Chevrolet C3500 Problems
Coming from a long and well-loved line of pickups, the Chevrolet C3500 managed to retain the market's interest for such a long time due to its innovativeness and reliability. However, being in production for several years also meant that Chevy C3500 owners can expect a couple of problems to crop up in their vehicles from time to time. Below are some of the most commonly reported woes of C3500 owners.
Some of the most prevalent problems with the Chevrolet C3500 involve the pickup truck's braking system. Several drivers of C3500 models produced from the late 1990s to the early 2000s reported that their pickup truck's antilock braking system suddenly engaged while slowing down or while driving on rough roads. As a result, their stopping distance was increased by quite a big margin, and several of those who experienced this antilock braking system failure got involved or narrowly missed a collision.
Other brake system components of the Chevy C3500 were reported to cause quite a few problems as well. Some of the usual faulty braking system components are easily worn-out brake discs, damaged brake pads, defective brake calipers, and some leaky hoses and fittings.
Tires and axles
Leaky rear wheel axles seem to be a problem with the Chevy C3500 pickup truck as well particularly among the 1999 models. There have been a few instances of the rear axles leaking oil onto the rear brake shoes resulting in complete failure of the rear brakes.
As for the C3500's tires, a good number of C3500 drivers noted that their tire's tread suddenly separated from the tire's body. Since most of the cases of tread separation can occur while driving the pickup, this issue also posed a major safety hazard.
In 2006, General Motors issued a recall that affected an estimated 88,303 gasoline-powered Chevy C3500s. This recall was prompted by a couple of replacement fuel filters that were installed in the pickup trucks even though the filters did not meet the manufacturer's standard. These fuel filters that were fitted with bad O-ring seals caused a fuel leak that can eventually become a major fire hazard.