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2007 Chevrolet Silverado LT
July 9, 2008

2007 Chevrolet Silverado LT: Test Pilot

If you can remember, the transmission in our Silverado grenaded about a week ago. And while I'm sure I'm not the first person to drive it since its return, I still wondered if it was a good idea to take it home.

Twenty minutes later I coasted to a stop. In front of my house. Anti-climactic, I know but it seems the work done by Santa Monica Chevrolet did the trick and the Silverado can now return to schelpping us and our half-caf double mocha organic soy lattes around Southern California.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 31,505 miles

Permalink | Comments (1) Posted by: July 9, 2008, 10:04 AM Categories: 2007 Chevrolet Silverado LT July 7, 2008

"2007 Chevy Silverado LT: Transmission Failure Part II: Transmission Repair

Last week's Silverado cliffhanger left off with our trusty Chevy being towed to Santa Monica Chevrolet after the transmission decided to take an early Fourth of July vacation. GM Roadside Assistance handled the tow as the truck is still under warranty. It was efficient and quick, I was pleased.

Today's thrilling conclusion begins later that same day:

I called Santa Monica Chevy a few hours after the tow truck left to see if they had a chance to look at the truck. Our service advisor had said earlier that they may get to it that day, but most likely it would be Tuesday morning. I took the chance and called anyways. To my surprise they had looked at it and he was frank with his diagnosis:

"We've had a rash of these lately. The input housing busting as the mileage gets up there. It should be ready by Wednesday."

I left them alone and waited for a call on Wednesday. It came around 2:00PM and said that the truck was ready. The forward clutch sprag was replaced -- they did not, as some commenters had assumed, replaced the transmission with a refurbished unit -- and the transmission was, again, reconditioned. Two days to tear into a transmission and have it back in our hands? Not bad. But if they have, in fact, had "a rash" of these, it may have saved a lot of time in diagnosis and parts availability. There is also a TSB out on this issue, NHTSA ITEM NUMBER - 10021018.

The good news: Drive works and the transmission is again able to use all gears.

The bad news: The transmission doesn't shift any smoother than it did before the sprag failure.

Days out of service: 3
Cost to us: $0.00

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 31,485 miles.

Permalink | Comments (11) Posted by: BoxerMike July 7, 2008, 12:35 PM Categories: 2007 Chevrolet Silverado LT
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