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About Chevrolet K30

As a member of the long-lasting and well-known Chevrolet C/K lineup, Chevrolet K30 was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's automobile Chevrolet Division between 1960 and 1986 as a full-size pickup truck in the United States. Originally introduced as a model to fulfill the C/K lineup, K30 also stuck to the naming convention GM invented. "K" in its name stands for that it was driven by four wheels and "30" means it weighs one ton. But still, after being manufacturer through three generations, K30 along with the whole C/K lineup was replaced by Chevrolet Silverado.
The second-generation Chevrolet K30 lasted from 1967 through 1972 as a revised model. It was converted from a work-oriented truck to a more civilized truck with a lot of comfort and convenience equipment. Coming in with several trim levels such as Standard, Custom, Custom Deluxe, Cheyenne, CST (Custom Sport Truck), and Cheyenne Super, K30 was powered by engines varying from 4.1 L V6 to 6.6 L V8 and engines sent power through the 3-speed, 4-speed manual and 2-speed, 3-speed automatic transmissions. The third-generation K30 lasted 14 years, from 1973 through the 1987 model year. It was offered in base (standard) Custom, Custom Deluxe, Cheyenne and Silverado trim levels. And K30 got engine options ranging from 4.1 L V6 to 6.2 L diesel V8 and four wheels were driven through the 3-speed, 4-speed automatic and manual transmissions.

Chevrolet K30 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Although Chevrolet K30 is a very good truck that suits both working and family use, taking its age into account, you should be alert about these common problems on it:
First, engine failure again becomes Chevrolet K30's primary issue. In fact, most drivers including K30's know that as the soul of a vehicle, the engine is the last part that they what something wrong appears on. Therefore, you had better solve this issue as early as possible in case it results in worse consequences. Generally speaking, this issue often manifests as strange noises such as whining coming from the engine, smoke coming from the engine, oil puddles under the car and coolant leaks on the ground. Gradually, the engine will run roughly, misfire, stall or even suffer from hard starting or inability to start. Meanwhile, you would also notice an obvious decrease in power, acceleration and fuel economy. The cooling system failure will also make all situations worse so that not only the Check Engine Light comes on, the Low Coolant Light will also get activated to warn you of inspection on K30 spark plug, fuel pump, fuel rail, thermostat gasket, idle control valve, drive belt, oil pan gasket, throttle cable, intake manifold gasket and coolant reservoir is desperately needed.
Second, for Chevrolet K30 drivers, suspension failure on it is also serious enough to influence their driving experience. In fact, uncomfortable and unsteady driving experience is not the worst; under some circumstances, you may get yourself into an extremely dangerous situation. At the beginning, some K30 drivers complained about the grinding or roaring noises coming from the tire area, after a while, the uneven tire wear will appear, and the vehicle will tend to tilt to one side. Finally, you will feel a difficulty in control the vehicle due to intense car vibration and loose steering wheel. Before those symptoms appear, please keep the K30 leaf spring, wheel bearing, sway bar link and shock absorber in proper working conditions.
However, it is never an easy work to keep your Chevrolet K30 at the prime condition all the time, your consistent effort in maintaining vulnerable auto parts of it is the only way to make all true. Considering K30 was assembled by so many different kinds of auto parts, you need to figure out what parts of it need routine maintenance for saving time and energy. In general, seat belt, door handle, headlight, brake backing plate, antenna, fan blade, antenna cable and some electrical parts such as throttle position sensor and fuel pressure sensor need to be maintained routinely as they all play important parts in creating safe and comfortable driving environment.
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