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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD Parts and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD Accessories

Interesting Facts about the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD

  • In response to the rapid success of the Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab and the Ford F-150 Super Crew, Chevrolet created the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD, a half-ton truck that had a powerful engine, a spacious cabin, and it can carry up to six passengers.

  • Generally, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is designated as a "light-duty" truck. In 2001, a strengthened version of the Silverado 1500 was introduced, and it was called the Silverado HD or the "heavy duty" truck.

  • Three cab length options were designed for the Silverado 1500: a standard 2-door regular cab, an extended 4-door cab, and a front-hinged 4-door crew cab. Also, three cargo bed types were offered for the Silverado 1500 series: the 78.7-inch standard box, a 69.2-inch short box, and the 97.6-inch long box.

  • Based on GM's GMT800 platform, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 truck series offered three engine variants: the Vortec 4300 V6, Vortec 4800 V8, and the Vortec 5300 V8 engine. A more powerful Vortec 6000 V8 engine was added for the 1500 HD series in 2001, followed by a 6.2-liter Vortec V8 engine in 2010.

  • With 360-pound per feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD has a maximum payload of 3,000 pounds and towing capacity of over 10,000 pounds. The 1500 HD is a strong competitor in the half-ton truck market due to its tough hauling capabilities.

  • Thanks to GM's Quadsteer technology, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD can steer its rear wheels opposite the front wheels to reduce turning radius while parking. This type of innovative technology makes parking less tiresome. Also, Quadsteer helps improve the 1500 HD's towing function by phasing the rear wheels during higher speeds, which eliminates "tail waggle."

  • In 2001, Motor Trend magazine named the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD as its "Truck of the Year. Also, Car and Driver magazine named the Chevrolet Silverado as their "Best Pickup Truck" for the years 2001, 2002, and 2003. The Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty series truck was again named as Motor Trend magazine's "Truck of the Year" in 2011.

  • Built with a gas tank that can hold up to 26 gallons of fuel, the average combined fuel economy of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD is roughly 15 miles per gallon.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD Articles

  • Common Problems with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD

    17 January 2013

    Built with flexibility in mind, the Chevrolet Colorado 1500 HD can serve as a family car and reliable transport for construction supplies-it can even tow trailers for a weekend getaway. With a wide variety of trim levels, body styles, and engines to choose from, this pickup truck's new incarnation is powered by a Vortec 5.3-liter engine boasting of an estimated 15 to 20 miles per gallon when running on gasoline. Other Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD Accessories and features included are the Automatic Locking Rear Differential, Rear Vision Camera, Cruise Grade Braking, and the MAX Trailering Pack--all these turning this half-ton pickup truck into a towing beast. More and more truck enthusiasts are choosing the 1500 HD as their all-around truck. However, truck owners must be aware of the common problems associated with the Chevrolet Colorado 1500 HD. It will help them resolve these concerns when they encounter them.


    Fuel System Hoses, Lines, Piping and Fittings

    The engine fuel rail crossover tube retainer screws of the 1500 HD's 5.3-liter V8 engine were found to be faulty. The said screws may break because they were not manufactured to product specifications. If these screws break, the fuel rail crossover joint may leak fuel leading to the engine stalling. Also, the engine compartment may catch fire if an ignition source is present.

    A total of 1,103 units were affected by this problem in 2004. GM released a bulletin informing Chevrolet 1500 HD owners of the problem. Owners were instructed to bring their vehicles to the dealership to have the retainer screws replaced.


    Power Train and Manual Transmission

    Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HDs equipped with an automatic transmission failed to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard's requirements for "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock and Transmission Braking Effect." It was reported that the vehicle's Shift Lever Position Indicator did not illuminate. This may confuse the driver on what gear the vehicle is in, resulting in nasty road accidents.

    In 2005, 7,194 units were found to have this problem, and GM advised owners to have their vehicles inspected. The affected units had their instrument panel clusters checked and reprogrammed to resolve the issue.


    Exhaust System

    Popping or rattling noises can be heard from the 1500 HD's muffler heat shield. This was due to the muffler heat shield becoming loose while driving. General Motors has released a muffler heat shield kit that can be used to fasten the heat shield in its place.