GMC SAVANA 1998 User Manual
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The 1998 GMC SavanaOwner’s Manual

1-1Seats and Restraint Systems

This section tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. Italso explains the air bag system.

2-1Features and Controls

This section explains how to start and operate your vehicle.

3-1Comfort Controls and Audio Systems

This section tells youhow to adjust the ventilation and comfortcontrols and how to operate your audio system.

4-1 Your Driving and the Road

Here you’ll find helpful information andtips about the road and how to drive under different conditions.

5-1 Problems on the Road

This section tells what to do if you have a problem while driving, such as a flat tire or overheatedengine, etc.

6-1 Service and Appearance Care

Here the manual tells you how to keepyour vehicle running properly and looking good.

7-1Maintenance Schedule

This section tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and whatfluids and lubricants to use.

8-1Customer Assistance Information

This section tells you how to contact GMC for assistance and how to get service and owner publications. It also gives you information on “Reporting Safety Defects” on page 8-10.

9-1Index

Here’s an alphabetical listingof almost every subjectin this manual. You can use it to quickly find something you want to read.

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GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, GMC, the GMC Emblem and the name SAVANA are registered trademarks ofGeneral Motors Corporation.

This manual includes the latest informationat the time it was printed. We reserve the right to make changes in the product after thattime 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 needit when you’re on the road. Ifyou sell the vehicle, pleaseleave this manual in it so the new owner can useit.

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How to Use this Manual

Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. Ifyou do this, it will help you learn about the features and controls for your vehicle.In this manual, you’ll find that pictures and words worktogether to explain

things quickly.

Index

A good place to look for what you need isthe 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.

Safety WE-.kgsand Symbols

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

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These mean thereis something thatcould hurt you or other people.

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

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

Vehicle Damage Warnmgs

Also, in tlusbook you will find these notices:

NOTICE:

These mean there is something that could damage your vehicle.

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In the notice area, we tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered by your warranty, and it could be costly. But the notice will tell you what to do to help avoid the damage.

When youread 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

These are some of the symbols you may find on your vehicle.

For example,

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CAUTION driven:

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your controls:

 

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This manual covers these models:

Passenger Van

Cab and Chassis

Cargo Van

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Section 1 Seats and RestraintSystems

Here you’ll find information about the seats in learn about some things you shouldnot do with air

your vehicle and how to use your safety beltsYouproperlycan also. bags and safety belts.

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Seats and Seat Controls

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Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children

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Safety Belts: They’re for Everyone

 

and Small Adults

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Here Are Questions Many People Ask About

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Center Passenger Position

 

Safety Belts -- and the Answers

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Children

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How to Wear Safety Belts Properly

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Child Restraints

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Driver Position

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Larger Children

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Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy

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Safety Belt Extender

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Right Front Passenger Position

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Checking Your Restraint Systems

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Air Bag System

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Replacing Restraint System Parts After

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Rear Seat Passengers

 

a Crash

Seats and Seat Controls

This part tells you about theseats -- now to adjust them, take them out and put them backin. It also tells you about reclining front seatbacks.

Manual Front Seats

The bucket seats canbe adjusted forward or rearward with the lever atthe front of the seat.

To adjust the seat, pull thelever up to release the seat bottom and slide the seat where you wantit. Then release the lever and try to move the seat with your

body, to make sure theseat is locked into place.

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You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicleis moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or makeyou push a pedal when you don’t want to. Adjust the driver’s seat only when the vehicleis not moving.

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Power Seat (Option)

If your vehicle hasa power seat on the driver’s or passenger’s side, you can adjust it with this switch at the front center cushion ofthe seat.

You can use these switches to move the seat to where you wantit. To raise the seat, move the center knobup. To lower the seat, move the center knob down. To move the seat forward, move the center knob toward the right. To move the seat rearward, move thecenter knob towardthe left.

You can raise and lower thefront and rear of the seat. To raise the front of the seat, move the rightlever up. To lower it, move the right lever down. To raise the rear of the seat, move the left lever up.To lower it, move the left lever down.

Reclining Seatbacks

To adjust the seatback, lift the front of this lever, which is located at the inner edge of the seat cushion.

Move the seatback with your body and release the lever to lock the seatback where you want it. Lean forward and pull up on thefront of the lever and the seatbackwill go to an upright position.

But don’t have a seatback reclinedif your vehicleis moving.

A CAUTION:

Sitting in a reclined positionwhen your vehicleis in motioncan be dangerous. Evenif you buckle up, your safety belts can’tdo their job when you’re reclined like this.

The shoulder belt can’tdo its job because it won’t be against yourbody. Instead, it will be in front of you. In a crash you couldgo into it, receiving neckor other injuries.

The lap belt can’t doits job either. In a crash the belt could goup over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, notat your pelvic bones. This could cause seriousinternal injuries.

For proper protectionwhen the vehicleis in motion, have the seatback upright. Then sit well

back in the seat and wear your safety belt properly

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Rear Seats

Getting Into the Rear Seats

To make it easier for passengers to get into the rear seats, use the fastenerstrips on the headlinerand safety belt latch. Thesewill keep the safety belts outof the way while people getinto the rear seats.

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Removing the RearSeat

2. Lift the carpet/mat flap at the inboard side of the seat base in the rear.

1.Disconnect the quick release latch plates for the lap shoulder belts on the bench seatto be removed. To do this, press the tipofa key into the release holeof the safety belt buckle while pullingup on the safety belt.

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3.Locate the red handle on the inboard side of the seat base and rotate it up.

4.Once the red handle is rotated up, pull the handle to remove the locking pin.

5 . Stow the locking pin on the rear of the seat base in the hole that is provided.

6.Repeat this procedure for the pin on the other seat base.

7.Pull the seat rearward about two inches ( 5 cm) and thenlift the seat from the floor rails.

8.Remove the seat from the vehicle.

9.Install the trim covers to the floor rails. These are supplied in a cardboard box at delivery.

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10.For the first rear seat, stow the safety belt latchby attaching the fastener strip on the safety belt latch to the trim just insidethe side door. Thereis also a fastener strip provided for stowing the safety belt latch for afour-passengerbench seat, if equipped.

For the remaining rear seats, stow the safety belt latch plate on the clip at the window trim.

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Replacing the Rear Seat

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/1\ CAUTION.

A seat that isn’t lockedinto place properly can move around in a collision or suddenstop. People in the vehicle could beinjured. Be sure to lock the seat into place properly when installing it.

A safety beltthat is twistedor not properly attached won’t providethe protection needed in a crash. The person wearing the belt could be seriously injured. After installing the seat, always check to be sure thatthe safety beltsare not twisted and are properlyattached.

1.Remove the trim covers from the floor rails and store for future use.

2.Position the seat into the open slots in both rails. Push the seat forward in the rail, hooking both seat bases onto the pins inside of the rails.

3.Both locking pins that locked the seat into place must be installed before operating the vehicle.

4.To install the locking pin at the rear of the seat base, pull the carpetlmat flap back on the inboard side to locate the hole in the rail for the pin.

5 . Remove the pin from its stowed position on the seat base while holding the carpetlmat flap back.

6.Insert the red handled locking pin into the seat base, lifting the seat slightlyto line up the pin with the base.

7.Rotate the red handle down until it is in the retaining clip.

8.Replace the carpet/matflap to its original position.

9.Repeat this procedurefor the other seat base.

10.Connect the quick release latch plates for thelap shoulder belts by inserting the latch plates into the buckles attached at the outboard positionsof the bench seat. Do not twist the belt.

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Safety Belt:~ --hey’refor Everyone

This part of the manual tells you how to usesafety belts properly. It also tells you some thingsyou should not do with safety belts.

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A CAUTION:

Don’t let anyoneride where heor she can’t wear a safety belt properlyIf. you are in a crash and you’re not wearinga safety belt,your injuries can be much worseYou. can hit things inside the vehicle or be ejectedfrom it. You can be seriously injured or killed. In the same crash, you might not beif you are buckled up. Alwaysfasten your safety belt,and check that your passengers’ belts are fastened properlytoo.

A CAUTION:

It is extremelydangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, people riding in theseareas are more likelyto be

seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to ride in anyarea of your vehicle that is not equipped withseats and safety belts.Be sure everyone inyour vehicle is ina seat and using a safety belt properly.

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Your vehicle has a light that comes on as a reminder to buckle up.(See “Safety Belt Reminder Light” in the Index.)

In most states and Canadian provinces, the law says to wear safety belts. Here’s why: They work.

You never know if you’ll be in acrash. If you do have a crash, you don’t know if it will be a badone.

A few crashes are mild, and some crashes can beso serious that even buckled up aperson wouldn’t survive. But mostcrashes are in between. In manyof them, people who buckleup can survive and sometimes walk away. Without belts they could have been badly hurt

or killed.

After more than 30 years of safety belts in vehicles, the facts are clear. In most crashes buckling up does matter... a lot!

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Why Safety Belts Work

When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as it goes.

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Put someone on it.

Fdke the simplest vehicle. Suppose it’s just a seat on wheels.

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Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider

The person keeps going until stoppedby something.

doesn't stop.

In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield...

 

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or the instrument panel ...

or the safety belts!

 

With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does.

 

You get more time to stop. You stop over more distance,

 

and your strongest bones take the forces. That’s why

 

safety belts make such good sense.

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Here Are QuestionsMany People Ask About Safety Belts-- and the Answers

Q: Won’t I be trapped in the vehicle after an accident if I’m wearing a safety belt?

A:You could be-- whether you’re wearing a safety belt or not. But youcan unbuckle a safety belt, even if you’re upside down. And yourchanceof being conscious during and after an accident, so youcan unbuckle and get out, ismuch greater if you are belted.

If my vehicle has air bags, why shouldI have to wear safety belts?

A:Air bags are in many vehicles today and will be in most of themin the future. But they are supplemental systems only; so they work with safety belts-- not instead of them.Every air bag system ever offered for salehas required theuse of safety belts. Evenif you’re in a vehicle that hasair bags, you still have to buckle upto get the most protection. That’s truenot only in frontal collisions,but especially in side and other collisions.

@’ IfI’m a gooddriver,and-1neverdrive far from home, why should I wear safety belts?

A: You may bean excellent driver, but if you’re in an accident-- even one that isn’t yourfault-- you and your passengers can be hurt. Being a gooddriver doesn’t protectyou from things beyond your control, such as bad drivers.

Most accidents occur within25 miles (40 km) of home. And thegreatest number of serious injuries and deathsoccur at speeds of less than 40 mph (65 km/h).

Safety belts are for everyone.

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