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Chevy Silverado: Problems & Solutions



  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    After a day of off roading in mud I made the mistake of using a high pressure car wash to clean the mud off my leaf springs. The next day they started squeaking / creaking - it drove me nuts - so I made an even BIGGER mistake - I sprayed them with WD-40 - a few days later the creaking came back - louder than ever - so I tried motor oil, brake grease, liquid wrench - spray silicone and a few other things.

    Every time the creak came back within a few days - also when I took off from a stop sign - I would get a clunk noise from the springs binding.

    I finally went back to the car wash - cleaned the springs off. The binding clunk went away - but the creaking was horrible. So I took a 4-sale sign that was made out of thin plastic - cut it into strips about a 1/4 of an inch wider that the leaf - then wedged a crow bar between the leaf and stuck the plastic in between - that was about 3 years ago - no creak - no clunk - no problems.
  • You should be able disable the running light by pushing the "dome overide" 4 times within 6 sec. I have a 2000 Silverado that allows me to overide the running light/autmatic headlights by doing the above procedure.
  • snwbdrsnwbdr Posts: 1
    I am having the same problem as wingshOOter in post #771. My antilock brakes have gone, in two trucks. My personal truck, which I own, and my work truck, my boss owns. I have not taken it to the dealer yet, but what I did was take the fuse out from under the hood. It kills the antilock brakes so I am not sliding in to traffic anymore. It does leave the antilock brake and emergency brake lights on in the dash. Small price to pay to be able to stop. I too would like to contacted the NHTSA to file a complaint on the recall and GM avoiding to fully address the ABS issue. How do I do this? Also I know there was an issue with the break lines too. I think they were replacing them too. If anyone knows about this could you PM me and let me know, so when I go in to the dealer I know what I am talking about. Thanks snwbdr.
  • I feel like a total moron but I have no clue about how to get my truck back. I have a '94 Silverado V8 that will start, run for a second or two, then just die no matter how much gas I give it. I'm thinking it is a fuel problem but the strange thing is that, if I try to re-start it without turning the ignition off, it won't turn over. However, if I turn it off completely then try to turn it over it'll start right up then die again. So, could it be electrical?
    I want to take it to a shop, and I would, if I could get it to run long enough to get it there. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and a "quick fix" to get me to a mechanic would be great.
  • i had the same problem it was the rearend yoke where the driveshaft attaches to {universal joint} mine was cracked ready to break had to order it from detroit
  • does anyone have a repair list on what parts need to be replaced for whatever codes come up? i bought a scanner and chiltons book and it says what the codes are but not how to fix the problem i have a 2000 1500 series 2wd silverado
  • My Tahoe gas gauge bounce from full to empty at any given time. I tried switching gas. I can fill the tank up and it will still stay on empty. Have any one experienced this problem and if so, what did you do?
  • dps2dps2 Posts: 3
    I also have a 2003 Chev Silverado extended cab with the exact same problem. I have extended warranty. Already had it in shop once. They checked for codes and the things re-set itself. they said it worked fine. Today, it went ballistic. Speedo meter was pinned fully clockwise. Hangs up even when engine switched off. Going back to shop first thing Monday morning. Has anyone reported any fix for this? Spoke to service tech today. Showed him the situation. He said it looked like possible cluster replacement needed. I'll know Monday.

  • noobie1noobie1 Posts: 326
    I wish it were as easy as you've conceived. Much of the five volume GM Service Manual is devoted to step by step procedures to determine what problem may have registered a DTC. I don't know any other source for a do-it-yourselfer. If there's an alternative, please post.

  • flyer2flyer2 Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Z71. While driving down one of our local streets I suddenly notice smoke coming up from the right rear portion of the hood. I immediately stopped, shut down, opened the hood and noticed the splash guard just inside the right front fender was burning. It was melting away and parts of it had fallen down on the motor mount and proceeded to burn the spark plug wires off that side of the engine. It also burned several other wires into. We simply could not figure out what caused this to happen. Has anyone else had a problem like this. It happened very fast, a matter of seconds.
  • nikki4nikki4 Posts: 1
    Mine is doing the same thing. Seems like GM would do a recall on this, as the problem is widespread.
    My dealer quoted me $800+ for the fix. Can you believe that?
    My solution will be to buy a Tundra when I replace trucks later this year.
  • hduserhduser Posts: 1
    I own a 1999 siverado 1500, and am experiencing a hard to steer problem when idling and turning to the right. Have already replaced power steering pump but problem still exists. Truck has 130000 miles. Does anybody have a solution?
  • 1999 LS 2500, ext cab 4x4, 100,000 miles. I have this gurgling noise in my truck also. Recently had cooling system flushed out and found there is no restrictors in the heater hose as had been previously suggested to be the problem. Heater core still puts out hot; could this need to be replaced to remedy the problem? Noise is very annoying. Any suggestions out there?
  • Last week I started my 3500 diesel dually (2003) and all the guages were dead. The info display and dash lights were all on but the needles all stayed full left, not even a bounce on any of them. I shut it off and started it again and everything woke up and worked fine. They were fine until this morning when they died again and didn't come back. Has anyone else seen anything like this? I'm hoping it could just be a loose harness wire somewhere but I don't want to rip the interior apart without some kind of clue.
  • I've been having front end problems in my truck (02 2500HD ext. cab sb 4X4). I'm getting a very loud thump in my front end when driving off road or if I hit a bump at low speed, usually about 5-10mph. I've been to two dealers with no succes fixing it. I've been through the shocks and torsion bar so far. Anybody else had this problem?
  • I had a similar problem but it was with a Ford and a little older. What happendon mine was that leaves had got sucked in the cowl and then the heat resistores in the blower motor caused them to ignite. This is probably not your problem but thought I would post it.
  • I am a diehard gm owner, and have been since I was kid. This problem is beginning to make me wonder. This is a great vehicle except when the air fails and its 90 + outside.

    Has anyone experienced this problem? The AC began having intermittent problems at 4000 miles. While in Auto, with Recirculate on it would switch the fan from your face to the floor and begin putting out heat in both zones (it was as if the unit was possessed, it would move the fan at-will). The local dealer claims they found a connector near the drivers side left foot that was intermittent. However the unit still will not stay in Recirculate.

    After the dealer serviced it the 4th time for the same problems they tell me it is operator error. I have talked with the Chevy rep and he will not even confirm a problem.

    None of my friends that have this truck have this problem. Any ideas?
  • I have an 03 silverado with the digital display control and the recirculate quick working. The air still worked fine but not to the level when recirculating. I took it in and they said it would be 500 dollars to fix because of the difficulty to remove. I decided to keep it like it was. A few weeks later it started working but always popped real loud while trying to open and close the recirculation door under the dash. This drove me nuts so I just unhooked the wire controlling the motor to the door. I now have peace but no recirculation. I do know that with the digital display control that recirculation will not stay on while on the floor vents. It has to be on face vents. If on the floor it will just blink and then turn itself off. Hope this helps.
  • I have a 05, 7000 miles on it, trans slips every once in a while. squealing noise and knocking coming from the mid section of the vehicle. brought it to the dealer they keep blowing smoke up my you know what. not happy at all with this purchase or this dealer. i own a lawn care business and i was towing only 1 mower on a small trailer and it felt like i was dragging a elephant behind me. :( :lemon:
  • I have a 2001 silverado z71, and lately there has been this strange "clicking" noise whenever I press on the gas. It goes away when I let up, and the noise speeds up when I accelerate. I suspect something to do with the fuel pump, but I really have no idea. The clicking seems to be coming from underneath the truck. Help please.
  • This has been going on in my 1500 chev truck for over a year, i got it put on the computer and a faulty fuel level sensor is the cause of it. It doesn't affect the trucks performance but it will get worse where your gage will never work again. Chev's solution to it was a 12 dollar bottle of fuel injector cleaner to fix it, but it did not work for me.
  • Hey,
    If you find anything out about the Service 4WD light, please let me know. I am having the same problem. Thanks
  • I have a 95 silverado 4wd z71. Its a 5 speed, everytime a push the clutch in to shift gears the rpm's go up about a grand. If i shift at 1500 it will ethier stay there when i push the clutch in or go to 2000. It will eventually go down but it takes a couple seconds, I think its the throttle cable. But im not sure.
  • saddaddysaddaddy Posts: 566
    As a prospective buyer, can someone tell me how well the 3.42 gear ratio performs in the newer (05-06) Silverados or Sierras. I was surprised that you could not get a 3.73 axle in the ext cab z71 models anymore. Is this correct? It seems that lower ratio would really be needed for any kind of towing or stepping up to say 285-series tires.?. How does this ratio help gas mileage? Thanks for any input.
  • does anyone know chev's warranty's for cataylic convertors
    say for a 2000 1500
  • I believe that GM only removed the 3.73 for a short period at the beginning of the run of 05 models, but from reading elsewhere it was a popular option, so it was added back on.

    I can't compare the two ratios, since I haven't driven an 05 (or a 3.42). My 2004 has the 3.73 in it and runs very well. Check around the web for other truck forums. In several of these members have posted about larger tires, gear ratios, towing, etc. and will probably have answered your questions before you even have to spend the time typing them in again. ;)
  • Similar. The front end knocks in my '03 1500HD were being caused by the steering shaft. They greased it. This lasted for about 20,000 miles. Also had this prob with my '00 Tahoe, '01 Impala and '03 Vue. May be worth mentioning this to your dealer next time.
  • ssbssb Posts: 3
    I just had the same thing happen to my 03 silverado. I was in Colorado in the rain on muddy roads. Same speedometer problem. Left CO in the rain driving on paved roads. After more than 10 hours in the rain the speedometer is working perfectly. I think that some how the mud on underside of the truck interfeared with the sender or receiver for the speedometer. I'm curious to see if you had muddy conditions.
    By the way you don't have to restart the engine to get the speedo to drop back 5mph, just turn the key off then turn the key on and just bump the starter over.
  • noobie1noobie1 Posts: 326
    Greta; This problem has been discussed either here or at "GMC Sierra: Problems, Solutions" in the recent past; Word search "gurgling" for background. I know of no other cause for gurgling than air trapped in the cooling system, and suspect you may have chosen the wrong mechanic. Although flushing causes no harm, it may not have been necessary. I don't your truck so can't give you any instructions. On mine, 2002, the expansion tank is the highest point in the system. Any trapped air is naturally and automatically released there. If I were you, short of figuring out how to release the air myself, I would let my fingers do the walking (driving), asking this specific question after describing the truck and symptom, "Do you know how to release the trapped air in the cooling system which is causing gurgling through the heater core"? In other words, don't look for analysis. Look for solution. And don't accept anything but a simple "yes". It shouldn't take a genius to figure it out. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

  • I have a 05 2500 hd 4X4 with 3.73's and i love it, power is there, MPG is what i expected out of a 3/4 ton truck. Also i have no problems with my 24 foot boat. Weight is around 4500 LBS i think.
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