I visit my friend and certified mechanic – Toby at German Auto – for a detailed look underneath the all-new 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2. Is GM still using the wax coating on the frame? Will it be easy or difficult to change this truck’s engine oil? Why does it not have a skid plate to protect its fuel tank? Do the fancy new Multimatic DSSV shock mounts hand too low? Let’s find out.
2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2
The Silverado ZR2 is Chevrolet’s new off-road halo pickup. It has a 6.2L V8 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, new spool valve shocks, and 33-inch all-terrain tires. It has many skid plates, but not everything is protected. In this video, you see the truck on a lift at full suspension droop. It has about 9.8 inches of front suspension travel and 10.5 inches of rear travel.
The ZR2 uses an independent front suspension setup and a solid rear axle in the rear with leaf springs. The rear axle design requires the shocks to be mounted more inboard and the shock mounts do hang down a bit.
Toby confirms that it would be very easy to do an oil change on a new Silverado ZR2. The oil filter and the drain plug are easily accessible. The engine, front differential, and transmission are well protected by skid plates. So is the AWD/4×4 transfer case.
Check out the video below for all the new truck fun, and please stay tuned for the next ZR2 video where I drive this truck about 700 miles to show you its real-world fuel economy.