Chevrolet LUV Problems
The Chevrolet LUV is a mini-pickup truck sold in the Americas from 1972 until 1981 (North America) and 2005 (South America). Even though it bore the American automaker's nameplate, the truck was actually built by Isuzu Motors, a Japanese car company. As partial owner of the Japanese automaker, General Motors bought units of Isuzu Faster, slapped the Chevrolet badge on them, and sold them as the Chevrolet LUV. This was the American automaker giant's no-hassle answer to the rising popularity of Japanese vehicles in the United States. Even though the company already stopped selling the Chevrolet LUV, units are still sold in used markets. This is why owners of this model should watch out for the following common problems:
A huge issue with the Chevrolet LUV is the hard starting especially when it is cold. While this can be caused by various factors, it is better for owners to make sure that the spark plug is fully functional. Chevrolet LUV owners are also recommended to put their truck in a heated garage to keep its engine warm.
Many Chevrolet LUV trucks, particularly those from the first generation, have a problem with not being able to idle if the driver takes off his or her foot off of the throttle. This is usually caused by a faulty idle circuit. To fix this, warm up the engine and rev up to about 3,000 rpm. Hold it steady and slam the choke flap on the carburetor shut for about one or two seconds at the same time. Do this a couple of times to make the idle circuit work normally again.
Front suspension upper control arm
The front suspension upper control arm shaft attaching bolts may loosen on the Chevrolet LUV. This condition can result in incorrect front wheel alignment and a noticeable increase in steering effort. If this is not corrected, the attaching bolts may fall out or pull through the frame bracket. The unattached control arm shaft could chafe against the brake pipe and lead to the pipe's failure. Chevrolet LUV owners are advised to have the front suspension upper control arm shaft attachment replaced.