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#2946 of 5688 99 Silverado - "SERVICE 4WD"
Mar 13, 2003 (4:44 am)
Hi everyone - I usually hang out on the Mazda6 board (as you can prolly tell from my name), but my husband owns a 1999 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4 pickup (not the Z71 version). And since Edmunds has such good advice from other owners, I thought I'd post here.
Last night he was driving home - about a 40-minute drive - and a "SERVICE 4WD" light was lit the entire time. He did not have 4WD in gear at the time. This is the first time it's happened. In the 4 years he's owned this truck (he got it new in April of '99), he's not had to use 4WD very often - only a few times when we had a lot of snow, etc. (we're in Michigan).
Any ideas, before he takes it in to the dealer?
Mar 13, 2003 (2:59 pm)
No problems with my tie rod end boots 38k, did you over grease maybe, that added pressure can pop the boots. Just a thought.
I see the Bilstein's lurking in the background of your pic!
Mar 13, 2003 (3:20 pm)
they found nothing. Told me the left side also moves (didnt yesterday)
Oh well truck is fine and yes those are bilsteins GREAT SHOCKS!!!
Mar 13, 2003 (5:58 pm)
I have an '02 Sierra 1500 SLE with bench seats. It is an automatic and I therefore have this large amount of space on the floor b/w the driver and passenger footwells. Is there anyone who makes a nice aftermarket console or ??? for that area?
Thanks -- Matt
Mar 14, 2003 (12:40 pm)
maybe you have those newly designed floating boots.....lmao
Mar 14, 2003 (2:56 pm)
I have a meeting with the dealer and service managers on Monday. I own a 2001 Ext. Cab, 2WD, 5.3L Silverado. I have had the front grill replaced due to discoloration, all 4 brake rotors replaced because they were warped, various bulbs replaced because they were burnt out or did not work, the driver's seatbelt mechanism replaced because it squeaked, the alternator replaced because of a bad bearing, the front doors replaced because of bubbling paint on the bottoms, and several other things replaced or repaired under warranty. Total time in the shop: over 6 weeks.
I need some advice as to how to approach this upcoming meeting. Right now the truck has several more places of bubbling paint and a metal to metal noise in the driver's door which the service people cannot eliminate.
In spite of all of this we like the truck, but don't care for the headache of taking it to the dealer every month or so. It gets 19+/gal and has a nice ride. But should I ask for a free extended warranty, a buy out, or a trade, or something else?
Any help is appreciated.
P.S. I checked the lemon laws for NH where I live, and they only apply to 4WD.
#2952 of 5688 Brakes and Park Brakes
Mar 14, 2003 (5:19 pm)
Ryan, have not switched to the HD fleet pads yet as it really is too cold to be working outside. Am going to Michigan next week (Wixom) to do some training programs for Belle Tire at the company training center for whom I work. I will be doing some "hands - on" stuff so I will probably use my truck and get the "students" do do the brake work.. hehe.
Without getting into naming brands, I do NOT recommend the "Ceramic" brake pads for this application. The stopping performance is very inconsistant and for that matter damn dangerous! I will e-mail you with brands as I still do a lot of work for some brake companies and I really don't want to get into public flaming of my employers... if you know what I mean...
Irymal, the parking brake foot pedal has alwqays been a PITA for me getting in and out. I have ripped the cuffs out of more suit pants that I care to mention! I don't seem to have problems with boots and jeans.... do you suppose that it is the Silverado thing to be cool with western wear?? Hehe. I agree that is my one real b!^C&.
Hey I have read something before about the "4WD" warning light... somebody please answer the young lady?
Mar 14, 2003 (6:53 pm)
I helped as best I knew how on "Chevy Silverado". I've heard of this message before but never any definitive answers. I think there must be several possibilities.
Mar 14, 2003 (9:28 pm)
thanks matt i knew you talked about brakes before. Just want to keep some stuff in mind. I am sure i can go quite a ways more on mine but would like to keep track of info.
#2955 of 5688 Wiper arm question
Mar 15, 2003 (5:53 am)
I have a problem with my wiper arm(drivers side). While washing my 2003 chev yesterday the spring mechanism came unhooked. Does anyone know the trick to re attaching it? I hope I did not break something, I may have pulled back on the wiper arm too far. It seems to me I have seen people cleaning there trucks and leave the wipers sprung outward. Is this possible? Right now what I have is a small half chain like loop disconnected from the base end of the wiper. Any ideas?