I bought a used Chevrolet T6500 for my business, and it's my first time to have a truck equipped with leaf springs. What's the simplest, easiest, and fastest kind of maintenance I can give them in order to let them last for a long time without giving me any pain?
If you're looking for something that you can do to keep the leaf springs in good shape, you can clean them regularly. This is an easy task that you can accomplish if you have basic automotive knowledge. The main thing to do here is to brush the springs, especially in between the leaves, in order to remove any dirt or caked mud in there, which might cause rust and corrosion if left for a long time. You will just need to raise and support your truck a bit, tinker with the hub caps and trims to remove them, and simply take off the weight of the truck on the springs so that you can clean them properly. You can use a degreasing fluid for cleaning and silicone lubricant afterwards. Be sure you are familiar with the process or that you have someone to help you, given the weight you'd be dealing with. Also, use goggles when brushing to protect your eyes from debris.
I'm a beginner when it comes to driving a manual truck, and I'm still in the process of getting the hang of it. I hear some people say that once I learn how to drive a stick shift, I might never go back to automatic again. However, at this point, I still need some tips and pointers on how to drive my manual T6500 truck.
The most important thing to remember is: safety first. If you're not yet too confident about driving a stick shift, better not drive your truck yet, especially if you're alone in the front seats. That said, we have a few tips for a beginner like you. First, get ready to use both feet when driving. Your left foot will have to do some work in taking care of the clutch. Second, when starting your vehicle, be sure you get the gear to neutral before you insert the key into the ignition. And third, when stopping your truck, make sure that you put your auto to second gear and you're completely stopped before you turn the ignition off.
The clutch in my Chevrolet T6500 seems to be having a problem—there are times when it won't disengage from the flywheel when I press the clutch pedal. I would have to press the pedal repeatedly before the clutch reacts. What could be the problem?
Well, it looks like you have what is called a dragging clutch in your truck. If this problem occurs together with a grinding noise, then the problem could be that there is slack in the pedal such that the mechanism designed to pull the disk away from the flywheel is unable to do it. This is a simple problem to fix if you have sufficient automotive experience, or you can bring your car to a mechanic for the repair needed.