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Chevrolet 3500 Pickup Problems

Engine -- Verified

The intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Running the engine with a coolant/oil mix may result in engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct this issue.

Brakes -- Verified

The anti-lock brake system (ABS) front wheel speed sensors are prone to failure. When a sensor fails, the ABS warning light may illuminate and/or the ABS system may activate erratically.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The inside and outside door handles are prone to breaking.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The quick-connect fittings for the heater hoses tend to leak engine coolant. This problem commonly occurs because the metal housing has become brittle, which can break and cause leaks.

Brakes -- Verified

Power brake systems using "hydro-boost" may leak power steering fluid from the hydro-boost unit located behind the brake master cylinder. Replacement of the hydro-boost unit is the common repair to correct this concern.

Chevrolet 3500 Pickup Questions and Answers

lcomer72, 1990 Chevrolet 3500 Pickup, 6.2L V8 Diesel, Indianapolis, IN

My clutch hasn't been engaging properly so I bled the slave cylinder on the manual transmission.The clutch worked fine after that but soon it started loosing it's pressure at the pedal. I...

lcomer72, 1990 Chevrolet 3500 Pickup, 6.2L V8 Diesel, Indianapolis, IN

My truck temperature tends to rise when go about 70 MPH. I flushed the system, replaced the thermostat and the clutch fan. I also pressure washed the radiator's fins.

kevinf34, 1990 Chevrolet 3500 Pickup, 5.7L V8, Orangevale, CA

I have a 454 1983 itaska that overheated. it still runs strong and dose not knock in neutral. what can I do?

Visitor, 1990 Chevrolet 3500 Pickup, 5.7L V8, Sandwich, IL

I need the location of the dash light blubs on my 1990 chevy ck3500 pickup

grandsun, 1990 Chevrolet 3500 Pickup, 7.4L V8, Longview, TX

brake lights not working

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Chevrolet 3500 Pickup Reviews

I bought a 1995 Turbo Diesel c/k3500 used, did not know all the history on maintenance and now I wish I did, cause three months after I had bought it the engine seized up, without warning, no lights, all fluids were right where they needed to be. I had the engine serviced right after I had bought it. I got a quote for a rebuild engine, that ranged from $2900 to $9200 for a drop in, plus the price for the mechanic to remove the old engine, and put the rebuild in. I ended up selling the truck to a wrecking yard, was not worth fixing it, will never buy a used truck or car again.

I bought mine brand new. It now has 150K on it . I get an average of 14 MPG, day in, day out. It tows my 23 foot Chapparel like it's not even there. I've had 5800 pounds of retainind wall blocks with little instablity.

This truck is a work horse. However...it loves to chew up front ends. I've gone thru 2 set of Ball joints, and tie rods. The front brakes are easy to replace but the back brakes are a bear to replace as the entire axle has to be pulled.

I've also gone thru 3 alternators and 3 sets of batteries because of the parallel set up of the batteries. If one battery goes bad, the alternator tries to charge the bad battery, wearing out the alternator. Once that goes bad, the other battery gets drained.

I also got mine used with close to 70,000 miles on it, have owned it now for close to 8 years and may never get rid of it! I did replace the stock transmission with a 700r4 overdrive that gave me a whopping extra 7 mpg in the city, and raised the top speed of the truck to well over 150 mph!

I brought this truck with 70,000 miles, I now have over 190,000 and it still works great even with it getting old.