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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your GMC Savana 1500

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GMC Savana 1500 Problems

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.

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

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

A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. This can result in an engine overheating condition. A leaking water pump will require replacement.

Engine -- Verified

One or more fuel injectors may become stuck closed causing an engine misfire  and the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Our technicians tell us that this problem can be caused by some fuel additives. There are special procedures which may be able to restore the affected injector. If this fails the affected injector must be replaced.

GMC Savana 1500 Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, May 5, 2011

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The right rear brake hose may contact the tire or wheel rim, which can cause a hole to be worn into the brake hose. This may result in fluid loss, which would reduce the effectiveness of the rear brakes and increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will secure the right rear brake hose to ensure sufficient clearance. This recall is expected to begin by May 13, 2011. The General Motors recall number is 11126.

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Drive Train, July 22, 2008

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The transfer case drive chain may fail and cause the AWD system to fail. Chain failure will also prevent the vehicle from being secure in "Park." Dealers will inspect the transfer case and replace it if necessary. The GM recall number is N080244. This recall began on August 15, 2008.

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Engine, March 26, 2001

Summary: PASSENGER VANS. THESE VANS EXPERIENCE FUEL ODORS OR LEAKAGE.

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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 1500 Questions and Answers

Visitor, 1996 GMC Savana 1500, 5.0L V8, Moreno Valley, CA

When going up grade the engine will start sputtering and I will lose power. The Check Engine Soon light goes on. I usually pull over and turn the engine off for 15 - 20 minutes and will sometimes r...

1895, 1996 GMC Savana 1500, Chicopee, MA

NEED TO REPLACE REAR HEATER CORE. IS THIS FAIRLY EASY?
DO I NEED A MECHANIC TO DO THIS? WHAT WOULD THE COST BE?

Visitor, 1996 GMC Savana 1500, Essexville, MI

do you access the heater core from the inside or outside of the van?

Wittlechic, 1996 GMC Savana 1500, West Bloomfield, MI

replaced all new brake lines and master but still have no peddle, what else can i do HELP

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GMC Savana 1500 Reviews

My AC is working but does not blow out of the dash vents-just the floor and defrost vents. I suspect a vacumn hose problem. Does anyone have advice? vpsonofvp@yahoo.com

Bought this van new. very few complaints. used the cigarette lighter and had a major short in the wiring harness. only 77k miles. gm does not stock replacement harnesses. I found a repair shop online that fixes these harnesses and when I asked about repair they said "cigarette lighter? we've been seeing a lot of those". gm denies knowledge of this problem. anyone else have this trouble? jayshatswell@comcast.net

My 2002 GMC SAVANA 1500 HAS BEEN LEAKING WATER COOLIANT FOR THE PASS YEAR. IT WAS LEAKING A LITTLE BIT THAT I HAD TO ADD SOME EVERY FOUR MONTHS, MAYBE A PINT. SIX MONTHS LATER A LITTLE MORE AND MORE OFTEN. NOW I HAVE TO ADD EVERY WEEK AT LEAST A QUART EVERY FIVE DAYS. I CRAWLED UNDER THE VAN AND CAN NOT SEE WHERE IT'S LEAKING. I CAN GO AND CHECK WHERE I PARK THE VAN AND NO WATER SPOTS. I WAS TOLD THAT IT COULD BE MY HEADS. BUT MY VAN IS NOT MISSING. THE PLUGS ARE NOT GETTING WET AND THERE'S NO WATER IN MY MOTOR OIL. I CHECK THE EXAUST AND IT DOES NOT SMOKE WHITE SMOKE ONLY IN THE FIRST MORNING THE FIRST TIME I START IT UP AND THEN IT GOES AWAY. YOU CAN SMELL WATER THAT IS SPILLING ON SOME THING HOT. I'VE CHANGE THE WATER PUMP, TOP RADIATOR HOSE, AND A HOSE CLAMP THAT LOOK LIKE IT WAS NO GOOD. HEATER CORE NOT LEAKING OR FLOOR BOARD WOULD BE WET. PLEASE HELP.

i have had my trans re-built, but i still experience drive train problems. there is a clucking in the drive train when i come to a complete stop and when i start the vehicle it lunges forward.

Got this van with 25,000 miles. Now have 278,000. During this time had to replace trans, and fuel pump twice. Still rides great.