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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your GMC Savana 3500

GMC Savana 3500 Models:

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GMC Savana 3500 Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Various electrical components under the front carpet/rubber mat may become damaged if excess water is used to clean the rear cargo area.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The tail light wiring harness in the cargo area is not protected very well. As a result it may become damaged due to normal wear a tear. This damage can causing some or all of the rear lights to stop working.

Engine -- Verified

The intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Running the engine with a coolant/oil mix may result in engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct this issue.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

It is common for the fuel level sensor in the fuel tank read the fuel level incorrectly. The sensor must be replaced to correct the condition. Our technicians recommend having the complete fuel pump module replaced on high mileage vehicles.

Engine -- Verified

The fuel pump may fail causing the engine to stall and not restart.

GMC Savana 3500 Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, July 30, 2008

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The transmission management software could be faulty and may cause the transmission to shift erratically or the engine to stall at highway speeds. This could result in transmission damage and vehicle breakdown. Dealers will reprogram the transmission control module and engine control module. The GM recall number is N080218. This recall began on July 30, 2008.

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Engine, April 12, 2010

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A short circuit may develop in the voltage regulator, internal to the alternator. This could cause the alternator to overheat to the point of causing a fire. Dealers will inspect and replace the affected alternators as necessary. This recall is scheduled to begin by April 12, 2010. The General Motors recall number is 10216.

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Engine, March 26, 2001


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Engine, July 30, 2008

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The frame rail of the vehicle may be wider than intended. If this is the case, the fuel tank may rub on the frame rail and eventually may leak. Leaking fuel presents a fire hazard. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and modify the frame rail if required. The GM recall number is 080205. This recall began on July 30, 2008.

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Heating & Air Conditioning, March 12, 2010

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The heating and AC control knobs may fracture and spin on the control shafts. The driver may not be able to control the heating and ventilation for the vehicle. If this happens when the defrost system is needed, visibility could be reduced, which could lead to a crash. Dealers will replace all of the heating and AC control knobs free of charge. The recall began March 11, 2010. The GM recall number is 10012.

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GMC Savana 3500 Questions and Answers

Barb and Tom, 1998 GMC Savana 3500, 5.7L V8, Plainwell, MI

serpentine belt broke so I replaced it and the altenator had to be replaced also, now the speedometer either reads zero is is erratic and engine acts like it wants to die at around 25-30mph even th...

Visitor, 1998 GMC Savana 3500, 5.7L V8, Hamburg, NJ

engine cranks but does not start,i have no spark at the coil

robert23, 1998 GMC Savana 3500, 5.7L V8, Lafayette, LA

Fuel pump died after tank ran low and put in gas installed an inline fuel pump and new fuel filter keeps stalling out and dieing on me . I dont know anything about auto repair have been told that i...

tcagle4, 1998 GMC Savana 3500, 5.7L V8, Rossville, GA

Just had timing chain and gear-water pump-fuel pump filters-oil changed-and all work that involves with this fix.Befor all this work the vechicle quit like it ran out of gas and would not start.

wilder, 1998 GMC Savana 3500, Long Key, FL

shifts good when it shift to the last gear it pulles back

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GMC Savana 3500 Reviews

Paint comes off the body in big flakes very bad paint work. I have seen many of the same issues

White paint is peeling down to the primer in large flakes on the hood, top, and right hand passenger door.