About Chevrolet Express
Chevrolet Express, as a full-size van, has been produced by General Motors' Chevrolet Division since 1996. When the Chevrolet Express was first introduced in 1996, its mechanically twin GMC Savana was also unveiled. They are meant to replace the Chevrolet Van and GMC Vandura. Since they were introduced in North American market, they have held a big share and have always been the popular van. Roughly calculating, Chevrolet Express has been manufactured for two generations.
The first-generation Chevrolet Express (1996-2002) had several variants. Chevrolet Express Cargo was very popular as a work vehicle among electricians, plumbers and others who need to haul a variety of large items. Chevrolet Express was available as a passenger van that could accommodate eight to fifteen passengers. People would use it as a tow truck, ambulance, shuttle bus or school bus. Chevrolet Express Cargo and Passenger are often seen as conversion vans, motorhome and wheelchair accessible vans as well. During this generation, Chevrolet Express was powered by many engines ranging from 4.3 L V6 engine to 6.5 L V8 diesel engine mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Then since 2003, the second-generation Chevrolet Express (2003-present) gets powers from engines such as 4.3 L V6, 4.8 L V8, 5.3 L V8, 6.0 L V8 and 6.6 L turbo-diesel engines coupled with a new 6-speed automatic transmission besides the 4-speed automatic transmission. Both generations are available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 trim levels with 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive system.
Chevrolet Express Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a popular van in North American known as white van, Chevrolet Express has to do heavy work such hauling large and cumbersome items, which harms its health. People who own the Chevrolet Express have provided some common problems they have encounter while driving for your reference when maintaining:
First, van starts then dies randomly. This is the most complained problem by Chevrolet Express owners. Some even directly pointed out that the fuel pump keeps failing and showing symptoms such as whining noises, hard starting and inability to start. In fact, many auto parts would cause start problem and impair engine performance. So if you encounter hard starting problems, Express spark plug, Express fuel filter, and Express fuel pump all should get a thorough inspection.
Second, all kinds of minor problems. According to Chevrolet Express owners, suspension failure may happen and is caused by broken rocker shaft spring kit most possibly. Differential is very vulnerable in Chevrolet Express as well, once it fails, it would give out whining, howling or clunking noises, vibration and oil leaking from the rear differential seal would happen as well. As for transmission failure, you can often solve by changing the broken Cruze shift cable.
However, apart from above mentioned auto parts, there are still many vulnerable auto parts in Chevrolet Express. As they are often gotten ignored by people, so there is the necessity to remind people of them. First is about door auto parts. Door lock cylinder, door lock, door striker, and door handle are all important for protecting either life or property safety, you should attach enough attention to them. Windshield wiper or wiper blade is often comprised of consuming soft rubber but undertakes the important responsibility of cleaning or clearing off debris on the windshield so that your driving vision will not get blocked under adverse weather condition, thus, the possibility of fatal accidents will be lowered as well. So, replacing it at least once half a year is necessary. Other parts such as ABS control module and instrument cluster should also be on your maintenance list.
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