About Chevrolet K1500
Being a member of the long-lasting and excellent Chevrolet C/K lineup, Chevrolet K1500 was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's automobile Chevrolet Division between 1960 and 2000 as a full-size pickup truck. Originally introduced as model to complete the C/K lineup, K1500 also conformed to the naming convention that GM invented to use on its trucks for the next 40 years. "K" in its name stands for it was a four-wheel drive truck and "1500" indicates it weighs 3/4 ton. Differing from light-duty versions, K1500 was replaced by the Chevrolet Silverado after being manufactured through four generations in 2000.
The third-generation Chevrolet K1500 was produced from 1973 through 1987 and debuted in mid-1972 for the 1973 model year. Featured in Square-body or Box-body, K1500 came in four trim levels: base (standard) Custom, mid-range Custom Deluxe, luxury Cheyenne and top-of-the-line Cheyenne Super. And it was powered by engines ranging from 4.1 L I6 to 6.2 L V8 mated to 3-speed, 4-speed automatic and 4-speed manual transmissions. The last-generation K3500 arrived at the market in April 1987 as a 1988 model. Based on the GMT400 platform and also known as OBS (Old Body Style) Chevy, K1500 also got independent front suspensions. It came in four different versions: Fleetside Single Cab, Fleetside Extended Cab, Fleetside Crew Cab and Stepside Single Cab and three trim levels: Cheyenne, Scottsdale and Silverado. And during this generation, K1500 was powered by 4.3 L V6, 5.0 L V8, 5.7 L V8 and 6.2 L diesel V8. Engines sent power through 3-speed, 4-speed automatic and 4-speed, 5-speed manual transmissions.
Chevrolet K1500 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Although having exceptional General Motors at the back and boasting excellent build quality, Chevrolet K1500 is still a full-size pickup truck that undertakes the responsibility of towing and hauling. Thus, under such intensity of labor, you need to be prepared for these common problems on K1500:
First, unsurprisingly, engine failure again becomes Chevrolet K1500's most common and serious problem. In case the vehicle was stuck into full failure, you had better learn about how to diagnose and solve this issue on it. Based on some experienced K1500 drivers, this issue often starts with noisy engine, oil burnt odor in the compartment, smoke coming from the engine and oil puddles under the car. Sometimes, you may also find leaking coolant, which is the culprit of overheating engine. Gradually, the engine will run roughly, misfire, stall or even suffer from starting issues. In the end, engine will hesitate in acceleration and have bad gas mileage. If you could see illuminated Check Engine Light and Low Coolant Light, it is time for you to inspect the K1500 spark plug, oxygen sensor, throttle cable, radiator, exhaust manifold, exhaust manifold gasket, oil pan, head gasket, fuel filter and intake manifold gasket.
Second, transmission and suspension failures are also very tricky to handle with for Chevrolet K1500 drivers, especially for those who have no experience in repairing or have no knowledge about working principle of automobiles. Transmission failure often has symptoms such as transmission slipping and surging, partial loss of vehicular power, problems when attempting to switch gears and abnormal engine noise. Worse is the indicator not matching the gears and drivers having difficulty in shifting gears. The K1500 torque converter, automatic transmission shifter, shift cable and transfer case seal are often the culprits. As for suspension failure, pay more attention to the K1500 pitman arm.
Moreover, for your Chevrolet K1500's long lifespan, you need to realize the significance of routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts. On your K1500, many auto parts are important in making sure safety and comfort, but due to working under harsh conditions all the time and being made of vulnerable auto parts, these parts are succumbed to wear and tear. For example, electrical parts including A/C switch, ignition switch, oil pressure switch, spark plug wires, power window switch, mirror switch, wheel speed sensor, ABS sensor and door jamb switch all should be on routine maintenance list. Other parts including steering wheel, brake dust shields, headlight, wiper pivot, wiper blade, windshield wiper and cabin air filter should also be maintained routinely.
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