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#263 of 655 Axle Boots -- Anyone Else Having a Problem?
Jul 26, 2002 (6:18 am)
Hello Express folks,
I'm writing with some concern to see if anyone else has had this problem --
I own a 2000 Express 3500, bought in Oct 2000. I took the 3 year bumper to bumper warranty.
In June 2001, at about 6000 miles, the right rear axle boot started leaking. The dealer fixed it under warranty, and had to re-do the brakes too, as they got corrupted by the oil spray.
In July 2001, the LEFT rear axle boot went. Same deal -- dealer replaces boot, and brakes.
At the time, I figured/hoped I'd gotten a "bad lot" of axle boots installed on my van in production. But...
Fast forward to yesterday, July 2002 -- the RIGHT rear axle boot just went again, at 14000 miles (or, only 7000 mile of wear on this replacement).
Okay, so I've got until Oct 2003 for free axle boot replacements -- ha ha. The van has been fine otherwise, but GAWD, I do not expect to have to change axle boots every year -- it's painful enough under warranty! It's probably $300-500 worth of work for boots/brakes each time.
Have other folks had axle boot problems? Is the boot design flawed? Or do I have a lemon rear suspension that kills boots prematurely?
Speaking of which, I'd appreciate any LEMON LAW info folks may have. Come summer 2003, when I expect another failure or two, I need to know if I have any legal recourse to get a new van, or some agreement from Chevy to replace the boots, etc. Or, if I should buy an extended warranty and cut my losses, etc.
I'd appreciate any advice/similiar experiences you can share. Thanks! -- bob k
Jul 28, 2002 (12:03 am)
It sounds like you have a bad set of axle bearings, and if those are bad the seal will wear out prematurely. I have changed several rear end seals and those that repeated within a year got a new bearing installed in the axle tube and the problem never came back. Some of them were cars, and not all GM either. Ask the dealer to try that if it happens again. They may argue that the truck is being used for sever duty and claim abuse, but don't let them give you that line, just push for the bearing replacement.
Jul 28, 2002 (5:21 am)
I really like the looks of this, but I couldn't convince myself to buy a first year Ford, Dodge, or GM anything.
#266 of 655 I agree 101% Mrnimmo
Jul 28, 2002 (10:19 am)
I thought with your last post there would be a link to some pictures or something else, what happened? Talking about looks of the 2003 GMC....yuk for the dashboard. All the components from air vents, heater dials, light switches, instrumentation area are identical to the previous generation. It looks like they just cut some holes out on the side of a box and screwed them into place. It lacks curved lines, the top part is straight across. Oh well, I own the previous model, so call it bias, but I do have tastes and to me I think they went backwards with the styling. The rest of the vehicle looks fine, and the longer hood probably will make it a little easier to access things.
Yup, I agree with not buying a first year model of anything when you have a choice, especially if it's from chrysler.
#267 of 655 Remote Control for the Entertainment System
Aug 26, 2002 (3:52 pm)
We just bought a new universal remote for our Express and cannot program it to the VCR.
Does anyone know who is the manufacturer of the entertainment system (Audiovox, Goldstar)? No matter what code I put in to the RCA remote, it doesn't work.
#269 of 655 tranny update
Sep 02, 2002 (7:39 am)
I wrote in June about my transmission. Short story: I took the van back to the dealership, they did a more extensive diagnostic, and said that basically the tranny was disintegrating inside. I know my terminology is not very technical, but the tranny had to be replaced. Cost: $2200, GM paid half.
Sep 02, 2002 (9:15 pm)
Did they replace it or just rebuild your original? What year is your van?
Sep 02, 2002 (9:40 pm)
Message #242. "I have a '99 Savana 1500, 5.7 liter engine, 43,000 miles, never towed anything, no extended warranty. The tranny is slipping, and when cold, does't want to shift out of 1st gear."
Because it is in a 1/2 ton van (1500), the tranny is the lighter duty model. It was not too far out of the 36000 mile warranty. I suppose the upshot is that the tranny in it now is new.
#272 of 655 Are 95 Astro Cargo Vans same as Passenger Astro Vans???
Sep 06, 2002 (9:12 pm)
I am looking at buying a 95 Passenger Astro Van and taking the seats out and using it as a Cargo Van. Is there any difference between the Passenger and Cargo Astro Van in terms of suspension etc????