Lansing truck service shop. One of the largest Light & Medium Duty truck service shop in Lansing, MI. All major truck makes & models, import & domestic.
Scheduled maintenance to breakdown repairs. Our services are affordable and our truck repair technicians can get you back on the road as soon as possible.
Our full service facility is only two minutes ( less than one mile) off I-496 exit 3. North on S. Waverly Rd, right on W St Joseph St, on your right. West Lansing area.
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Lansing Truck Mechanic
You'll be hard-pressed to find the same level of expertise that our truck mechanic provide in Lansing, MI area. We have 30 years of experience working on both domestic and import trucks of all makes and models. We can help you find cost effective truck repair and maintenance alternatives.
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We handle small jobs from tire and wheel changes to complete engine replacements. We use the latest technology and equipment to make correct repairs quickly saving our customers time and money.
Get quality, guaranteed light-duty truck and medium-duty truck repair by certified mechanics in Lansing, MI. We service all major brands of trucks.
Common GMC & Chevrolet Truck Problems
Chuck's Garage Lansing provides all types of GMC and Chevrolet truck repair and service.
GMC Pickup Fuel Level Sensor Failure
Problem: It is common for the fuel level sensor in the fuel tank read the fuel level incorrectly. The sensor must be replaced to correct the condition. Our technicians recommend having the complete fuel pump module replaced on high mileage vehicles rather than just the fuel level sensor.
Repair: Fuel Pump Replacement.
GMC Pickup No Start Due To Anti-Theft System Failure
Problem: The anti-theft system failure causes no start condition. The security light may illuminate.
Repair: Ignition switch replacement.
GMC Pickup Service transmission every 30,000 miles
Problem: Transmission failure.
Repair: We strongly recommend that the transmission is serviced every 30,000 miles to avoid problems and maintain optimal operation.
GMC Pickup Check Engine Light and Code P1416
Problem: Emissions air pump check valve causes check engine light error code P1416. No notable symptoms. Vehicle fails emissions smog testing.
Repair: Smog air pump check valve replacement.
GMC Pickup Worn Valve Seats May Cause Engine Misfire
Problem: Engine may develop a misfire due to worn valve seats. This fault will cause a Check Engine Light on condition. The misfire may or may not be felt while driving.
Repair: We recommend that both cylinder heads be removed and thoroughly inspected and repaired as necessary.
GMC Pickup Check Engine Light and Misfire Due to Stuck Fuel Injectors
Problem: One or more fuel injectors may become stuck closed. This causes engine misfire and a check engine light on condition. This problem can be caused by some fuel additives. In some cases the stuck injector can be cleaned. If this fails the affected injector must be replaced.
Repair: Fuel Injector cleaning; Fuel Injector Replacement.
GMC Transmission Fluid Leak, Erratic Shifting
Problem: Diesel and 7.4L gas engine 4L80-E transmission fluid may leak through the electrical connector on the side of the transmission, damaging the wire harness and causing the transmission to shift erratically.
Repair: Replace with updated shift solenoids, internal transmission harness replacement, and transmission wiring connector pigtail replacement.
Dodge RAM Truck Problems
Chuck's Garage Lansing provides all types of Dodge RAM truck repair and service.
Dodge Ram Mis-Indexed Distributor May Cause Surging/Bucking During Acceleration
Problem: A surging or bucking during acceleration can be caused if the distributor is moved or mis-indexed. This is a result of the cam and crank position sensors being out of synchronization. Wear of the oil pump drive gear can cause similar symptoms because it allows excessive free play in the distributor drive.
Dodge Ram model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007
Repair: Diagnosis; Re-index distributor and / or Distributor drive gear and bushing replacement.
Dodge Ram Exhaust Manifold Bolts May Break
Problem: 3.7L V6 and 4.7L V8 exhaust manifold bolts commonly break.
Dodge Ram model years affected: 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Repair: exhaust manifold bolts and exhaust manifold gasket replacement. Exhaust manifold may need to be resurfaced.
Dodge Ram Cam Sensor Failure Causing no Start or Stalling
Problem: 3.7L V6 and 4.7L V8 camshaft position sensor may fail and cause the engine to crank but not start. Can also cause intermittent stalling.
Dodge Ram model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
Repair: Diagnosis & camshaft sensor replacement.
Dodge Ram Coolant Leaks
Problem: Engine overheating can result from coolant leaks which are commonly found at the thermostat housing gasket, water pump, heater return tube O-ring at the water pump, intake manifold gasket, and timing cover gasket.
Dodge Ram model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Engines affected: 3.7L V6, 3.9L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.2L V8, 5.7L V8 HEMI, 5.9L V8, 8.3L V10
Repair: complete inspection of the cooling system: wash engine, leak dye & cooling system pressure test. Repair found coolant leaks.
Dodge Ram Battery Acid May Deteriorate Cruise Control System Vacuum Hose
Problem: Battery acid can leak on, and deteriorate a vacuum hose for the speed (cruise) control system. If the hose becomes loose or leaks vacuum, the speed (cruise) control will not function.
Dodge Ram model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002
Repair: Remove battery, Inspect battery for damage, Battery Replacement, wash acid from area, Cruise Control System Vacuum Hose replacement.
Dodge Ram HVAC Air Flow Switching to Defrost When Accelerating
Problem: The AC/heater (HVAC) system may unexpectedly switch to the defrost mode when accelerating. This system is operated by engine vacuum and should be inspected for any vacuum leaks if this problem develops. There is also a revised vacuum check valve available to address this concern.
Dodge Ram model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Repair: diagnose HVAC vacuum leaks. Repair vacuum leaks and replace HVAC vacuum check valve.
Dodge Ram Oil leaks from valve cover, intake manifold, and timing cover gaskets
Problem: Oil leaks on 3.9L V6, 5.2L V8 and 5.9L V8 commonly from the valve cover gaskets, intake manifold gaskets (front and rear), timing cover gaskets, distributor O-ring, and the rear main seal area.
Dodge Ram model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009
Repair: Use fluorescent engine oil dye to find source of oil leak(s). Repair found oil leaks: valve cover gasket replacement; intake manifold gasket replacement, timing cover gasket replacement, timing cover crankshaft seal replacement, distributor O-ring replacement, and rear main seal replacement.
Dodge Ram Rerouting Ignition Coil & Spark Plug Wires Can Solve Misfire / Surge Problems
Problem: engine misfire and / or surge problem that occurs at approximately 45 mph on 3.9L V6, 5.2L V8, 5.9L V8.
Dodge Ram model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
Repair: rerouting the ignition coil wire and spark plug wires should be performed before other repairs are done for misfires, surging or spark knock.
Dodge Ram Check Engine Light Due to Failed Thermostat
Problem: coolant thermostat may fail to close completely, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. This problem will prevent the engine from reaching normal operating temperature.
Dodge Ram model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Engines affected: 3.7L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.7L V8 HEMI, 5.9L V8
Repair: diagnose; thermostat replacement.
Dodge Ram Locked up WCM May Cause Engine Cranking Problems
Problem: If the engine does not crank (or cranks but won't start), the wireless control module (WCM) may have locked up. This is due to static discharge through the ignition key.
Dodge Ram model years affected: 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Repair: No Start Diagnosis; A revised wireless control module should be installed.
Ford Truck Problems
Ford F-150 Little Or No Heat In Cabin
Problem: Heat may stop flowing from either from one or all the dash vents. Most often the problem is failure of a blend air door actuator.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Repair: Diagnosis; HVAC blend air door actuator replacement.
Ford F-150 5.4L V8 Engine Rough at Idle
Problem: Intermittent rough idle may be caused by the EGR sensor sticking, causing the EGR valve to stay slightly open.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
Repair: diagnose; EGR valve replacement and EGR sensor replacement.
Ford F-150 TSB For Possible Ejection of Spark Plug From Cylinder Head
Problem: Ford F-150 has known issues with the 4.6L V8, 4.9L 6 Cylinder, 5.0L V8, 5.4L V8, or 5.8L V8 engine ejecting spark plugs. This will make a loud tapping or knocking noise with engine misfire at all speeds, and check engine light will illuminate.
The threads on the aluminum cylinder head are too short and soft, allowing pressure from combustion to overwhelm and destroy the threads.
When the spark plug blows out the cylinder head becomes damaged requiring repair of the spark plug port threads, or replacement of the cylinder head and cylinder head gasket.
Ford has recommended a method of repair for the cylinder head that prevents the spark plug from ejecting under future use. Replacement of all spark plugs is not necessary, but an updated spark plug design can help prevent this from happening in the future.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
Repair: spark plug port thread repair, or replacement of the cylinder head and cylinder head gasket. Spark Plug Replacement.
Ford F-150 Ignition Coil Failure Due to Excessive Spark Plug Gap
Problem: Illuminated Check Engine Light and a rough running engine could indicate that one or more of the ignition coils has failed. Often times this is caused by excessive spark plug gap, usually due to not replacing spark plugs.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Engines affected: 4.6L V8, 5.0L V8, 5.4L V8, 5.8L V8, 6 Cylinder
Repair: Check Engine Light Diagnosis & Testing; defective ignition coil replacement, coil boot replacement, spark plug replacement.
Ford F-150 Rear Differential Noise
Problem: noise from the rear differential when going around turns or after driving at highway speed for an extended period could be caused by a failing differential clutch kit.
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1990, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016
Repair: Diagnosis; updated differential clutch replacement.
Ford F-150 Oil Leak Onto Starter From Passenger-Side Head Gasket
Problem: Oil leaks from the right-side cylinder head gasket will drip onto the starter. Both the right and left side head gaskets should be replaced.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1990, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
Engines affected: 4.2L V6, 4.6L V8, 5.4L V8, V8
Repair: Diagnosis; head gasket replacement.
Ford F-150 Exhaust Manifolds Crack and Leak
Problem: A ticking noise may develop from the engine due to a warped exhaust manifold.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1991, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
Repair: exhaust manifold replacement.
Ford F-150 Engine Oil Pan Gasket Leak
Problem: engine oil pan gasket can develop a leak. Leaking oil may accumulate on the exhaust system resulting in a burning smell.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
Engines affected: 4.9L 6 Cylinder, 5.0L V8, 5.4L V8, 5.8L V8
Repair: Oil Pan Gasket Replacement
Ford F-150 HVAC Blower Motor Only Works on High
Problem: 2004-2014 Ford F-150 with manual temperature and fan controls the blower motor only blowing air on certain settings. Commonly the fan will only run on the highest setting. Caused by failed blower motor resistor.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Repair: Diagnosis; Heater blower motor resistor replacement.
Ford F-150 Spark Plugs Difficult to Remove
Problem: F-150 Spark plugs can be very difficult to remove. Spark plugs can break off in the cylinder head.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1996, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Engines affected: 4.9L 6 Cylinder, 5.0L V8, 5.4L V8, 5.8L V8, V8
Repair: broken spark plug removal and spark plug hole thread repair.
Ford F-150 Check Engine Light After Hesitation or Stalling
Problem: rough engine idle, hesitation on acceleration, and engine stalling on the Ford F-150 with Triton V8. Check Engine Light will turn on. Usually caused by failure of engine mass air flow sensor (MAF). Can be caused by air filter not being installed properly and sealed to the air filter housing which causes contamination of MAF sensor.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Repair: Check engine light diagnosis; check air filter and air filter housing; engine mass air flow sensor (MAF) replacement.
Ford F-150 Coolant Smell and Overheating With No Visible Coolant Leaks
Problem: 1997-2014 Ford F-150 can display symptoms of a coolant leak, including overheating, especially when the vehicle is idling, the strong smell of coolant from the engine, and illumination of the low engine coolant warning light.
This leak is difficult to locate and is often buried underneath the intake manifold. Coolant will only leak onto the ground in advanced stages of the problem. Coolant leaks from the heater tube in which coolant flows between the water pump and HVAC heater core.
When the connection for the tube begins to leak the coolant burns on the hot engine and produces a sweet smell that is unmistakably engine coolant.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Engine affected: 5.4L V8
Repair: remedy can be complex and will often require removal of the intake manifold, heater tube, and possibly the water pump to perform heater tube connector replacement, Intake Manifold Gasket Replacement, and possibly a Water Pump Replacement depending on age and condition.
Ford F-150 Vibration or Noise at Highway Speed
Problem: vibration or noise at highway speed could be causd by frontdrive shaft joint wear.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2008
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission
Repair: front double cardan universal joint replacement, or front axle Shaft Replacement.
Ford F-150 EGR Orifice in Intake Manifold Plugged With Sludge Causing Misfire
Problem: EGR orifice in the intake manifold may plug with sludge. Can cause engine misfire when accelerating.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Repair: Cleaning clogged EGR passages; EGR Valve Replacement.
Ford F-150 Battery Light Due to Damaged Alternator Wire Harness Connector
Problem: The battery light may illuminate on the instrument panel because the alternator wire harness connector is damaged.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008
Repair: Diagnose; Alternator wire harness connector replacement.
Ford F-150 Catalytic Converter Failure And Plugged Exhaust
Problem: Catalytic converter fail and potentially plug the exhaust which decreases engine efficiency and performance.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1991, 2003, 2004, 2007
Repair: diagnosis; Catalytic Converter Replacement.
Ford F-150 Coolant Leaking From Intake Manifold
Problem: 1996-2001 Ford F-150 with all plastic intake manifold is known for engine overheating and coolant leak from the front of the manifold. This problem will often trigger the check engine light and low engine coolant warning light.
The engine coolant leak is from a factory defect which causes cracking on the intake manifold front coolant passage. This coolant leak will lead to engine overheating issues. Ford released an updated version of this engine, known as the 'PI' version with a metal coolant passage on the front of the intake manifold to prevent future issues.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Engines affected: 4.2L V6, 4.9L 6 Cylinder, 5.0L V8
Repair: intake manifold replacement with update design manifold. Coolant Leak Diagnosis; intake manifold replacement.
Ford F-150 Broken EGR system tube and EGR leak, EGR noise
Problem: tube for EGR system (exhaust gas recirculation) can break, causing an exhaust leak and noise under the hood.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001
Repair: EGR tube replacement.
Ford F-150 A/C Fan Speed Changing Constantly
Problem: 2009-2014 Ford F-150 with automatic climate control may have a problem with frequent fan speed changes.
Normally the A/C fan speed changes only to maintain a selected temperature but when the fan speed changes frequently and needlessly there is an issue with the fan speed control unit.
The fan speed control unit regulates the speed for the blower motor in order to maintain the temperature. When it fails, the fan will run at random settings, and the climate control will be inaccurate. Note that this does not affect the temperature of the air that comes from the vents. It affects the amount of air that comes from the vents.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Includes F150 Harley Davidson, King Ranch, SVT Raptor, FX2, FX4, Platinum, Lariat, and STX editions.
Repair: fan speed control unit Replacement
Ford F-150 Car won't start due to stripped timing chain gears
Problem: gears for the timing chain can strip, causing the engine to crank but not start.
Ford F-150 4.9L 6 Cylinder model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Repair: timing chain set replacement
Ford F-150 Oil leaks from intake and valve covers
Problem: intake manifold gaskets and valve cover gasket oil leaks.
Ford F-150 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2003
Repair: intake manifold gasket replacement, valve cover gasket replacement, engine wash.