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  • pauld1pauld1 Posts: 1
    Jeff, I'm having the same issue with my '93 and my mechanic is stumped. We're looking at running a test on the instrument cluster.
  • If your driving down the road and take your hand off of the steering wheel and the vehicle continually pulls of to the right all by itself no matter what than you have 1 of 2 problems (or a combination of the both of them).

    1. You could have what is known as a RADIAL PULL,.. this happens when the belts in the tire are not correct within the tire. A quick check would be to take your front 2 tires and swap them left to right and right to left. If your vehicle stops pulling to the right you have found the problem.

    2. The other explaination is your vehicle needs a front end alignment. Your CASTER angle adjustment is off. this could come from hitting the curb with some force or a bad chuck hole. In the alignment process the R/S adjustment is always more positive than the left (usually by 1/2 a degree or so) this is intentionally done so as to compensate for the crown in the road.

    Try the tire swap first and if doesn't cure the problem go to a reliable front end shop and have your alignment at least checked. Caster is a NON-tire wearing angle of adjustment. If your noticing the inside or outside tread of your tires wearing out more than the rest of the tire then that is called the CAMBER angle and it WILL wear out your tires. Normally if one angle changes,.. it will effect all of the angle adjustments ( IE: Camber, Caster & toe -in )
  • arriearrie Posts: 312
    One very little known but amazingly excellent tire is NOKIAN. It is a small European company but has made car tires and other rubber products for decades. Their main tire type is a winter tire, which has let them to develop very good grip rubber compounds with excellent wear resistance.

    The best tire for the kind of driving you described in my opinion is Nokian WR. It is an all season tire with just superion grip in wet and snow and of course on dry. Rides really smooth and makes noticeable improvement in car handling.

    I had a set of Nokian NRZi tires in my Crown Victoria and put 35 000 miles on them. The owner after me put another 15 000 miles on them. Not bad for a Z rated tire! These tires had grip like no other tire I have ever seen. For example, I was not able to spin the wheels of my Crown Vic on wet pavement when the original Michelin Symmetry tires on the car would spin really easily but still wore out in 30 000 miles.

    Since there is no Nokian dealer in the area where I live I could buy the tires direct from their importing warehouse in LaVergne, TN. The NRZi tires cost about $110 per tire. Nokian NRV tires that I purchased for my wife's Grand Am were $108.

    My friend purchased Nokian WR tires by my recommendation for his '03 Suburban last winter and he loves them. He lives in Wisconsin so he gets to drive in snow too. They cost $125 a piece.

    I purchased Nokian Vatiiva tires for my Tahoe last fall but did not like them as they made a little bit too much noise. These tires were much better for handling than the Bridgestones that the truck came with. The biggest improvement was in stopping distance, which with Bridgestones can be really long.

    I will buy a set of WR tires for my Tahoe in a couple of months.

  • i got the same letter from chevy, too, so i took mine to the local dealer. they had never heard of the problem, so they checked it out and found nothing. the most frustrating things are the lack of info the dealer has and the lack of solution stated in the letter by chevy. my pump has a very loud high pitched whine to it....don't know if it's related?????
  • tpalentpalen Posts: 3
    I installed a new fuel pump in my 1999 Suburban. After installing and putting the fuel back in the tank (3/4 of a tank) I am getting a reading on the fuel gage of only 1/4 of a tank. Not sure what to do or if this will go away with a top off of the tank.
  • tpalentpalen Posts: 3
    Just replaced mine yesterday and the new pump at Auto Zone was $248.00.
  • tpalentpalen Posts: 3
    Could be a lose gas cap. try replacing the gas cap and make sure it is tight.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,641

    I talked w/ my local chevy dealer regarding the letter and they said a recall hasn't been issued yet. The letter was merely to inform owners of the fuel pump/wiring problem and the associated symptoms and that a fix is on the way. Once the solution is available, the recall will be issued.

    My fuel pump makes a very load whining noise and I plan on replacing it when the recall is issued. From what I understand, the tank will need to be dropped to fix the wiring problem, I'm going to see if the dealer will cut me a break on labor if I have them drop a new pump in.
  • I picked up the burb from the dealer... He isn't sure. I read in another post about a bad radio - Who knows. I decided to juice the battery up all the way and I pulled about 10 fuses, Radio, power seats, heated mirrors, etc - Anything that has larger draw and could be used when vehicle is off. I'm going to put the fuses back in 1 or 2 at a time and monitor when this occurs. I usually can't get more than a day out of the battery so if I put one in and the volt meter is on the high side of 14, I'll assume that isn't the circuit.

    If anyone has seen this problem before, let me know.. Thanks!
  • Can anyone enlighten me as to the differences in Models LT, LS, LSE, AND SLT?

    Also, What is the performance difference between a low altitude & high altitude Diesel 6.5 engine, if any?
  • I have a 99 chevy suburban K1500 I exported to Argentina. I had to install a new motor in the US just before exporting it. The engine started a bad knock, maybe a rod, 500 miles after we were rearended in Atlanta. Started with a slight ticking noise just after the accident, then total failure. I think I'm going to make a claim against the insurance company of the person that rearended us. Now for my question. I live in Buenos Aires and want to install a simple toggle switch to disable the ignition or the coil. Is this possible with the passlock system. Will I cause it to engage and mess the system up? Just found this board and it is great. This is my third Suburban, had a 86 k2500 6.2 diesel and another 99 K1500.
  • The difference between the LS and LT is the leather seating. I think the same for the sle and slt in the GMC suburbans. Not familiar with the differences in a low and high altitude diesel.
  • surbguysurbguy Posts: 3
    80k miles..

    Having trouble diagnosing this...

    Ignition has been inconsistent, clicking, then not turning over - wiat 5 min, then it's fine again until this morning.... starter problem?

    Also, Both taillights/brakes are out, but it is the whole piece not the bulbs - Is this possible, or is it some sort of electrical problem, also trouble with pass windows, and wipers - Seems like it's all tied together...Please help.
  • We had similar problems and it was the battry cables. The positive side on ours is a two cable thing and they were dirty between the two cables. Might also be the battery.
  • hi i have a 2000 suburban LT. I realized that the rear audio controls dont work. I know it used to work. When I plug headphones in and press the power button, nothing happens and the little power light doesnt turn on either.Is there anyway to fix this problem. perhaps a fuse? I still use the factory delco radio but i recently had a subwoofer installed. could that be the problem?
  • Check your fuse first, if it is good, suspect the install of the new subwoofer.
  • rperryrperry Posts: 1
    has anyone out there had problems w/electrical system? abs/emer brake lights come on while driving, and the a/c light and system goes off and then comes back on after a few minutes. the dealer swears there are no stored codes. when abs/emr a/c light will flash, then it and the a/c goes er brake light comes on, the abs system is inoperative. the amber a/c light flashes, then the a/c light and thea/c goes off for a while. any ideas? its HOT!!
  • Sounds like grounding or relay issues to me. Is it possible your battery is going? Have you checked your cables are the connections clean. My mercedes wagon started doing strange things and it was the battery going. Have your battery put through a load test and see how she's working under a full amp load, if it's not up to the task funny things will happen, like you describe.
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  • Warlock, have you determined whct the cause of this problem is.
    I and several other s have the same issue.

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