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Before changing a fuel filter is it ok to let the line run dry?

While disconnecting the fuel pump relay and running the engine will work, there are other alternatives. If you can access the Schräder valve, depress it to release the pressurized fuel before ...
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How does cylinder deactivation work?

The link @cory posted is the description from the service manual. Just a repaste and I'll add some images and additional information. Cylinder deactivation is accomplished by not allowing the ...
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What is needed to put a stereo into a Silverado?

Things you will need: Head unit Steering wheel audio control adapter compatible with the head unit. Example for your truck Dash kit. It allows for the radio to fit in the non-standard opening.Link to ...
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Brakes are soft

There's air in the lines from the sounds of it, likely from them not correctly bleeding the system. An air bubble in the system will compress before the rest of the fluid in the lines, thus not ...
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Before changing a fuel filter is it ok to let the line run dry?

You are correct in how to do this. I was just watching an episode of "Tech Garage" and they were talking about this very topic. Their suggested methodology was to pull the fuel pump fuse, and run the ...
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1996 Chevy K1500 Silverado ZZ4 5.7L - Rough Idle, Plug Damage, Overheating, EGR

I see the following possibilities: Like dlu said: wrong range of spark plugs. Perhaps you can try some colder ones. When trying this: be sure to check the spark plugs soon, a too cold spark plug ...
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What all do I need to buy when installing new transmission and torque converter

If this is a newly rebuilt transmission which comes with a warranty, you won't need to replace the pan gasket and filter. These should be brand new and already be installed. Obviously you'll need the ...
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Crossover amp selection question

Based on the details you have provided, your system is as follows: 4 Ohm coaxial speakers rated at 60w RMS (4) 4 Ohm subwoofer rated at approximately 400w RMS SVC (1) Your options include those you ...
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08 Silverado 5.3 rough idle and dark cold start exhaust

First of all, the 5.3l engine (could be all of the Vortec LS engines, don't know) is thirsty. It drinks a bit of oil. Be aware you could be looking at up to 2 quarts between oil changes. I don't know ...
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08 Silverado 5.3 cold start exhaust smoke and engine stall

Oil consumption in the LM7 engines is pretty common. The L33 in my '06 Silverado is around the same amount, maybe a little less. What you are talking about sounds more like a stuck/leaky injector. Oil ...
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truck makes a tapping/knocking sound only happen the first start of the day and stops after truck is warm

Older vintage Silverados had a known issue with piston slap. It is worse in the winter but is always present even in warmer weather. The forums have been saying for well over a decade it has to do ...
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Brakes are soft

went back and they bled the brakes again after telling me they were good twice and now they work like they did before the master cylinder went bad. Problem solved.
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1996 Chevy K1500 Silverado ZZ4 5.7L - Rough Idle, Plug Damage, Overheating, EGR

My first thought here is to tackle the problems methodically, one at a time. The one that sounds most significant to me is the plug 5 damage – from what you've said it sounds like detonation (aka ...
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Truck won't budge in neutral. Could it be due to a cracked transmission bellhousing?

The cracked bell housing would not be preventing the flywheel from turning as an automatic transmission doesn't work that way. The engine is not physically coupled to the transmission from a driven ...
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How to get a CD out?

I did some searching on the Interwebz and found this wiring breakout of the plug which goes into the back side of the stock head unit: Here is an image of the socket in the back of the head unit: ...
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How to verify the safety of a lift for a full sized pickup?

What I do if I'm not sure about the vehicle being stable way up there is: gently nudge the vehicle side to side using only the strength from your wrists. Kind of like when you're checking if a door ...
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Replacing Front Suspension

I seem to remember with the old Peugeot 205, which had torsion bar rear suspension, the method was to count the splines on the bars and make sure the new ones went in the same way. Remember that the ...
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truck makes a tapping/knocking sound only happen the first start of the day and stops after truck is warm

I'm new here, but there's a thing called piston slap. This is when the piston skirt gets worn and starts to hit the sides of the cylinder wall. It happens on older vehicles with high milage. If this ...
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08 Silverado 5.3 engine "click"

There is more than likely one of two things going on here. Sticking/Stuck Lifter There could be a lifter going bad. These tend to make a lot of noise up top, then can quiet down after the oil ...
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Painting Racing Stripes

I think you may be overthinking this. Parallax means the appearance will vary depending on the distance and angle between the viewer and the truck, so unless there's some ISO standard reference point ...
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Problems turning left in a 2002 Chevy Silverado

In order to confirm the diagnosis, you may want to get a second opinion. Some shops will do front-end inspections for free. If the truck is more difficult to steer in one direction only, it does ...
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2007 Chevy Silverado How to remove interior rust

If you want the truck to last, my suggestion is to take care of this surface rust as best as possible. This depends on the amount of work you are willing to go through to take care of it. Here is my ...
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How to verify the safety of a lift for a full sized pickup?

Perhaps I will get some heat for my opinion but I do not like the shown jack stands. I have a (totally unfounded) fear that I could hit the lever with my feet and the stand collapses, that the locking ...
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Steering wheel not centered, has lots of play all of a sudden

Trucks often use a worm gear system as the steering mechanism. Older Chevrolet's use a recirculating ball steering gear which has small ball bearings in the grooves of the worm gear. There is an ...
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truck makes a tapping/knocking sound only happen the first start of the day and stops after truck is warm

More than likely the lifters are getting worn out. When this happens, they lose the oil in the body while sitting for a long time, then there's lots of excess valvetrain noise. Once the oil pressure ...
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Chevy Silverado muffler and/or exhaust is rattling

It just sounds to me like the inside of the muffler has deteriorated and is now rattling. About the only "fix" for it is to replace it.
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Engine Reving Up in Park and Neutral?

Most of the time when this occurs it is because of a dirty throttle body. You need to take it off carefully and clean it carefully (throttle body or carb cleaner), then re-install. You'll want to pull ...
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Proper way to do maintenance on an air bag system (SRS)?

Disconnect the battery terminals. Unplug srs fuses if any exists in your fuse box. Unplug the steering wheel airbag its a yellow wire under steering column with a warning label. Unplug the ...
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My blower has stopped working with heater or a/c

Has it stopped working completely, or just on certain speeds? It's possible that the resistor pack ( the thing that controls the speed of the fan ) might have failed...
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Random Cylinder Misfire in Cylinders 2, 5, 6, and 8; P0300; Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD

I think at this point you have three areas to look. First, double check the entire intake tract for vacuum leaks. Anyplace you could have unmetered air (air entering after the MAF). You'll also want ...

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