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Chevy Silverado: Problems & Solutions



  • I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to reply. Jeff is right. It's the windshield gasket making the popcorn noise. I also haven't fixed mine yet, for pretty much the same reason Jeff states. I did talk to my dealership about it, but they wanted me to schedule a dropoff so that my truck could be sent out to a windshield repair shop. I was told that if it has anything to do with the windows this is their normal procedure (despite them being aware of the TSB on this specific problem). The service rep also told me that they've handled this same problem this way before. Thing is, I figure I'll be out maybe 30 minutes doing it myself versus probably half the day or more if I have to drop it off then wait for the dealership to get it back. So I'll just do it myself using double sided body molding tape.

    For the Oil Change reset follow Jeff's instructions if you don't have steering wheel controls. If you do have steering wheel controls there's a menu option that displays the oil life % in the odometer area. Once you've brought it up you can just hold the reset button for a few seconds and it will reset to 100%. I believe the button to change the display to the oil life is the bottom left button on the steering wheel (hit repeatedly til Oil Life % shows). The reset button has the arrow symbol that looks like the one on the Enter / Return key of most computer keyboards.
  • I've never seen anything showing the engine block heater as standard with any given engine. My 2004 5.3 definitely doesn't have one. It's more likely a regional thing related to where the truck was originally sold when new.
  • dch0300dch0300 Posts: 472
    I wish you the best of luck, I too had high hopes when I first bought my new 2001 Silverado ext-cab Z-71 back in Dec 2000.

    As of 1/25/06 I've got 47,300 miles on it.

    Problems so far have been 10 sec of cold start engine ticking (no fix), windshield outside trim rattle (sealed it with doublesided tape), intermediate steering shaft rattles (replaced twice), driveline clunk (yoke replaced), driver's door electric window noises (motor replaced), stuck in 4wd-Hi (4wd module replaced).

    It's sad to say, but GM quality is very questionable these days (even in my Indiana made Silverado). And unless GM starts to invest in better engineering, testing and quality control processes, I doubt I'll ever by another GM product again.

    GM will make back the money from their current price cut program when us owners have to shell out the $$$ for parts and repair costs when the warranty runs out.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    All 1500 series crew cab trucks are made in Canada. I talked to a GM dealer and they said that the best built GM products come from Canada, then from US, and the worst ones from Mexico. what do you think? Avalanches and Suburbans are made in Mexico. Most pickups are made in the USA. :confuse:
  • I noticed that my passenger side rear wheel on my '02 Z71 was at negative camber (bottom sticks out more than top) when compared to the other rear wheel. I took both wheels off and pulled outward on the lug bolts and noticed that there was a degree of play in the passenger side one as opposed to the driver's side one, which there was not. Has anyone else had this problem or know what could possibly be the cause? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • need a little help from anyone that might know about the abs system of my 2000 chevy silverado 4/4 1500. gripe: abs warning light comes on as soon as the front tires turn, thought it might be the hub bearing as that is what fixed it last time. this time bearing feels good and both sensors read 1000 ohm, which is good. have also noticed heavy wear on rear brakes and very little on fronts could it be related? any help would be of huge assistance.
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    The GM Oshawah (spl) Ontario Plant(s)have won
    many quality awards from both GM itself and
    JD Power and Company (and a few other ratings
    sites also).
  • I've heard the same thing about the trucks (Canadian built being better). I don't know how true it is, but my Canadian-built Z-71 has had few problems. I don't categorize the windshield noise as a "defect" or "problem" per se, since it only occurred because of the bug deflector I installed.
  • Turn ignition to acc (without starting the truck) step on gas pedal 6 times within 10 secs. I think.
  • Hello all, i have a question about my 2001 chevy silverado, when i drive on the freeway and i do roughly 60-70 mph and then i let off the accelerator and start to coast there is a lound rattling kind of winding down sound coming from under the truck. But then when i step on the gas it stops then i coast and it does it again. also when i am at a stop and i take off right oround 10-20 mph the whole truck jitters then stops like right aroun 2nd gearish does anyone know if these are related to one another. if they arent what can they be. i think the jittering is the u joints, but the rattleing on the freeway sound kind of like exuhast. One more thing, the truck is fully bagged with a 3 link rear end could this cause it?
  • lionslions Posts: 20
    Well I hope you have better luck. My truck 2002 ext cab has a few problems like engine knock,brakes that won't stop you,my truck will pull to the right all the time, lights that burn out every year no reason,my headlight will come on when it wants to,heated mirrors that brake every year I have had it GM fix every year,creaks and groans,driveline clunks do i need to say any more this truck was built in Canada ? Man if it was built in Mexico It would have many more problems, And GM tells me most of these problems are not problem and are NORMAL , This why GM is in Big Trouble, they need to stop sending work down to Mexico for cheap labor, quality is suffering, many Americans are tired of the same old answers they all do that, Watch out GM Toyota new truck is coming , maybe GM will wake up and take care of there customers and not there stock holders pockets . Good Luck on your new truck, my 1988 was like a rock my 2002 is like a lemon.
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    Lions...............Not all is "rosy" in importland
    either !

    Take a trip over to or
    even not to mention the problem
    boards here at Edmunds.

    LOTS of problems over there too!

    If only EVERY vehicle could be perfect...........
  • lionslions Posts: 20
    I totaly agree with you but with one major difference In 1988 when i took my Chevy truck in to the dealer they tried to find a solution to the problem all of my dealer ssy yep we seen that they all do it. Is this fair I paid over 24,000 for a truck that they won't even try to find the problem. I took my wifes honda in with a problem and they bend over backwards to help me even if they don't know they call the factory and get help right then and there. With the new titan and ridgeline these are brand new truck there first years in production but there learning. Am not saying not to buy American cars and truck am saying the competition is winnig the battle, GM has been making quality trucks longer than Nissan,Honda has i expect them to have problem. Hondas, nissian,toyota are bulit here in the USA also. Why are so many of our jobs going to Mexico cheap labor. I have been over all the forms i just hate to see our GM company sink so low, am also a stock holder,They need to make a better product and work to fix the problems not just take a blind eye to the problems and say They all do that. Not all vechicle are perfect but make an honest attempt to find the problem.
  • I had the same problem with mine not too long ago. I would guess it's your Crank Sensor, that's what mine was ne way they have a rep for going out. I replaced mine and it fixed the problem. Should be about 70 bucks at your local autoparts store.

    Hope this helps
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    "GM has been making quality trucks longer than Nissan,Honda has i expect them to have problem. Hondas, nissian,toyota are bulit here in the USA also. Why are so many of our jobs going to Mexico cheap labor."

    Ever heard of the UAW?
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I think you may have a bad connection in a ground wire.

    I had similar issue with a Pontiac - I just about went nuts trying to figure it out - even to the point of buying some wire and running directly from the battery so i could test each light bulb - I finally checked the ground and it had a little bit of rust around the connection. cleaned it off and all my problems were solved.

    If you look at the wires that run to/between your tail light housings you should see a lone green one that runs directly to the frame - make sure it is a good connection.
  • texsuntexsun Posts: 23
    Well, I don't have a Silverado, own a '02 Sierra 1500HD. Specs are in the Meet the Members post. 84,000 miles and still loving it. My brother has an '02 1500HD 'Rado with over 130,000 - no problems either.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I worked my way through school (in a union company) - but since it was a right to work state I was not required to join the union - so I did not. The union went on strike - the plant closed - all 500 jobs were lost (including mine)- the offer from the company was $.35 per hour short of the union demand. $.35 cents - what a bunch of IDIOTS.

    The company still operates - but moved all its manufacturing jobs out of the country. The work rules were also a complete JOKE - you needed to call in an electrician if you wanted to plug in a desk lamp.

    So even though I think unions are a complete waste - I can't blame GM's (or Ford's) problems on the UAW. It was management's responsibility to determine what the company could afford - and say NO - it was managements responsibility to stand up to the union and even take a strike - if they had to. This is a management failure.

    The reason management did not do this is obvious - they would rather keep things going so they can get their bonus - they did not care if in 10 or 15 or 20 years the company would be completely screwed because by then they would be someplace else - and they would have the millions of dollars that they earned MAKING BAD DECISIONS.
  • Hey thanks a lot will have my husband try it, did yours do it on the entire windsheild? Mine seems just to be on the passenger side.

    Thanks again.
  • Has anyone heard about problems with the 4WD transfer case having no oil in it but no leaks??? We took our vehicle in and the extended warranty won't cover this since they are stating there was no oil/lubricant in the transfer case. There are no leaks either so where did the oil go??? Any ideas out there and how to fight this one?? Thanks.
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