The Two Most Common Problems of the Chevrolet K1500
People like pickup trucks because they're known for their great ruggedness and durability. The Chevrolet K1500 is no exception to this-what with the addition of four-wheel drive for this particular model. In the nearly four decade run of this truck, it has been the popular choice among Americans looking for the right balance of functionality and utility. It is reliable, and performs well under the worst conditions. It's not without its problems, however. Listed here are the two most common glitches associated with the truck-that way, consumers are aware of what they are purchasing.
Hydraulic power-assist steering system
Several problems have been associated with the brand spanking new hydraulic steering system sported by the Chevrolet K1500. One of the most alarming come from reports that-at about 500 miles-the power steering abruptly activates itself, causing the vehicle to careen uncontrollably. Occasionally, the system malfunctions during turns. This causes a total loss of control. In both cases-and in a number of other cases in the same vein-dealers have faulted the steering sensor. In many of these scenarios, replacement of the sensor did not completely solve the problem.
The problem appears to be specific to the 1997 model, and up until 2002, there was no clear solution save to completely overhaul the system. Replacement of the sensors has proven to be ineffective.
Windshield wiper & washer
Also specific to the 1997 Chevrolet K1500 is a failure of the wipers on the windshield. In the best case, the problem is restricted to intermittent stop-starting. In the absolute worst case, the wipers do not work altogether. Some customers even reported that sometimes, while the wipers do start, they can become impossible to turn off-draining the battery. Increasingly disturbing is the fact that this often occur when the wipers are needed the most-when it rains. Ironically, while this is a problem for many K1500s and a recall order was sent out for the controlling circuit boards, the 1997 K1500 was mysteriously left out.
An aftermarket overhaul of the control module is so far the only way to get around the problem, unless General Motors re-considers its stance on the recall order.
I am thinking of buying a Chevrolet K1500, but I am having second thoughts since some of my friends told me that it's hard to drive a truck especially if you're a woman. Now, I am undecided, but I really want to buy one. Please enlighten me.
The common notion is that trucks are for men. Fortunately, over the years, that notion has changed. Thanks to the popularity of SUVs, this has become a huge threat for truck manufacturers. They were forced to make their trucks as comfy and posh as possible to stay competitive in the market. Most modern trucks are not only equipped with air conditioning, but they also boast some really great features that include 4 real doors, comfy seats for 5, navigation system, three-zone climate control, and heated leather seats. Trucks are also excellent haulers. They can even be used to haul a boat for that perfect day at the beach. The four-wheel-drive system paired with excellent tire traction makes driving modern trucks a breeze and yes, even if you're a woman, you can definitely manage to drive a Chevrolet K1500.
I recently bought a secondhand Chevrolet K1500. It's working just fine except for the grinding noise that is so annoying to hear. What could be causing this noise? Is it something to worry about? Is it going to be a pricey repair?
Problems in secondhand vehicles are not surprising. In fact, these should be expected by any buyer of a secondhand vehicle. As for the grinding sound, there are several causes for this such as faulty brakes, worn-out wheel bearing, and bad CV shaft or CV axle. So, how do you know which one is making the sound? As for the CV shaft or CV axle, normally it doesn't make any noise except when you are driving a 4wd and doing a hard turn. Also, try to see if it's dry. You might need to pump some grease into it. If it's the wheel bearing that is at fault, you will know because the sound gets louder as you go faster. In terms of the brakes, you will need to remove the tire and check for any signs of wearing on the pad. For your safety and peace of mind, best to let the experts handle the repair. The price will depend on the amount of work that is needed and the type of parts that are to be replaced.
Temperature gauge is not working on my Chevrolet k1500. Do I need to replace it? Is it just a case of loose connection? Please help.
Before you go shopping for a new temperature sensor, here is a simple test that you can do. First, check the wire on the temperature sensor that is located between #1 and #3 spark plugs. Pull the wires and unhook them. Turn the key on. See if the gauge stays at the left. Second, with the key still on, ground the wire to the engine. This should enable your gauge to peg out. If this works, then that means the temperature sensor of your vehicle is broken. But take note: getting either of the two results means that there is a problem with the dash cluster.