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1998 c1500 dies when I put in gear What could be the problem?

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If the engine starts and runs fine in Park, try Neutral as well. If it runs and holds steady IDLE at both positions the issue is with your transmission. In the C1500 silverado series/GMC they had a period of bad trannys. In your case it sounds like the torque converter has gone bad and basically when you engage in gear its preventing your engine from turning over, thus the die. Its an easy diagnosis using above, but the fix is costly. A new transmission for these trucks run about $2300 or more to be installed. If you are able, a local mechanic may install a used one from a junk yard a lot cheaper... issue is there you have no warranty. So if this is an everyday driver/primary vehicle I would trust a transmission shop. Otherwise find your local trusted guy and ask them about a second hand job, or a rebuild.

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