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The 2003 GMCSafariOwnerManual

SeatsandRestraintSystems ...........................

1-1

Front Seats ...............................................

 

1-2

Rear Seats ...............................................

 

1-7

Safety Belts .............................................

 

1-13

Child Restraints .......................................

 

1-35

AirBagSystem .......................................

 

1-62

RestraintSystemCheck

............................

1-71

FeaturesandControls .....................................

 

2-1

Keys ........................................................

 

2-2

DoorsandLocks .......................................

 

2-7

Windows .................................................

 

2-16

Theft-DeterrentSystems

............................

2-18

Starting and Operating Your Vehicle ...........

2-19

Mirrors ....................................................

 

2-32

HomeLink@Transmitter

.............................

2-34

StorageAreas .........................................

 

2-38

instrumentPanel .............................................

 

3-1

InstrumentPanelOverview

..........................

3-2

Climate Controls ......................................

 

3-18

WarningLights,Gages

and Indicators .........

3-23

AudioSystem(s) .......................................

 

3-38

DrivingYourVehicle .......................................

 

4-1

Your Driving,theRoad,andYour Vehicle ........

4-2

Towing ...................................................

 

4-29

Service and Appearance Care .......................

5-1

Service .....................................................

5-3

Fuel .........................................................

5-5

Checking Things Under the Hood ...............

5-11

All-Wheel Drive ........................................

5-52

RearAxle ...............................................

5-53

Front Axle ...............................................

5-54

Bulb Replacement ....................................

5-55

Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement .........

5-62

Tires ......................................................

5-63

AppearanceCare .....................................

5-83

Vehicle Identification .................................

5-91

Electrical System ......................................

5-92

Capacities and Specifications .....................

5-99

NormalMaintenanceReplacement Parts ......

5-101

Maintenance Schedule .....................................

6-1

MaintenanceSchedule ................................

6-2

Customer Assistance Information ....................

7-1

Customer Assistance Information ..................

7-2

Reporting Safety Defects ...........................

7-10

Index ................................................................

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GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, GMC, the GMC Truck Emblem and the name SAFARI are registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation.

This manual includes the latest information at the time it was printed. We reserve the right to make changesafter that time without further notice. For vehicles first sold in Canada, substitute the name “General Motors of Canada Limited” for GMC wheneverit appears in this manual.

Please keep this manual in your vehicle, so it will be there if you ever need it when you’re on the road. If you sell the vehicle, please leave this manual in it so the new owner can use it.

General‘CopyrightLithoU.S.A.

Part No. X2310 A First Edition

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Canadian Owners

You can obtain a French copy of this manual from your dealer or from:

Helm, incorporated P.O. Box 07130 Detroit, MI 48207

How to UseThis Manual

Many people read their owner’s manual frombeginningto end whenthey first receivetheir new vehicle.If you do this, it will help you learn about the features andcontrols for yourvehicle. In this manual, you’ll find that pictures and words worktogether to explainthings.

Index

A good place to look for what you need is the Index in back of the manual. It’s an alphabetical list of what’s

in the manual, and the page number where you’ll find it.

Motors Corporation 06/19/02

ReservedRights All

Safety Warnings and Symbols

You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell you about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore the warning.

I Thesemean there is something-.ratco _____ _._1._ you or other people.

In the caution area, we tell you what the hazard is. Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce the hazard. Please read these cautions. If you don’t, you or others could be hurt.

You will also find a circle with a slash through it in this book. This safety symbol means “Don’t,” “Don’t do this” or “Don’t let this happen.”

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Vehicle Damage Warnings

Also, in this book you will find these notices:

Notice: These mean thereis something that could damageyour vehicle.

A notice will tell you about somethingthat can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage wouldnot be covered by your warranty, and it couldbe costly. But the notice will tell you whatto do to help avoid the damage.

When you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors or in different words.

You’ll also see warning labels on your vehicle. They use the same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.

Vehicle Symbols

Your vehicle has components and labels that use symbols instead of text. Symbols, used on your vehicle, are shown along with the text describing the operation or information relating to a specific component, control, message, gage or indicator.

If you need help figuring out a specific name of a component, gage or indicator reference the following topics:

Seatsand Restraint Systems in Section 1

Features and Controls in Section 2

Instrument Panel Overview in Section 3

Climate Controls in Section 3

WarningLights,Gagesand Indicators in Section 3

Audio System(s) in Section 3 EngineCompartmentOverview in Section 5

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These are some examples of vehicle symbolsyou may find on your vehicle:

CAUTION POSSIBLE INJURY

PROTECT

EYES BY

SHIELDING

CAUSTIC

BATTERY

K I D COULD

CAUSE

BURNS

AVO ID SPARKS OR

FLAMES

SPARK OR FLAME

COULD EXPLODE BAlTERY

/i\

'111'

LATCH BOTH LAP AND

SHOULDER BELTS TO

PROTECTOCCUPANT 4

DONOTTWISTSAFETY BELT WHEN ATTACHING

FASTEN

SEAT

BELTS

MOVE SEAT FULLY REARWARD+

SECURE CHILD SEAT

IPULL BELT

COMPLETELY rHEN SECURE CHILD SEAT

\$&DO NOT INSTALL/zAREAR-FACING

CHILD RESTRAINT

IN THIS SEATING

POSITION

DO NOTINSTALL A

FORWARD-FACING

CHILD RESTRAINT

IN THIS SEATING

POSITION

DOOR LOCK

UNLOCK

LIGHTING -YY, - ENGINE MASTERSWITCH / \ COOLANT cc

TEMP w u u

TURN @+

SIGNALS BAlTERY

CHARGING

LAMPS P=- SYSTEM

COOLANT d DAYTIME{'io

RUNNING ENGINE OIL

LAMPS PRESSUREW b

$0ANTI-LOCK(@) LAMPS BRAKES

ENGINE

COOLANT FAN

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Model Reference

This manual covers these models:

Cargo Van

Passenger Van

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1 Seats and Restraint Systems

Front Seats ......................................................

 

 

1.2

ManualSeats ................................................

 

 

1-2

Power Seat ..................................................

 

 

.l -3

Manual Lumbar ..............................................

 

 

1.3

Reclining Seatbacks ........................................

 

1.4

Head Restraints .............................................

 

 

1-5

Seatback Latches ...........................................

 

 

1-6

Rear Seats ......................................................

 

 

.l -7

Rear Seat Operation .......................................

 

1-7

Bench Seat ..................................................

 

 

1.11

Bucket Seats ...............................................

 

 

1.12

Safety Belts ...................................................

 

 

1-13

Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone ................

1-13

Questions and AnswersAbout Safety Belts ......

1.17

HowtoWearSafety

Belts Properly .................

1-18

Driver Position ..............................................

 

 

1-18

SafetyBeltUseDuring

Pregnancy ..................

1-26

Right Front Passenger

Position .......................

1-27

Center Passenger Position .............................

1-27

RearSeatPassengers

..................................

1-29

RearSafetyBeltComfortGuides for

1.32

Children and SmallAdults ..........................

SafetyBeltExtender .....................................

 

1-34

Child Restraints .............................................

 

 

1-35

Older Children ..............................................

 

 

1-35

Infants and Young

Children ............................

1-38

Child Restraint Systems ................................

-1-44

Where to Put the Restraint .............................

1-47

Top Strap ...................................................

-1-48

Top Strap Anchor Location ............................

-1-50

Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for

 

Children (LATCH System) ...........................

1-52

Securing a Child Restraint Designed for

1-54

the LATCH System ....................................

Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear

1-54

Outside Seat Position ................................

Securing a Child Restraint in a Center

 

Seat Position ............................................

1-57

Securing a Child Restraint in the Right

.l -59

Front Seat Position ...................................

Air Bag System ..............................................

1-62

Where Are the Air Bags? ...............................

1-64

When Should an Air Bag Inflate? ....................

1-66

What Makes an Air Bag Inflate? .....................

1-67

How Does an Air Bag Restrain'? .....................

1-67

WhatWillYouSeeAfter an

-1-68

Air Bag Inflates? ......................................

Servicing YourAir Bag-€quippedVehicle.........

1-69

Adding Equipment toYour

-1-70

Air Bag-€quipped Vehicle ..........................

Restraint System Check ..................................

1-71

Checking Your Restraint Systems ...................

1-71

Replacing Restraint SystemParts

 

After a Crash .........................................

1-71

 

1-1