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About Chevrolet El Camino

As a response to the successful Ford Ranchero pickup, Chevrolet El Camino was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's automobile Chevrolet Division from 1950 to 1960 and between 1964 and 1987 as a coupe utility/pickup vehicle. Originally introduced to fight for market share with Ford Ranchero, El Camino lasted only two years in the first run; then it continued to be put into production from 1964 to 1987. While based on various car models during its run, the El Camino was marketed and titled as a truck. But eventually, due to sales denuded and competition from compact pickups, the El Camino had met its end by 1987 after being manufactured through five generations.
The fourth-generation Chevrolet El Camino was produced from 1973 to 1977 as a redesigned look. Built based on the A-body pickup and the wagon chassis, it was the largest El Camino. And it came in two trim levels: base and SS. During this generation, El Camino was powered by engines ranging from 4.1 L V6 rated at 145 hp to 7.4 L V8 producing 245 horsepower and engines sent power through 3-speed, 4-speed manual and 3-speed turbo-hydramatic automatic transmissions. The last generation El Camino arrived in 1978 and came in four trim levels: Classic, Black Knight/Royal Knight, Conquista and Super Sport (SS). Back then it got more engine options varying from 3.3 L V6 rated at 95 horsepower to 5.7 L V8 making 105 hp, but the transmissions were carried over from the previous generation.

Chevrolet El Camino Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Boasting outrageous styling and tremendous popularity, Chevy El Camino could be regarded as an amazing vehicle. But, inevitably, following common problems still will appear on the El Camino and you need to be prepared in advance:
First, as an old vehicle like Chevrolet El Camino, engine failure is often the most common and unavoidable issue. The only way to slow down the breakdown of the whole vehicle is to diagnose and solve engine problems as soon as possible before it results in worse consequences. Some experienced El Camino drivers concluded some practical ways to predict this issue. First, you may hear whining or squealing noises from the engine, smell burnt oil odor, see leaking oil and coolant; if left unattended, more serious symptoms such as the engine overheats a lot, engine performance reduces to lose power while acceleration, suffer from starting issues and consume more oil than before. In the end, the Check Engine Light would act as the last sign. So, please make sure the El Camino spark plug, drive belt, coolant reservice, exhaust manifold gasket, intake manifold gasket and radiator hose in good condition before hitting the road.
Second, another issue that confuses Chevrolet El Camino drivers a lot is the suspension failure. Normally, most drivers do not have a correct understanding of it and attach little importance to it. They know that an uncomfortable driving mainly results from this issue, but they do not realize worse situation could appear. Some El Camino drivers said if they ignore the clunking or rattling sound coming from underneath the vehicle when accelerating or braking, gradually, they would notice the vehicle tilts to one side due to uneven and excessive tire wear, and feel hard to control the vehicle because of a loose steering wheel and intense car vibration. And you should pay more attention to the El Camino steering knuckle, trailing arm, sway bar kit and sway bar bushing in case this issue also out you in dangers.
But more importantly, you should always know preventative measures are always better than reaction measures. Thus, performing routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts of your Chevy El Camino is the correct move. Knowing what parts need such kind of routine maintenance is the first step. In your El Camino, please maintain the seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, door handle, headlight, fog light, cabin air filter and antenna routinely.
Choosing OEM Chevrolet El Camino auto parts as parts replacements is inevitably the wisest move for your long-lived Chevrolet El Camino. And GmPartsPrime.com is your prime online store for lowest-priced manufacturer-warrantied genuine Chevrolet El Camino auto parts. These El Camino parts are impeccable in quality, reliability and durability, and hassle-free return policy and quickest delivery also get your back, please shop with confidence!