Top 20 1996 GMC Sierra Questions & Answers


My personal suggestion would be to go for these repair catalogs from
www.reliable-store.com instead. much better info on all vehicles, complete details, and they also have live assistance feature

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1. Oil coming from the ext. vent means Overfill fluid transmission or valve body problem (need to open the transmission to overhaul it) but usually overfill.
2. Do you have any transmission faulty code
3. If you pull a trailer, heavy load there is a function in PCM (powertrain control Module) that raise the pressure to compensate the slip at clutch pressure and if you unhook the trailer and go on the highway before the PCM learn it, it will shift hard. What GM call the "shift adapt". You probably have a 4L80E for transmission or the 4L60E depends on the truck's options.
hope it helps.

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Get this manual online at www.reliable-store.com and get complete guide on whether to repair or not, service it, and how to repair etc, along with wiring diagrams, electrical diagrams, torque specs, error codes, everything.

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What is the voltage on the battery ? If it's not in the 13.5 volt range the battery is not charged.
What does the battery read when you try to crank ? It should be in the 10.5volt range.
Get a set of jumper cables. Hook them up correctly and see if it cranks. If it does - the battery is not fully charged or it's a bad battery.
A car battery can produce enough amps to light lights and other small stuff but not produce enough amps for the starter to turn over the engine.

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Probably the high pressure switch on the accumulator - try disconnecting the connector and jumping the pins to see if the clutch will engage. If that is the problem, DO NOT leave it jumped - replace the switch.
If that is not the problem, you will have to check the clutch wiring, relay and fuse for continuity back to the HVAC controls. If that is OK, the problem will probably be in your HVAC control module.

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I would check a few things:
Load test the battery. If its got any age on it at all, this could be the culprit.
Test the starter.
Check for loose connections at the distributor cap. Make sure the rotor in the cap is seated and that the cap is properly seated.
Check for loose connections on the battery, the starter and make sure you have fuel pressure on the injector rails (key on, detent the shrader valve .. you should get fuel).

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You may have a dead cell in the battery , or damp in the electrics.

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The heat cut's out ? The heater blower motor stops working ? Testing the electrical circuit would be the proper way to diagnose . Looking at a wiring diagram an using a DMM - digital multi-meter , an doing amp draw test on the blower motor . The PRND321 an blower motor probably share a ground or power point . Looking at a wiring diagram for both circuit's would show that . Not a short , more likely a loose ground connection . Free wiring diagram's here http://www.bbbind.com/free_tsb.html Enter vehicle info. year , make , model and engine size . Under system click on HVAC then under subsystem click on HVAC controls . Then click the search button ,then the blue link . First blue link is blower motor control circuit . Voltage drop test the blower motor ground .Videos on youtube showing how to diagnose !
Blower Motor Resistor Replacement Wire Splice Splicing Amperage Draw Test
Blower Motor Resistor Function and Diagnostics
Mastering Voltage Drop Testing with Pete Meier and Jerry Truglia


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Output speed sensor needs replacing

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Try moving the coil from 1 to 2 and put 2 in the 1 spot. If the fault moves to cylinder 2, there is your fault.

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They make oil pan plugs for this situation. It's a bolt with a rubber spacer that expands to seal the hole when you tighten it. If the old plug is still in the pan, use vice grips to thread it out. No need to replace pan, but maybe replace the oil change shop. Guys you went to have no experience.

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Possibly a busted fuel pressure regulator diaphragm. The regulator is mounted to the end of the fuel rail.
With the engine idling, pull the vacuum line off the regulator port. If gas comes out of the port, replace the regulator.

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If the throttle cable is not attached properly to the throttle body or you have a bad motor mount, the throttle cable may be pulling the throttle open as you shift into gear. Open the hood, find the throttle cable on the throttle body. Inspect how it is connected and also how the cable is fastened in the engine comoartnent. Next, watch what happens as someone else starts the truck and puts it into gear. If the engine shifts significantly, check for broken motor mounts. If the throttle cable is misbehaving, correct the installation.

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Something wrong in the fuse box if you only have .4 volts at the fuse. Maybe a loose terminal in there.

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try a quality injector cleaner if EFI or clean carby otherwise
missing is more from injector problems than spark plugs

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Hey Dennis.
Opppsss.. was this transmission serviced regularly?..no, ok.. this is a common problem, you will need to take it to s QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL to get the trans rebuilt..
If you live near a local drag strip, go there, ask the drag race mechanics who the best transmission man there is?? There is always one or two the drag racers relay on.. I would trust him to get it done right (BEFORE I would trust a "chain" transmission store!!!!!)
I, personally, have had two transmissions do this.. one a 96 suburban and a 95 Silverado.(both inherited and never serviced).. I found the guy that did mine this same way.. GLAD I DID.. it was less $$$$ and great work!! If no drag strip.. ask the custom car guys...

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Hello Angel LaBoy Jr,

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Not sure but not only are there repair manuals available but also videos on You Tube that demonstrate how to change the distributor but also problems people run into. Sorry I can't be more specific but hope this gets you started

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Do you know how to test fuel pressure ? With a gauge ? How to test for spark ? Pull a spark plug wire an hold it near ground (metal on the engine ) Have a helper crank the engine . ( turn the key to start position ) Before replacing parts randomly you need to find what system isn't working correctly . Fuel , ignition , engine mechnical (compression ) P0700 is a transmision code
https://www.autocodes.com/p0700_gmc.html Or a bad transmission control module is shorting out the system . Your best bet mite be to take your vehicle to a qualified repair shop .

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