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Chevy Silverado: Problems & Solutions



  • dj8dj8 Posts: 6
    Still looking for some help to this one!
  • rayt2rayt2 Posts: 1,208
    Plugs & wires are supposed to last 100k, I'd say it's time for you to change them if it's showing signs of rough running, don't forget to change all the filters too, gas, air, cabin etc.

    Ray T. :shades:
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    You may have a better chance of getting an answer here:

    mrl390, "Chevy C/K Series: Problems & Solutions" #133, 24 Jun 2005 7:50 pm

    ugh! Hope the link works!!
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Actually, this is the right spot. The C/K discussion is intended for the old C/K series (1987 and earlier). Chevy began using the Silverado name for the entire line with the redesigned 1988 models.

    kcram - Pickups Host
  • jcjanusjcjanus Posts: 1

    The internet is a wonderful thing, thank you for your post.

    The odometer/gear shift display on my '99 1500 Silverado has been intermittent (and getting worse) for some time now (100K-150K). I've been rapping on the instrument cluster to reveive the display, but that works less and less. Either the plastic or my nuckles are going to bust if I don't fix it 'right'. What should I know before I make it worse by removing the instrument cluster incorrectly? This will by my first instrumentclusterectomy!

  • jerrywimerjerrywimer Posts: 588
    I'm pretty sure Chevy started using the Silverado name for the entire line beginning in 1999. I remember magazine reviews specifically pointing out the change with the introduction of the new body style trucks. Prior to that Silverado was the upper level trim. (My uncle owns a 1997 right now)
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    Got my lines crossed, sorta. That was the year GMC started using Sierra as the full line name instead of as trim names, and Chevy dropped 10/20/30 designations to go to 1500/2500/3500. Further screwing it up was maintaining the 1987-and-earlier design as the R/V series through 1991 alongside the redesigned trucks.

    No one ever accused GM of making sense... :)

    kcram - Pickups Host
  • johns4johns4 Posts: 2
    Brand new to this forum. Am an old motorhead, use to do all my own repairs...when computers came along, tools started getting dusty.
    Truck recently became harder to start, and then quit. I checked the fuel pump relay, made sure it was operating, and contacts were clean. Changed fuel filter, then truck ran for a couple of weeks and quit. I verified spark, and fuel pressure is 45 psi. Back on the internet, I have found many references about minimum fuel pressure, most of them between 50 and 60 psi. So the question is does this truck have an adjustable pressure regulator, or is the fuel pump responsible for the pressure? I've not checked the signal to the injectors, mainly because I can't find them. Are they underneath the intake cowling? Thanks in advance for suggestions.
  • gdm1gdm1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Silverado Crew Cab, 4X4 Diesel. Overall, I love the truck as it's been all I expected and more. Recently, I have encountered a problem that is very distrurbing. My truck's interior is charcoal grey. The entire dash as started to "peel". In about 10 odd places (all overall the dash) the "grey" material is flaking off, exposing the black undercoating. It's almost like the dash was painted grey and the paint is chipping off to show the undercoat. It's a small as the size of a pencil lead in most spots, but has spread around one of my heater/ac vents to the size of a couple of quarters. Has anyone else experienced this? Recall item? This immaculate truck is going to look really bad soon as the rest starts peeling! Help!
  • I have been in the process of re-doing my late husbands 93' silverado for my son to drive in a few years. After going through the "domino effect", replacing the motor(350 from Chevrolet which is under warranty) the transmission (under warranty), I bought an AC Delco A/C air compressor. It was installed along with the million other things during the "domino effect" period which was about a year and 1/2 ago. The compressor started making a awful noise, whenever I turned it on the first time after the winter months. I went to the parts store, the guy listened to it and without blinking an eye gave me another brand new compressor and said they would take care of labor costs, just give them the bill when it was done. I, (being a woman, thought: I am in business now-ha) I had it replaced, and immediately the same thing again, and 2 more times after that, (total of 4) before they finally admitted to my mechanic, that AC Delco had a recall on the air compressor, (duh) and they didn't want him to tell me! They no longer have my business of course! Is it me or does this model truck have this problem: the air coming out of the vents is not blowing out fast at all, on high/rec, or on max? Help, the air isn't very cold either! I don't know how many times, men (sorry) have told me things like, "It's not a new truck" or "Sometimes they just sound like that," no, the body isn't new (almost though, that's another story) but by-gosh everything else is! They just think I'm dumb.....boy have I learned a lot from this, I used to tell the guys at the tire shop (who are now good friends of mine) when I would bring the truck in there, "Should I bend over and grab my ankles today, or should I take off running?" They cracked up, they love me! Any suggestion will be appreciated....flowerchild64
  • khall1khall1 Posts: 2
    I definately notice the same thing in my 94 silverado... especially when shifting from Third gear to Overdrive... if your not pushing pretty hard on the gas it noticably studders and jerks you in your seat. I first noticed this problem when I decided to be a little more of a "pu$$y foot" and improve my gas mileage.... but the easier I was on the gas the more I noticed this problem. I cant wait to see if anyone has any replies to this problem...
  • khall1khall1 Posts: 2
    What was your solution?!?!?!
  • rayt2rayt2 Posts: 1,208
    Your truck is still under warranty unless you have exceeded the mileage, so take it back to dealers and have them deal with the flaking dash paint. :sick:
  • mstabbemstabbe Posts: 3
    I purchased a new silverado 2500HD in 2004. I noticed a engine nock at idle when it was cold. The dealer says its normal. To me it sounds like an old beater ready to let loose. I now have 17,000 miles on it and it runs great. The nock when cold still has me concerned.
  • tomhz71tomhz71 Posts: 2
    The AC in my truck doesn't cool the cab when the outside temp. gets above 90. The dealer said that the AC is within GM specs. Anyone else has this problem and what can be done to fix it.
    Great truck otherwise.
  • tenaha1tenaha1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 Silverado LT 2500 HD Crew Cab with 8.1 gas engine and Allison transmission. 92,000 miles. Has been best truck I've owned. Problems started 4-5 weeks ago. When driving down the road the truck will die. It normally happens while sitting at a red light, but has happened once or twice on the highway. It will usually start after about 30 seconds, although it has caused me to run batteries all the way down twice and not start. First shop visit: shop said it was fuel filter or fuel pump. They checked filter, said it was ok, decided it was fuel pump. Replaced pump with AC Delco. Quit running again 3 miles of leaving shop. 2nd shop visit: Shop checked computer and said it was ignition problem and needed a new crank sensor. Replaced that after being down July 4 weekend. Quit again next day. 3rd shop visit; Took to local Chevy dealer. They said batteries were bad. Replaced batteries, same thing. 4th visit: took it to the biggest area Chevy dealer. They suspected burnt terminal on fuel pump. I disagreed- had new pump- but paid them to check it anyway. Bottom line: fuel pump ok. They gave up; couldn't figure it out. It just quit on me awhile ago on a busy city street. Anyone have similar problems?
  • dj8dj8 Posts: 6
    Repeat ..... Now that we have determined the truck name and style was changed...Does anybody know how to solve my problem? I have a 1990 standard shift, Chevy Silverado with 5.7/350 engine. After driving the truck and parking it for a few minutes, I get back in and it won't start. Doesn't even crank. Have replaced heat shields, clutch safety, fuel filter, starter and solenoid. Starter is not draggy either.
    Will eventually start when it cools down. This only happens in warm weather. Engine temperature is normal and everything else works as it should including electrical
    Any help would be appreciated.
  • judygirljudygirl Posts: 1
    hi my name is judy
    We have a 1991 chevy silvorado with w 1990 4.3 sticker on engine fan blades protector

    Yet our regisdtration and title say 1991 model
    it needed a throttle position sensor according to codes scan

    So ! We went to napa parts store and the parts man sold me a tps for this code 22 problem and that year 1991 truck

    I had my husband open the hood and try to install this sensor .....

    Just to find out it is not same as what is on the truck
    it looks and bolts totally differently
    original one looks rounder
    this one looks remarkably like a ford style one used on their throttle bodies etc ..
    what is the reason for this change ?

    And do we indeed have a Truck of 1990 or 1991 ?
    I just would like to know what you think would be wise to do as we dont have lots of money to go to a garage to have it fixed

    Also I personally know how to tell if this truck is a 1500 thing or whatever the other categories are ...

    the original sensor looks rounder if that makes sense I do not know alot about these parts

    Thank you for your time and consideration
    much appreciated
    sincerely JudyGirl
  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    There should be a sticker on the inside of the drivers door, could be on the door itself, or could be on the door jamb. If the sticker is still there, a month and year of manufacture will be listed. See what that one says.

    As far as the part goes, I'd take it off and show it to the parts store clerk. That way he/she can pull both the '90 and '91 parts and compare them.
  • strekstrek Posts: 14
    Have you tried to jump start it when you have the problem? That would tell you real quick if the problem was battery related.
  • dj8dj8 Posts: 6
    Battery and power are good. Have checked.
  • coheecohee Posts: 3
    I have a 1500 2002 Chevy Silverado in the shop as of yesterday. It just dies and I cannot begin to understand save for the fact that it turns over and tends to get fuel when something or another cools down and allows it to. What happens is it's nice and "cooled" off (the engine temp never gets high) and I am able to go about 70-80 miles and then it will start to "pull", the idle gets sluggish and when I slow down to 30 or dies and I cannot restart it for a few hours. I replaced the fuel filter, I know it is not the pump b/c I have heard it kick on time and time again and this is the second time it has done it's obviously not the pump if the thing is getting gas. I'm thinking some kind of sensor is overheating? Is there a fuel sensor that will not code when scanned? My rear 02 sensors (the heater part of them) are dead, but I do not see them as having any affect on this problem. I do not want to keep putting this thing in the shop :( I'm just a poor college student for cryin out loud.
  • coheecohee Posts: 3
    i've posted such a message. I haven't done much as of yet, but change the fuel filter. I'm nearly certain it is not the pump. My gauges all read fine and there are no codes when it is scanned. It's in the shop now.
  • artfemartfem Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Silverado K1500 Crew Cab SLE Trim. Looking for reccomendations on a head unit that plays MP3s and has built in Sirius satelite radio. Any suggestions?
  • coheecohee Posts: 3
    This may be a long shot but have you look at the ignition distributor? It was a recall item on my truck. Really simple item.
  • dj8dj8 Posts: 6
    yes, has been changed
  • dj8dj8 Posts: 6
    Done that already.
  • bigabebigabe Posts: 2
    I have 1999 Silverado Ext Cab 3 Door. About eight months ago the low coolant light started coming on intermittently. I checked the reservoir and it looked normal. I added couple ounces of Antifreeze and the problem went away. Since than the problem came back twice and every time I added couple ounces of Antifreeze and the problem will go away. I mentioned the problem to a mechanic during the annual inspection and they pressured the system and did not find any leakage. However, in the past month I have been experiencing another problem. When the engine is shifting from 1st to 2nd gear I feel hesitation in the shifting (hick up), especially when it is cold, not as noticeable when the engine is hot. I took the truck to Adams Transmission and they checked the Transmission and changed the oil and the oil filter and they said the transmission is good but when they scanned the error they found error # 300 (engine miss fire). Any advice before I take the truck to the dealer?
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    Most GM trucks have a hard 1-2 shift when cold (emission reasons).
    So not to worry..................

    You should keep a eye out on the loss of coolant tho. Gm has had
    a problem with the intake manifold gasket on late 90s 350 engine
    leaking coolant.
  • tpittytpitty Posts: 1
    I was driving down the road yesterday and my truck died. Fuel gauge was reading E so I thought it may have been the gas. I put in 10 gallons and still would not turn over. I checked the fuses and the 20 amp ECM fuse was blown. No big deal, so I pulled a spare, put it in and that one blew! I didn't want to wait for towing in the 110 Texas heat, so I put a 30 amp fuse in (since I was 5 minutes from home), and it got me to the house. Does anyone know why that fuse would continue to blow, and what wiring is connected to that particular line?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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