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February 2016

Top 5 Chevrolet Express Cargo Repair Problems

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Various models of this no frill cargo hauler have been serving small business owners for 40 years. This is why it is included in our best commercial vehicles based on Zubie driving data.

Like any vehicle though, this true and tried workhorse occasionally has mechanical failures. Here are the most common Chevrolet Express Cargo repair problems.

#1: One or More Rear Lights May Not Work

Normal wear and tear from using the cargo space of the van can cause damage to the tail light wiring. This damage can cause the rear lights to stop working. Replacing and protecting a new tailight harness shout do the trick. The tail light harness costs about $30 and add another $3 for each bulb that you replace.

#2: Fuel Level Sensor Failure

Apparently it is pretty common for Chevy Express Cargo owners to find that their fuel tank may read the fuel level incorrectly. It is recommended that the whole fuel pump module be replaced. Replacing the entire fuel pump can range from $600-$1000.

#3: Intake Manifold Gasket May Leak Collant or Engine Oil

The intake manifold gasket may develop an external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, and internal coolant leak may occur also which causes the coolant to mix with engine oil. Running the engine with this internal leak can cause engine damage. In this case, replacing the intake manifold gasket will correct this issue. This repair can cost around $500.

#4: Coolant Leak and Engine Overheating:

Different from above, this coolant leak comes from the water pump, which can result in an engine overheating. To fix this, replace the water pump. This repair can run about $300-$550

#5: Damaged Front Electrical Components

Do not hose down the rear cargo mat. Various electrical components under the front carpet/rubber mat may become damaged if excess water is used.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Today’s vehicles have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs are rising. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Chevy Silverado repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by Zubie and RepairPal, CARCHEX partners. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

Top 5 Chevy Silverado Repair Problems

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the Chevy Silverado 1500 is perfect for accomplished DIYer that hauls a lot of stuff. This is why it is included in the best commercial vehicles based on Zubie driving data.

Like any vehicle though, the Chevy Silverado occasionally has mechanical failures. Here are the most common Chevy Silverado repair problems.

#1: Intermittent Failure to Start

There can be many reasons why a truck won’t start but if it’s random and not related to the ignition switch or a dead battery then you can bet it is an electrical problem. Many chevy owners tried replacing fuses, cleaning off corrosion, and even rebooting the computer. On Average this problem can cost you $300 with no real solution.

#2: Failure of the 4WD Transfer Case Position Sensor/Selector Switch

That’s a long title for a small problem that is a breeze to fix… In the event that the 4WD Sensor Fails, the service 4WD message will be displayed. Simply replacing the switch is easy and costs about $35.

#3: Fuel Level Sensor Failure

More often than Chevy Silverado 1500 owners would like, the fuel tank can read the fuel level incorrectly. Replacing the sensor can correct the problem, but it is recommended that the entire fuel pump module be replaced if the vehilce has high mileage. Replacing the fuel pump module can cost $500-$900.

#4: Failure of Heat/AC and Air Delivery Mode Door Actuators

Feeling hot air when the A/C is turned on can definitely be a sign that the air delivery and/or temperature mode door actuator has failed. Basically the wrong temperature or amount of air is being delivered. The part to replace the Mode Door Actuator can range from $30 to $80 depending on the year of vehicle and manufacture of the part.

#5: Steering May Develop Clunk Noise

Many Chevy Silverado drivers are noticing a clunk type noise from the steering shaft. There are two ways to fix this issue. Some recommend re-greasing the steering shaft every time you take your truck in for an oil change or you can replace the 2-piece steering shaft with a single aluminum shaft for about $250.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Today’s vehicles have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs are rising. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Chevy Silverado repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by Zubie and RepairPal, CARCHEX partners. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

New Features in February for Zubie Business

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It’s always a great day when we can announce new Zubie Business features.  We don’t want to pick favorites, but we have always had a soft spot for our “Zubie Biz” customers; they are amazing, creative and never hesitate to tell us how we can improve our services.  And today, we hope we’ll make them a little happier with our new workflow features.

First, as backdrop, when we launched  Zubie Business as a discrete service, our goal was to simplify life for small businesses that involved vehicles and drivers.  Legacy  fleet management solutions on the market were expensive, hard to install and hard to learn, and were bloated with features that simply didn’t matter to small businesses.  We provided ease-of-installation and ease-of-use at an unbeatable price.

Over time, many of our customers have made Zubie an integral part of their operations, and use it daily to track and manage vehicles and drivers. Increasingly, they have expressed a need to take it a step further to help coordinate tasks and driver activity.

New features in this month’s release help dispatchers and drivers stay more productive…and ultimately keep customers happier.  All while keeping our experience just as easy to use as ever.

Dispatch helps businesses find the right driver for the job.  It’s as simple as typing in an address or clicking on the Live Map to find the closest vehicles.  Zubie integrates with Google Maps to get actual driving times based on traffic conditions, and driving directions that can be sent to drivers. Now dispatchers can confidently send the right driver to a customer or job.

Off Hour Usage notifications will alert admins about unauthorized vehicle use…no more weekend joy rides!

All of these improvements come included in the Zubie Business service.  Look out for more exciting features coming soon!

Zubie introduces new preventive vehicle maintenance app tools for small business fleets

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CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Zubie, a leading connected-car platform and service provider, has enhanced its robust suite of  business fleet tracking, analytics and management capabilities with new Zubie Maintenance. This automated ongoing maintenance solution for business fleets tracks essential service needs — oil changes, tire rotation, brakes servicing, etc. — and sends reminders when they are due. These new features have the potential to help owners save money and increase the bottom line.

“Most fleet management solutions in the market are geared toward large fleets and consist of complex and costly systems that don’t meet the needs of owners of smaller fleets,” said Tim Kelly, CEO of Zubie. “Zubie’s mission is to offer valuable fleet tracking, analytics and management capabilities to the small- to mid-sized fleet sector at a fraction of the price of legacy solutions. Our new maintenance features are included in the Zubie service plan and consequently offer a simple-to-use, cost-effective alternative to other systems.”

Zubie uses a smart device that plugs directly into any vehicle’s On-board Diagnostics (OBD) port, allowing the fleet owner to access valuable vehicle and driving data — location tracking, driving patterns and activity, vehicle health and alerts, and more. All this is provided via an always-on cellular connection included within the device and service, so business owners are always in the know about their vehicles and drivers, without having to rely on solutions like Bluetooth and phone-pairing.

Zubie Maintenance optimizes that data to add a level of proactive and preventive care that can help keep drivers safer, reduce fuel costs, and extend the life of a vehicle by ensuring that service needs are met at the right time. The solution can help customize service schedules for each vehicle, and set flags when the service is done. A service diary automatically tracks all maintenance in case it’s needed for reference, or when selling the vehicle. All reports and information are easily accessible from the Zubie portal or app on any smartphone or PC.

Additionally, through its integration with fleet maintenance leader Fleetio, Zubie enables Fleetio customers to quickly and easily access location data. Users can see a vehicle’s current location and driving status on the vehicle profile page within Fleetio, and easily navigate to the Zubie map view or device view for a particular vehicle directly from the vehicle profile in Fleetio.

Visit zubie.co for more information about Zubie.

About Zubie
Zubie is a connected-car service focused on making driving safer, easier and less expensive for business enterprises including automotive, insurance, and mobile/telecom operators, as well as consumers and small businesses. The company was formed in 2012, and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Zubie was the winner of the “2015 Best Insurance Telematics Product” award from TU Automotive, and the 2016 Tech CARS award for “Best OBDII Device with Software and Services” from Auto Connected Car.