Common Problems You’ll Probably Experience with Your Chevrolet K10
The Chevrolet C/K pickup trucks, including the K10, won’t stay in the industry for almost four decades 1960-1999 if they didn’t offer good value for the buying public’s money. If you are among those people who still have a well-functioning K10 in your driveway, you are lucky enough because since the time it was released, Chevy and GM has issued only a few recalls. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have to deal with the normal wear and tear that every K10 component will experience due to regular use. Here are some of the common problems you are likely to encounter along the course of your Chevy K10 ownership:
In a recall published by NHTSA on August 2011, owners of some light-duty pickup trucks and SUVs fitted with vacuum power, four-wheel disc brakes, including some Chevy K10, were notified that their ride are among those that fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 105, “Hydraulic brake systems.” Such vehicles were fitted with kinked brake booster vacuum supply hose. To correct this problem, dealers are asked to re-route such hose in the brake system.
There’s one problem with Chevrolet trucks, including the K10, that’s considered as one of the most controversial recalls in the industry. There’s actually no formal recall issued for this problem, but it made GM pay for the largest automotive class action settlements in automotive history. The issue has something to do with the side-saddle fuel tanks installed on either side of the pickups. According to some auto safety groups, the tank’s placement makes the trucks vulnerable to exploding in case of a T-bone accident. The tank’s location makes it exposed to direct impact once the truck is hit by another vehicle on the side.
The government asked GM to issue a voluntary recall to solve the problem, but the automaker refused. It, however, ended up settling with the DOT, pledging $51 million to U.S. Safety programs. The company also shelled out more than $500 million in settlements to those who have been victims of burn due to such defect.
If your K10 is an extended cab unit with high-back bucket seats, the bolts that attach the seat recliner to the frame can loosen or fracture, causing the seat to suddenly recline. If this problem will happen on the driver’s seat, it can cause sudden loss of vehicle control and may therefore increase the risk of crash. Dealers are asked to solve the issue by removing all the foam sandwiched between the seat frame and the recliner assembly, installing washers at each attachment point and putting in new bolts torqued to a higher specification.
Upkeep Tips for a Make Your Chevrolet K10 Safer to Drive
Just because your Chevrolet K10 pickup looks like a daredevil on the road doesn't mean that it has to be less safe than you need it to be. Remember, your car wasn't built just to get you to places. You should have not just an enjoyable ride, but a safe one too. There are ways in which you can maintain your Chevrolet K10's badass looks without having your safety compromised. Here are upkeep tips that will make your truck more efficient and at the same time, safer to drive:
- Take a break and look at your brakes.
Your car's brake system not just protects your car, but more importantly, protects you from getting into an accident. Yes, there are air bags and other safety features that are placed in your car to protect you from getting seriously hurt during accidents, but wouldn't you want to avoid getting into one at all? Preventing an accident is way better than surviving one, so maintaining a well-functioning brake system is of utmost importance. Make sure that the brake pads are still good and not already worn out. One sign of a worn out brake pad is a screeching noise it produce whenever you use the brakes. So once you start hearing that, have your brake pads checked immediately, and have it replaced if necessary.
Your tires' tread markings are not just for show. Those markings are actually what helps your tires to get a grip on the road. Once those tread marks fade off, that means your tire needs to be replaced already. Don't wait for your car to lose control because your tires could no longer have traction on the road due to its balding condition. Once you've noticed that your tires have gone smooth already, seek professional advice to confirm if it's indeed time for them to be replaced. And while you're at it, you can also have the alignments checked too. Make sure that the newly placed tires are properly aligned to guarantee complete control of the pick-up.
- Make sure all the lights are working.
Ensuring that all your vehicle's lights are working may seem trivial but it is actually a big deal when it comes to your safety. A car's light not just sends crucial information to the driver, but it also allows other drivers on the road, as well as pedestrians to know what exactly you are up to. When driving at night, your headlights are the only ones you can depend on to get you to where you need with less possibility of an accident as possible. Your signal lights, as well as tail lights, are the ones responsible for you to be able to turn or stop without causing an accident with your fellow drivers. So, before hitting the road, make sure that all your lights are working and that you have a spare fuse in case one of the lights get busted in the middle of a drive.