2011 GMC Sierra Owner's Manual

2011 GMC Sierra owners manual
Year:
2011
Make:
GMC
Model:
Sierra
Rating:
(6)

Online manual

Size:
6.55 MB

Table of Contents

2011 GMC Sierra Owner Manual BookTOC
1
Introduction
3
Canadian Vehicle Owners
3
Using this Manual
4
Danger, Warnings, and Cautions
4
Symbols
4
In Brief
7
Instrument Panel
8
Instrument Panel (Base/Uplevel Version)
8
Instrument Panel (Premium Version)
12
Initial Drive Information
14
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
14
Remote Vehicle Start
15
Door Locks
15
Windows
16
Seat Adjustment
17
Memory Features
19
Heated Seats
21
Head Restraint Adjustment
21
Safety Belts
21
Sensing System for Passenger Airbag
22
Mirror Adjustment
22
Steering Wheel Adjustment
23
Throttle and Brake Pedal Adjustment
24
Interior Lighting
24
Exterior Lighting
25
Windshield Wiper/Washer
26
Climate Controls
26
Transmission
29
Four-Wheel Drive
30
Vehicle Features
32
Radio(s)
32
Satellite Radio
33
Portable Audio Devices
34
Bluetooth®
34
Steering Wheel Controls
34
Cruise Control
35
Navigation System
36
Driver Information Center (DIC)
36
Rear Vision Camera (RVC)
37
Ultrasonic Parking Assist
37
Power Outlets
38
Universal Remote System
38
Sunroof
38
Performance and Maintenance
39
StabiliTrak® System
39
Tire Pressure Monitor
40
Engine Oil Life System
40
Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol)
41
Driving for Better Fuel Economy
41
Roadside Assistance Program
42
OnStar®
42
Keys, Doors and Windows
45
Keys and Locks
46
Keys
46
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
47
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation
47
Remote Vehicle Start
49
Door Locks
52
Power Door Locks
52
Delayed Locking
52
Automatic Door Locks
53
Lockout Protection
53
Safety Locks
53
Doors
54
Rear Doors (Extended Cab)
54
Tailgate
54
Vehicle Security
56
Anti-Theft Alarm System
56
Immobilizer
57
Immobilizer Operation
57
Exterior Mirrors
59
Convex Mirrors
59
Manual Mirrors
59
Trailer-Tow Mirrors
59
Power Mirrors
60
Folding Mirrors
60
Heated Mirrors
61
Park Tilt Mirrors
61
Interior Mirrors
62
Manual Rearview Mirror
62
Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror
62
Windows
62
Manual Windows
63
Power Windows
63
Rear Windows
64
Sun Visors
64
Roof
65
Sunroof (Extended Cab)
65
Sunroof (Crew Cab)
66
Seats and Restraints
69
Head Restraints
70
Front Seats
71
Seat Adjustment
71
Center Seat
71
Power Seat Adjustment
72
Lumbar Adjustment
74
Reclining Seatbacks
74
Heated Front Seats
76
Rear Seats
78
Rear Seats (Extended Cab Full Bench)
78
Rear Seats (All Split Bench and Hybrid Full Bench)
79
Safety Belts
79
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
83
Lap-Shoulder Belt
89
Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
94
Lap Belt (Crew and Extended Cab)
94
Safety Belt Extender
95
Safety System Check
95
Safety Belt Care
96
Replacing Safety Belt System Parts After a Crash
96
Airbag System
97
Where Are the Airbags?
99
When Should an Airbag Inflate?
100
What Makes an Airbag Inflate?
102
How Does an Airbag Restrain?
103
What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates?
103
Airbag On-Off Switch
105
Passenger Sensing System
108
Servicing the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
114
Adding Equipment to the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
114
Airbag System Check
116
Replacing Airbag System Parts After a Crash
116
Child Restraints
117
Older Children
117
Infants and Young Children
119
Child Restraint Systems
122
Where to Put the Restraint
124
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System)
125
Replacing LATCH System Parts After a Crash
134
Securing Child Restraints (Rear Seat Position)
134
Securing Child Restraints (Right Front Seat Position)
137
Securing Child Restraints (Center Front Seat Position)
146
Instrument Panel Storage
147
Glove Box
147
Cupholders
147
Armrest Storage
147
Center Console Storage
148
Instruments and Controls
149
Controls
150
Steering Wheel Adjustment
150
Steering Wheel Controls
151
Horn
153
Windshield Wiper/Washer
153
Compass
154
Clock
156
Power Outlets
158
Cigarette Lighter
159
Ashtrays
160
Warning Lights, Gauges, and Indicators
160
Instrument Cluster
161
Speedometer
162
Odometer
162
Trip Odometer
162
Tachometer
163
Fuel Gauge
163
Engine Oil Pressure Gauge
164
Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge
165
Voltmeter Gauge
166
Safety Belt Reminders
167
Airbag Readiness Light
168
Airbag On-Off Light
169
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
171
Charging System Light
172
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
173
Brake System Warning Light
175
Antilock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light
176
Four-Wheel-Drive Light
177
Tow/Haul Mode Light
177
StabiliTrak® Indicator Light
178
Tire Pressure Light
178
Engine Oil Pressure Light
179
Low Fuel Warning Light
179
Security Light
180
High-Beam On Light
180
Front Fog Lamp Light
180
Cruise Control Light
180
Information Displays
181
Driver Information Center (DIC)
181
Vehicle Messages
189
Battery Voltage and Charging Messages
189
Brake System Messages
190
Door Ajar Messages
191
Engine Cooling System Messages
192
Engine Oil Messages
193
Engine Power Messages
193
Fuel System Messages
194
Key and Lock Messages
194
Lamp Messages
194
Object Detection System Messages
194
Ride Control System Messages
195
Airbag System Messages
196
Anti-Theft Alarm System Messages
196
Starting the Vehicle Messages
196
Tire Messages
197
Transmission Messages
198
Vehicle Reminder Messages
198
Washer Fluid Messages
199
Vehicle Personalization
200
Vehicle Personalization (with DIC Buttons)
200
Universal Remote System
209
Universal Remote System Programming
209
Universal Remote System Operation
215
Lighting
217
Exterior Lighting
217
Exterior Lamp Controls
217
Exterior Lamps Off Reminder
219
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
219
Flash-to-Pass
219
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
220
Automatic Headlamp System
220
Hazard Warning Flashers
221
Turn and Lane-Change Signals
222
Fog Lamps
222
Auxiliary Roof-Mounted Lamp
223
Interior Lighting
223
Instrument Panel Illumination Control
223
Cargo Lamp
224
Dome Lamps
224
Reading Lamps
225
Lighting Features
225
Entry Lighting
225
Exit Lighting
225
Battery Load Management
225
Battery Power Protection
226
Infotainment System
227
Introduction
227
Infotainment
227
Theft-Deterrent Feature
228
Operation
228
Radio
234
AM-FM Radio
234
Satellite Radio
236
Radio Reception
240
Fixed Mast Antenna
241
Satellite Radio Antenna
241
Audio Players
241
CD Player
241
CD/DVD Player
248
Auxiliary Devices
260
Rear Seat Infotainment
265
Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) System
265
Rear Seat Audio (RSA) System
274
Phone
276
Bluetooth
276
Climate Controls
283
Climate Control Systems
283
Climate Control Systems (with Air Conditioning)
283
Climate Control Systems (with Heater Only)
286
Dual Automatic Climate Control System
287
Air Vents
293
Driving and Operating
295
Driving Information
296
Defensive Driving
296
Drunk Driving
296
Control of a Vehicle
297
Braking
297
Steering
298
Off-Road Recovery
299
Loss of Control
300
Off-Road Driving
301
Driving on Wet Roads
313
Highway Hypnosis
314
Hill and Mountain Roads
314
Winter Driving
315
If the Vehicle is Stuck
317
Vehicle Load Limits
319
Truck-Camper Loading Information
326
Starting and Operating
328
New Vehicle Break-In
328
Adjustable Throttle and Brake Pedal
329
Ignition Positions
329
Starting the Engine
331
Fast Idle System
333
Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
334
Engine Coolant Heater
334
Shifting Into Park
335
Shifting Out of Park
337
Parking Over Things That Burn
337
Active Fuel Management®
338
Engine Exhaust
338
Running the Vehicle While Parked
339
Automatic Transmission
340
Manual Mode
344
Tow/Haul Mode
345
Drive Systems
348
Four-Wheel Drive
348
Brakes
362
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
362
Parking Brake
363
Brake Assist (Except With 4.3L V6 Engine)
363
Hill Start Assist (HSA)
364
Ride Control Systems
364
StabiliTrak® System
364
Locking Rear Axle
367
Cruise Control
367
Object Detection Systems
370
Ultrasonic Parking Assist
370
Rear Vision Camera (RVC)
372
Fuel
378
Recommended Fuel
378
Gasoline Specifications (U.S. and Canada Only)
379
California Fuel Requirements
379
Fuels in Foreign Countries
380
Fuel Additives
380
Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol)
381
Filling the Tank
382
Filling a Portable Fuel Container
384
Towing
384
General Towing Information
384
Driving Characteristics and Towing Tips
385
Trailer Towing
389
Towing Equipment
406
Trailer Sway Control (TSC)
418
Conversions and Add-Ons
419
Add-On Electrical Equipment
419
Adding a Snow Plow or Similar Equipment
419
Pickup Conversion to Chassis Cab
423
Vehicle Care
425
General Information
426
California Proposition 65 Warning
427
California Perchlorate Materials Requirements
427
Accessories and Modifications
427
Vehicle Checks
428
Doing Your Own Service Work
428
Hood
429
Engine Compartment Overview
430
Engine Oil
431
Engine Oil Life System
435
Automatic Transmission Fluid (4-Speed Transmission)
437
Automatic Transmission Fluid (6-Speed Transmission)
440
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
443
Cooling System
444
Engine Coolant
446
Engine Overheating
449
Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode
452
Engine Fan
452
Power Steering Fluid
453
Washer Fluid
453
Brakes
454
Brake Fluid
456
Battery
458
Four-Wheel Drive
458
Front Axle
460
Rear Axle
461
Noise Control System
462
Starter Switch Check
463
Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control Function Check
464
Ignition Transmission Lock Check
464
Park Brake and P (Park) Mechanism Check
464
Wiper Blade Replacement
465
Glass Replacement
465
Headlamp Aiming
466
Bulb Replacement
468
Halogen Bulbs
468
Headlamps
468
Pick-Up Box Identification and Fender Marker Lamps
469
Taillamps (Chassis Cab Models)
470
Taillamps, Turn Signal, Stoplamps, and Back-Up Lamps
470
Center High-Mounted Stoplamp (CHMSL) and Cargo Lamp
471
License Plate Lamp
472
Replacement Bulbs
472
Electrical System
473
Electrical System Overload
473
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
474
Engine Compartment Fuse Block
474
Instrument Panel Fuse Block
478
Wheels and Tires
481
Tires
481
Tire Sidewall Labeling
482
Tire Designations
485
Tire Terminology and Definitions
486
Tire Pressure
490
Tire Pressure for High-Speed Operation
491
Tire Pressure Monitor System
492
Tire Pressure Monitor Operation
493
Tire Inspection
497
Tire Rotation
497
Dual Tire Rotation
499
When It Is Time for New Tires
500
Buying New Tires
501
Different Size Tires and Wheels
503
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
504
Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
505
Wheel Replacement
506
Tire Chains
507
If a Tire Goes Flat
508
Tire Changing
510
Full-Size Spare Tire
521
Jump Starting
522
Towing
527
Towing the Vehicle
527
Recreational Vehicle Towing
527
Appearance Care
532
Exterior Care
532
Interior Care
536
Floor Mats
540
Service and Maintenance
541
General Information
541
Scheduled Maintenance
542
Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and Parts
548
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
548
Maintenance Replacement Parts
551
Maintenance Records
552
Technical Data
555
Vehicle Identification
555
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
555
Service Parts Identification Label
555
Vehicle Data
556
Capacities and Specifications
556
Engine Drive Belt Routing
560
Customer Information
561
Customer Information
561
Customer Satisfaction Procedure (U.S. and Canada)
561
Customer Satisfaction Procedure (Mexico)
563
Customer Assistance Offices (U.S. and Canada)
565
Customer Assistance Offices (Mexico)
565
Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users (U.S. and Canada)
566
Online Owner Center
566
GM Mobility Reimbursement Program (U.S. and Canada)
567
Roadside Assistance Program (U.S. and Canada)
568
Roadside Assistance Program (Mexico)
570
Scheduling Service Appointments (U.S. and Canada)
570
Courtesy Transportation Program (U.S. and Canada)
571
Collision Damage Repair (U.S. and Canada)
572
Service Publications Ordering Information
575
Reporting Safety Defects
576
Reporting Safety Defects to the United States Government
576
Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian Government
576
Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors
577
Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy
577
Event Data Recorders
577
OnStar®
578
Navigation System
578
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
579
Radio Frequency Statement
579
Index
581
Index_A
581
Index_B
582
Index_C
582
Index_D
584
Index_E
584
Index_F
585
Index_G
586
Index_H
586
Index_I
587
Index_J
587
Index_K
587
Index_L
587
Index_M
588
Index_N
589
Index_O
589
Index_P
589
Index_R
590
Index_S
591
Index_T
593
Index_U
594
Index_V
594
Index_W
594

FAQ about the 2011 GMC Sierra Manual

What contains the 2011 Sierra manual?

The GMC Sierra owner's manual is a comprehensive guide provided by GMC to assist owners in understanding and operating their specific model of the GMC Sierra. It contains important information about the vehicle's features, functions, and maintenance requirements. A general overview of what you might find in a GMC Sierra 2011 owner's manual:

  • Environmental Information about environmentally-friendly driving practices
  • Fuel Information, with recommended fuel type and fuel tank capacity
  • Handling the Unexpected, including tire changes, jump-starting, and common car issues
  • Best practice for driving your GMC Sierra
  • Basic operations, like starting and stopping the engine and driver settings

Where to download the 2011 GMC Sierra Owners Manual?

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Is the manual for the GMC Sierra year 2011 free?

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The GMC Sierra (2011) owner's manual is available in English?

Yes, the owner's manual for the model year 2011 is available in English.

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