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#1463 of 1492 key won't dis-engage engine
Aug 24, 2006 (10:37 am)
okay, so this is my first post on this forum.... but after reading all the other potential problems i'll have with my sierra truck, this won't be my last. i have a 2000 gmc sierra 2wd v8 4.8... i can't find a chiltons, haynes OR helm manual for it and the local dealers here are putzes. i put my key in the ignition and after starting the truck, it would not dis-engage. i had to put the relays to stall the engine so my starter wouldn't be destroyed but even when i can shift into and drive in other gears and back into park... the key will not spring back out of the forward position. i haven't see nthis as a common problem, judging by the other posts here, so i figured one of yas might know how i can get my hands on a manual so i don't tear up my steering column. i have to go get a few parts after work, and all i have seen are a few screws under the steering column... please tell me there is nothing complicated in there. i am either changing the shifting cable or the ignition switch, hopefully the latter of the two... any thoughts? thanks nikki
#1464 of 1492 Re: key won't dis-engage engine [kingfishingirl]
Sep 01, 2006 (9:35 am)
okay, no one answered but i will post the result in case anyone was wondering. i removed the steering column cover and put a pin in the hole above the ignition, slid it out and figured out the problem right away. the springs under the cap had worked their way out and the cap was messed up. SO after talking to the local gmc dealer and for the second time them telling me i need to bring the truck in to have my key coded, bought a tumbler kit, replaced the springs and cap ad put the ignition tumbler backin it's place.
The main reason I wanted to post this is there are a couple of things that the dealer has told me i had to bring my truck in to have something done and blatently lied to me. 1st, i bought a remote for the truck and when i went to pick it up, they told me i had to take the truck around back so they could program the remote. i thought, COOL! til they told me it would cost $45.00 to do because they have this big machine and blah blah blah. i gave them a few choice words and walked out. went on ebay later that night looking at remotes and found a remote for another vehicle with a link to program remotes free. in about 45 seconds i had my remote programmed, without a machine.
and now this key tumbler deal. they told me they had a machine that would code my ignition key to the new ignition. $80.00 so, i politely looked up at the schmuck and asked him, why would i need a machine to do this? i have the 8 digit code and i have the old tumbler with ignition WITH the tumblers still in it. well the machine does all the work and your ignition won't work to your key. so, again with a few choice words, i walked out, went home and fixed it without a machine or more than two brain cells.
#1465 of 1492 Re: key won't dis-engage engine [kingfishingirl]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Sep 02, 2006 (1:57 pm)
Thanks for posting your repair... hopefully this will both save other owners some headache, and alert techs to an easier fix.
#1466 of 1492 2001 GMC Sierra 2500HD Hot Engine Knock
Sep 04, 2006 (7:40 pm)
From everything I've seen on the internet, and in these forums, the 'piston slap' problem on GMC's 6.0 liter engine occurs when the engine is cold, and goes away once the engine is warm.
My 2001 GMC only knocks when it's operating at normal temperature, usually around the 50 - 60 Kilometers per hour mark, or when hauling something (like my 5th wheel). I don't think it's a piston slap issue, but am very worried about the noise. Any ideas what it could be?
#1467 of 1492 Re: key won't dis-engage engine [kcram]
Sep 05, 2006 (3:45 am)
the website for this and all other types of vehicles free remote programming is www.programyourremote.com
#1468 of 1492 Re: 2001 GMC Sierra 2500HD Hot Engine Knock [asrtaylor]
Sep 06, 2006 (5:15 am)
It could be just engine pinging due to low octane fuel being used. Try some premium fuel and see if it disappears. When these truck engines are under substantial load, such as towing heavy trailers, they perform a lot better with higher octane.
#1469 of 1492 Re: 2001 GMC Sierra 2500HD Hot Engine Knock [p100]
Sep 07, 2006 (9:59 pm)
THanks. I'll try that. What about using an octane boostr such as 108?
#1470 of 1492 1994 GMC 1500 pickup exhaust leak
Sep 10, 2006 (6:11 am)
I have a 1994 GMC pick up w/ a 350 rebuilt engine. Started making a fluttering noise under the driver's side. I think I have an exhaust leak at one of the gaskets. I have never replaced an exhaust gasket before. Can anyone offer advice or a good manaual or site with advice on how to repair. It doesent look extremely difficult. Would it be better for me to pay a profrssional exhaust guy to replace it. Any idea on cost? Thanks!
#1471 of 1492 Unusural buzzing noise from back of truck
Sep 10, 2006 (7:59 pm)
My 20021500 HD 6.0 4x4 crew cab makes this buzzing sound that sounds like an electric motor noise from the back of the truck after it is running a while at 30-50 mph. It comes and goes for a few seconds at a time. I had the fuel pump replaced at the dealer but it still makes this noise. I use the truck for long trips sometimes when towing into remote areas so I really can't afford to get stuck. Any ideas?
#1472 of 1492 Re: 94 Sierra Cut out at start [razormann]
Sep 12, 2006 (5:07 pm)
I have a 96 Sierra 4x4 350. Similar problem. Once in a while
it would start and I would put it in drive, go two feet and
it would die. It would not crank again. I would hear a buzzing noise under the dash when I would turn the key to the start(not crank) position. Lights would flicker on the
dash, speedometer would go up to 30mph. Usually after 5 minutes of turning the ignition key, pushing in any wire connectors I could reach, pressing on brake pedal, shifting
gears, it will eventually start again. Sometimes it will
stall right back out again, other times I'm ready to go.
One weird thing that happened last time, I thought the radio
got fried. There was no lights on the radio after I turned
it on and no music. I did check the fuses, but that was ok.
The truck failed again today, after I got it running, not sure what I did, but now the radio works fine.
Any help would be great. This weekend i'm going to try to
inspect all electrical connections. I already checked all
fuses inside the truck and under the hood.