but I've pretty well decided it's time to take a new direction. DH thinks the ship has sailed on RVing...towing a trailer etc. Just get a good traveling vehicle and stay in cabins or hotels. I want a truck...but we're looking at Traverse and Tahoe too. My question is... how old is too old to RV? What special steps do you have to take? Do you stay in dedicated senior parks?? What say you? cts
covetsthesun 07/18/20 03:29pm RV Lifestyle
Big truck dealer in Idaho?

Ok...long time (years) since I've been on the forum. Life got in the way big time. Still is...but have decided to take what time I've got left and do something new. So... once upon a time I remember reading about a large truck outfit in Idaho (?) that could get a great deal on trucks. Is that still the case? Or...am I better off looking local? My current truck is a 2004 Silverado 1500 with over 350k miles. It doesn't owe me anything...but it isn't reliable to go on a road trip. Tried to go to Florida in February...broke down and needed a surprise front end brake job. Dealer in FL nor dealer in MO could figure out what happened or why. Just did. Stuck for a week. DH and I would like to get something reliable. Looking at Traverse, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban and GM equivalents. Pre owned and gently used. DH isn't sure he wants to take on towing a trailer now. Thinks that ship has sailed. Any experiences with these vehicles... advice etc. greatly appreciated. Thanks...CTS
covetsthesun 07/18/20 03:23pm Tow Vehicles
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