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Dec 05, 2005 (12:09 pm)
I'm reposting this tip I found a while back on one of these boards. I just did it and it was extremely easy. The part number has changed. I used part number 15166054 and I have a 2002 Chevy Suburban with neutral interior.
TIP: for those of you with Yukon XLs, Subs and Denali XLs, the third row seat
overhead light does not have on/off reading light switches. This can be easily
upgraded by ordering the second row light with switches from
The part #s are 15765710 for the Tan interior, 15044370 for Shale and 15765711
for Pewter. The light runs about $21.00 plus shipping.
To install, turn off the overhead dome lamps at the dash. The old lamp is
easily removed by using a small screwdriver to open the lens of the existing
lamp (look for the small notch to pry the lens open). This will enable the
light to simply be pulled down from the ceiling. Disconnect the wire plug from
the old lamp.
Next take a pair of strong scissors and simply cut the ceiling along the lines
impressed into the ceiling by the original lamp (the old lamp is smaller than
the new lamp). Plug the wire connector into the new lamp and test the lamp
briefly by turning on the overhead lamp switch at the dash. Reinsert the new
lamp into the larger opening with the lens open. Once the lens has been closed,
the new lamp with switches will be locked into place.
Its an inexpensive upgrade that will enable your third row passengers to do
some reading or coloring on any long trips at night. Unfortunately, you can't
perform the same upgrade on the cargo area lamp unless you run a ground wire
from the third row lamp and change the wire connector to incorporate this
extra ground wire.
#491 of 1043 high capacity air cleaner
Dec 05, 2005 (1:07 pm)
What is the "Air cleaner, high capacity" that is referred to as part of the towing prep package? Does that mean it comes with a better quality air filter than standard, or a bigger size? I am thinking of getting a K&N filter, or maybe the whole filtercharger kit, but if it is not necessary because of something that came with the towing package, I'll skip it.
#492 of 1043 weird electricity
Dec 06, 2005 (11:53 am)
Bizzare doings in my 2001 Sub.
Dies immediately after starting unless you keep throttle open. Then it flashes alternately the ABS lite and the Parking brake lite. All this stops after about 5 minutes.
Replaced the battery, no effect.
#493 of 1043 Re: Headlights on all the time!! [luvmysuburban]
Dec 07, 2005 (10:37 am)
I have a 99 suburban. The headlights on DIM do not work. Bright is ok and the DAYLIGHTS (DIM) work both with the switch in the off postion and parking light position. When i turn the switch to headlights the day lights ( dims) go out. pull the dimmer switch to brights and the bright lights com on. I replaced the dimmer switch. NO change. anyone have an idea.
#494 of 1043 Re: High milage Suburban, how long do they last? [steve_]
Dec 08, 2005 (9:41 am)
there's only 1 way to find out !
#495 of 1043 fuel pump stopped
Dec 10, 2005 (8:00 am)
i started my car let it idle about 60 seconds and it died i noticed that the fuel pump wasn't running for it has always been very noisy sence new in 1999 second pump. started to trouble shoot
1.turned on key could hear fuel relay klick afteer a couple seconds
2. turned off key agen the relay klicked after a few seconds
3.got out fluke and found power always on to the n.o.contact of fuel relay
4. agen turned on key and noticed power to the common terminal of the fuel relay (grey wire)but no sound from the fuel pump
5.put 12v+ to grey wire no sound
6. checked continuity grey wire to ground found it to be open
question is there anything between the relay, pump and ground but wire and conectors?
#496 of 1043 Re: Suburban traction problems [rand01]
Dec 11, 2005 (7:34 pm)
We just had our first snow on December 8. I left school and went to lock in the 4WD on my Suburban and it would not engage. I have a 1995 and the shift lever is located on the floor. I have heard that there is a TSB on the actuator and other switch down on the front hub. Any one with this problem or knowledge on the situation?
#497 of 1043 Question for Burb owners who tow
Dec 15, 2005 (1:57 pm)
I currently own a 96 burb 2500 4x4 with 7.4l engine and 3.73 gears, 99,000 mi.
I use this vehicle for my daily driver although that's minimal (I ride the bus to work). In the summer I tow my 5500-6000 lb boat to the lakes.
I am happy with the overall performance of the the vehicle while towing, but not real happy with mileage, I get about 8 mpg while towing, 65+ mph in OD. Not towing I get 10-11 around town, and 12-13 on the road.
I am considering moving up to a newer burb, 2004 or so.
My question is for owners out there: How do your newer burbs perform while towing and daily driving with similar weight tow behinds???
I am concerned about dropping down to a 1500 4x4 due to coil spring rear susp., smaller rear brakes, and weaker tranny. Thoughts from 1500 owners appreciated.
For 2500 owners, what kind of mileage are you getting with either 6.0l or 8.1L engines in daily driving and towing??
Thanks for any input. Catam
#498 of 1043 Re: Question for Burb owners who tow [catam]
Dec 15, 2005 (2:16 pm)
I think it depends on how much you tow your boat. Your concerns regarding a 1/2 ton burb are valid. I've already rebuilt my trans at 48k miles and have had a few suspension repairs as well.
My boat weighs between 4500-5000lbs. I have a 2000 Suburban with 5.3 w/ 3.73 gears. I get 11-12mpg towing in 3rd since the 5.3 doesn't have enough torque to tow 65-70mph in o/d (not that you should tow in o/d w/ the 4l60e trans). Non towing, I generally get 14 around town and 16-17mpg on the highway.
My boat has a tandem axle trailer with brakes on one axle and about 350lbs of tonque weight. Even with a weeks worth of gear, a family of four and the boat hitched up, rear sag and braking performance is good enough. Current tahoe/suburbans have 4 wheel disk brakes.
Since you are most likely happy with the torque of your current big block and unhappy with the fuel economy, you'll have the opposite reaction with a 5.3 powered 1/2 ton. Fuel economy is tolerable, but towing power at reasonable rpm is lacking. The 5.3 needs some revs for power. If I were to go with another 1/2 ton, I'd either get a Suburban with 4.10 gears, or go with a Denali XL with the 6.0L for the extra torque.
Granted nothing comes for free. Towing performance comes at the expense of fuel economy.
Hope this helps....
#499 of 1043 Speedo and Tire Questions
Dec 16, 2005 (7:07 am)
2003 LT -- speedo is stuck at about 50mph when I shut off, will jump up to 110mph when driving, flucuates in between, never dropping below 50. Any quick fixes? Will I need to visit the dealer? Is this a common problem?
Need new tires, any suggestions on the best value to quality tire ratio to buy? Has Firestone now, but I'm not a Firestone fan. Thanks.