My broke Azz and Chevy

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by South Florida Lawns, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
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    I try to save some coin and do all my own maintenance, today its changing oil tomorrow I gotta rotate tires and remove 2 screws in the passenger front.

    Shes been a good truck, I got 27,000 or so miles on it. But I gotta get some new brake pads for it.

  2. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 680

    just changed my oil the other cost the smae here doing it urself or going to a oil place but i like knowing that i did it
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    27K miles out of a set of pads? time to get some trailer brakes!
  4. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I see why your azz is broke! could be that new truck in your garage???

    Yeah, we are guys, we change our own oil. Yes the quick lube place, even the delaership can do it for the same price, but without the peace of mind...

    I can't believe you need brake pads already! Sounds like someone stops too quick... Actually that's probably really close to average, 30K or so on pads.

    I can't see the wheels really well in the pic, but if you get tired of them roll them up my way!
  5. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,783

    I got them on both axles, must be a combination of big wheels and tires too.
  6. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    are they properly calibrated? what controller are you running? I run 18" rims on my ford and at last inspection @ 25K there was hardly any evidence of brake wear. I have towed about 12-15K of that 25k too.
  7. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    you sure have had quite a few problems with that truck!! get that new 3500 dumper you were talking about!!!!haha
  8. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What kind of problems have you had with the truck?!
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,783

    I have the Tekonhsa, it works really well, and I do have it set up correctly.

    I guess running 20" wheels and 32" tires wears things out faster than normal.

    As far as problems go I have had it in for Broken tailgate cables (recalled).

    A leaking water pump

    Steering shaft had play in it (recalled too).

    Creaking in back of cab when coming to a stop.

    Engine coolant leak.

    Front end started making noise, needed steering shaft rebuild kit.

    Other than that its been a great truck and I am really happy with what it does, just kinda surprised at all the problems I have had with it.

    BTW I am the original owner of the truck too.
  10. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ok, here's the dilly

    water pump - super common on the 5.3

    steering shaft - no recall. period. there is a lube kit available through gm. you have to r&i shaft to grease it. first they had us lube them, then replace shaft, now back to lubing again. technical service bulletin #00-02-35-003. we do 6 or 8 a week. after 36k miles, it's your baby unless the selling dealer wants to goodwill it for you. he should be empowered to do so up to 5 years or 60k miles. after that, he would have to h-route claim to area vehicle manager for approval. mine has approved them up to 100k for original owners.
    it is not a saftey issue, just annoying as hell, and a pizz poor design.

    creaking in cab - did they replace body mount or cab strap? body mount is more common. 2-3 of these a month here.

    things to watch for:
    - if ac suddenly stops cooling, check low pressure switch. they are notorious.

    cd player inop - possible fix by reprogramming radio/cd player, otherwise replace with exchange unit.

    memory seats freezing - likely driver door module problem.

    paint peeling from radio knobs - to prevent this, do not use armor all.

    there was a bad problem with reaction sun shells breaking in the 4l60e trannys, but this seems to have been corrected by switching to a harder steel by the time yours was made. if it were to break, reverse gear is not longer operating.

    parking brake shoes only have about 3mm lining new, so make sure you don't ever have the park brake depressed, even slightly, unless vehicle is stopped. they are about $120 for parts alone.

    service 4wd light - probably corrected by reprogramming active transfer case, dealer only.

    service engine light with fuel trim rich bank 1 or 2 code (i think p0172) - likely intake gasket leak.

    when refueling, make sure engine is off and gas cap is tight and teather is not under cap or service engine light will come on. if problem is corrected, it will clear itself within 50 drive cycles or so.

    tailgate handle bezels are really crappy and break with little provocation. the replacement ones often break during installation due to the design of the retainers.

    fuel pumps get noisy on some (high pitch whine) and are only available as part of pump/sender assembly. waaayy expensive if you are paying. also, the fuel gauges are bad for reading 1/4 tank when empty on flex fuel vehicles. there is a bulletin to replace the strainer (sock) for this condition, but we replace the whole assembly as they crap out anyway.

    one last thing - the evap vent solenoid is a really crappy design and will get packed with mud if you do much off-roading. it will trigger the service engine light to come on when this happens. i have a farmer who comes in frequently with this problem.

    these are the most common ailments for this vehicle, time will tell what else is weak. the engine seems solid except for the water pump leaking. i have quite a few customers who have over 200k on them.

    good luck!!
    ps - i'm not telling you this so you will worry, just so you know what to report prior to the warranty expiring. goodwill claims are generally ok if the concern is reported prior to warranty expiration.

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