FAQs—Chevrolet C5500 Kodiak
I recently began to notice that I had to exert more effort steering my Chevrolet C5500 Kodiak. And when I do this, the wheel also vibrates and makes a pumping noise. How do I diagnose and fix this problem?
Based on the symptoms you have mentioned above, there is something wrong with the power steering system. The first thing you have to do is to check the power steering fluid level. If it is not full, top up the fluid. Also, look at the quality of the fluid left in the reservoir. How the power steering fluid looks tells something about the condition of the power steering pump. The power steering fluid has a distinct red hue and a strong, almost fruity odor. If you have noticed that it has turned a little grey and that foaming is present, then that is a sign that air or water has gotten inside the pump. Check for signs of degradation in the power steering pump, hoses, and lines surrounding it. If you verify that the pump is intact and that no signs of leaking can be found anywhere, then check if there are misaligned or lose belts. A screeching sound can usually be heard if the belts are not in their proper place. If you still cannot find the problem, seek the help of an expert mechanic.
The Chevrolet C5500 Kodiak is a great help to my delivery business. What are available tips on how to maintain good traction for this kind of truck?
The suspension system is composed of the shocks, the struts, the springs, and other joints and linkages found underneath the chassis of your truck. The tires and wheel bearings are also part of this. The suspension system is responsible for keeping your truck on the road. It allows you to steer the truck into direction and to brake safely. One of the simplest maintenance tasks for the suspension system is to keep the tires properly inflated and aligned. Misalignment and improper inflation can cause handling problems, that's why routine inspection of the system parts is a must. I have a new Chevrolet C5500 Kodiak, and I regularly use it to deliver goods from our farm. I frequently drive it off-road and in tough terrain. This is probably why I started noticing a strange sensation from the steering wheel seemingly telling that the wheels are out of balance. What can I do to solve this problem?
A trip to your local dealer for a wheel alignment service may do just the trick. However, if this does not solve the problem, then it's time to delve deeper. It may also lie on the wheel bearings and sometimes the rims. The wheel bearings may be loose, leading to a loose and wobbly wheel. Seek the help of an expert mechanic on how to adjust them. Surprisingly, the feeling of "imbalance" may be caused by something stuck in the tires. Check the inside of the wheel for stuck packed mud or neglected debris. If there is none, check the condition of the tires. One tire may have a bulge or may be unevenly worn out. If the vibration still remains, then the problem could probably be coming from another area such as the power steering or transmission system.