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Dec 18, 2008 (5:41 pm)
I have a 1999 chevy suburban, I have added an alarm system to my vehicle. I have recently been having the problem with my doors locking when it wants to. My alarm atomatically turns on and my doors are suppose to lock but they don't most of the time. But I can leave my truck sitting for about 10 minutes turn my alarm off and on the locks. Is there some kinda power issue with these trucks on the locks or is there something I can change. Someone please help me
#459 of 607 Re: Cold Under Dash Draft [bcxl]
Jan 11, 2009 (7:55 am)
My 2002 Yukon XL had the same problem and no one knew the answer until luck finally came my way with a service tech at a small Chevy dealership. Seems as though a hole is factory cut in the firewall to accomodate heater/ac hoses that is not sealed and much too large for the hoses.
The fix requires temporary removal of the wiper motor and controls (under the hood) then calking the hole. The service guy actually could put two fingers in the hole and be seen from under the dash looking up.
I had this done last spring and now deep into the winter season and cold weather; it worked. Passengers can actually ride in the car without wrapping their legs in a blanket! I had originally thought that there was a vent issue or a leak around the fender on passenger side and searched to no avail.
The "fix" cost me a couple of hundred bucks, but was well worth it.
#460 of 607 Re: 03 tahoe cuts out when i hit a bump [mycar15]
Feb 19, 2009 (10:44 am)
I am having the same issue withmy 2003 Sub Z71. I have had the computer reprogrammed and the problem continues.
Were you able to find a solution to the problem?
#461 of 607 Re: My 2004 Suburban Z71 [kiawah]
Feb 21, 2009 (3:20 pm)
Here is what I found...
On the 4WD, there was an encoder motor fault. The dealership replaced the sensor and downloaded updates. This is the same thing they did at 38,000 miles. $300.
The left rear door had to have the power lock actuator replaced. $350.
The seats had a wire rubbing in the dash, so they said. They replaced the heater element for the drivers seat, but this did not fix the problem. The fuse still shorted out. After taking it back they discovered the wiring. $350.
#462 of 607 2003 Suburban Pinging and Popping
Mar 09, 2009 (3:54 pm)
I have a 2003 Suburban with 155000km. I have fixed all of the historical electrical, transmission, blower motor etc. However, I now have a sporadic pinging and popping noise that occurs when excelerating or when parked pushing the gas pedal. Is it an exhaust problem? If so what is the best remedy? I have no signs of exhaust escaping.
#463 of 607 Re: 2003 Suburban Pinging and Popping [thisey]
Mar 09, 2009 (5:51 pm)
Have you recently changed your brand or grade of gasoline?
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#464 of 607 Lemon or normal TSBs?
Mar 11, 2009 (9:59 am)
I am not sure if I'm buying a lemon. I found the Suburban we've been looking for used with 17000 miles on it. It is a 2008 LT 1500 4wd. The carfax is clean and states it is a rental vehicle. The Chevy dealership gave us the service records which shows that there was a power steering leak, fuel gauge problem, and tire indicator light problem. When we asked the dealer about this, he said that these were all TSBs (Techinical Service Bulletins). This just doesn't seem normal to me. I have a Toyota, and it has 100000 miles on it and it is approaching seven years old with none of those problems. The biggest problem I had with it was the power door motor pooping out. That's it. For a 2008, that seems like a lot of service, but reading other posts, it seems that GM has quite a few longstanding problems. Any insight?
#465 of 607 Re: Lemon or normal TSBs? [demstillers]
Mar 11, 2009 (10:09 am)
Personally, that wouldn't bother me.
The tire indicator was probably an underinflated tire, which easily can occur in the fall when the temperatures get colder. Thats exactly what the TPMS systems are supposed to do, tell you when the pressure gets low. The power steering leak could have been a loose fitting, or a bad part which was fixed...either way, thats fine. Have had Suburbans for 14 years now and haven't had a gauge problem, don't know anything about that.
If the vehicle is priced to your satisfaction, and you take it to an independent garage to check it over (which you should do with any used vehicle purchase), I'd go for it.
#466 of 607 Re: Lemon or normal TSBs? [demstillers]
Mar 13, 2009 (8:59 am)
demstillers said: but reading other posts, it seems that GM has quite a few longstanding problems. Any insight?
GM just doesn't build 'em like they used to. Fuel pumps go out at under 75K miles, speedometers are a problem with many Suburbans/Tahoes, transmissions fail regularly at low mileages, electrical problems galore...just check this forum for many more reported parts failures. The reason Toyota is the best selling brand in the world is.....because they build a great car that lasts. I wouldn't worry about the power steering leak, fuel gage problem or tire indicator faults...those are all minor things. If you buy the '08 just make sure you get the warranty with it. I have an '06
Suburban with 41K miles and zero problems....but I also purchased an extended warranty up to 75K miles because I read about too many parts failures on this forum.
#467 of 607 Re: Lemon or normal TSBs? [rockman59]
Mar 13, 2009 (9:25 am)
I wouldn't be too worried about TSBs. Just minor problems in a new production vehicle that need to be worked out. Your Toyota has 100k miles with no problems? I have a Suburban approaching 100k miles with none of those problems, either -- not even an electric door motor failure. Spend some time on the other forums on this website for other makes and models, and you'll see that they all have plenty of people complaining about issues, especially in bigger and more complex vehicles. But if you "need" a vehicle with the Suburban's capabilities, its a great (and only legitimate) option.