Repair and maintenance information for Chevrolet vehicles
TOP 4 CHEVROLET REPAIR PROBLEMS
On top of the electrical problems hogging the Chevrolet line is the issue on the car's passlock anti-theft system. This is specially associated with the Impala and the Malibu models. Usually, what happens is that when the theft light system is triggered, the car will not start. You have to wait for 10 minutes for the theft light to deactivate and be able to shut the car off before finally turning it back on. You can overcome this system hiccup either by bypassing the passlock or by resetting the system, then getting an authentic Chevy key. For the record, specially made keys used by some owners to offset the theft system can actually cause the system to fail; thus, your car will not start. You can also seek the help of a professional mechanic in dealing with the problem since it may also entail soldering wires together or cleaning the connector pins.
The problem is rooted in General Motors's design. GM uses a plastic material in manufacturing its intake manifold gaskets. As such, it led to troubles resulting in car coolant leaks. When the coolant leaks, it can cause chaos in the engine, for instance, getting your car's battery messed up. And, yes, it is a culprit to overheating too. Worse, a leaking intake manifold gasket can affect the performance of other car parts, say, the oxygen sensors and the catalytic converter. The solution here is to take out your erratic gaskets and install quality replacements. First, you need to take out the distributor from the top of the intake manifold, disconnect the upper radiator hose and the water pump hose from the front of the intake manifold, and remove the manifold's bolts using a wrench. After that, lower the intake manifold onto the gaskets, then install and tighten the manifold's retaining bolts. Return the hoses and the distributor and you are done.
Owners of the Chevrolet Silverado have cried foul over the issue of a clunking steering shaft, which makes driving uncomfortable especially on rough roads. It may just be a little annoyance, but it still affects the behavior of the driver, consequently the entire operation of the vehicle. The problem appears to be initiated by the telescoping rod and the tube-type design of the steering shaft. The inner part rattles inside the outer part. To eliminate the jangling sound, drivers can simply lube it up or get their steering shaft repacked by grease. Finding a high-quality replacement is also an option.
Another electrical flaw common to Chevrolets, especially the Chevy Trailblazer, is its speedometer going bonkers. This could be a major hassle for drivers since one of the last things they need while hurrying on the road is a ticket for overspeeding. What drivers can do to appease the problem is to undo the battery and reconnect it again. This, though, may only provide temporary results. It is still advised to seek the help of a mechanic to completely end the problem.