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Newer Chevy 1500's (Issues?)

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by bolensdriver, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. bolensdriver

    bolensdriver Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    I've heard a lot of the Chevy 1500's are having front end problems, and it's costly when it needs to be repaired. I know of like 6 people in my town having this issue. And they say other's are having problems.

    Anyone on here have any problems? I love the looks of the 1500's, but I'm not sure if I'd want to buy one, if they do have those problems.

    Thank-you,

    Sincerely,
    Jake
     
  2. bobingardner

    bobingardner Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    Can you describe the problem? How many miles on the trucks? What year(s)? I have about 4k on my 2004 Silverado and so far have not had any problems. It seems like a well built truck to me.
     
  3. bolensdriver

    bolensdriver Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    These were around 2001 thru 2002.

    And an autobody man also said he see's a fair bit of the new '03's in there quite a bit. I'm unsure of the 2004 though.

    Sincerely,
    Jake
     
  4. wfd44

    wfd44 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 369

    The only thing I know of is something I have experienced with my wife's 2002 Tahoe (same front end). It has a noise in the front end when you go over bumps. It sounds like something suspension wise is loose. The actual problem is either a bearing or a joint in the steering shaft. It is not a safety issue but more of an annoyance. GM is replacing them under warranty as soon as they can get the updated part inthe pipeline. Other than that I know of no other problems with them and I have a pretty close relationship with my dealer (they keep me pretty well informed - I used to work for them)
     
  5. Duplantisjj

    Duplantisjj Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    None for me

    Bought mine new in 02. Made it through two Alaskan Winters and has been in the shop only once to lube the steering shaft. Was making a clunking noise and ended up being the steering shaft needed to be lubed and repacked. All I've done so far is change fluids regularly and I use Mobile 1 synthetic....ohhh and put in a LOT of Fuel :angry: .... over $2/gal now :gunsfiring:

    I have many friends with Chevys...never heard of any front end problems other than the usual (CV Joints, tree jumped in the way, etc...) :nono:

    Just put in those Timbrens today...boy that was a bit of work but worth it. :nod: The front doesn't sag at all now with the plow.

    John
     
  6. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Duplantisjj
    do you really have no sag now? i put my timbrens on a few weeks ago so i have never had the plow on without them. i am still getting a good bit of sag. I am wonderig if its due to the extreme wieght of my plow at almost 800 pounds?
    thanks
     
  7. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    2004 1500, 3,109 miles, no problems. :drinkup:

    Check out www.gmtrucks.com or mychevytruck.com
    Both good sites for chevy and GMC truck info

    There is a problem with earlier models intermittent steering shaft. The dealer will fix this at no cost. There's a GM TSB for it.
     
  8. Duplantisjj

    Duplantisjj Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Salopez....I just posted pics of of my truck with the new plow on....It's in the pic forum under My New Boss. I measured everything up before we put the plow on and it now measures about a half inch lower with the plow raised and with Timbrens than stock before the plow. My plow weighs about 642 Lb. Boy, I had the plow for one day without Timbrens and it dropped down LOW... :eek: I have a steep driveway and the plow actually scraped bottom pulling in and out. Not anymore... :D
     
  9. Duplantisjj

    Duplantisjj Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Gm-Trucks Forum

    Hey Badluck.....that GMtrucks link is actually www.gm-trucks.com

    Great web site...there's tons of info there about GM's.

    John
     
  10. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    Absolutely man. Tons of useful info and links. :drinkup:
     
  11. rg123g

    rg123g Junior Member
    from MASS
    Messages: 17

    my 2000 K1500 ext cab

    I just got a 2000 K1500 z71 ext cab. My question is how was the fisher plow with your truck and how much did the plow weight. I am in the market for a plow for it and was wondering.

    Thank you



     
  12. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    rg123g - I haven't gotten my plow yet. Truck side mounts are on B/O :realmad:

    I did order the Timbrens to though. The approx. Weight of a fisher 7.5 set up is 630 lbs. There are guys on this board running heavier plows with no issues. Timbens a MUST!!!

    Good luck.