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Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Interior and Dashboard

Ok, i feel like an idiot and I know I'm not. I recently bought my truck which has the standard solid bench seat. I have no owner's manual. For the life of me, I can not figure out how to get the back of the seat to fold forward/down. I have looked everywhere for a release. It seems aparent that it should fold because it will move back and forth a little bit until it hits a stop. Can anyone help me? Thank you.
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  • I got a 93 ck 1500 a while back and have the same problem, I still haven't figured out how it works. Every now and then it does fold forward but I have no ideal what I do different when it does. Sorry I can't tell ya something.
  • I have never gotten my to fold. I did speak on the phone recently with the service department of a local Chevy dealer. I was told there are 2 types of bench seats for that year. One of them has a small release lever on the drivers side rear of the seat which often gets covered by the upholstery. There is another seat that is supposed to have a safety mechanism to keep the seat from coming forward in a crash, but should rock back and forth and release. I can not get mine to work nor find a release lever. He told me if I couldn't get it to work to come by and he'd show me. I may do that today. If I find anything out I'll let you know. Thank your for responding.
  • I did finally make it by one of the dealerships here. No one seemed to know anything about it. Basically, I was told in so many words that it's too old. No one ever brings those to the dealership so they just really didn't know. Way to go Chevrolet. Glad the rest of my vehicles are Lincolns.
  • efultzefultz Posts: 4
    I have a 2003 Silverado whose speedometer is not working right. Is there a way to repair this or do I have to replace the entire instrument cluster? Is this something I can do or do I have to send it out (or have the mechanic do it)?

    I have seen people indicate the dealer quotes $500 but I am assuming that is to replace the entire instrument cluster.

    Could there be a recall for this?
  • sqhd8sqhd8 Posts: 3
    I bought this '99 Sierra SLE 4wd auto ext cab new. 83k miles. Intermitently my fuel gauge goes from full to empty, regardless of fuel load. My shift selector only shows up if I push the odometer reset button? What the ???
  • I have a 99 Sierra SLE 2wd auto ext cab 5.3L. At around about 120,000mi my gas guage started doing the same thing. I now am at 137,000 and it still does the same thing. I,m not sure what is causing it. Thankfully that is the only problem I have had.
  • sqhd8sqhd8 Posts: 3
    I took my truck in for service at the local GMC dealer, always a scary proposition, the word on the fuel gauge is it is the sensor in the tank. $500 - $600 to fix...great.
  • Anyone else had this problem? I can be driving down the road and the whoel panel will go blank. It also feels like the truck shifts down out of over drive. After a few seconds it comes back on. I have taken my battery cable off at the battery and noticed some corrosion on it so I cleaned it. Drove it and didn't have the problem today. Just curious if anyone else had this problem
  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    Sounds like you found and corrected the problem. Modern vehicles must have clean tight electrical connections everywhere, both +positive and -ground, or all sorts of screwy things happen. Even a weak, not dead, just a weak battery can cause problems.
  • atarbyatarby Posts: 2
    Just recently bought a used 05' Sierra. Great truck so far but one thing I need to do is replace is the passenger mirror. It has a crack in but the turn signal still functions and the motor still works for position. Obvisously the mirror is one with the turn signal built into it and I am looking for anyone to walk me through the process of replacing it?? Dealer quoted me $217 for just the mirror part, I am assuming I do not need to replace the whole mirror unit but just the glass?

    Anybody relplaced the mirror before? Anybody know where I can get one cheaper?
  • I just had some of the gauges go out on my truck. The speedo, Batt, Tach, Fuel, Oil Press. It got down to -10 below, and when I started diving these gauges had stopped working. Everything else seems to be working fine ( NO CODES showed up) Can someone shed some light on this issue. I think it might be a relay, or something like that. Thanks
  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    Man, where are you located that it has gotten to -10 already?

    Anyway, after your vehicle warmed up and the interior warmed up did the instruments etc start working again?
  • Yes it did, but it was sure strange, and Yes I am at the North Pole AK. It was -20 today and getting colder.
  • I just purchased a 2000 Silverado and had problems with air flow direction. I removed the lower dash panels and found that some previous owner had devastated the plastic heater housing. This makes me think he had problems with the air flow also or other heater problems. I replaced the heater control panel and can see that 1 of the gates moves. One further back is hanging by only one end. Question is how hard is it to replace the whole plastic heater housing? Does the heater and all have to be removed to replace it? Any directions greatly appreciated ASAP as cooler weather is on it's way. There is no air movement to the side vents or the defroster causing me to replace the plastic housing
  • My 2003 3500 Dmax did the same thing last week. I took it into our hobby shop to work a separate hard starting issue and once the truck warmed up the gauges worked fine, haven't had that problem since,but the truck still doesn't want to start when it is colder than 0. I'm at Eielson and yep the great weather here is upon us.

    Anyone have any thoughts?
  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    Electronics aren't designed to work in extreme climates. Extreme heat or cold will cause circuit boards or even plug-in connectors to expand or contract thereby losing continuity, usually grounding but not necessarily.

    You could pull the dash and go over all the connections and plug-in components but that would probably be an exercise in futility. Best solution would be to put a small electric heater in the cab to keep a reasonable temp in the cab overnight. Then again, unless you are using a engine heater you may well have a problem with the sensors etc under the hood not working until warmed up.
  • My 2004 Sierra is doing the exact same thing. The speedometer intermittently display the wrong speed.

    Have you heard any more about this problem since you first posted?
  • I just can't seem to figure this one out. I have a 98 chevy. On occassion - When I turn on the headlights, the instrument panel lights go out and both blinkers light up. In addition, the high beam light comes on even though the lights are on low beam. After a few minutes of driving, the instrument panel lights come on like normal to include the blinker lights and high beam light. I am also wondering if whatever problem this is is causing battery drain. Help!
  • Mine is acting up also, 99 silverado. There is a gate above the gas petal that was hanging up. I was able to move this gate but was unable to get it to work. Will probably have to replace the actuator motor. Hard to work on and is in a tight spot. Let me know if you find the fix.
  • I finally found a guy that had bought some trucks in New Orleans that had been in the flood during the hurricane. He was replacing everything in the cab. Bought the whole heater/air conditioner assembly for 50 bucks. Then decided to let someone else do the work. Cost me 447.47 more but I had a new heater core installed. Books says it was 6.7 hours work. I also had them use the actuators that hadn't been in the flood off of the old unit. Works fine now and the cold weather is here.
  • Did you ever figure out how to replace it? I tried prying the back of the mirror housing out, but was afraid to push too hard. Also tried to pry the gasket off, but was afraid to break it. I already scratched it trying.
  • Yes there is a problem with the gauge clusters on GM cars and trucks from about 1995 and up. As far as I could tell there is no recall. I would add that the problem is not only with GM but most other cars that have electronic dashes. The fix is to have your gauge cluster rebuilt. I have a 2003 Chevy Silverado. My gas gauge just went out. Every time I turned on the key the gauge would go about a ¼ of an inch farther clockwise. My shop checked it out with their plug in computer to check codes and do diagnostic check on the truck. During the check the plug in computer cycles the gauges, my gas gauge would not cycle. But the computer said that my gas tank was 45% full of fuel. That told us that the gas gauge was bad. According to the blogs on the Internet the two most common gauges to fail are the speedometer and the gas gauge.

    Now we come to the bad news. Through the Chevy dealer here in Tucson it’s about $550.00 to send the gauge cluster off a get it rebuilt. Plus about $100.00 to pull it out and reinstall it. The price was the same at the repair shop that I use. Again according to the blogs on the Internet that’s the common price everywhere.

    Now for the not great news, but almost good news. As I searched the Internet for information after about 8 hours I found Tom Jeroski at Mr. Whizard Technical Services (yes I know he has an h in wizard it must be the way they spell it in Canada) www.mrwhizard.com/ Toll Free 1 888 803 8523. Tom does flat rate repairs for most electronic gauge clusters. I sent my gauge cluster Mr. Whizard with his supplied prepaid UPS label, which is covered in this flat rate price. Yes that’s right shipping is covered both ways for UPS ground. The only small problem is that it takes two weeks for the round trip. But again the good news is that the truck will run and drive with out the gauge cluster.

    On the Mr. Whizard website you will find instructions on how to remove your gauge cluster. I was able to unsnap the dash trim (one piece) and pull my gauge cluster out (the cluster is held in with four 7 mm screws) and put back the dash part in under15 minutes. It was a snap to say the least. lol

    The flat rate for my 2003 Chevy Silverado truck was $169.00 US. Tom lives in Canada so you will see an exchange rate thing on your credit card but it still comes down to $169.00 US. By the way Tom did both my gas gauge motor and my speedometer motor for the one flat rate charge. Tom said he likes to replaces the GM speedometer motor because they fail so often.

    I put the gauge cluster in today and it works great. Saved $381.00 to 481.00 depending on whether you do the work yourself or not. Now I can go get that GPS unit I wanted.
  • ahoronahoron Posts: 30
    Try an autoparts store they should be able to order the mirror. If you have to replace the whole assembly the mirror is held on with 3 bolts to access them you have to remove a small triangular piece of trim on the inside of the door, then remove the foam,disconnect the wiring harness,and unbolt the mirror.
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    Check out this link for EASY mirror removal w/pics for
    mirror glass replacement:
    http://www.fullsizechevy.com/forums/showthread.php?t=175712

    Not sure on the cost of the replacement heated/signal
    mirror glass. The heated only glass is around $30 with
    discount at dealer or try GM parts direct.com......

    The crack is a common problem and dealer should fix
    if under warranty................
  • My speedometer quit working. The dealer said they had to replace the whole cluster for only 450.00 but that was for them to install it. I ended up getting a reconditioned one for 250.00 and installed it myself. That was back in June.Now the new one just broke and its only warrented for 1200 miles. So now I have to get another one.I think it would be cheaper to go to school to fix the #!/@% things. The dealer said the place they order from are GM certified Itold him not to brag about that.
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