2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD
$
384
to $
1,535
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD
$
229
to $
611
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD
$
289
to $
811
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD
$
171
to $
410
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD
$
133
to $
417

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD Problems

Instrument Panel Lights Flickering and Exterior Lights Intermittent

The headlight switch used on the Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD and 2500HD is known to fail through normal operation. Since the headlight switch is also integrated into the interior lights, a malfunctioning switch can cause issues with interior lights as well.

  • Symptoms of a failed headlight switch include:
  • Headlights and taillights failing to turn on or off
  • Interior lights flicker, or fail to turn on or off
  • Gauge cluster lighting off or flickering with headlights on
  • Parking light malfunctions  

This issue is well known with General Motors Trucks and SUVs, and is solved by testing and, if needed, replacing the headlight/dimmer switch. Bad grounding wires at the tail-lights, and dirty/corroded tow package wires can also lead to some of these issues. 

Service 4WD Message May be Displayed

The 4WD transfer case encoder motor position sensor or the selector switch may fail causing the service 4WD message to be displayed. Fault code(s) stored in the transfer case control module will be of assistance in determining the exact fault causing the message to be displayed.

Service Stability Message Due to Failed Steering Wheel Position Sensor

The steering wheel position sensor may fail, resulting in the service stability message being displayed.

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD Questions

Passenger side windows do not work. (1 answer)

Motors work when jumped. Replacement switches do not fix the problem.

is the instrament panel on a regular fuse or fuse block (1 answer)

i arched the battery cable & now the instrament panel quit working but i cant find any blown fuses but my gauges no longer work

the kock sensor comes up low voltage and the engine keeps stalling (1 answer)

i replaced the sensor and it still does the same thing

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD Recalls

Recall 05V161000
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS AND BUILT WITH EITHER PBR PARKING BRAKE SYSTEMS OR TRW PARKING BRAKE SYSTEMS, THE PARKING BRAKE FRICTION LININGS MAY WEAR TO AN EXTENT WHERE THE PARKING BRAKE CAN BECOME INEFFECTIVE IN IMMOBILIZING A PARKED VEHICLE.
Rear Seat Belt for Smaller Passengers May Not Fit Correctly

The second row center seat belt routing may make it difficult to position correctly on smaller passengers. If the seat belt rides up to fit around the abdomen, the risk of internal injury is increased in a crash. Dealers will cut the guide loop, remove a portion of the loop, and the remaining sides should be folded over and secured with a retainer. The recall began July 21, 2005. The GM recall number is 05037.

Recall 04V129000
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE GALVANIZED STEEL TAILGATE SUPPORT CABLES THAT RETAIN THE TAILGATE IN THE FULL OPEN (HORIZONTAL) POSITION MAY CORRODE, WEAKEN, AND EVENTUALLY FRACTURE. IF BOTH CABLES FRACTURED, THE TAILGATE WOULD SUDDENLY DROP AND STRIKE THE TOP SURFACE OF...

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