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Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Sierra 2500, GMC Sierra 3500, Truck
#3260 of 5688 2001 Silverado Seatbelt Problem
Jul 07, 2003 (1:28 pm)
I have a 2001 1500 LS Extended Cab Silverado. The front passenger side seat belt is giving me and my wife a terrible time. We have had it replaced twice at the dealership. The problem is that the supposed "child safety feature" on the seat belt locks the seat belt constantly while driving down the road. We will be cruising along smoothly and the seat belt will lock up requiring the passenger to remove the seatbelt and retract it all the way and put it back on. The other problem is sometimes you cannot even get the seatbelt out to put it on, even before you start the engine! It has gotten progressively worse since we bought it new 2 1/2 years ago. The service manager says this is "normal" and that is just the way Chevy built it. I say it may be the way Chevy built it but it is definitely not "normal". My father has a 1999 Silverado and my brother has a 2000 Silverado both 1500 extended cabs as well and neither one has this problem. I took my Dad for a ride a couple of weeks ago and he almost had a stroke from fighting with the darn seatbelt. I feel I am not being unreasonable by expecting the seatbelt not to lock up constantly, and by constantly I mean every 30 seconds, but the dealership won't do anything. They say there is nothing to fix. Has anybody else had this problem? My wife hates to ride in the truck and we have resorted to just remaining locked in the upright position like a race car driver.
#3261 of 5688 Silverado seatbelt problem
Jul 07, 2003 (7:27 pm)
It seems to me that your problem is in the seat belt retractors. It may be that they are not adjusted properly from the factory (if they are adjustable at all). The seatbelts should lock up when certain amount of G force (deceleration) causes the mechanism move and lock the seat belt. It seems hat your retractors are super sensitive and locking up when they should not be. I would aks the dealer if these are adjustable. If not, new retractors will likely solve your problem.
#3262 of 5688 Service 4WD Message
Jul 07, 2003 (8:46 pm)
On my return leg of my trip to Texas my Service 4WD message appeared. I was able to shut the truck off and the message disappeared for about 100 miles. It reappeared again and I did the same thing. However this time it did not return. I pondered the situation while driving and came to one possible reason it was happening. I was driving at speeds between 75-85 mph and it was hot...upper 90's to 101. After I reached an area where traffic was topping at 75 mph, I never had the message reappear. Yes I did stop and check the transfer case fluid level during a lunch break and it was fine. The remainder of the trip I had no incidents or problems. The air conditioner kept us chilly all the way there and back, averaged the same 17.2 mpg on the return leg, everything is good.
#3263 of 5688 NEW SIERRA - PROBLEM WATCH?
Jul 07, 2003 (11:22 pm)
We bought an '03 Sierra 1500 SLE Ext Cab Short Bed 2WD 5.3L pickup today and need to know ASAP of any common problems inherent in the design of the Sierra that we should get addressed. We already have read about and discussed the common rusting of the backside of the front bumper and the dealer has promised to paint the backside of the bumper and also provide a lifetime rust warrantee of the bumper. What else should we have our eye on?
#3264 of 5688 Quadrasteer Info
Jul 08, 2003 (11:40 am)
Can anyone let me know how much an impact this feature has on handling a trailer. I pull a boat trailer and am curious if it will greatly ease the hassles of things like backing a trailer at weird angles. I know it is touted to do so, but in reality how big a deal is it?
Jul 08, 2003 (1:31 pm)
One very big problem is trying to get rid of the smile on your face everytime you drive it. I know mine hasnt left in over 3 yrs.
Jul 08, 2003 (4:21 pm)
It's good to change the fuel filter but I don't think that it would cause bad gas mileage. What will happen if it does clog (fuel filter) is that the truck will eventually stall from lack of gas.
I'd take the truck into a reputable mechanic to have the cats looked at. Not sure on the emission testing for your state but if yours has annual testing you may want to have a shop do it. If not, there are a lot of aftermarket hi flow cats that are available online and at a reasonable price. The problem you've described sounds like clogged cats and there is no real way of checking other than disassembling the exhaust system.
Jul 08, 2003 (6:05 pm)
Hi Taylor35 ...the Quadrasteer system is everything a trailer hauler dreams of...here's where you can get the real lowdown www.quadrasteerclub.com...then take one out for a test drive. Chuck
Jul 08, 2003 (6:45 pm)
I just traded my 97 Extended Cab Z71 in for a 2003 GMC Sierra HD Crew Cab 4x4. I have noticed that the ride is much rougher in the new truck. I know that it is built on a 2500 frame and I am assuming that there is a big difference in the suspension from my old truck.
My question is, what can I do to make the new truck ride smoother?
Change the shocks?, if so what should I change them too?
Change the leaf springs? if so, I need some details on how to go about this.
Change the tires? if so, what size?
I need some help here, the new truck is giving me a headache!
Thanks for the input!
#3269 of 5688 Rough Idle at low RPM
Jul 08, 2003 (8:14 pm)
I have a 01 GMC Sierra ext-cab 5.3 V8. This truck is great! I purchased this truck used with 18,000 miles on it and have not had a single problem until now. After 34,000 miles the idle is rough and very low when coming to a stop. Occasionaly the engine will stall. At speeds above 10 mph there is no problem. Dealer suspected alternator but after checking and running diagnostics could find no problem. The truck wants to stall when in gear at low idle but in park is somewhat better. Now at 43000 miles, and out of warranty, the AC compressor will shut off also at the low idle and seems to make the problem even worse. Injector cleaner and premium gas do not help. I have seen this problem posted before on a 2001 5.3 engine but no suggestions as to the problem. It acts like a vacuum line is leaking but they all appear OK.