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#74 of 2238 2000 Silverado - Drivetrain Noise/Clunks
Jan 24, 2001 (12:36 pm)
My 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4 (22,000 miles) is having problems that my dealer can't/won't fix. Two issues exist. The first is that there is a loud clunk/clang every time I shift from neutral to reverse. In addition, from every stop, there is a load clank (one time from each stop) coming from the drivetrain. I have an ARB Airlocker in the rear differential and thought that might be the problem, but the dealer told me that's not it. It exists in the transfer case and the axle set up. Supposedly due to the size of the drivetrain, there is a lot of slop and the different parts load up causing the noise. But according to the service manager, it's perfectly normal and all Silverado's will encounter this once they get some mileage on them. There is one TSB on changing the fluids in the transfer case, but this had already been done. The dealer says there is nothing more he can do. They have no further TSB's on the problem and no recalls. There should be, the truck sounds like it has 100,000 miles and bad U-joints. Any ideas?
Jan 24, 2001 (1:34 pm)
My question would be what color is the fluid? Red, brown, green, clear, yellow.... Is it oil or water? This would be a good start. I had a previous GM vehicle where one one of the aluminum power steering hoses gave similar problems on the driver's side.
Neutral to reverse clunk. I wish I had more comments but you could try the Maintenance discussion thread as well. Regarding the start out clank, folks in the Toy Tacoma discussion experience similar problems and have come to learn that when you start out and initial torque is transferred to the driveshaft, it is followed by a clunk or loud clank. Some have corrected this by installing harder suspension components in the rear end or seeking drive-shaft replacement via their warranty.
My advice would be to ask the Service Manager what else happens when you "get some mileage on it" since the Salesman didn't mention anything about clunks and clanks. In fact if I think back hard enough, I seem to remember something about "Like a Rock" and last time I checked rocks don't clunk and clank do they? If you find others with this same problem (and if you read the previous posts you will) there are previous posts here on how to contact the Better Business Bureau as a means to your ends.
#76 of 2238 Where O' where has my engine oil gone?
Jan 24, 2001 (6:40 pm)
Hello All... I have a 1999 GMC Sierra 1500 Ex. Cab 4X4 I/5.3L. The motor will use ~2 Quarts of oil (5W-30W) every 5,000mi. I have had the dealer check the situation and they gave me a GM Technical Bulletin that says this level of consumption is within "acceptable" (HA!) limits.
The truck doesn't smoke at all, there is some liter noise when at idol. The truck has 34,000mi on it now its done this from new.
Has anyone experienced this problem, how can I get the motor fixed while its still under warranty... Help!
Thanks in advance.
#78 of 2238 I'm looking to buy...
Jan 25, 2001 (10:26 am)
a 2000 Chevy Silverado, as this is the latest year that has the manual transmission with the 4.8. I prefer manual transmission vehicles. I was wondering if anyone has any comments on this. I am new to the news group and have read about some of the problems w/the Silverado, especially the vibration problem. Does anyone think that it is a good idea to still buy this truck even though it may have these problems?
Jan 25, 2001 (4:08 pm)
File with BBB now! before your warranty expires...... using that much oil is NOT normal and you should have a claim. Make sure you note in your BBB complaint that the motor has a noise. They're (GM) replacing motors for smaller problems.....
By-the-way....don't waste your time with the GM 800 number people, or anyone elso with GM...go directly to BBB.
Jan 25, 2001 (4:23 pm)
I would be careful of 2000 models. Depending on how much you like the manual transmission, I would go for the 2001 models. A while back I made a comment that I would never buy a 2wd drive vehicle that had a 2 piece drive shaft. However, last weekend, while my wife was at the mall, I test drove 3 different 2001 models (5.3 auto, 4.8 auto, and the V6 auto--all ext. cabs). Guess what? they all drove great. They were all very very smooth with no hint of a vibration or sensitivity problem. I don't know what GM has done but the ride of the 01 model vs. the ride of my 00 model is totally different. I am now considering trading my 99 4x4 for a 02 model 2wd (I know Obyone I'm going to eat crow) since I really don't need a 4x4.
Anyway......my advice....get the 01 model.
#81 of 2238 jed1894
Jan 25, 2001 (4:43 pm)
Maybe you can get GM to transfer the Major Guard this time around and save everyone the additional paperwork and time....LOL!!
Jan 25, 2001 (6:37 pm)
Just got my 2000 ext cab back from the dealer who did the TSB repair on the rear doors not closing in cold weather. The truck was sitting out in the cold all day and the doors shut perfectly. Also the road & wind noise after the TSB recommended repairs is greatly reduced. Go to your dealer and ask for TSB # 00-08-64-016 and have the work done.
Also I complained about a clunk in the driveline that happens from a start once in awhile. They did a service per the TSB that calls for the transfer case lubricant to be replaced, driven, flushed and refilled. They used something called "blue". Also lubed the drive shaft splines. Clunk is gone!!!!
#83 of 2238 jed1894 - since you recently drove the 2001 ext cab
Jan 26, 2001 (5:42 am)
in all engine types - please give me your impressions on the performance of the V6 relative to the V8s. Did you find the V6 to be underpowered in the extended cab and unable to keep up in traffic. Are you concerned that you might someday need V8 power and not have it if you
bought a V6? Do you think the new vortec V8 engine problems (ping, etc.) have been resolved? I'd appreciate your input, since you have had a lot of experience with these new trucks.