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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: 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Engine Bucks Truck Trend Garage: 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Engine Bucks
I have a 2000 Silverado 5.3-liter 1500 2WD truck. The engine bucks at random speeds and shuts off randomly at stops or while turning. more
Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Shake and Brake Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Shake and Brake
My 2003 Silverado 1500 has 85,000 miles on it. I am having a problem with it shimmying and shaking when braking. more
Truck Trend Garage: 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Brake Check Truck Trend Garage: 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Brake Check
I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the 5.3-liter engine, and the ABS and brake dash lights come on and stay on. more
Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Chevrolet Silverado Hot Hot Heat Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Chevrolet Silverado Hot Hot Heat
I have a 2003 Silverado pickup that I bought almost new. It was a demo. Just after it was out of warranty, it started having an... more
Truck Trend Garage: 1997-2003 Ford E-150 PCV Valve Truck Trend Garage: 1997-2003 Ford E-150 PCV Valve
I'm working on my Ford E-150 van with a 4.2-liter. Can you tell me the location of the PCV valve for this engine? more
Truck Trend Garage: 2004 Ford F-150 FX4 No-start Failure Truck Trend Garage: 2004 Ford F-150 FX4 No-start Failure
I own a 2004 Ford F-150 FX4, and I have a problem the dealership cannot solve. Sometimes the engine won't start. more
Truck Trend Garage: Chevrolet Lumina APV Injector Problem Truck Trend Garage: Chevrolet Lumina APV Injector Problem
I have a Chevrolet Lumina APV van with the 3.1-liter V-6. There's no spray from the injectors. more
Truck Trend Garage: 1996 GMC Yukon -- Water, Water Everywhere Truck Trend Garage: 1996 GMC Yukon -- Water, Water Everywhere
Water is coming out of the back and the front of my 1996 GMC Yukon's engine. Is it the waterpump or the head gasket? more
Truck Trend Garage: 1999 GMC Sierra 4x4 Rough Idle and Incorrect Fuel Gauge Truck Trend Garage: 1999 GMC Sierra 4x4 Rough Idle and Incorrect Fuel Gauge
I have a 1999 GMC Sierra 4x4 with a 5.3-liter automatic and 92,000 miles on it. At times when I start it, hot or cold, it acts as if it's... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Chevrolet Express 2500 Starting Problems Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Chevrolet Express 2500 Starting Problems
I have a 2003 Chevrolet Express 2500 cargo van with a 5.3-liter V-8, AWD, and 106,000 miles. Over the last several months dating back to... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2005 Chevrolet Colorado Timing-Chain Replacement Timing Truck Trend Garage: 2005 Chevrolet Colorado Timing-Chain Replacement Timing
I have a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. Should I replace the timing chain/water pump to avoid a catastrophic failure? more
Truck Trend Garage: 2001 Dodge Durango Runs Rich Truck Trend Garage: 2001 Dodge Durango Runs Rich
I have a 2001 Dodge Durango 4x4 with the 4.7-liter and an automatic transmission. I received code 171... more
Truck Trend Garage: 1997 GMC Sierra Squealing Belts Truck Trend Garage: 1997 GMC Sierra Squealing Belts
I have a 1997 GMC Sierra with the 5.7-liter engine. I replaced the idler pulley, tensioner pulley, and belt, but still have an intermittent... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2004 GMC Sierra With Too Much Chatter Truck Trend Garage: 2004 GMC Sierra With Too Much Chatter
My 2004 Sierra extended-cab 4x4 has had a clunking noise on moderate acceleration that's driving me nuts. more
Truck Trend Garage: High-revving 1994 Chevy S-10 Truck Trend Garage: High-revving 1994 Chevy S-10
I have a 1994 Chevy S-10 pickup and whenever I let off the throttle, the engine revs on me. more
Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Honda Odyssey Creaking Struts Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Honda Odyssey Creaking Struts
My 2003 Honda Odyssey has 78,000 miles. After I had the front struts replaced, I noticed a creak noise when I went over a bump. more
Truck Trend Garage: 2004 Ford F-150 King Ranch Starter Electrical Glitch Truck Trend Garage: 2004 Ford F-150 King Ranch Starter Electrical Glitch
My 2004 Ford F-150 King Ranch does everything I ask it to, but there have been several instances now, like on a recent trip, where it won't... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Injector Cleaning Truck Trend Garage: 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Injector Cleaning
Should I clean the injectors on my 2003 Dodge Ram 2500? more
Truck Trend Garage: Truth About Skidplates Truck Trend Garage: Truth About Skidplates
I'm thinking about getting a vehicle with skidplates, Is it hard to keep them clean? Read more about the truth about skipplates more
Truck Trend Garage: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo Starter Issue Truck Trend Garage: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo Starter Issue
I have a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo with a 3.2-liter engine and 103,000 miles. It has been difficult to start at times, whether the engine is hot or... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2002 GMC Yukon Window Failure Truck Trend Garage: 2002 GMC Yukon Window Failure
I'm told both window motors and relays will need to be replaced for $540. Is this reasonable, or could there be other solutions for my 2002... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2001 GMC Sierra Voltage Issue Truck Trend Garage: 2001 GMC Sierra Voltage Issue
I own a 2001 GMC Sierra. It has 49,700 miles and I have noticed a charging system problem over the past 12 months. Do you have any... more
Truck Trend Garage: 1997 extended-cab Ford Ranger Torque Converter Clutch Truck Trend Garage: 1997 extended-cab Ford Ranger Torque Converter Clutch
I took my 1997 extended-cab Ford Ranger to my mechanic and he pulled a PO1744 code and he thought a possible PCM flash was needed, that it... more
Truck Trend Garage: Stuck in First - 2009 GMC Sierra UPDATE!! Truck Trend Garage: Stuck in First - 2009 GMC Sierra UPDATE!!
Here's the latest on a previous reader's question involving a brand-new 2009 GMC Sierra, which went back to the dealership four times with... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2009 GMC 4x4 Bring The Heat Truck Trend Garage: 2009 GMC 4x4 Bring The Heat
I have a 2009 GMC 4x4 extended cab with a 5.3-liter engine. I really like the vehicle, but have one problem the dealer can't or doesn't... more
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