4 Steps to Troubleshoot Chevy Truck Problems | Valley Chevy

4 Steps to Troubleshoot Chevy Truck Problems

Having the ability to troubleshoot problems with my Chevy truck is important. If it is a small issue I can correct on my own, doing so can save me both time and money. There are hundreds of things that can come up with any vehicle, so knowing the basics is important. These four steps can help improve your chances of identifying the problem ahead of time, but if these methods do not work, or if you're still unsure of the issue, I always tell them it's best to go to their local Chevy dealership and have their vehicle checked.

Check Engine Lights

If the check engine light comes on, it is important to look into this. Sometimes the check engine light comes on simply because of the vehicle reaching a pre-designated mileage amount and Chevrolet recommend having the engine inspected (such as the 100,000 mile mark). There are different engine lights and colors that appear, so looking at this and checking it in the owner's manual is very important. There is usually a code accompanying as well (at least with the newer makes and models of Chevy trucks). This can instantly inform me or any other driver of what is going on and the severity of the situation. If there is a message that says "Error Code," it is necessary to take the vehicle into the local Chevy dealership in order to have it worked on.

Check for Recalls

Vehicle recalls happen all the time, and unless several people died due to a bad piece of equipment, most vehicle recalls do not receive much press. So it is important to always check to see if there is a recall for your particular vehicle. It is up to the Chevy dealerships to replace this part and it does not cost anything from the driver, so it is important to take it in and have the new part installed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues the recalls and it is possible for anyone to search for these potential recalls at the NHTSA.gov website in order to see if there is a current recall. This might correct any sort of problems the Chevy truck is having, all without a cost to the driver.

Individual Problems

If the truck engine fails to start, there could be a few different problems. If there is no sound at all when turning the key in the ignition, chances are the battery is dead. The fuel might also be empty as well, although it should try to click on momentarily (and if the vehicle powers on, the gas gauge should answer this question). There can be other problems as well, such as a shot spark plug, but more often than not, the issue lies with the battery. When driving the vehicle, if the truck shakes a bit when accelerating, or it seems to delay a bit, it might be because I am using inferior fuel in cold temperatures. Of course, driving around in Arizona, this usually isn't a problem at all, which means there is something inside the fuel line obstructing it (or there might be a fuel leak). An issue with the catalytic converter can cause this problem as well. I drive an automatic, but for someone who drives a manual, especially in the heat of Phoenix, when the engine overheats and there is a dirty filter, it can cause problems shifting between gears. Changing the transmission fluid here is important as well.

Engine Noises

Turning off the radio from time to time and just rolling down the window and listening to the vehicle can tell a good deal about its health. If there is a continual scratching noise, it might be a damaged belt, or it might mean it is running low on oil or coolant. Listening to the sounds of the engine and the rest of the vehicle from time to time is extremely important when troubleshooting a Chevy truck.