People like pickup trucks because they're known for their great ruggedness and durability. The Chevrolet K1500 is no exception to this-what with the addition of four-wheel drive for this particular model. In the nearly four decade run of this truck, it has been the popular choice among Americans looking for the right balance of functionality and utility. It is reliable, and performs well under the worst conditions. It's not without its problems, however. Listed here are the two most common glitches associated with the truck-that way, consumers are aware of what they are purchasing.
Several problems have been associated with the brand spanking new hydraulic steering system sported by the Chevrolet K1500. One of the most alarming come from reports that-at about 500 miles-the power steering abruptly activates itself, causing the vehicle to careen uncontrollably. Occasionally, the system malfunctions during turns. This causes a total loss of control. In both cases-and in a number of other cases in the same vein-dealers have faulted the steering sensor. In many of these scenarios, replacement of the sensor did not completely solve the problem.
The problem appears to be specific to the 1997 model, and up until 2002, there was no clear solution save to completely overhaul the system. Replacement of the sensors has proven to be ineffective.
Also specific to the 1997 Chevrolet K1500 is a failure of the wipers on the windshield. In the best case, the problem is restricted to intermittent stop-starting. In the absolute worst case, the wipers do not work altogether. Some customers even reported that sometimes, while the wipers do start, they can become impossible to turn off-draining the battery. Increasingly disturbing is the fact that this often occur when the wipers are needed the most-when it rains. Ironically, while this is a problem for many K1500s and a recall order was sent out for the controlling circuit boards, the 1997 K1500 was mysteriously left out.
An aftermarket overhaul of the control module is so far the only way to get around the problem, unless General Motors re-considers its stance on the recall order.