Should I retrofit headlight with LEDs?

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The bulbs in your vehicle are a basic factor in your safety. With proper maintenance of these bulbs, you could easily achieve driving safety. Above all, you are considering that today the market offers us different light bulbs with which to improve the quality of lighting in your car in a simple way.

Good car bulbs make a decisive contribution to road safety. New cars usually equipped with modern xenon or LED headlights ex-works. Is it worth it to also equip older vehicles with it? Seeing and being seen better is a safety issue when it comes to lighting systems in cars. Halogen headlights were standard in the past, but modern vehicles often run with xenon or LED lights. Can something like that be retrofitted?

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The lighting of our car has four main enemies :
– The bulb is lack of quality
– The poor adjustment of the headlights, both in height and laterally
– Loss of transparency of the “glass” (in reality they are almost all plastic)
– Dirt, both inside and outside the headlight

To improve visibility at night, you can replace your conventional low beam with LED headlights. You can retrofit the low beam yourself. The easiest way to retrofit the low beam is to install a new 9006 led bulb headlight. Headlights with LED lighting are available as headlights and for the rear lights. LEDs have a different power supply and are constructed very differently than conventional light bulbs. You cannot easily integrate LED bulbs into a headlight that works with conventional light bulbs.

LED headlights are available for many different vehicle models

If you have decided to convert, you should inquire with a car accessories supplier whether there are headlights for your vehicle that work with LED light. The offer is also large for older vehicles. You can also search for suitable products on the Internet. You should always have your vehicle manual handy when purchasing a headlight. In this way, it can exactly determine which model you need.

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Advantages of LED lights

Light-emitting diodes or LEDs (abbreviation for Light Emitting Diode) are not only used more and more in the house, but also in the lighting of cars, trucks, bicycles, and trailers. The advantages also speak clearly for LED technology in the care sector. LEDs have an extremely long lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. Since several installed LEDs, there is usually no total failure.

LED headlights are becoming increasingly popular and are usually standard in current vehicles. Understandably, many car owners want to retrofit LED headlights to see and be seen better on the road. One advantage of LEDs is that they are not only more durable; they also generate less heat. Also, they bring significantly more light to the street than conventional headlights.

What does it cost to retrofit led headlights?

Retrofitting LED headlights can be costly. Depending on the vehicle model and parts manufacturer, you have to expect 1000 dollars to retrofit the led headlights from original accessories suppliers. LED and xenon headlight fans should rather know more profound than to take advantage of the next cheapest offer because the qualities are the difference between cheap suppliers and brand manufacturers.

Tips to Clean Your Car After a Vocation

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You realize how dirty your car has been when you start cleaning it. When the holidays are over, the accumulation of dirt is more than evident in many of the cars.

Taking our children from one side to the other, classmates, etc., makes all parts of the vehicle dirty, and it is, therefore, advisable to do a deep cleaning.

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Today we are going to show you how to leave everything sparkling:

1, Remove all trash: such as papers, tissues, and food scraps (wrappers). We will order well the glove compartment and the other places where we keep things.

2, We will clean the dashboard with products that we can buy anywhere, whether it’s a supermarket or a gas station. We will remove all dirt from the dashboard with the product and a cloth.

In the grooves, we will use a brush to remove all the dust where we cannot reach with the cloth, also to remove the society that we cannot reach with the vacuum cleaner.

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3, We will clean with the same product the doors and other plastics of the car such as the trunk, rear doors, frames, and door sills and the central crossbars, as well as where it sits in the rear tray of the Trunk

4, Cleaning of the crystals: we will clean them in an area that does not shine in the sun and that the crystals are cold, to avoid markings when the sun reflects or fogs.

Tip: if your car fogs a lot, we will regularly clean the windows and prevent its formation so quickly.

5, Aspiration: first, we will vacuum the carpets. If they made of cloth, we could wash them with water and with a product that contains a detergent to remove bad odors.

Next, we will vacuum the entire carpet and seats (from the sides and below). It is advisable that the rear seats, if possible, we will disassemble them to clean the bottoms so that some food that can give off smell has cast.

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6, Trunk: it is the forgotten part of the car, we will place it, we will shake the rear part, and we will vacuum it thoroughly.

7, Cleaning the door frames: accumulates a lot of dirt and is the first thing you see when entering the car, so if we forget about them, the final result will be a deteriorated idea. we will clean everything in the doors and frames of them with water and a sponge or cloth

8, Put an air freshener to the taste of the driver.

This result is all for today to keep a car taken care of after forgetting it on vacation. It is important to clean, especially if you have sea sand since it contains salt and oxidizes the metal of the car.

What to Do When the Car Can Not Start in Winter

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Do you have trouble starting the car in winter? As a general rule in winter, the cold makes it difficult to start cars, especially older models, which, even on very cold days, can end the car’s battery.

Today we bring you the most typical possible failures of a car in winter; we will tell you the problems and the solutions to these problems.

1, When it is very cold, the car does not start.

First of all, we must find out where this fault comes. If we make contact and the motor rotates several turns but does not start, and when trying again, it keeps turning the motor, we will discard it from the battery. But if it only turns the starter motor a few turns and then it does not turn any more, it is a battery problem, so we must check it with a multimeter and replace it.

Secondly, if we have to put several times in contact so that the car starts, it can be a problem for car heaters. When the car is hot, it can start at first, but with the cold car, if they are damaged, they can cause the car not to start, or do it at the three times of trying.

For this problem we must replace the heaters, although there are cars that start already badly in winter, we recommend giving the contact twice, a starting turn, and again contact so that it lights better.

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2, Idle lower than normal, and the car shakes.

If you only do it when the car is cold, it can be for two reasons:

When the car trembles, it might be too cold, and until the sensors stabilize the air intake, fuel shakes, but after a minute it stops shaking and the revolutions rise to its normal regime. This result is normal if it is only cold and I would say that most cars with time in the market do it, another problem would be if they do it hot or normally, then it would be caused by other failures. The solution is to let it take the normal working temperature, approximately 4 minutes, to the idle.

If the car trembles and sounds bad, it can be a problem, as we discussed earlier. It may be that a heater is in poor condition and does not fulfill its function. The car can initially start at three cylinders, causing a very pronounced tremor in the car, even throwing white smoke from the exhaust, a sign that the diesel has not burned.

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3, white smoke in the morning when I turn it on.

It is usually more common in gasoline cars, but diesel also occurs. This white smoke produced when the car is cold, and it is a condensation of a temperature difference that causes this white smoke to escape.

Along with this smoke, water usually accompanied in the exhaust produced by said condensation. Many of the current exhausts are made of stainless steel so that oxidation of the exhaust does not occur, as was usual in old cars, especially the rear and middle parts of the exhaust system.

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4, Water freezing of windshield washers.

To do this, we must add a little alcohol (ethyl) to windshield washer water to prevent it from freezing since the alcohol has a very high solidification point.

How to Avoid the Aquaplaning While Driving?

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What is aquaplaning?

The aquaplaning phenomenon is the loss of adhesion to the pavement of the road driven by the accumulation of water. The tire is unable to dislodge the water from its front. The accumulation is greater than that conceived by the manufacturer.

How does the tiring work?

The tire tries to dislodge the water from the most frontal part of the tire, secondly use the grooves of the wheels to get the most and expose the tire to greater friction with the wet pavement, and the drawing draws the water laterally to increase Even more grip.

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How does the tire in aquaplaning?

The front of the tire tries to draw as much water as possible to the right and left. There is a higher water concentration. It only manages to displace it; the grooves in the tires try to find a contact. Still, the water concentration is higher than the grooves, so it results in In vain, and the drawing you need contact to evacuate the water flow optimally.

Where do we find aquaplaning?

In areas of the pavement of the roads where there is an accumulation of water, water channels outside the roads that cross the road, uneven roads that cross the average of other lanes, stagnations, shoulders, broken pipes, drains.

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What sensation perceived in the car?

First, we will find a deceleration of the vehicle, which causes the speed of this to decrease considerably, a higher difficulty to carry out braking, thus increasing the braking distance and finally, the lack of direction of the vehicle.

What can happen if I pass over a buildup of water?

In this case, there are variants according to the wheels that take the accumulation of water. If we take them with a wheel, we will only notice a deceleration, so we should not break if they are both wheels, and for example, we are on a highway. It can cause us to change lane unintentionally (checked first hand). If it is with all four wheels at the same time depending on the speed, we will see trooper, we will lose control of the vehicle, both in direction and acceleration, as in braking.

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What can we do to try to avoid it?

1, First we will check the useful life that our tires have left, if there is little left we will proceed to replace them, to choose it we will look at the drawing of the tire, its grooves and drawings will play a fundamental role.

2, The tire pressure checked so that they are in optimal condition.

3, If we are crossing an area where there is a lot of water, we may find accumulations of this liquid. Which we recommend lowering a march to the vehicle to keep it retained and high in turns in case it is necessary to use the accelerator to have an immediate exit in the vehicle.

4, Using the senses, the caution, and the adaptation of the speed to the track is essential to stay inside. The one you are driving, it is not only for you but also for those who circulate by cart.

5, In case of extreme rain, turn on the fog lights so that they can see us. In the case of agglomeration of vehicles or road retentions, we will use the emergency lights of the vehicle to warn the vehicles that are behind us that there are obstacles on the road to moderate their speed.

What is the Types of Car Brake Discs

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In ancient times the vehicles mounted braking systems that consisted of a drum made of iron that inside were the brake shoes that were activated when the driver stepped on the brake, the shoes expanded and produced friction against the drum thus causing the braking.

But when the brake abused a lot, the lack of efficiency in braking was felt as they reached very high temperatures due to the friction of materials, so they would soon be replaced by the disc brakes normally in the front train and drums in the back.

Currently, many of the models already mount discs both in the front and rear train to improve braking efficiency, since the difference between using one system and another is more than noticeable the advantages of the discover the brake drum.

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But what types of brake discs exist?

The types of discs that we can see today are very varied, although par excellence in current conventional models mounted ventilated disc in front and a solid disk behind enough for 100cv cars.

But in the market there is a lot of variation between models and engines which causes variations here, let’s analyze the brake discs:

– Solid disk: it is a solid piece of metal that, by the friction of pads, pressed by a brake caliper against the brake discs, can stop the vehicle. Many of these discs we will see in the front of powerful little cars ( Golf 3 Diesel, for example) or the rear of many current cars or with more than 100cv, are the difference, for example, the rear bridges of a 1,1Lde 60 or 1,4L 75cv saxophone with drum at 1, 6L or 1.6 16v with 90/100 or 120hp respectively with disc on the rear bridge.

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– Ventilated discs: mounted on most vehicles, the difference with the massifs is that they have internal ventilation that allows faster heat dissipation and more optimal brake response, a great improvement.

– Ventilated and perforated discs: it has internal ventilation, and it differs because it has some grooves or perforations on the surface of the discs, allows a greater degree of efficiency in braking. We will find it in vehicles more powerful than the average, Mercedes AMG, and cars like that.

– Ceramic carbon discs: they had sports applications in F1 or sports racing for a long time, although Brembo in 2002 joined the 2002 Ferrari Enzo with them, followed by Lamborghini, Mercedes, Chevrolet, among others.

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Currently, you can see many cars in the national Rails with this system; they are characterized by the red color that they generate when braking, they need to be heated before starting the race since they work in a temperature range.

Currently, in Spain, if you want to modify the braking power of a vehicle, you must make a reform in the technical file to be homologated.

How to Repair Your Car at Home

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In our previous post, we were talking about how to make repairs or repair what has damaged, but never of everything necessary to repair your vehicle at home.  That is, the necessary tools to carry out these tasks, what we use ourselves.

Today we bring you everything you need to set up your workshop at home so that most comfortably, you can make simple repairs to your vehicle without paying for labor.

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What we use to make repairs on the following tools:

1, A Briefcase: That it has a great variety of glasses and tips for the different screws that a vehicle may have, with one of 215pcs would be advisable.

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2, A cat: we can find a variety of cats: mechanical, pneumatic, or hydraulic. These differ in the volume and weight capacity they can lift. The most common 2T would be enough for any conventional vehicle. A considerable point to see would be the minimum and maximum travel height since we can have a vehicle, low or high, such as a 4 × 4, the maximum recommended height would be about 40cm.

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3, Security stands in case the cat fails to have Security if we are working under the vehicle.

4, A portable light: since many times the parts to be replaced are in inaccessible and poorly visible places, so in this way, we would be more comfortable replacing them.

5,  Extractors: These are necessary to extract bearings since, without them, we would be more complicated to replace them. We also have extractors to replace kneecaps that make us the function of detaching them without needing blows.

6, Various tools: here, we can have a great variety: from flat screwdrivers, star, Torx, hexagonal, etc. Normal pliers, tips, sharp, etc. Parrot beak hammers, floaters,

7, Flanges: we must always have them in case you have to fix a loose cable.

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8, Electrical material: Multimeter to do some battery check, or simply if the alternator is working correctly, strip wires, tips, tabs (clematis), retractable tube for cable ties, several light bulbs in case you have to replace a melt.

9, Useful to change oil: you will need it if they have a conventional filter, which most of the cars carry.

This method is essential to have a workshop to be able to perform most repairs. If you think something is missing, let us know in the comment box that you will find just below.

What You Should Notice When Buying a Car

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When we buy a car, they give us several possibilities as well as acquiring new extras that improve performance or even safety.

But today we are going to try to advise that we should choose either the anti-puncture Kit that does not take up almost space in our trunk or the normal spare wheel or cookie wheel.

With this wheel, we will limit the maximum speed to 40 km per hour as it is a helper wheel to reach the nearest workshop to patch or change the wheel we have punctured.

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The anti-puncture Kit is a wheel repair kit that has, in its compound, a product that repairs and swells the wheel that has lost air due to a puncture coming from a sharp object that cracks the constitution of the tire reaching the chamber of air and causes the air to expel outside.

This kit has the advantage that it occupies a little place in the car and makes us have more usable space in the cargo compartment (trunk).

The disadvantage of this kit is it does not repair punctures with a diameter greater than 5 mm. The liquid that inserted into the air chamber is impossible to cover the hole with the cash that inserted.

The spare wheel, on the other hand, gives us more autonomy, within this section we have two differences:

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-The cookie wheel is a wheel to replace the original car for a short period. That is, we have to change the wheel as soon as possible because, with this wheel, we limit the speed at which we can drive around 40 km hour, is the most used to get out of the way, and that many manufacturers ride.

-The spare wheel as the original car: one of the best options without a doubt and the one you chose without thinking for a moment by experience.

Advantages: we can continue in case of a blowout and less space than the wheel of origin of the car.

Disadvantages: speed limitation at 40km / h.

When you take a trip, it is very easy that for any reason, you have a flat tire, and you need to continue your trip with this wheel you can do it since it has no speed limit or has to replace although it recommends.

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Advantage: it has the same characteristics as the originals of the car.

Disadvantages It reduces the useful space of the car in the cargo compartment or increases the weight of the vehicle by a couple of kgs.

Therefore we recommend the use of a wheel with the same characteristics as the original. In the case of blowout or breakage of the tire, we can continue our journey.

Guide to Change Car Rear Bearing

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Changing a bearing can be a good task that we can do a weekend, whether you like it or save a few euros instead of taking it to the workshop.

The bearings are moving parts that cause the wheels to spin without almost wear of friction, there are many types, but the most used are those of balls or conical. To change a bearing, we will need the following tools, a jack to lift the car and an easel to leave it safe and extractor bearings.

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1, We must lift the vehicle on the wheel that we think makes a buzzing (bearing in bad conditions) we will check if it has any slack, we will roll it with the hand and see if it is the bearing that produces the noise, if it is, we will lower the vehicle.

2, Loosen the bolts or nuts of the wheel without getting them out and lift the vehicle by placing a stand to work safely and work underneath. Once the wheel removed, we remove the dust cap and remove the pin to loosen the nut; once the nut is loose, we try to remove the drum by clamping with two large flat screwdrivers, taking into account when we get the bearings in the case of some vehicles.

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3, Once the drum is out, and we will proceed to remove the guides from the bearings with afloat. Once outside, we will clean everything well to place the new bearing.

4, To place the new tracks, we must have a press, and if in the case that we did not have it we can use the old tracks to hit it with a hammer according to its circumference, we will lubricate the new one with oil and try to lower it equally. Once we put the two, we will place the retainer so that the fat does not leave us towards the drum.

5, We will proceed to mount the drum, and successively we will put on the clean shaft the new greased bearings, and unlike we take out, we put the nut.

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6, To give the tightening of the nut, we must see if the bearing rotates well; this means that when turning with the hand, it must not break, and once it inserted the pin to fix it.

7, We will grease again before putting on the dust cover and place the wheel.

Once all this is done we will test the vehicle on the road and see that I stop making the characteristic hum of a damaged bearing.

How to Refuel for Your Car

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Not long ago, we all went rigorously on Mondays to refuel, both gasoline and diesel, since the difference with the rest of the week was more than noticeable.

This result was because, on Mondays, gasoline/diesel was cheaper than other days. Then, as if it were a ritual, on Monday handrails by the gas stations to fill the tanks to save money with refueling.

But many users also perform another series of actions such as refueling in the morning. Since they say that the density of the fuel is different, therefore, a greater increase in fuel is experienced in the tank. But let’s analyze how true this is.

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1, Fill in first thing in the morning or at nightfall. It is sovereign nonsense to believe that this trick will save money and increase car autonomy. The density of the fuel does not change since regulators and tanks do not admit that these variations occur. To say that in case of missing the regulatory commission could sanction the oil company.

2, Refuel slowly: here, there can be a variation because in the refueling gases are produced that are recycled inside for recycling, making this if we can notice a small difference.

3, Turn the nozzle: little difference we can notice, but different media ensure that with this action, we are refueling around 80-100ml more than if we do not.

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4, Fill the deposit in half: as they say, evaporation can cause the autonomy of the vehicle to decrease, but I have never noticed it. I have left the car one week stopped, and I have taken the same kilometers, so if we use the car every day, we will not notice it.

With the updates occur in the industry, they certainly thought about this, and they have taken measures to regularize.

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It is true, that a long time ago (last century) it could happen that there was variation in refueling because there was no compensation in the suppliers. Thus refilling fewer liters, but at present, the differences that can find are minimal.

Off-Road Truck First Drive Review: 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

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GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

GMC‘s new heavy-duty pickups bring greater refinement, huge capabilities, and smarter convenience and trailering features. The 3.6-liter V6 does its job well with reliable power and torque available. I’m always nervous when we see a new 9-speed unit. Commonly calibrated towards fuel efficiency, these gearboxes often find themselves confused as to what gear to choose during hard accelerations. Burying the accelerator pedal on the 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 didn’t cause any hesitation, though, as the unit shifts quickly and seamlessly through gears.

GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

New Turbodiesel

The only vehicle offered with the new turbodiesel for on-road testing was a Denali, which is the range-topping model in the Sierra 1500 lineup. The downside to GMC’s decision to not make any other changes to the 2020 lineup is the fact that the Denali’s interior remains decidedly unimpressive, especially when compared to the Ram 1500s. This is especially egregious when you consider that Ram is not explicitly playing to a premium niche the way GMC is.

The Engine

The standard engine for the Sierra 2500HD is a 6.6-liter gasoline V8, good for 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft. of torque. The model we sampled featured the 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V8, which outputs 445 horsepower at 2,800RPM, and a staggering 910 lb-ft. of torque at a low 1,600RPM. This isn’t by any means a straight-line bandit, but the diesel 2500HD drove around the foothills of Yellowstone National Park effortlessly and blended in perfectly with the other heavy-duty trucks in the area.

GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

Powertrain System

When it comes to the powertrain, things will remain pretty much the same. The 2020 Sierra 1500 will continue with standard 4.3-liter V6, which is good for about 280 horsepower. Of course, a new 2.7-liter four-cylinder is in the offer as well. This one delivers around 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Two familiar V8 units are in the offer as well. A 5.3-liter unit is good for about 355 horsepower, while a bigger 6.2-liter engine delivers around 420 hp. Finally, there is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine, which delivers around 282 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.

The Wheelbase

Longer in wheelbase (rear legroom grows nearly three inches), these crew cab models shed 450 pounds over their predecessors — the result of a hotly-debated decision to use aluminum for some of the body panels (hood, doors, tailgate). GMC claims its 5’8″ short box is the most voluminous in the industry (62.9 cubic feet), even more so than the 6’6″ long boxes found on Ford and Ram crew cabs. The jury’s out, at least for this author, on the visual appeal of those strange wheel wells. Inside, it’s again a case of evolution over revolution. A line of driver-assist and convenience switches still adorns the bottom of the aluminum-trimmed center stack.

GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

Like its Chevrolet Silverado 1500 stablemate, the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 is a full-size pickup truck that is available in crew-cab, double-cab and regular-cab configurations. No surprises there. For 2020, there are some new trim options of its new 5202 led bulb conversion kit and, most notably, a new powerplant. Along with the previously available gas engines, the Sierra 1500 now offers an optional turbocharged diesel inline-six engine. The hotly anticipated 3.0-liter Duramax diesel engine option has been talked about for over a year.