On vehicles equipped with a left side cargo door, water and road contaminants may become trapped in the protective conduit that covers the fuel filler pipe, which can cause the pipe to corrode. Significant corrosion may allow fuel to leak during refueling, and in the presence of an ignition source, this could cause a fire. Dealers will install a new fuel filler neck to correct this concern. The General Motors recall number is 12166.
2003 Chevrolet Express 3500 Recalls
On certain vans, the front and rear seat belts will not latch or unlatch. In a crash, the risk of injury is increased if the seat occupant is not properly restrained. Dealers will inspect the seat belt buckles, and will replace the buckle assembly if the buckle is found to be inoperative. If the buckle is found to function, only the upper buckle cover will be replaced. The recall began March 15, 2006. The GM recall number is 05113.
The hydro-boost housing relief valve bore may be out of specification. The seal may fracture as a result, which may reduce braking assist and slightly increase the steering effort while braking. Under certain conditions, more braking effort will be required to stop the vehicle. Dealers will replace the hydro-boost relief valve. The recall began June 18, 2004. The GM recall number is 04004.
The owner's manual does not explain the child restraint anchor location symbols for the lower universal anchorage system. This does not meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Owners were sent supplements to the owner's manual explaining the location symbols in the vehicle. The recall began August 18, 2003. The GM recall number is 03039.
The rear license plate light socket may corrode from water entry and melt. The rear license plate lamp may work intermittently and the left rear tail lamp may be inoperative. Passengers would notice an odor and smoke, and if ignored, the plastic could ignite into a fire. Dealers will install a new sealed rear license plate lamp socket assembly. The recall began July 21, 2003. The GM recall number is 03031.
For vans with a gross vehicle weight under 8500 pounds and in a crash sufficient enough to deploy the seat belt pretensioner, the front seat belt buckles may not release after a crash, or the seat belt latch may be ejected during the crash. This could result in increased risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the front seat belt buckles. The recall began June 3, 2003. The GM recall number is 03007.
On certain vans with a gross vehicle weight of 8500 or 8600 pounds, the pitman arm may not be tightened properly to the steering linkage. If separation occurs, loss of vehicle control would happen and a crash could occur. Dealers will tighten the pitman arm nut to specification, or replace it if it is missing. The recall began December 10, 2002. The GM recall number is 02063.
A right side tie rod end nut may not be tightened to specification, which could result in separation from the steering knuckle. If this occurs, unexpected vehicle steering may occur and could result in a crash. Dealers will tighten the tie rod end nut, and replace it if necessary. The recall began November 27, 2002. The GM recall number is 02058.
Some vans may be missing a wheel bearing assembly retaining nut, which could lead to bearing separation, and would illuminate the ABS Warning Lamp. The driver would notice a grinding noise, a decrease in vehicle speed, and the steering would pull in the direction of the affected wheel. This could lead to a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the wheel bearing assembly, and replace it if it is missing the retaining nut. The recall began November 13, 2002.