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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: 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
Truck Trend Garage: 1992 4WD Ford Explorer Slip Is Showing Truck Trend Garage: 1992 4WD Ford Explorer Slip Is Showing
I have a transmission problem on my 1992 4WD Ford Explorer. more
Truck Trend Garage: 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie SLT Loss Of MPG Truck Trend Garage: 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie SLT Loss Of MPG
I keep rpm below 2000 during acceleration in my 1999 Dodge Ram. Could this be caused by the transmission filter or torque converter? more
Truck Trend Garage: 1991 Chevy Suburban -- Fuel Cutoff Truck Trend Garage: 1991 Chevy Suburban -- Fuel Cutoff
My 1991 Chevy Suburban truck cut off on me at a stoplight but started right up, and it began to drive rough. more
Truck Trend Garage: 1987 Chevy Scottsdale Crossed Wires Truck Trend Garage: 1987 Chevy Scottsdale Crossed Wires
I just purchased a 1987 Chevy Scottsdale in mint condition, but there is no radio. I was wondering if I could purchase a Wal-Mart radio... more
Truck Trend Garage: Ford Ranger Slow Starter Truck Trend Garage: Ford Ranger Slow Starter
Is it possible that my alternator is putting out enough charge that my truck will start on warmer days and be completely dead on cooler... more
Truck Trend Garage: Chevy 4x4 1500 Series Light's Out Truck Trend Garage: Chevy 4x4 1500 Series Light's Out
I have a Chevy 4x4 1500 Series with the 5.3-liter engine and an automatic transmission. When I shift from Park to Drive, the tow/haul light... more
Truck Trend Garage: Spongy Pedal Noise on a 2006 F-150 Crew Cab Truck Trend Garage: Spongy Pedal Noise on a 2006 F-150 Crew Cab
I have a 2006 F-150 Crew Cab with a noisy brake pedal. Every time I depress the pedal, it makes a spongy noise that I believe is inside the... more
Truck Trend Garage: That's Rich - 1996 Chevy Tahoe 4x4 Truck Trend Garage: That's Rich - 1996 Chevy Tahoe 4x4
I have a 1996 Chevy Tahoe 4x4 with 261,000 miles on the original 350 Vortec engine. The check-engine light comes on sometimes with code... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2009 GMC Sierra Stuck in First Truck Trend Garage: 2009 GMC Sierra Stuck in First
I recently purchased a new 2009 GMC Sierra. By only 2000 miles, I've had the truck back to the dealership four times with computer issues.... more
Truck Trend Garage: Decreasing Fuel Economy Truck Trend Garage: Decreasing Fuel Economy
In "Truck Trend Garage" (November/December 2009), a reader asks about the decreasing fuel mileage of his Chevrolet truck. The authors... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic Rough-Running Engine Truck Trend Garage: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic Rough-Running Engine
My 2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic has 90,000 miles. It is 4WD with the 4.0-liter inline-six. Lately I've noticed that, when I'm driving with... more
Truck Trend Garage: Water In Oil of a 1997 4x4 Toyota Tacoma Truck Trend Garage: Water In Oil of a 1997 4x4 Toyota Tacoma
My 1997 4x4 Toyota Tacoma's V-6 has water in the oil. I guess it has a blown head gasket. I would like to fix this myself by using a Haynes... more
Truck Trend Garage: 2002 Chevy Silverado Faulty Trailer Wiring Truck Trend Garage: 2002 Chevy Silverado Faulty Trailer Wiring
I am having a problem troubleshooting the trailer light plug on a 2002 Chevy Silverado. I get no power there. I've checked all the fuses... more
Truck Trend Garage: 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Locked Seatbelts Truck Trend Garage: 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Locked Seatbelts
I drive a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab with the 318-cubic-inch engine. Both driver and passenger seatbelts have locked in the retracted... more
Truck Trend Garage: 1997 Chevrolet Blazer Stubborn 4WD Truck Trend Garage: 1997 Chevrolet Blazer Stubborn 4WD
Read more about this 1997 Chevrolet Blazer's stubborn 4WD and the expert advice from Alex Steele! more
Truck Trend Garage: Dodge Durango Mysterious Coolant Loss Truck Trend Garage: Dodge Durango Mysterious Coolant Loss
Following a recent water pump replacement on my Dodge Durango, the truck has been losing considerable coolant. What can be the cause/cure? more
Truck Trend Garage: 1989 GMC Sierra Troubles At Idle Truck Trend Garage: 1989 GMC Sierra Troubles At Idle
My 1989 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab has the original 5.7-liter 350 V-8 and has clocked almost 227,000 miles. For the past four or five... more
Truck Trend Garage: Ford F-250 Transmission Problem Fallow-up Truck Trend Garage: Ford F-250 Transmission Problem Fallow-up
Your answer with regard to an F-250 transmission problem following a transmission service gave me a little heartburn. more
Truck Trend Garage: 2005 Ford Explorer Front-end Vibration Truck Trend Garage: 2005 Ford Explorer Front-end Vibration
My 2005 Ford Explorer XLT AdvanceTrac suddenly developed a front-end vibration problem that is at its worst at about 70 mph, less so at 3-4... more
Truck Trend Garage: Cash For Clunkers 2009 Ram 1500 Upgrade Truck Trend Garage: Cash For Clunkers 2009 Ram 1500 Upgrade
I have a new 2009 Ram 1500 standard-cab longbed. What suspension items do I need to add to my Ram to enable it to haul my 2000-pound,... more
Truck Trend Garage: Stiffly Sprung Toyota Tundra Truck Trend Garage: Stiffly Sprung Toyota Tundra
I purchased a double cab, shortbed Toyota Tundra SR5 with the six-cylinder engine. The problem: The ride is choppy and the worst of any of... more
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