FAQs—Chevrolet Express 2500
How could I tell if the transmission fluid is breaking down on my automatic transmission Chevrolet Express 2500? How would I know if the old fluid needs to be replaced?
When the transmission fluid on the vehicle is breaking down, it would be difficult to shift gears. The ride would feel sluggish or rough. It would also take a while for the upshift or downshift to work. This is a sign that the transmission fluid isn't coating the transmission parts properly. To figure out if it's time for a fluid exchange, you may check the color of the transmission fluid. If it's already dark, cloudy, or murky, then the transmission fluid and transmission itself requires inspection. Also watch out for the burning smell or a dip in the fluid level.
There's a problem with the idle speed of my Chevrolet Express. It idles too fast. Even if the van has run for quite some time and the engine has warmed up, the idle still won't revert to its normal speed. I have to press hard on the brakes when I come to a stop. What could be wrong with my Chevy? What should I be looking into?
The fast idle speed of the Chevrolet could be triggered by a good number of problems affecting the engine, ignition, or fuel system. One of the things that must be checked is the fuel pressure regulator to confirm if it's operating at a low pressure. Another thing to consider is an ignition problem. The ignition timing may not be properly set and needs to be adjusted. You have to test the ignition system and replace the spark plugs, ignition wires, or other faulty ignition parts as needed. You also have to look into the Chevy's idle speed control unit or use a scan tool to detect problems with the engine control system. Circuits should be tested. Check for a vacuum leak and a faulty alternator.
How do you fix the sludge buildup? I'd like to get rid of the gelatinous oil deposit. I want the engine of my Chevy to stay clean after I remove the sludge.
Although the chemical compounds in the oil may soon break down and may leave behind some baked-on oil deposits, sludge formation could be prevented by making sure that oil is changed before it even gets too dirty or thin. The oil filter should be replaced if it can no longer trap dirt and keep oil clean. By using high-quality oil, one that suits the engine and the requirements of the vehicle, the sludge won't easily form. You also shouldn't use just any kind of additives as some aren't made to be neutral and may cause oil breakdown instead. Avoid harsh driving and any instance that would cause the engine to overheat. To remove oil buildup, flushing the engine might be done, although this should be performed with great caution, making sure that the sludge won't be dislodged to other parts of the engine. Some treatment may also be used.
Chevrolet Express 2500: The Work Van Wonder
Hauling large work equipment and items is a breeze with the Chevrolet Express 2500. This work van wonder has been making waves since it first entered the automotive scene some 16 years ago and has become extremely popular among drivers who need a spacious vehicle to carry their needs. Also called as a powerful “people mover”, the Chevrolet Express 2500 is not only capable of transporting heavy loads and large cargos but also seating several passengers with its spacious interior cabin. A part of GMC’s line of rugged and reliable full-size vans, the Chevrolet Express 2500 has undergone plenty of changes and upgrades since it was first introduced in 1996. The modifications and restyling GMC did to this model have made it one of the most enduring and impressive cargo vans the company has ever produced.
1996: The early years of Chevrolet Express 2500
Very few cargo vans can boast of good looks and charming style like the Chevrolet Express 2500 can. The first generation models were mostly painted in pristine white, but they were made available in various colors after a few years. The white exterior paint and rugged body style gave the Express 2500 a distinguished look that set it apart from other cargo vans during its time. With its spacious cargo room and tough body construction, the Chevrolet Express 2500 is perfect for towing and hauling heavy loads. This model became the best friend and reliable cargo carrier of workers like electricians and plumbers who needed a big storage capacity for their equipment. Aside from being a work vehicle, the Chevy Express 2500 was also offered as a passenger van with a seating capacity of about eight to fifteen passengers.
2003: The evolution of Chevrolet Express 2500
In 2003, GMC equipped all Chevrolet Express 2500 passenger vans with Stabilitrak, an efficient stability control feature. This stability enhancement system became a standard for all Express models and provided better ride quality to passengers. When 2008 rolled around, the interior of all passenger vans were modified and side-impact roof airbags were added. Alternative fuel options were offered for the 2013 models. For maximum performance and power, drivers can go for Duramax 6.6-liter turbo diesel V8. Another option is the eco-friendly Vortec 6.0-liter V8 compressed natural gas system. The 2013 Chevrolet Express 2500’s interior and exterior can also be customized according to the driver’s needs, making it a more efficient work van.