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Chevy Silverado: Problems & Solutions



  • clubtenclubten Posts: 2
    I have an 03 short bed extended cab and put an aftermarket exhaust on. Not long after install I started getting a loud vibration. It turned out to be the pipe rubbing / vibrating against that tube. I removed and have had no problems and that was 85k ago.
  • c4949sc4949s Posts: 2
    I had to replace the fuel pump on my 2000 Z 71. I found it much easier to unbolt the bed and raise it, that dropping the fuel take which is a dirty job. Unless you like having a lot of dirt in your face and working on your back. I used a floor jack raising one side at a time and blocking the bed up. You have to get the bed a little higher than the fuel pump assembly height.I was able to move the bed around by hand to line up the bolt holes to reattach the bed. You will also need to release the fastners inside the fuel door.
  • Same thing happened to my 2005 silverado which GM had to buy back (another story). Anyway Dealer had to replace my cab mounts.2 retainers part # 15743841, 2 cushions part# 15059114, 2 cushions part# 15761907, and 2 bolts part# 11519402. This was all warranty work. Hope this helps. Foreman6987
  • slamdanceslamdance Posts: 6
    I came out of the store yesterday to find my truck would not start. I turned the key and the dash lights lit-up but there was no sound of the fuel pump going and the starter did not engage. I tried to jump it but that wasn't the problem. I was able to jump the starter and the starter worked, but still would not crank the engine. I finally gave up and called AAA for a tow. This morning I went to the mechanic to check on it and he said he had the same issue; no crank/no start. About an hour later I went back and he had gotten it running. He said he just did the same thing and on the third time turning the key, it fired-up. Now I/we are even more stumped. I'm sending the truck with my wife and kids to Nantucket on Friday. I'm terrifed it's going to happen to them while they are on island, or worse while they are on the beach with it. I've been searching the Web for any information on this and have come up fairly empty. Someone made reference to a TSB 02-06-04-015 MAR02, but I can't any information on it. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. :sick:
  • Hi I'm new to the forums,I think you all do a great job helping others.I have a 96 silverado,with automatic trans. and a 5.0 vortec, after I repaired the front brakes, I found very hard to move the shifter out of parking.I went to a transmission shop and the guy told me just to kick two or three times the pedal,and he was right,but the problem needs to be fixed.He doesn't told me the reason of the problem and is getting worse.Anybody have found the same problem?
    Any help is welcome.
  • Sounds like a clunk?...It might be the same problem I had with my '03 Tahoe and I was told the issue is a 2 piece steering column or more precisely the lack of grease between the 2 pieces of the steering column. My dealership knew all about this issue. Repacked the drive shaft and ordered a new one that will do the same thing if the packing seal fails.
    I had a mechanic say he fixed his by installing a grease fitting and greasing the joint during regular maintenance.
    Sounds alot cheaper that replacing an $800 steering column.
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    The shift interlock arm is out of adjustment.
    You have to drop the knee bolster plastic panel down
    and adjust the nut that holds it in place as there
    is a slot cut into it (for adjustment).
    It is located on the steering column and is hooked
    into the gear selector and brake pedal.
    Easy fix if your handy with a wrench or send it off
    to the dealer.
  • ddf1ddf1 Posts: 18
    I have an 04 Duramax with the dual zone HVAC. It has only happened twice and the dealer could not duplicate problem. The problem is the passenger side will blow out heater hot air when it says it is on the air conditioner and set at 60 degrees. I got the ac to work by turning off the ac, turning up the temp then turn the ac back on, and turn to desired setting. They could not find any computer codes or any obstructions to the vents. Any suggestions?
  • curtfloydcurtfloyd Posts: 3
    2001 silverado with a 5.3 runs hot while idiling and the a/c on. i have changed the radiator cap, air filter ,fan clutch , water pump,thermostat,bottom hose, the main belt ,the condensor has been cleaned and the radiator has been taken apart and rotted out.the radiator repairman assures me that the radiator has no takes about 20 minutes on days in the 90's for the temp gauge to start climbing and will boil if i dont sart only takes about 1/2 mile to cool down to normal once you start moving.the engine runs smooth and does not loose any coolant if you dont let it boil over and has no coolant in the oil .i'm lost ,any suggestions? it has 138,000 miles on it.
  • 4wdn_nm4wdn_nm Posts: 2
    It should be located on the passenger side below the glove compartment. Its not easy to get to. You have to remove the plastic molding. Once removed you can gain access to the filter. I own a 2001 HD 4-Dr myself and had similar questions. Good luck, and I'm sure you have found it by now.
  • dnehlendnehlen Posts: 2
    i just bought 2000 z71 ext cab and i am having the same issue,its only a week old for me it sat at the dealer for about 5 months. which yoke did they replace slip yoke or yoke at the rear end.i only have a 3mth 3000mile warr. need to get it fixed asap.had it 3 garages they all found nothing imagine that. your help would be greatly app.
  • dnehlendnehlen Posts: 2
    can someoen help i now that i replyed to an old post,sorry i replyed to z71bill dch300. dnehlen
  • bonz06bonz06 Posts: 2
    I have '03 Sierra with a 5.3L V8. I just started having this same issue yesterday. I thought it was the battery at first, since it was close to dead. I put in a new battery but it didn't help. I think it may have something to do with the fan or AC. When i have the fan on it seems to want to stall when I stop. It is even worse when i have the AC on. I have noticed my voltage gauge drops when I stop but then slow returns to normal. When driving my gauge reads over 14v. When I stop, it drops to around 10v.
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    So you say your truck stalls only when using the AC and
    or when the AC compressor kicks in?

    Sounds like your AC compressor is seizing up or the ac
    compressor clutch is going bad..............

    It is normal to have a slight voltage drop when using any power accessory.............
  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    Check or have someone check the alternator. Sounds to me like you have a bad alternator.
  • mpikchikmpikchik Posts: 1
    I have a 1996 chevy silverado 5.7. My problem is I just replaced the fuel pump 3 days ago. now it won't start again. If I put gas in the throttle body it will run till that gas is gone..and if I take off the hose the pump will shoot gas out. so could it be a bad fuel pump again or the throttle body or what?..please help!!
  • bonz06bonz06 Posts: 2
    I changed out the alternator this weekend and it didn't help. the voltage is still not stable. I am afraid i may have to take it to the dealership.
  • pstonepstone Posts: 2
    I have 98 z-71, the engine seems to be skipping or missing every once and a while while at idle. then if you are driving at around 35 mph or so (when the engine is not in much of a strain) it skipps and misses but if you ease down on the throttle it stops and does what it is supposed to. I have replaced the distributor cap, rotor, and fuel filter, and not long ago I replaced the fuel pump (10,000 miles ago). I'm out of ideas, anyone ever heard of this?
  • wgreenwgreen Posts: 17
    Have a 2006 Silverado 1500 work truck that came with the AM-FM stereo with no CD player. How difficult is it to change this unit to something else?
    Would I be better off buying an AM FM unit with CD player from GM parts or going with an aftermarket unit?
    I read in the owner's manual that warning chimes for headlights,seat belts etc. come through the audio unit.
    Anyone know it the chimes would still work if I used an aftermarket unit?

  • bgunnz15bgunnz15 Posts: 6
    Hey how is it going.. I have a 2001 Chevy 4.3 Silverado.. My check engine light came on the other day and i had hooked it up to the machine.. The code P1416 came up... How can i fix this problem... How major is this problem.. If anybody can be any help.. Very appreciative.. Thank You
  • curtfloydcurtfloyd Posts: 3
    still waiting for some help .........please!!!!!!!!!! anyone
  • ddf1ddf1 Posts: 18
    It sounds like u covered just about everything about the cooling system. The only things I could think of would be to check for blockage in the heater core. U can feel the hoses and if the discharge is cold then u have found the culprit. Also check all coolant hoses the same way. If that doesn't fix it Red Line has a coolant additive that claims to drop 20 degrees in the coolant. I think it is called water wetter.
  • gmctruckgmctruck Posts: 186
    I agree..... check the heater core. You might need to have the system pressure tested in order to find the problem.
  • bgunnz15bgunnz15 Posts: 6
    I really need opinions please... thank you
  • curtfloydcurtfloyd Posts: 3
    thanks for responding to my message.i did check all the hoses and they were all hot.i did add some water wetter to the coolant but havent tried it yet because the weather change and we have only been in the 80's for the past several days.mid to high 90's are forecasted for next week and i will try it then.i saw where gmtruck said have the system pressure checked .how do they run a pressure test? thanks
  • nvs36nvs36 Posts: 1
    When I use my AC, Heater, or defrost my 99 Silverado makes this loud hissing noise. It does not make the noise while you are idling only when you reach 30 mph or above. Any ideas as to what is causing and how to fix?
  • I just bought a 2004 chevy silverado 2 wheel drive long bed with 24,170 miles. How do I find out if the factory warranty is on this truck? Also I need a owners book how do i get one
    thank you
  • gmctruckgmctruck Posts: 186
    I think they use a machine to do the pressure test. The test isn't that expensive and any automotive repair shop can do it. You do know that there are different temp ratings for T-stats .... right? Make sure the new one you put in was the right temp rating for your engine.
  • gmctruckgmctruck Posts: 186
    I think the warranty is still 3yrs/36K on your truck. Any GM dealer can run your VIN number and provide you with that information as well as check to make sure any applicable recalls have been performed on your vehicle.

    You can order an owners manual, but the best place to find one really cheap is on auction sites.

    Enjoy your new truck!
  • gmctruckgmctruck Posts: 186
    Have you checked your cabin filters? Leaves and junk gets down in there and needs to be cleaned out. Does the noise happen with just the fan running without AC or Heat? Do you have a bug deflector on your truck? If so, the noise might be the rubber strips on the sides of the windshield flapping caused by air coming off the deflector.

    If the noise is more of a gurgle sound inside the dash than a hiss, you have air trapped in the cooling system and it needs to be "burped".
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