2001 GMC Sierra Owner's Manual

2001 GMC Sierra owners manual
Year:
2001
Make:
GMC
Model:
Sierra
Rating:
(7)

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Size:
3.19 MB

Table of Contents

- 2001 GMC Sierra Owner's Manual
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24-hour Roadside Assistance
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Copyright General Motos Corp. 2000
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Table of Contents:
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1. Seats and Restraints
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2. Features and Controls
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3. Comfort Controls and Audio Systems
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4. Your Driving and the Road
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5. Problems on the Road
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6. Service and Appearance Care
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7. Maintenance Schedule
6
8. Customer Assistance Information
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For Canadian Owners Who Prefer a French Language Manual:
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How to Use this Manual
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Safety Warnings and Symbols
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Vehicle Damage Warnings
10
Vehicle Symbols
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Model Reference
12
Service Station Guide
13
Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems
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Seats and Seat Controls
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Manual Front Seat
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Manual Lumbar Control (If Equipped)
16
Power Seat(s) (If Equipped)
16
Power Lumbar Control (If Equipped)
17
Memory Seat (If Equipped)
18
Heated Front Seats (If Equipped)
18
Reclining Seatbacks
19
Head Restraints
20
Seatback Latches
21
Easy Entry Seat (Extended Cab Only) (If Equipped)
22
Rear Seat (Extended Cab)
23
Folding the Rear Seat
23
Rear Seat (Crew Cab)
24
Safety Belts: They re for Everyone
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Why Safety Belts Work
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Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts -- and the Answers
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How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
31
Adults
31
Driver Position
31
Lap-Shoulder Belt
31
Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
37
Right Front Passenger Position
38
Air Bag System
38
How the Air Bag System Works
40
Where are the air bags?
40
When should an air bag inflate?
41
What makes an air bag inflate?
42
How does an air bag restrain?
42
What will you see after an air bag inflates?
42
Air Bag Off Switch (Regular Cab and Extended Cab Models)
44
Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Vehicle
47
Adding Equipment to Your Air Bag-Equipped Vehicle
47
Center Passenger Position
48
Lap Belt
48
Rear Seat Passengers
49
Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions (Extended Cab and Crew Cab)
49
Lap-Shoulder Belt (Extended Cab and Crew Cab)
50
Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults
53
Children
55
Infants and Young Children
55
Restraint Systems for Children
59
Where to Put the Restraint (Regular Cab Pickup)
62
Where to Put the Restraint (Extended Cab Pickup)
62
Where to Put the Restraint (Crew Cab Pickup)
63
Top Strap
64
Right Front Passenger Position Top Strap Anchor (All Models)
65
Rear Seat Top Strap Anchors (Extended Cab Models)
66
Rear Seat Top Strap Anchors (Crew Cab Models)
67
Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH System)
68
Securing a Child Restraint Designed for the LATCH System
70
Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Seat Position (Extended Cab and Crew Cab)
70
Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Front Seat Position
72
Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Rear Seat Position (Extended Cab and Crew Cab)
73
Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position
75
Older Children
80
Safety Belt Extender
83
Checking Your Restraint Systems
83
Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash
83
Section 2 Features and Controls
84
Windows
85
Manual Windows
85
Power Windows (If Equipped)
86
Swing-Out Windows (Extended Cab)
87
Sliding Rear Window (If Equipped)
87
Keys
88
Door Locks
89
Power Door Locks (If Equipped)
90
Programmable Automatic Door Locks
91
Lockout Prevention
92
Child Security Locks (Crew Cabs) (If Equipped)
92
Keyless Entry System (If Equipped)
93
Operation
93
Remote Panic Alarm
94
Matching Transmitter(s) to Your Vehicle
94
Battery Replacement
94
Resynchronization
95
Rear Doors
96
Tailgate
97
Tailgate Removal
97
Theft
98
Key in the Ignition
98
Parking at Night
98
Parking Lots
98
Content Theft-Deterrent (If Equipped)
99
Testing the Alarm
100
Passlock
100
New Vehicle Break-In
101
Ignition Positions
101
Key Release Button (Manual Transmission)
103
Retained Accessory Power (RAP) (If Equipped)
103
Starting Your Engine
103
Automatic Transmission
103
Manual Transmission
103
Starting Your V8 Engine
104
Starting Your V6 Engine
105
Engine Coolant Heater (If Equipped)
106
To Use the Engine Coolant Heater
106
Automatic Transmission Operation
107
Tow/Haul Mode Selector Switch (Automatic Transmission)
111
Manual Transmission Operation
111
Speed (VORTEC 6000 V8 Engine)
111
Speed (VORTEC 4300 V6 and 4800 V8 Engines)
113
Speed (VORTEC 8100 V8 and DURAMAX 6600 V8 Engines)
114
Shift Speeds
115
Shift Light
116
Four-Wheel Drive (If Equipped)
117
Front Axle Locking Feature
117
Manual Transfer Case (If Equipped)
117
Automatic Transfer Case (If Equipped)
119
Shifting to 4HI or AUTO 4WD
121
Shifting to 2HI
121
Shifting to 4LO
121
Shifting Out of 4LO
121
Shifting to NEUTRAL
122
Shifting Out of NEUTRAL
122
Electronic Transfer Case (If Equipped)
123
Shifting from 2HI to 4HI
124
Shifting from 4HI to 2HI
124
Shifting from 2HI or 4HI to 4LO
124
Shifting from 4LO to 4HI or 2HI
124
Shifting to NEUTRAL
125
Shifting Out of NEUTRAL
125
Parking Brake
126
Shifting Into PARK (P) (Automatic Transmission Only)
127
Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running (Automatic Transmission Only)
128
Torque Lock (Automatic Transmission)
129
Shifting Out of PARK (P) (Automatic Transmission Only)
129
Parking Your Vehicle (Manual Transmission Models Only)
130
Parking Over Things That Burn
130
Engine Exhaust
131
Running Your Engine While You re Parked (Automatic Transmission)
131
Manual Selectable Ride (If Equipped)
132
Locking Rear Axle
134
Horn
134
Tilt Wheel
134
Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
135
Turn Signal and Lane Change Signals
135
Turn Signal On Chime
136
Headlamp High/Low Beam Changer
136
Flash-To-Pass Feature
136
Windshield Wipers
136
Windshield Washer
137
Cruise Control
138
Setting Cruise Control
139
Resuming a Set Speed
139
Increasing Speed While Using Cruise Control
140
Reducing Speed While Using Cruise Control
140
Passing Another Vehicle While Using Cruise Control
140
Using Cruise Control on Hills
140
Ending Cruise Control
140
Erasing Speed Memory
140
Exterior Lamps
141
Automatic Headlamp System
141
Lamps On Reminder
142
Daytime Running Lamps
142
Fog Lamps (If Equipped)
143
Auxiliary Roof Mounted Lamp Switch (If Equipped)
144
Interior Lamps
144
Instrument Panel Intensity Control
144
Exit Lighting
144
Illuminated Entry
144
Front Reading Lamps (If Equipped)
145
Dome Lamps
145
Cargo Lamp
146
Battery Run-Down Protection
146
Mirrors
146
Inside Day/Night Rearview Mirror
146
Electrochromic Inside Rearview Mirror with Compass and Temperature Display (If Equipped)
147
Temperature Display
147
Electrochromic Mirror Operation
148
Compass Operation
148
Compass Calibration
148
Compass Variance
149
Outside Manual Adjust Mirrors
150
Camper- Type Outside Mirrors (If Equipped)
150
West Coast-Type Outside Mirrors (If Equipped)
150
Electric Outside Rearview Mirrors (If Equipped)
151
Heated Outside Rearview Mirrors (If Equipped)
151
Convex Outside Mirror
151
Storage Compartments
152
Glove Box
152
Center Overhead Console (If Equipped)
152
Installing a Garage Door Opener
152
Sunglasses Storage Compartment
154
Instrument Panel Cupholder (If Equipped)
154
Center Console Storage Area (If Equipped)
155
Armrest Storage Compartment (If Equipped)
155
Tonneau Cover (If Equipped)
156
Ashtrays and Cigarette Lighter
158
Front Ashtray
158
Accessory Power Outlets
159
Sun Visors
159
Cellular Telephone (If Equipped)
159
OnStar System (If Equipped)
159
Safety and Security Services
161
Premium Services (Includes Safety and Security Services)
162
OnStar System Limitations
162
The Instrument Panel - Your Information System
163
Trip Odometer
166
Engine Hour Meter Display
166
Tachometer
166
Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators
167
Safety Belt Reminder Light
167
Air Bag Readiness Light
168
Air Bag Off Light
169
Voltmeter
170
Shift Light (If Equipped)
171
Brake System Warning Light
171
Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light
172
Engine Coolant Temperature Gage
173
Transmission Temperature Gage (If Equipped)
173
Low Traction Light (If Equipped)
175
Traction Off Light (If Equipped)
175
Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Service Engine Soon Light in the United States or Check Engine Light in Canada)
176
If the Light Is Flashing
177
If the Light Is On Steady
178
Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs
179
Oil Pressure Gage
179
Cruise Light (If Equipped)
180
WD Light (If Equipped)
180
Tow/Haul Light (Automatic Transmissions Only)
181
Fuel Gage
181
Message Center
182
Battery
182
Trans Fluid Hot
182
Trans Hot...Idle Engine
184
Low Coolant
185
Check Coolant Temp
185
Engine Overheated
185
Reduced Engine Power (V8 Gasoline Engines Only)
185
Check Eng Oil Pressure
186
Check Eng Oil Level (Gasoline Engine)
186
Change Engine Oil
186
Security
186
Service 4WD (If Equipped)
187
Low Washer Fluid
187
Cargo Lamp On
187
Low Fuel
187
Section 3 Comfort Controls and Audio Systems
188
Comfort Controls
189
Standard Comfort Controls
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Fan Knob
189
Temperature Knob
189
Mode Knob
189
Heater and Air Conditioning Comfort Controls (If Equipped)
190
Fan Knob
190
Temperature Knob
190
Mode Knob
190
Electronic Climate Control System (If Equipped)
192
Fan Control
192
Temperature Knob
193
Mode Knob -- Automatic Operation
193
Mode Knob -- Manual Operation
194
Rear Air Conditioning and Heating Systems (If Equipped)
196
Rear Air Conditioning (Without Rear Heater) (If Equipped)
196
Rear Air Conditioning and Rear Heater (If Equipped)
197
Rear Air Conditioning and Heating Systems with Electronic Climate Control System (If Equipped)
198
Air Conditioning
199
Passenger Compartment Air Filter (If Equipped)
199
Heating
200
Defogging and Defrosting
200
Rear Window Defogger (If Equipped)
200
Ventilation System
201
Ventilation Tips
202
Audio Systems
203
Setting the Clock for Systems with SET Button
203
Setting the Clock for Systems with HR and MN Buttons
203
AM-FM Stereo
203
Playing the Radio
203
Finding a Station
203
Setting the Tone
204
Adjusting the Speakers
204
AM-FM Stereo with Cassette Tape Player (If Equipped)
205
Playing the Radio
205
Finding a Station
205
Setting the Tone
206
Adjusting the Speakers
206
Playing a Cassette Tape
206
CD Adapter Kits
207
AM-FM Stereo with Cassette Tape Player and Automatic Tone Control (If Equipped)
207
Playing the Radio
207
Finding a Station
208
Setting the Tone
209
Adjusting the Speakers
209
Playing a Cassette Tape
210
CD Adapter Kits
211
AM-FM Stereo with Compact Disc Player and Automatic Tone Control (If Equipped)
212
Playing the Radio
212
Finding a Station
212
Setting the Tone
213
Adjusting the Speakers
214
Playing a Compact Disc
214
Remote Cassette Tape Player (If Equipped)
216
Theft-Deterrent Feature (If Equipped)
217
Activating the Theft- Deterrent Feature
217
Unlocking the Theft- Deterrent Feature After a Power Loss
218
Disabling the Theft-Deterrent Feature
219
Understanding Radio Reception
219
AM
219
FM Stereo
219
Tips About Your Audio System
220
Care of Your Cassette Tape Player
221
Care of Your Compact Discs
222
Care of Your Compact Disc Player
222
Fixed Mast Antenna
222
Section 4 Your Driving and the Road
223
Defensive Driving
224
Drunken Driving
225
Control of a Vehicle
228
Using Anti- Lock
231
Braking in Emergencies
231
Traction Assist System (Option)
231
Steering
234
Power Steering
234
Driving on Curves
234
Steering in Emergencies
235
Off-Road Recovery
236
Passing
236
Loss of Control
238
Skidding
238
Off-Road Driving with Your Four- Wheel- Drive Vehicle
239
Before You Go Off-Roading
241
Loading Your Vehicle for Off-Road Driving
241
Environmental Concerns
242
Traveling to Remote Areas
243
Getting Familiar with Off-Road Driving
243
Scanning the Terrain
244
Driving on Off-Road Hills
245
Approaching a Hill
245
Driving Uphill
246
Driving Downhill
248
Driving Across an Incline
250
Stalling on an Incline
251
Driving in Mud, Sand, Snow or Ice
252
Driving in Water
252
After Off-Road Driving
253
Driving at Night
254
Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads
255
Hydroplaning
256
Driving Through Deep Standing Water
257
Driving Through Flowing Water
257
Some Other Rainy Weather Tips
257
City Driving
258
Freeway Driving
259
Before Leaving on a Long Trip
260
Highway Hypnosis
261
Hill and Mountain Roads
261
Winter Driving
263
Driving on Snow or Ice
263
If You re Caught in a Blizzard
265
Recreational Vehicle Towing
267
Two-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
267
Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
268
Loading Your Vehicle
269
Adding a Snow Plow or Similar Equipment
271
Truck-Camper Loading Information
275
Trailer Recommendations
277
Camper Wiring Harness (If Equipped)
277
Pickup Conversion to Chassis Cab
278
Towing a Trailer
278
If You Do Decide To Pull A Trailer
279
Tow/Haul Mode (If Equipped)
280
Weight of the Trailer
281
Weight of the Trailer Tongue
293
Total Weight on Your Vehicle s Tires
294
Hitches
294
Safety Chains
295
Trailer Brakes
295
Driving with a Trailer
295
Following Distance
296
Passing
296
Backing Up
296
Making Turns
296
Turn Signals When Towing a Trailer
297
Driving On Grades
297
Parking on Hills
298
When You Are Ready to Leave After Parking on a Hill
299
Maintenance When Trailer Towing
299
Trailer Wiring Harness
299
Basic Trailer Wiring Package
299
Heavy- Duty Trailer Wiring Package (If Equipped)
300
Camper/Fifth- Wheel Trailer Wiring Package (If Equipped)
301
Instrument Panel Jumper Wiring Harness
302
Auxiliary Battery (If Equipped)
303
Power Winches
303
Power Take-Off (PTO) (If Equipped)
304
Step-Bumper Pad
306
Section 5 Problems on the Road
307
Hazard Warning Flashers
308
Other Warning Devices
308
Jump Starting
309
Towing Your Vehicle
314
Engine Overheating
314
Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode (V8 Engines Only)
314
If Steam Is Coming From Your Engine
315
If No Steam Is Coming From Your Engine
316
Cooling System (Gasoline Engine)
317
How to Add Coolant to the Coolant Surge Tank -- Gasoline Engines
319
Engine Fan Noise
324
If a Tire Goes Flat
324
Changing a Flat Tire
325
Removing the Spare Tire and Tools
326
Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire
330
Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools
337
If You re Stuck: In Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow
340
Rocking Your Vehicle To Get It Out
341
Using the Recovery Hooks
341
Section 6 Service and Appearance Care
343
Service
344
Doing Your Own Service Work
344
Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle
345
Fuel
345
Fuels in Foreign Countries
347
Filling Your Tank
348
Filling a Portable Fuel Container
350
Checking Things Under the Hood
350
Hood Release
351
Engine Compartment Overview
352
Noise Control System
355
Tampering With Noise Control System Prohibited
355
Engine Oil
356
Checking Engine Oil
356
When to Add Engine Oil
357
What Kind of Engine Oil to Use
358
How to Reset the CHANGE ENGINE OIL Message
360
What to Do with Used Oil
360
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
360
Passenger Compartment Air Filter (If Equipped)
362
Automatic Transmission Fluid (Except Allison Transmission)
363
Checking the Fluid Level
365
How to Add Fluid
366
Automatic Transmission Fluid (Allison Only)
367
Checking the Fluid Level
368
Cold Check Procedure
368
Hot Check Procedure
369
Consistency of Readings
369
How to Add Fluid
370
Manual Transmission Fluid
370
When to Check
370
How to Check
370
How to Add Fluid
371
Hydraulic Clutch
372
When to Check and What to Use
372
How to Check and Add Fluid
372
Rear Axle
372
When to Check Lubricant
372
How to Check Lubricant
373
What to Use
373
When to Check Lubricant
373
How to Check Lubricant
373
What to Use
374
Front Axle
374
When to Check Lubricant
374
How to Check Lubricant
374
What to Use
375
Engine Coolant
375
Adding Coolant
377
Coolant Surge Tank Pressure Cap
378
Power Steering Fluid
378
When to Check Power Steering Fluid
379
How to Check Power Steering Fluid
379
What to Use
379
Windshield Washer Fluid
380
What to Use
380
Adding Washer Fluid
380
Checking Brake Fluid What to Add
382
Brake Wear
383
Brake Pedal Travel
384
Brake Adjustment
384
Replacing Brake System Parts
384
Battery
385
Vehicle Storage
385
Bulb Replacement
385
Halogen Bulbs
385
Headlamps
386
Front Turn Signal, Sidemarker and Daytime Running Lamps
387
Center High-Mounted Stoplamp (CHMSL) and Cargo Lamp
388
Roof Marker Lamps
389
Pickup Box Identification Lamps (Dual Rear Wheel Pickup Models)
391
Taillamps (Pickup Models)
391
Taillamps (Chassis Cab Models)
392
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
393
When to Check
395
When It s Time for New Tires
398
Dual Tire Operation
398
Treadwear
400
Traction -- AA, A, B, C
400
Temperature --A, B, C
401
Used Replacement Wheels
403
Tire Chains
403
Appearance Care
404
Cleaning the Inside of Your Vehicle
404
Cleaning of Fabric/Carpet
404
Using Multi-Purpose Interior Cleaner on Fabric
405
Special Fabric Cleaning Problems
405
Cleaning Vinyl
406
Cleaning Leather
406
Cleaning the Top of the Instrument Panel
406
Cleaning Interior Plastic Components
406
Care of Safety Belts
406
Cleaning Glass Surfaces
407
Cleaning the Outside of the Windshield and Wiper Blades
407
Weatherstrips
407
Cleaning the Outside of Your Vehicle
407
Washing Your Vehicle
407
Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses
408
Finish Care
408
Protecting Exterior Bright Metal Parts
409
Cleaning Aluminum or Chrome- Plated Wheels (If Equipped)
409
Cleaning Tires
409
Sheet Metal Damage
410
Finish Damage
410
Underbody Maintenance
410
Chemical Paint Spotting
410
GM Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials
411
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
412
Engine Identification
412
Service Parts Identification Label
412
Electrical System
413
Add-On Electrical Equipment
413
Windshield Wipers
413
Power Windows and Other Power Options
413
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
413
Instrument Panel Fuse Block
414
Center Instrument Panel Utility Block
416
Underhood Electrical Center
417
Replacement Bulbs
421
Capacities and Specifications
422
Wheels and Tires
422
Cooling System Capacity
423
Crankcase Capacity
424
Fuel Tank Capacity
424
Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts
425
Section 7 Maintenance Schedule
426
Introduction
427
Your Vehicle and the Environment
427
Maintenance Requirements
427
How This Section is Organized
428
Part A: Scheduled Maintenance Services
429
Using Your Maintenance Schedule
429
Scheduled Maintenance -- Gasoline Engines
430
Footnotes
430
Scheduled Maintenance -- Gasoline Engines
431
Engine Oil and Chassis Lubrication Scheduled Maintenance
431
Scheduled Maintenance -- Gasoline Engines
432
Part B: Owner Checks and Services
443
At the First 100, 1,000 and 6,000 Miles (160, 1 600 and 10 000 km)
443
At Each Fuel Fill
443
Engine Oil Level Check
443
Engine Coolant Level Check
443
Windshield Washer Fluid Level Check
443
At Least Once a Month
443
Tire Inflation Check
443
Cassette Deck Service
443
At Least Twice a Year
444
Restraint System Check
444
Wiper Blade Check
444
Spare Tire Check
444
Engine Air Cleaner Filter Restriction Indicator Check
444
Weatherstrip Lubrication
445
Manual Transmission Check
445
Automatic Transmission Check
445
Hydraulic Clutch System Check
445
At Least Once a Year
445
Key Lock Cylinders Service
445
Body Lubrication Service
445
Starter Switch Check
446
Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System Check
446
Ignition Transmission Lock Check
447
Parking Brake and Automatic Transmission PARK (P) Mechanism Check
447
Underbody Flushing Service
447
Part C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections
448
Steering and Suspension Inspection
448
Exhaust System Inspection
448
Engine Cooling System Inspection
448
Throttle System Inspection
449
Transfer Case and Front Axle (Four- Wheel Drive) Inspection
449
Brake System Inspection
449
Part D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
450
Part E: Maintenance Record
453
Section 8 Customer Assistance Information
456
Customer Satisfaction Procedure
457
Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users
459
Customer Assistance Offices
459
United States
459
Canada
460
Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Islands/ Countries (Except Puerto Rico and U. S. Virgin Islands)
460
GM Mobility Program for Persons with Disabilities
460
Roadside Assistance
461
Canadian Roadside Assistance
462
Courtesy Transportation
463
Plan Ahead When Possible
463
Transportation Options
463
Shuttle Service
463
Public Transportation or Fuel Reimbursement
463
Courtesy Rental Vehicle
464
Additional Program Information
464
Warranty Information
464
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
465
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
465
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO GENERAL MOTORS
466
Ordering Owner Publications in Canada
466

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