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  • eman5eman5 Posts: 110
    overhead console housing for the rear AC controls, Homelink, map lights, etc. Anyone had this? My wife's brand-new '03 Tahoe LT was parked outside in a steady rain for about an hour. Must be a leak somewhere, or a plugged moonroof drain, or ______? Anyone know of a TSB for this, or had this fixed, so we can tell the service advisor where to check first?
  • Our 2000 Tahoe(no longer) had a small leak in the sunroof, however I've heard many complaints (1995-1999 body style) having leaking problems with rear air controls. Maybe the same problem. Sounds to me like it will not be an easy fix, the dealer may even know what the problem is and how to fix it.
  • famepotfamepot Posts: 2
    My 2003 Tahoo has about 9000 miles on it. At about 500 miles, I started to experience vibration in the accelerator pedal (very high pitch, causing a tingling in my foot). Dealer and GM said it was the new frame design. Then it was the exhaust system, and suggested adding weights to stabilize it. Then it was something called "pulse fire modulation" (whatever that is). Bottom line, is that they said it was normal and wouldn't fix it. So after a little investigation and about 7500 miles of driving, I discovered that the spring clip that clamps onto the arm at the pedal moves back and forth. I used the rule "If it doesn't move and its suppose to - WD40, if it moves and its not suppose to - duct tape." Since my problem was the latter, I used the duct tape. Guess what. Vibration is gone.

    Its kind of sad that the interface between the driver and the assembly that makes the vehicle move, is tensioned by a piece of wire with a hook on it. For 40k, you would think they could come up with a better solution.
  • yes famepot i would agree and sometimes i think the same about our Tahoe.
  • ianshawianshaw Posts: 119
    I took my 02 LT Tahoe in to see if my alignment was out. I have noticed that it seems to pull to the left (or more accurately, the steering wheel doesn't seem to be aligned perfectly - if it is straight, the truck wants to go left).

    Dealership said alignment was within specs. At my request, they re-checked and still found it within specs. However, service manager admitted that both front tires are becoming "scalloped" on the outside of both tires. This problem has surfaced within the last 5k-6k miles. In fact, it seems to have started at the point when I had new 03 Silverado wheels put on my Tahoe. They rotated the tires at the time they swapped out the rims. Ever since that time, I have noticed the problem.

    The tires are the standard 265/70 R16s. I do run the tires at the top tire pressure. However, I would think that would cause the middle of the tire to get wear (not the edges).

    Any suggestions? I think I remember people having tire wear problems with the older-model Tahoes - but is this a common problem with the new models? The dealership also mentioned that I could be getting a "radial pull." What does that mean? Will penicillin clear it up?
  • My 2000 Tahoe came with the same tires stock, not exactly the bet tires (putting it nicely) as far as im concerned, at 12,000 miles i had to replace the tires. Also Yes we had a 1996 Tahoe and that body style 1995-1999 had terrible steering, very lose and you were always moving the wheel, however i think Chevy REALLY improved in the new body style.
  • 03tahoe03tahoe Posts: 83
    On another site saw that the 2002 Service Manual tells service personnel to use this VDH to locate those nasty INTERMITTENT troubles. He said the GSA price is only $418.86. Any dealer worth spit should own at least a couple of these.
    One wonders why this item isn`t used more, in place of telling the customer "We can`t do anything since no trouble codes are set."
    Have read that several owners that had their engine shut down, while doing 75 mph on major highways, were simply advised that "We can do nothing since no trouble codes are set and the truck is working as designed right now."
  • duckobxduckobx Posts: 2
    I also have a new 2003 Tahoe, with only 1800 miles on it, that leaks water around the driver side sunvisor during a heavy rain. The vehicle is going into the Chevy dealership this Friday, for an appointment with a leak specialist. Not a small drip, but a steady stream of water that will last for a minute or so.
  • Wow a steady stream, mine is just a few drops in a very heavy rain or when i occasionally use the car wash. I expect a few drops, it's not going to be completely water tight but sounds like you have a real problem.
  • fkozilfkozil Posts: 65
    Radial pull is when the steel or radial belts inside the tire move or re-adjust causing a pulling condition. If the alignment specs are set properly and the new wheels from the silverado meet the specs for the truck, you may have a radial pull condition. The best way to tell is rotate the front tires to the rear. If the condition clears up, you probably have uneven radial belts causing the problem.
  • stakeoutstakeout Posts: 173
    we have two '01 Suburbans.. both developed tire wear.. cupping on the INSIDE of the front tires..

    my wife's 4wd LT is as bad as it can get.. chevy has aligned it at my expense two times.. nothing out of whack... truck has 33K miles on it... terrible.. noisy from uneven wear..

    I have a Z71 Subn.. changed over to 4 new tires last year.. same condition..now about same mileage..uneven wear -cupping front tires..

    looks like the 4wd Suburbans are problems...I'm sure Tahoe's also.. Chevy won't do anything thru the dealer... I am about to write a letter to Chevy to try to get to arbitration with it..also make a complaint to NHTSA.. no service bulletins on it ..YET..

    both trucks have had the tires rotated within prescribed Chevy mileage...

    in all my years of owning 4wd trucks never had anything like this before..

    I've even checked out Suburbans in parking lots.. a number of them have same-same uneven wear..

    if anyone knows of any service/Tech bulletins on this please let us know..

    thanx
  • 03tahoe03tahoe Posts: 83
    Has anyone installed this switch in a 2003 LS Tahoe? What are the part numbers and price? Is a mating wiring harness in place?
  • 1. I searched the board and could not find an answer on if you can play MP3 cd's?
    2. Has anyone put 20" wheels on their SUV? Anyone have the dealer do it as part of the deal? Any suggestions on tire(s) and sizes? thanks
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    Don't bother with your dealer. Go to a shop that you trust that specializes in alignment type work. You don't have to pay much more, and they are much more likely to work with you when you have recurring problems.
  • mfullmermfullmer Posts: 819
    I assume you're referencing CDs that you make at home from MP3 files on your computer.

    As long as you make an audio CD from the MP3 files, it should work in any CD player. However, if you just copy the MP3 files to a data cd, it won't work on any CD player (stand-alone).
  • so the cd's in GMs are not MP3 compatible? i'm not sure what your last sentence meant but many cd players can now play mp3 media as well as burned CD audio on CD-R media, not CD-RW.
  • em2023em2023 Posts: 1
    Hi everyone, this is my 1st time here and I would like to say that this forum has plenty of helpful fellow Chevy/GMC owners that share their positive and negative experience with others, which are all very helpful information.

    Thinking about purchasing a Tahoe/Yukon, but I have a question maybe you all may have read, heard, seen before or even came across before.

    1) THE SITUATION :
    When a passenger (a child or an adult with small stature) proceeds to the 3rd row seat; that passenger will have to lower the 2nd row’s “back rest” forward & flat down so that he/she can go to the 3rd row.

    2) THE PROBLEM :
    When placing the 2nd row’s “back rest” flat down, the 2nd row’s “back rest” is susceptible to get stepped on by the passenger(s) when going to the 3rd row.

    3) THE QUESTION :
    How can one prevent any further damage and keep that “back part” of the 2nd row’s “back rest” damaged free, wear free, clean, etc….

    Thanking you all in advance for the reply,
    Future Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon buyer
  • ezraponezrapon Posts: 348
    get the 2nd row buckets... they are much more comfortable (they recline) and eliminate the pass through problem.
  • 03tahoe03tahoe Posts: 83
    Just remember a very important safety fact - seat belts do very little good if you use them while reclined. Some safety groups claim they might ever cause more damage to the human body if used in a reclined position.
    Cars in motion were not designed to be beds.
  • ezraponezrapon Posts: 348
    They don't recline that much. Probably about 10/15 degrees more than the standard upright position, not enough to defeat the seat belts. I'd still rely on the belts either way, if nothing else they would keep you from being ejected from the car or eating a windshield. Fold down beds in the back of conversion vans do appear to be death traps while in motion. If safety is a concern with GM, I wonder where my side impact bags are on my 03 Yukon.
  • 03tahoe03tahoe Posts: 83
    At least on the 03 Tahoes they made it an option - I ordered them
    on my 03 LS Tahoe. The safety of my main lady is too important to
    me to do without side air bags. Several other items were changed
    from standard to option also. Maybe so GM sales types could falsely claim that they held to 02 pricing.
    Since the safety aspect of reclining seats and seat belt use is clearly defined in the owners manual non-concurance may be a
    problem with insurance/injury claims. But to each his own.
  • ezraponezrapon Posts: 348
    Recline is probably too good of a word for the 2nd row seats... I believe they are referred to as adjustable. My other 3 GM cars recline to almost a horizontal position; as such, they would qualify as a safety issue, the Yukon's seat back merely take you out of a severe upright position to a more comfortable position. I could've had a Denali for thousands less, but passed on it due to the uncomfortable bench seat... and the little ladt thought the chrome grill looked cheaper than the SLT. I went the extra bucks for the GMC because the Chevy grill looked cheap and plain...go figure, it's only a front end treatment.
  • I was talking to someone about improving the tow performance of my GMC 5.3L vehicle. He indicated I could use the Diablo Predator Flash Tuner to increase horsepower by by up to 40HP. The device adjusts timing and fuel mixture.

    Does anyone have any experience with the product and it's results.

    thanks,
    rich
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,576
    "Up to" means that you can be guaranteed to get "up to" zero ponies out of it too.

    I have no clue about this gizmo, but it's interesting that these things are always calld something like the all new amazing "Hypertech Venom Tornado Wisdom Jet Wallet Lightner."

    Steve, Host

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • Here's a web pointer giving more information.

    http://www.stylincompacts.com/parts.cfm/partfamilyid/1225/Categor- yID/28/SubCategoryID/220

    Regarding Steve's comment on "up to" I agree with your comment - it might up zero additional performance - that's whay I am asking.

    thanks,
    rich
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,233
    You might get 40hp with exhaust work, intake work, and the tuner. 40hp is only about a 15% increase on these motors. Chip work on naturally aspirated gasoline motors seems like a waste of $$ to me. The exhaust and intake will make up the bulk of the power increases and are quite simple. Won't mess up other things either.

    I'm used to chipping diesel engines where an entry-level chip by itself is good for about 25% improvement, and it's a true seat of the pants improvement. After the first couple gas engines I monkeyed with I decided the KISS method works best unless you're willing to really spend the money on turbos/supercharger and such.
  • twodalstwodals Posts: 9
    I have the same leak when it rains hard but mine is behind the passeneger's sunvisor. When you get yours fixed can you post the cause? I think it's related to the 2 small rooftop antennas, but would like to know what the leak specialist tells you. Many thanks.
  • duckobxduckobx Posts: 2
    I picked up my 2003 Tahoe last Friday, after the "Leak Specialist" did their professional work. They were not sure where the leak originated from, so they went and caulked the entire area around the inside of the sunroof (any and all openings) with what looks like a clear, waterproof sealant. Looks like a job I might of done after the car was out of warranty; definitely not a factory fix. Needless to say, I am not a happy camper at this moment.I will be giving Chevrolet customer service a call today, and ask them if their regional people will take a look at the work that was done on my $45000 (retail), seven week old, 2000 mile Tahoe.
  • fkozilfkozil Posts: 65
    Have an '03 Tahoe with the rear liftgate and 3rd row seats. It is much easier to have the children enter through the rear of the vehicle rather than climbing over the 2nd row seat. Just an opinion from someone with children and a large dog, the 2nd row as a bench seat offers more options than the captains chairs. I agree that it is much easier to acces the rear area with captains chairs however, the bench seat offers more seating with a car/booster seat and also offers someone the ability to lay down etc. Again, its just a different perspective of the situation.
  • gator36gator36 Posts: 294
    This tuner works the same as the other plug and play engine tuners. This one in particular has only one option for fuel grade. You must run 91 octaine or greater with this one or detonation will result. On the other side. This tuner allows you to scroll through some of the datastream that the computer sees. You can also adjust some parameters to your liking (although it is strongly reccomended that you really know your stuff before dabbling in this arena.)
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