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Chevy Silverado: Problems & Solutions



  • friedfried Posts: 2

    I have a 2005 1500 crew cab, 8500 miles. A clunking noise (you could feel it also) just started last week when driving over bumps, etc. around the driver location. Took it to the dealer and they knew exactly what the problem was and fixed it right away. They told me they replaced an intermediate steering shaft.

    I also notice a different clunk when the auto transmission shifts to 3rd gear at times. Will probably take it in for that also (that's why I'm scanning on Edmunds this eve).
  • jbhjbh Posts: 1
    My silverado rides like I have no suspension. In October of 2004 I had the tires replaced, I replaced them with the oem tires because I had got 65000 miles on the last pair. In August of 2005 I started feeling the bumps and the cracks in the asphalt with a "jarry" pronounced feeling and the whole trucks interior would start to rattle. One month later I replaced the shocks all the way around. I am still having the "jarry" ride. I am running with the correct tire pressure as printed on the door label. This is the LT model and it had rode like a Cadillac with a very comfortable and quiet ride. Can anyone give me advice on what to do?
  • You do not need the full door stick air in the rear when you do not have a load in it. There may be a tire pressure chart with the owners papers. Weigh the front and rear and set the air according to the pressure chart. SNOKING
  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    Possible, but no one can say for certain without a tear-down by a good transmission man.
  • Just had my 2005 Silverado to the dealer for another problem and mentioned I was getting an intermittent bump on the shift either from first to second or second to third. They checked it and the following is the technicians report:

    (C/S gets a bump at 1/2 or 2/3 upshift. Occurs intermittent. Ran Diagnostic check for codes. None found. Reflashed Powertrain Control Module with latest calibrations.)

    Don't understand what the above means and I have only driven a few miles since but so far no bumps on shifting. Should have asked but was so interested in my primary problem that I didn't read the bump report on the warranty
    paper work until I got home. If the shift bumps don't start again I guess it dosen't really matter. Hope your dealer can take care of your shift noise.
  • I took my GMC to the dealer today and they are going to replace the entire instrument cluster. The guy said that was the only fix. The new instrument cluster would have the same data from the computer already loaded so I won't lose my mileage. Bummer, if it went back to zero then my warrantee would still be good for another 36,000 miles. Luckily mine is under warrantee. Good luck.
  • Thankyou. I was able to repair this at a cost of $26 for the resistor. The 2004 has a resistor that is on an IC board, the older than 2001 resistors are exposed wires... The part that the dealer sold me has been ec'ed now into a ceramic encased system. Looks like it will not fail again from the looks of the redesign.

    The blower fan works great now.. Thanks again.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I would try changing the shocks for a softer type. Many heavy duty gas charged shocks make vehicles ride harsher than regular oil filled shocks. I experienced this on my 95 Nissan 4X34 pickup: I replaced the stock oil filled shocks with gas charged heavy duty shocks and the ride got noticeably more jarry and harsh.

    BTW several years ago I test drove a new S-10 4X4 blazer with the Z off road package. It had Bilstein heavy duty shocks on it, big 31X10.5 tires and the ride was awful! I never rode in a new vehicle that rode so harsh! Regular shock absorbers and smaller tires would no doubt improve the ride quite a bit.

    The term "shock absorber" is somewhat misleading. They are actaully shock dampeners, becuase they do not absorb the shock at all. This is done by the springs or torsion bars. Sock absorbers merely slow down the spring or torsion bar oscillations. If the shock absorbers are very stiff, they allow less spring or torsion bar movement and cause quicker rebound, thus causing a stiffer, more jarring ride.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I have a 1999 Silverado x-cab LT Z-71

    I replaced the stock shocks with Bilstein Heavy Duty - I also replaced the stock Firestone Wilderness 265 75 16 (P rated car tires) tires for 285 75 16 load range D.

    After these changes the ride is much stiffer - but that is OK with me - when empty it rides like a truck!

    When I have a load in the bed - or when I tow IMO the ride and handling is better than stock. The truck also corners much better - not as much body roll.

    I run 33/30 PSI front/rear empty & the ride is OK. When hauling a load or towing I normally run 40-50 PSI (tires are rated to 65PSI.
  • My 00 Silverado 2500 (6.0) with the (4L80-E) tranny does the same thing you are describing. I notice it once I have driven the truck at highway speeds. Once I have come to a stop and it begins to travel from 1st to 2nd gear it shifts very hard! Sounds like the tranny is going to drop from under me. If I immediately pull over and shut the truck down for about 30 seconds it is gone. The dealer said they cant duplicate, freggin liar!
    I am currently at 130k miles and I regularly flush my tranny. It is flushed about every 25 k in miles. I baby the truck. I am the original owner and give it nothing but the best. Oil is changed every 2000 miles with full synthetic oil and i even change the oil filter in between oil changes to ensure top filtration.
    The tranny thing just started at about 125k miles, out of no where. I pull a heavy load with the truck on camping trips. I pull my 5th wheel and boat behind the 5th wheel. Total weight is about 17,000 lbs. Usually forget all that is behind me as it flys down the road.
    Anyone with a fix for this, would help me sleep easier. Heading for Alaska in the next month or so and would love to have this things behind me.
    Thanks in advance.
  • jjtjjjtj Posts: 103
    I have no personal experience with this problem, but the fact that you can shut the truck off for 30 secs. and eliminate the problem (temporarily) might indicate a problem with some kind of sensor or the transmission computer contol unit. Shutting off the truck might be resetting something. I'd find a good transmission shop that has experience with computer controlled transmissions and see what they can find. I hate going to the dealer because it seems like they're favorite words are "can't duplicate problem"!
  • Hi everyone. My brother has a 99 Silverado that has had problems with the transmission for over two years now. Erratic shifting, "Service Engine Soon" light never goes away, and I was wondering if anyone knows of a reset button for the service engine soon light (maybe under the dash).

    He tried to get a vehicle inspection (emissions passed), but the state computer (N.C.) says that the transmission is slipping. And that's far from the truth, since it shifts hard from 1st to 2nd, & 3rd. He has the button in the middle of the shifting arm. I would love to possibly replace the trans computer with one that does not use the button for overdrive.

    For all the Chevy lovers here, I'm not going to run down this truck, but I won't give you my personal opinion of it either. I'm a Chevy owner also, with a 93 3500 work truck, but this 99 Silverado is just a pain in my neck, and a pain in my brothers finances.

    My 1987 260E Mercedes-Benz was easier to troubleshoot and restore than dealing with this truck. So if anyone has info that will allow me to replace the trans control unit with one that works when you put it in "D" then I would appreciate hearing from you.

    Thanks for your time.
  • Hey, I feel your frustration, as my brother has a 99 Silverado, with same trans problems. I could see calling it "Normal" if it were at the drag strip and you were trying to get the best E.T.'s, but he's driving it to work and back home, and I don't think it will even spin a tire, but it might.

    I think all Chevy truck owners (here and elsewhere) should form a class-action lawsuit against GM, and all it takes is one owner to step forward, and the rest will follow. Let me know if you want to do something like this, and I'll be glad to assist you with a website and other avenues that may get you some results that you deserve. I could not imagine spending $40K for a vehicle that has problems, so I can understand your frustration, and I realize that you had no clue, like my brother, that you would have problems down the road.

    The dealership is nothing other than a rip off, and I call them "Stealerships" since they replace parts and you have the same problem. I'm a mechanic and not a parts changer, and it makes me angry at GM because I have to deal with this 99 Silverado, which has had trans problems for over two years. One reading said "Speed Shift Sensor".....well that didn't do it....another reading said electronic solinoids in the trans, well that didn't fix it either.

    Normal to GM is sending out service bullitins to calm the customers down, so there won't be a class-action lawsuit.

    If you want to file a complaint against GM, go to and I'm sure you will find others that have your same issue...maybe you can mention the dealer's name and location where you purchased your truck. I think it's a shame that you have problems...and I bet you have under 100K miles, right?

    Good luck, and let me know if I can help you.
  • The CD player in my 2005 Silverado will not accept a CD. I have tried both purchased CD's and ones that I have recorded. If I partially push the disk in it just sits there. The eject button can be pushed and the disk comes out. The last time I recall using the disc player I had tried to play an MP3 disk. The player gave me a message like "check disk" so I assumed it was not MP3 compatible. I dont recall if I have played a disk since. Has anyone else had this problem or know of a quick fix? My local dealer could not schedule a service appt for 2 weeks! Thanks
  • jb25jb25 Posts: 1
    I have recently replaced my brake lights as they had went out. They have both gone out again in a very short amount of time. The fuses don't appear to be blown. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do from here to troubleshoot the problem??? Thanks.
  • I recently baught a 2003 Silverado 1500DH, 4X4, 6.0L, Crew with a 3.73 rear end and the trailering option. It's my first Chevy truck and I love it, but I have noticed that it has the roughest ride of any 4X4 I have ever ridden in. I realize the importance and merits of a stiff suspenstion in an off road vehicle, but I have owned other 4X4s with comparable towing capacity and have never experienced anything like this. I feel like I'm riding in a Jeep.

    Has anyone else experienced this? Is that the way it is or is there something wrong with the truck? Are there any options for smoothing out the ride without sacraficing its towing and offroad abilities? I do light offroad activities, and I haul a bass boat frequently.

  • Would someone with a 2004 Crewcab 1500 please do this for me and report back. Put your truck in the street, step on the brake, put it in drive and try and turn the steering wheel from lock to lock (left to right) while stopped (very important). What do you feel? Is it smooth or do you have to fight your truck? I have NEVER owned a vehicle I have to fight to steer as much as this one. It's fine if the truck is moving, even slightly, but this doesn't help if you are trying to parallel park, get into tight spaces etc... I have had the power steering pump replaced, gear box and it still occurs and the dealer says it's normal.
  • Halofan,

    I did as you requested. I have a 2003, 1500, 4X4 Crew. When I turned the wheel side to side the first time, it was smooth. After I did it a couple times it started to bind a little, but quit as I took some pressure (before I started to roll) off the brake. I've never noticed it before, so I don't think it has himdered my ability to park in tight quarters (with this truck everthing seem to be tight), although my driving style is such that I rarely find my self turning the wheel while at a dead stop. Some of what you are talking about may be normal, but I'm not woried about it. In the future, if the dealer ever tells you that something is normal, then make him let you test drive another vehicle. If it is truly "normal", then they should all do it.

    Hope this helps
  • Hello,
    I have a 95 chevy silverado and i have a recurring coolant leak from the top of the pump housing where the hose connects. I have had this replaced with the same fitting three times now and i was wondering if there was an alternate solution.

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