Tip & How-To about Chevrolet Silverado 1500

One thing every vehicle owner should have in the trunk next to your survial kit!

One of the best investments a person can make is going to the auto parts store and spending the $20 or so for a simple shop manual for their vehicle.
Stuck in the middle of nowhere trying to figure out what happened !
Need to know how to get the tail light bulb changed? Want to know where the dipstick is or how to change the oil and what tools you need. Want to change the crank position sensor.? Want to know what the crank position sensor is, what is does and how to tell if it is bad?

BUY THE SHOP MANUAL for your make and model and they will tell you step by step instructions with reference pictures how to do it even down to the tools and what order to take things off.

You don't have to go out and buy the big professional shop manuals as they can cost hundreds of dollars and are harder to read than bad novel for the untrained.

Haynes puts out a nice simple one for the average owner as does Chilton's and a few other publishers. Just make sure you get the one marked for your year and model .

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