When I used the parking brake of my Chevrolet, it failed to release fully. What could be causing this trouble? What part of the parking brake should I check to fix the problem?
When the parking brake won't release fully, the problem may lie with the cable. If the cable is damaged, then it would be hard to control the parking brake. To fix this problem, sometimes all it needs is some lubrication. Lubricate the cable ends and other parts that are connected to the cable. If the cable still sticks, this could mean that it's torn. If this is the case, cable replacement is the best solution. If the cable fix won't repair the parking brake, then have a qualified brake technician or mechanic make the right diagnosis through inspection. Do this as soon as possible. A faulty parking brake would compromise safety on the road.
I know that it's not unusual for the vehicle to emit a bit of smoke or some white vapor, but if it's black smoke exiting the tailpipe of my Chevy, this shouldn't be ignored. The black smoke would come out when I start the vehicle. Even if the car is already warm, sometimes it still won't disappear. The engine would sometimes misfire. What could possibly be the problem here?
The black smoke coming out of the tail pipe may indicate an emission or exhaust problem or a whole other issue. Some of the things you should check are the fuel injectors. The fuel injectors may be leaking. If so, then they should be replaced. While at it, inspect and test the rest of the fuel system to trace the source of the smoke. You may also have to replace filters and check the ignition system including the ignition module. If this doesn't get you anywhere, it would be best to ask a qualified auto technician to perform proper diagnosis and repair.
How often should I have the transmission system of my vehicle checked? What would be a recommended or an ideal interval for transmission inspection? How often should transmission fluid be changed?
For preventive maintenance, it would be best if you'll have the transmission system of your vehicle checked every year. Don't wait till you're already dealing with transmission issues. Through regular annual inspections, early signs of transmission trouble could be spotted and fixed. This will also prevent more serious problems from turning up. In the long run, you get to save more from costly repairs. For the transmission fluid change, some would recommend this to be done every 25,000 miles, while some transmission service experts say that it should be every 30,000 to 40,000 kms. It actually depends on the recommended maintenance schedule by the manufacturer for the specific model and year. The user manual can be your best guide. As the fluid is checked or even changed, the filter should also be considered for replacement if it's clogged or damaged in any way. If the fluid is dirty or contaminated, this could mean that the filter isn't able to trap dirt effectively.
Chevrolet C2500: The Mighty Workhorse
Strong, powerful, and reliable—these are the words that best define the Chevrolet C2500. Introduced in 1960, this tough, two-wheel drive workhorse is a part of GMC and Chevrolet’s full-size pickup truck line that includes some of the most heavy-duty models ever made. The C2500 exemplifies the stellar qualities of this bunch with its 3/4-ton weight capacity, rugged body construction, and superior road performance, making it the ideal off-road partner of drivers with demanding hauling and towing needs. Perhaps one of Chevrolet’s most enduring models, the C2500 has been a loyal servant of truck owners for over half a century now.
1960: The Chevrolet C2500 early years
The first-generation C2500 models were produced primarily to satisfy the daily hauling and towing demands of truck owners. Aside from carrying and transporting heavy loads, these brawny beasts can also move recreational vehicles and boats. The C2500 is considered as one of the strongest working trucks, and it was the best friend of off-road enthusiasts, farmers, and professional construction workers. Passengers can seat comfortably inside its cab while its spacious cargo bed can handle even the heaviest equipment and tools. In fact, this powerful workhorse can even move a 5,000-pound trailer on the road. This impressive load capacity made the Chevrolet C2500 extremely popular during its early years that its name was even changed later on to give it an added distinction.
1999 onwards: The Chevrolet C2500 evolution
Silverado entered the scene in 1999 and edged the letter C out of the model’s name. It’s basically the same tough full-size truck but with more power and better styling. It was equipped with an Allison six-speed transmission that can change gears in a snap, making the new C2500 more efficient on the road even under the strain of heavy loads. Chevrolet also modified C2500’s 6.6-liter Duramax engine and placed it in the Silverado to achieve a stronger and more powerful performance. Anti-locking brake systems were a standard for the new C2500, as well as advanced anti-theft protection systems. Additional safety features were also added, including airbags, keyless remote entry, locking differentials, power door locks, and even first-aid kits. Trim packages, such as flexible-fuel engines, traction control, Bose stereo systems, customized upholstery, and side-curtain airbags, were also available for the Silverado C2500. When 2009 rolled around, Chevrolet upgraded the C2500’s powerhouse to a 6.2-liter V8 engine, making the truck an even better and mightier workhorse.