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If you have a technical question regarding problems with your pickup truck, SUV, or van, read here to find more information from Alex Steele, who is a master technician with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
Truck Trend Garage: 2008 Ford F-150 Catalytic Converter Diagnostic Trouble Codes Truck Trend Garage: 2008 Ford F-150 Catalytic Converter Diagnostic Trouble Codes
I bought a 2005 F-150 with the 5.4-liter engine. I knew when I bought it that the catalytic converter had been taken out, and the check... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2004 Chevy Suburban Volt Gauge Drops Truck Trend Garage: 2004 Chevy Suburban Volt Gauge Drops
I have a 2004 Chevy Suburban with the 5.3-liter. When stopped, the volt gauge drops down to about 11 volts and the lights dim. I replaced... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2007 GMC Sierra Electrical Leak Truck Trend Garage: 2007 GMC Sierra Electrical Leak
I have an electric leak on a 2007 GMC Sierra. The battery and alternator tested fine, but the battery goes dead every other time I let it... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2010 Toyota Tundra 4.6-Liter Double Cab Horsepower Increase Truck Trend Garage: 2010 Toyota Tundra 4.6-Liter Double Cab Horsepower Increase
I recently bought a 2010 Toyota Tundra 4.6-liter Double Cab. First, do ram- or cold-air intakes really increase power for this particular... more
Truck Trend Garage: The Truth About F-250s and F-350s Front Axles Truck Trend Garage: The Truth About F-250s and F-350s Front Axles
Your answer to this question will settle a bet: My friend says that four-wheel-drive F-250s and F-350s always had solid axles up front. more
Truck Trend Garage: 2011 Toyota 4Runner Off-road Tire/Wheel Combo Upgrade Truck Trend Garage: 2011 Toyota 4Runner Off-road Tire/Wheel Combo Upgrade
I have recently purchased a 2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5. I want to upgrade the tire/wheel combo. I'm seeking a more off-road look. What's the... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Disappointing Fuel Economy Truck Trend Garage: 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Disappointing Fuel Economy
My 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and it's getting 15 mpg city and 16 mpg highway, not the 15/21 mpg city/highway stated by the EPA. Do you think... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Chevrolet Suburban Airbag SRS Light Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Chevrolet Suburban Airbag SRS Light
After replacing a bad alternator on our 2003 Suburban, the "service airbag" light came on. Any idea of what could be causing the light to... more
Truck Trend Garage: Standard Oil of High Demand Diesel Truck Trend Garage: Standard Oil of High Demand Diesel
Thanks for the additional information in "More Black Oil" in the November/December 2011 issue of Truck Trend. What specific diesel oil... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2005 Ford F-150 Mystery Noise Truck Trend Garage: 2005 Ford F-150 Mystery Noise
I have a 2005 Ford F-150 5.4-liter Lariat with 150,000 miles on it. For the last two months, I've noticed a bump or small bang like the... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2004 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4x4 Bag Plugs Truck Trend Garage: 2004 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4x4 Bag Plugs
Long story short, a $940 one-day service stop turned into a $3690-plus bill and 22 days without my truck, because the mechanic managed to... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2005 Nissan Titan On A Roll Truck Trend Garage: 2005 Nissan Titan On A Roll
I've mentioned to Nissan's service department that I had concerns about the truck rolling backward on inclines. They told me it was normal,... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Toyota Sequoia Sensory Perception Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Toyota Sequoia Sensory Perception
I have a 2003 Toyota Sequoia with the 4.7-liter engine and about 85,000 miles. It runs fine, but the Check Engine light came on, and I had... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Wobbly Wheel Truck Trend Garage: 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Wobbly Wheel
I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 4.7-liter engine. If I pull the steering wheel toward me, it moves a little bit in and out. Is this... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2001 4WD XLT Ford F-150 Water Pump Truck Trend Garage: 2001 4WD XLT Ford F-150 Water Pump
I have a 2001 4WD XLT Ford F-150 with 128,000 miles on the clock. It still has the original water pump. Would it be a good idea to replace... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500 Doors Wont Latch Truck Trend Garage: 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500 Doors Wont Latch
I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500 extended cab. In the winter here in Ohio, when the temperature drops below freezing, both rear doors... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2008 6.6-liter Duramax -- More Black Oil Truck Trend Garage: 2008 6.6-liter Duramax -- More Black Oil
You missed an answer to the "Black Oil" question in the July/August 2011 issue when you responded to the reader asking about his diesel... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2002 Dodge Dakota Sport Running Rough Truck Trend Garage: 2002 Dodge Dakota Sport Running Rough
I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota Sport with the 3.9-liter V-6 and after shutting it off and sitting for 30 to 60 minutes, it will start normally.... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Smoke Signal Truck Trend Garage: 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Smoke Signal
I have a four-wheel-drive 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 5.9-liter engine. Ever since replacing the catalytic converter, I've seen white... more
Truck Trend Garage: 1996 Nissan Pathfinder Leaky Sunroof Truck Trend Garage: 1996 Nissan Pathfinder Leaky Sunroof
My 1996 Pathfinder is now leaking water inside. From research, I've heard it can be from the sunroof drains. How do I know for sure? more
Truck Trend Garage: 2007 Denali's Air Conditioning Doesn't Work Truck Trend Garage: 2007 Denali's Air Conditioning Doesn't Work
My 2007 Denali's air conditioning doesn't work at all, but the seats still cool. What could cause that? more
Truck Trend Garage: 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Low Coolant Light Truck Trend Garage: 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Low Coolant Light
The low coolant light in my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes on randomly. more
Truck Trend Garage: 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe Engine Knock Truck Trend Garage: 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe Engine Knock
I have a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe with a 5.3-liter engine, 127,000 miles. more
Truck Trend Garage: 2011 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4; What Oil to Use? Truck Trend Garage: 2011 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4; What Oil to Use?
I recently purchased a new 2011 Colorado 4x4 pickup, and I'm not sure what type of oil to use. more
Truck Trend Garage: 2008 Ram 3500 4x4 Quad Cab Joint Replacement Truck Trend Garage: 2008 Ram 3500 4x4 Quad Cab Joint Replacement
I have a 2008 Ram 3500 4x4 Quad Cab with the 6.7-liter Cummins. The front end was getting sloppy and would shake on the highway, so I... more
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