GMC SAVANA 2003 User Manual
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The 2003 GMC Savana Owner Manualm

Seats and Restraint Systems ...........................

I -I

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

1-2

RearSeats ...............................................

1-5

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

1-9

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

1-32

Air BagSystem .......................................

1-63

Restraint SystemCheck ............................

1-75

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

2-1

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

2-2

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

2-7

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

2-16

Theft-DeterrentSystems ............................

2-19

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

2-20

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

2-32

Onstar@ System ......................................

2-36

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

2-38

InstrumentPanel .............................................

3-1

Instrument Panel Overview ..........................

3-2

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

3-18

Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators .........

3-24

Audio System(s) .......................................

3-41

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

4-1

Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle

..... 4-2

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

4-29

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

5-1

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

5-3

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

5-5

Checking ThingsUnder the Hood .................

5-9

All-WheelDrive ........................................

5-49

Rear Axle ...............................................

5-50

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

5-51

Noise Control System ...............................

5-52

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

5-54

Windshield WiperBladeReplacement .........

5-59

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

5-60

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

5-86

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

5-96

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

5-97

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

5-103

Normal MaintenanceReplacement Parts .... 5-106

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

6-1

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

6-2

Customer AssistanceInformation ....................

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 SAVANA 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 changes after that time without further notice. For vehicles first sold in Canada, substitute the name “General Motors of Canada Limited” for GMC whenever it 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.

Litho in U.S.A.

Part No. X 2314 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 Use This Manual

Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. If

you 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 work together to explain things.

Index

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

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

@Copyright General Motors Corporation 07/15/02

ReservedAll Rights

Safety Warnings and Symbols

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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.

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ng thatcould hurt

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II youorotherpeople.

 

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.

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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.’’

Vehicle Damage Warnings

Also, in this book you will find these notices:

Notice: These mean there is something that could damage your vehicle.

A notice will 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 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.

icle 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:

0 Seatsand Restraint Systems in Section 1

0 Features and Controls in Section 2

0 Instrument Panel Overview in Section3

0 Climate Controls in Section3

9 Warning Lights, Gagesand Indicators in Section3 AudioSystem(s) in Section3

0 EngineCompartmentOverview in Section 5

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These are some examples of vehicle symbols you may findon your vehicle:

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INJURY

PROTECT

SHIELDING

CAUSTIC

BATTERY ACID COULD CAUSE

BURNS

AVO ID SPARKS OR

FLAMES

SPARK OR

FLAME

COULD

EXPLODE

BAnERY

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LATCH BOTH LAP AND

SHOULDER BELTS TO

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DONOTTWIST SAFETY

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FASTEN

 

 

SEAT

 

 

BELTS

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FULLY

MOVE SEAT

 

DO NOT INSTALL

 

 

A REAR-FACING

REARWARD+

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SECURE

 

IN THISSEATING

CHILD SEAT

 

POSITION

PULL BELT

 

DO NOT INSTALLA

 

 

COMPLETELY

 

FORWARD-FACING

 

CHILD RESTRAINT

THEN SECURE

 

 

IN THIS SEATING

CHILD SEAT

 

 

POSITION

 

 

POWER

 

DOOR LOCK

WINDOW a

UNLOCK

 

LIGHTING -

BATTERY ENGINE

CHARGING COOLANT LAMPSP=- SYSTEM (a)FAN

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Model Reference

This manual covers these models:

Cargo Van

Passenger Van

Cab and Chassis

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Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems

Front Seats

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

 

1.2

Manual Seats ................................................

 

1.2

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

 

1.3

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

1.3

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

 

 

1.5

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

1.5

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

 

 

1-9

Safet Belts: .................They Arefor Ever one

1-9

Ques!Ions......and Answers About8afety Belts

1-13

How to Wear .................Safety Belts Properly

1-14

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

 

1.14

SafetyBeltUse ..................During Pregnancy

1-22

Right Front .......................Passenger Position

1-23

CenterPassenger

Position

 

(2nd Row) ................................................

 

1-23

Center Passenger Position

 

(3rd,4th ...............................

and 5thRow)

1.24

RearSeat ..................................

Passengers

1.25

RearSafetyBelt Comfort Guides for Children

1.28

and Small .......................................Adults

Safety Belt ...............................

Pretensioners

1.31

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

1.31

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

 

1-32

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

 

1-32

Infants and ............................Young Children

1.34

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

1-41

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

Restraint

1-44

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

 

 

1.48

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

1.50

 

 

 

esigned...........................for the

1-51

LATCH System

 

1-53

 

 

Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside

 

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

 

 

1-53

Securing a Child Restraint in a Center Seat

1-56

Position (2nd Row) ....................................

Securing a Child Restraint in a Center Seat

 

Position (3rd,4th

and 5th Row) ...................

1-56

Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front

1-58

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

 

 

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

 

 

1-63

Where Are the Air

Bags? ...............................

1-66

When Should anAir

Bag Inflate? ....................

1-67

What Makes anAir

Bag Inflate? .....................

1-68

How Does an Air Ba

Restrain? .....................

1-69

What Will You See A9ter an Air BagInflates? ...1-69

Air Bag

Off Switch

Ba........................................-Equi ped Vehicle

1-70

Servicin

YourAir

1-73

Adding !i

quipment to

4our. xlrBag-Equipped

 

Vehicle ....................................................

 

 

1-74

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

1-75

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

1-75

Replacing Restraint System Parts After a

 

Crash

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

 

 

1-76

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Front Seats

Manual Seats

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

The bucket seats can be adjusted forward or rearward with the lever located at the front of the seat.

To adjust the seat, pull the lever up to release the seal bottom. Slide the seat to where you want it and then release the lever. Try to move the seat with your body, to make sure the seat is locked into place.

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Power Seat

Reclining Seatbacks

If your vehicle has a power seat on the driver’s or passenger’s side, you can adjust it with these controls located at the front center of the seat cushion.

To raise or lower the seat, move the center knob up or down. To move the seat forward or rearward, move the center knob toward the right or left.

To raise or lower the front of the seat cushion, move the right lever up or down. To raise or lower the rear of

the seat cushion, move the left lever up or down.

To adjust the seatback, lift the front of the lever, which is located on the inboard side 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 the front of the lever and the seatback will go to an upright position.

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But don’t have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving.

Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even if you buckle up, your safety belts can’tdo their job when you’re reclined like this.

The shoulder belt can’t do its job because it won’t be against your body. Instead, it will be in front of you. In a crash you could go intoit, receiving neck or other injuries.

The lap belt can’t do its job either. In a crash the belt could go up over your abdomen.The belt forces would bethere, not at your pelvic bones. This could cause serious internal injuries.

For proper protection when the vehicle is in motion, have the seatback upright. Then sit well back in theseat and wear your safety belt properly.

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