2001 GMC Savana 1500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2001 GMC Savana 1500

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2001 GMC Savana 1500 Problems

Instrument Panel Lights Flickering and Exterior Lights Intermittent

The headlight switch used on the GMC Savana 1500 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. 

The Fuel Pump May Fail Causing the Engine to Stall or Crank Over But Not Start

The fuel pump may fail causing the engine to stall and not restart. Our technicians recommend replacing the fuel filter every 30,000 miles to help prevent undue strain on the fuel pump.

Noise and/or Dead Battery Due to failed Alternator

The alternator may fail causing the battery to go dead. The charge light on the dash may or may not illuminate. The alternator may also develop an abnormal noise. A failed alternator will require replacement.

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2001 GMC Savana 1500 Questions

My Daytime Running Lights are Flashing On & Off repeatedly & Rapidly, Help !!! (1 answer)

But When I Manually Turn On the Headlights...The DRL's Stay On With Headlights? Anyone Know why? Thanks for your answer.

My Daytime Driving Headlights (both) are Flashing off & on Repeatedly, Rapidly. (2 answers)

This always happens while running. whether parked & running or while driving. BUT, If I turn my headlight switch ON-Manually...The Headlights (both), stop flashing and stay on. "What can be wrong?" Are the headlight wire harness' Blown? (Says Manual) or what? How Much should...

My van engine light iluminates and skipps. I had the spark plugs,plug wires, (2 answers)

distributor cap,rotor button, fuel filter and spider injector changed and it still skips. Had a computer hooked up to it and the first time it showed # 1 injector and that led me to change the spider injector,which did not do any good. Hooked it up to a computer again and said # 5 injector proble...

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2001 GMC Savana 1500 Recalls

Handicap Conversion Vehicles: Wheel Chairs Not Secure In Retractors

The retractor that secures a wheel chair in a handicapped conversion vehicle may be ineffective. Dealers will inspect and replace the wheel chair securement retractors as necessary to resolve the concern.

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