2005 Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban Owner Manual

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban Owner Manual M
Seats and Restraint Systems ........................... 1-1
Driving Your Vehicle ....................................... 4-1
Front Seats
............................................... 1-3
Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle
........ 4-1
Rear Seats
............................................... 1-8
Towing
................................................... 4-57
Safety Belts
............................................. 1-21
Service and Appearance Care .......................... 5-1
Child Restraints
....................................... 1-42
Service
..................................................... 5-3
Airbag System
......................................... 1-66
Fuel
......................................................... 5-5
Restraint System Check
............................ 1-81
Checking Things Under the Hood
............... 5-10
Features and Controls ..................................... 2-1
All-Wheel Drive
........................................ 5-50
Keys
........................................................ 2-3
Rear Axle
............................................... 5-51
Doors and Locks
....................................... 2-8
Four-Wheel Drive
..................................... 5-52
Windows
................................................. 2-15
Front Axle
............................................... 5-53
Theft-Deterrent Systems
............................ 2-17
Bulb Replacement
.................................... 5-54
Starting and Operating Your Vehicle
........... 2-19
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
......... 5-60
Mirrors
.................................................... 2-42
Tires
...................................................... 5-61
OnStar® System
...................................... 2-51
Appearance Care
................................... 5-100
HomeLink® Transmitter
............................. 2-53
Vehicle Identification
............................... 5-109
Storage Areas
......................................... 2-57
Electrical System
.................................... 5-109
Sunroof
.................................................. 2-62
Capacities and Specifications
................... 5-118
Vehicle Personalization
............................. 2-63
Maintenance Schedule ..................................... 6-1
Instrument Panel ............................................. 3-1
Maintenance Schedule
................................ 6-2
Instrument Panel Overview
.......................... 3-4
Customer Assistance and Information .............. 7-1
Climate Controls
...................................... 3-21
Customer Assistance and Information
........... 7-2
Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators
........ 3-36
Reporting Safety Defects
........................... 7-10
Driver Information Center (DIC)
.................. 3-54
Index ................................................................ 1
Audio System(s)
....................................... 3-76

Canadian Owners
A French language copy of this manual can be obtained
from your dealer or from:
Helm, Incorporated
P.O. Box 07130
Detroit, MI 48207
GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem,
How to Use This Manual
CHEVROLET, the CHEVROLET Emblem, and the
names TAHOE and SUBURBAN are registered
Many people read the owner manual from beginning to
trademarks of General Motors Corporation.
end when they first receive their new vehicle. If this
This manual includes the latest information at the time it
is done, it can help you learn about the features
was printed. We reserve the right to make changes in
and controls for the vehicle. Pictures and words work
the product after that time without notice. For vehicles
together in the owner manual to explain things.
first sold in Canada, substitute the name “General
Motors of Canada Limited” for Chevrolet Motor Division
Index
wherever it appears in this manual.
Keep this manual in the vehicle, so it will be there if you
A good place to quickly locate information about the
ever need it while you are on the road. If you sell the
vehicle is the Index in the back of the manual. It is an
vehicle, leave this manual with the vehicle.
alphabetical list of what is in the manual and the
page number where it can be found.
Litho in U.S.A.
Part No. 05TAHOE A First Edition
© 2004 General Motors Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
ii

Safety Warnings and Symbols
You will also find a circle
with a slash through it in
There are a number of safety cautions in this book.
this book. This safety
We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell about
symbol means “Do Not,”
things that could hurt you if you were to ignore
“Do Not do this” or “Do Not
the warning.
let this happen.”
{CAUTION:
These mean there is something that could hurt
you or other people.

In the caution area, we tell you what the hazard is.
Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce
the hazard. Please read these cautions. If you do not,
you or others could be hurt.
iii

Vehicle Damage Warnings
Vehicle Symbols
Also, in this manual you will find these notices:
The vehicle has components and labels that use
symbols instead of text. Symbols are shown along
Notice: These mean there is something that could
with the text describing the operation or information
damage your vehicle.
relating to a specific component, control, message,
A notice tells about something that can damage the
gage, or indicator.
vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered
If you need help figuring out a specific name of a
by your vehicle’s warranty, and it could be costly. But
component, gage, or indicator, reference the
the notice will tell what to do to help avoid the damage.
following topics:
When you read other manuals, you might see
• Seats and Restraint Systems in Section 1
CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors
or in different words.
• Features and Controls in Section 2
There are also warning labels on the vehicle. They use
• Instrument Panel Overview in Section 3
the same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.
• Climate Controls in Section 3
• Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators in Section 3
• Audio System(s) in Section 3
• Engine Compartment Overview in Section 5
iv

These are some examples of symbols that may be found on the vehicle:
v

NOTES
vi

Section 1
Seats and Restraint Systems
Front Seats ......................................................1-3
Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for
Manual Seats ................................................1-3
Children and Small Adults ..........................1-39
Power Seats ..................................................1-4
Safety Belt Extender .....................................1-41
Power Lumbar ...............................................1-5
Child Restraints .............................................1-42
Heated Seats .................................................1-6
Older Children ..............................................1-42
Reclining Seatbacks ........................................1-6
Infants and Young Children ............................1-44
Head Restraints .............................................1-8
Child Restraint Systems .................................1-47
Rear Seats .......................................................1-8
Where to Put the Restraint .............................1-50
Rear Seat Operation .......................................1-8
Top Strap ....................................................1-51
60/40 Split Bench Seat ...................................1-9
Top Strap Anchor Location .............................1-53
50/50 Split Bench Seat ..................................1-11
Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for
Bench Seat ..................................................1-15
Children (LATCH System) ...........................1-55
Bucket Seats ...............................................1-19
Securing a Child Restraint Designed for
Safety Belts ...................................................1-21
the LATCH System ....................................1-57
Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone ................1-21
Securing a Child Restraint in a
Questions and Answers About Safety Belts .........1-26
Rear Outside Seat Position .........................1-57
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly .................1-26
Securing a Child Restraint in a
Driver Position ..............................................1-27
Center Rear Seat Position ..........................1-59
Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy ..................1-34
Securing a Child Restraint in the
Right Front Passenger Position .......................1-35
Center Front Seat Position ..........................1-61
Center Passenger Position .............................1-35
Securing a Child Restraint in the
Rear Seat Passengers ..................................1-36
Right Front Seat Position ............................1-62
1-1

Section 1
Seats and Restraint Systems
Airbag System ...............................................1-66
Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle ...........1-80
Where Are the Airbags? ................................1-69
Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-Equipped
When Should an Airbag Inflate? .....................1-71
Vehicle ....................................................1-80
What Makes an Airbag Inflate? .......................1-73
Restraint System Check ..................................1-81
How Does an Airbag Restrain? .......................1-73
Checking Your Restraint Systems ...................1-81
What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates? ........1-74
Replacing Restraint System Parts
Passenger Sensing System ............................1-76
After a Crash ............................................1-82
1-2

Front Seats
Manual Seats
{CAUTION:
You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to
adjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicle
is moving. The sudden movement could startle
and confuse you, or make you push a pedal
when you do not want to. Adjust the driver’s
seat only when the vehicle is not moving.

If your vehicle has a manual bucket or a split bench
seat, you can adjust it with this lever located at the front
of the seat.
Lift the lever to unlock the seat. Using your body, slide
the seat to where you want it and release the lever.
Try to move the seat with your body to make sure the
seat is locked into place.
1-3

Power Seats
If your vehicle has a power seat, you can adjust it
with these controls located on the outboard sides of
the seats.
• Raise or lower the front of the seat cushion by
raising or lowering the forward edge of the
horizontal control.
• Move the seat forward or rearward by moving the
whole horizontal control forward or rearward.
• Raise or lower the rear of the seat cushion
by raising or lowering the rear edge of the
horizontal control.
• Moving the whole horizontal control up or down
raises or lowers the entire seat cushion.
If your vehicle has power reclining seats, you can use
the vertical control to adjust the angle of the seatback.
Move the reclining front seatback rearward or forward
by moving the control toward the rear or the front of the
vehicle. See Reclining Seatbacks on page 1-6.
1-4

Document Outline

  • 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban Book TOC
  • Seats and Restraint Systems
    • Front Seats
      • Manual Seats
      • Power Seats
      • Power Lumbar
      • Heated Seats
      • Reclining Seatbacks
      • Head Restraints
    • Rear Seats
      • Rear Seat Operation
      • 60/40 Split Bench Seat
      • 50/50 Split Bench Seat
      • Bench Seat
      • Bucket Seats
    • Safety Belts
      • Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone
      • Questions and Answers About Safety Belts
      • How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
      • Driver Position
      • Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
      • Right Front Passenger Position
      • Center Passenger Position
      • Rear Seat Passengers
      • Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults
      • Safety Belt Extender
    • Child Restraints
      • Older Children
      • Infants and Young Children
      • Child Restraint Systems
      • Where to Put the Restraint
      • Top Strap
      • Top Strap Anchor Location
      • Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH System)
      • Securing a Child Restraint Designed for the LATCH System
      • Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Seat Position
      • Securing a Child Restraint in a Center Rear Seat Position
      • Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Front Seat Position
      • Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position
    • Airbag System
      • Where Are the Airbags?
      • When Should an Airbag Inflate?
      • What Makes an Airbag Inflate?
      • How Does an Airbag Restrain?
      • What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates?
      • Passenger Sensing System
      • Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
      • Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
    • Restraint System Check
      • Checking Your Restraint Systems
      • Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash
  • Features and Controls
    • Keys
      • Remote Keyless Entry System
      • Remote Keyless Entry System Operation
    • Doors and Locks
      • Door Locks
      • Power Door Locks
      • Delayed Locking
      • Programmable Automatic Door Locks
      • Rear Door Security Locks
      • Lockout Protection
      • Liftgate
    • Windows
      • Manual Windows
      • Power Windows
      • Sun Visors
    • Theft-Deterrent Systems
      • Content Theft-Deterrent
      • Passlock®
    • Starting and Operating Your Vehicle
      • New Vehicle Break-In
      • Ignition Positions
      • Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
      • Starting Your Engine
      • Adjustable Throttle and Brake Pedal
      • Engine Coolant Heater
      • Automatic Transmission Operation
      • Tow/Haul Mode
      • Four-Wheel Drive
      • All-Wheel Drive with StabiliTrak®
      • Parking Brake
      • Shifting Into Park (P)
      • Shifting Out of Park (P)
      • Parking Over Things That Burn
      • Engine Exhaust
      • Running Your Engine While You Are Parked
    • Mirrors
      • Manual Rearview Mirror
      • Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror with OnStar®, Compass and Temperature Display
      • Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror with Compass and Temperature Display
      • Outside Manual Mirrors
      • Outside Camper-Type Mirrors
      • Outside Power Mirrors
      • Outside Power Camper-Type Mirror
      • Outside Power Foldaway Mirrors
      • Outside Automatic Dimming Mirror
      • Outside Curb View Assist Mirrors
      • Outside Convex Mirror
      • Outside Heated Mirrors
    • OnStar® System
    • HomeLink® Transmitter
      • Programming the HomeLink® Transmitter
    • Storage Areas
      • Glove Box
      • Cupholder(s)
      • Front Storage Area
      • Center Console Storage Area
      • Luggage Carrier
      • Rear Storage Area
      • Convenience Net
      • Cargo Cover
    • Sunroof
    • Vehicle Personalization
      • Memory Seat
  • Instrument Panel
    • Instrument Panel Overview
      • Hazard Warning Flashers
      • Other Warning Devices
      • Horn
      • Tilt Wheel
      • Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
      • Turn and Lane-Change Signals
      • Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
      • Flash-to-Pass
      • Windshield Wipers
      • Windshield Washer
      • Cruise Control
      • Headlamps
      • Headlamps on Reminder
      • Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
      • Automatic Headlamp System
      • Fog Lamps
      • Auxiliary Roof Mounted Lamp
      • Instrument Panel Brightness
      • Dome Lamps
      • Dome Lamp Override
      • Entry Lighting
      • Exit Lighting
      • Front Reading Lamps
      • Battery Run-Down Protection
      • Accessory Power Outlets
      • Ashtrays and Cigarette Lighter
    • Climate Controls
      • Climate Control System
      • Dual Climate Control System
      • Dual Automatic Climate Control System
      • Outlet Adjustment
      • Rear Air Conditioning System
      • Rear Air Conditioning and Heating System
      • Rear Air Conditioning and Heating System and Electronic Climate Controls
    • Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators
      • Instrument Panel Cluster
      • Speedometer and Odometer
      • Trip Odometer
      • Tachometer
      • Safety Belt Reminder Light
      • Airbag Readiness Light
      • Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
      • Battery Warning Light
      • Voltmeter Gage
      • Brake System Warning Light
      • Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light
      • Traction Off Light
      • Engine Coolant Temperature Gage
      • Transmission Temperature Gage
      • Tire Pressure Light
      • Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • Oil Pressure Gage
      • Security Light
      • Cruise Control Light
      • Highbeam On Light
      • Four-Wheel-Drive Light
      • Tow/Haul Mode Light
      • Fuel Gage
      • Low Fuel Warning Light
    • Driver Information Center (DIC)
      • DIC Operation and Displays
      • DIC Warnings and Messages
      • DIC Vehicle Customization
    • Audio System(s)
      • Setting the Time for Radios without Radio Data Systems (RDS)
      • Setting the Time for Radios with Radio Data Systems (RDS)
      • AM-FM Radio
      • Radio with CD
      • Radio with Cassette and CD
      • Radio with Six-Disc CD
      • Rear Seat Entertainment System
      • Navigation/Radio System
      • Rear Seat Audio (RSA)
      • Theft-Deterrent Feature
      • Audio Steering Wheel Controls
      • Radio Reception
      • Care of Your Cassette Tape Player
      • Care of Your CDs and DVDs
      • Care of Your CD and DVD Player
      • Fixed Mast Antenna
      • XM’ Satellite Radio Antenna System
      • Chime Level Adjustment
  • Driving Your Vehicle
    • Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle
      • Defensive Driving
      • Drunken Driving
      • Control of a Vehicle
      • Braking
      • Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
      • Braking in Emergencies
      • Traction Assist System (TAS)
      • Locking Rear Axle
      • StabiliTrak® System
      • Steering
      • QUADRASTEER’
      • Off-Road Recovery
      • Passing
      • Loss of Control
      • Off-Road Driving
      • Driving at Night
      • Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads
      • City Driving
      • Freeway Driving
      • Before Leaving on a Long Trip
      • Highway Hypnosis
      • Hill and Mountain Roads
      • Winter Driving
      • If You Are Stuck: In Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow
      • Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It Out
      • Recovery Hooks
      • Loading Your Vehicle
    • Towing
      • Towing Your Vehicle
      • Recreational Vehicle Towing
      • Level Control
      • Autoride’
      • Trailer Recommendations
      • Towing a Trailer
  • Service and Appearance Care
    • Service
      • Doing Your Own Service Work
      • Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle
    • Fuel
      • Gasoline Octane
      • Gasoline Specifications
      • California Fuel
      • Additives
      • Fuel E-85 (85% Ethanol)
      • Fuels in Foreign Countries
      • Filling Your Tank
      • Filling a Portable Fuel Container
    • Checking Things Under the Hood
      • Hood Release
      • Engine Compartment Overview
      • Engine Oil
      • Engine Oil Life System
      • Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
      • Automatic Transmission Fluid
      • Engine Coolant
      • Coolant Surge Tank Pressure Cap
      • Engine Overheating
      • Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode
      • Cooling System
      • Engine Fan Noise
      • Power Steering Fluid
      • Windshield Washer Fluid
      • Brakes
      • Battery
      • Jump Starting
    • All-Wheel Drive
    • Rear Axle
    • Four-Wheel Drive
    • Front Axle
    • Bulb Replacement
      • Halogen Bulbs
      • Headlamps
      • Front Turn Signal, Sidemarker and Daytime Running Lamps
      • Side Identification Marker Lamps
      • Roof Marker Lamps
      • Taillamps
      • Replacement Bulbs
    • Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
    • Tires
      • Tire Sidewall Labelling
      • Tire Terminology and Definitions
      • Inflation - Tire Pressure
      • Tire Pressure Monitor System
      • Tire Inspection and Rotation
      • When It Is Time for New Tires
      • Buying New Tires
      • Uniform Tire Quality Grading
      • Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
      • Wheel Replacement
      • Tire Chains
      • If a Tire Goes Flat
      • Changing a Flat Tire
      • Removing the Spare Tire and Tools
      • Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire
      • Secondary Latch System
      • Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools
      • Spare Tire
    • Appearance Care
      • Fabric/Carpet
      • Vinyl
      • Leather
      • Instrument Panel
      • Interior Plastic Components
      • Glass Surfaces
      • Care of Safety Belts
      • Weatherstrips
      • Washing Your Vehicle
      • Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses
      • Finish Care
      • Windshield, Backglass, and Wiper Blades
      • Aluminum or Chrome-Plated Wheels
      • Tires
      • Sheet Metal Damage
      • Finish Damage
      • Underbody Maintenance
      • Chemical Paint Spotting
      • Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials
    • Vehicle Identification
      • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
      • Service Parts Identification Label
    • Electrical System
      • Add-On Electrical Equipment
      • Windshield Wiper Fuses
      • Power Windows and Other Power Options
      • Fuses and Circuit Breakers
      • Instrument Panel Fuse Block
      • Center Instrument Panel Fuse Block
      • Underhood Fuse Block
    • Capacities and Specifications
  • Maintenance Schedule
    • Maintenance Schedule
      • Introduction
      • Maintenance Requirements
      • Your Vehicle and the Environment
      • Using Your Maintenance Schedule
      • Scheduled Maintenance
      • Additional Required Services
      • Maintenance Footnotes
      • Owner Checks and Services
      • At Each Fuel Fill
      • At Least Once a Month
      • At Least Once a Year
      • Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
      • Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts
      • Maintenance Record
  • Customer Assistance and Information
    • Customer Assistance and Information
      • Customer Satisfaction Procedure
      • Online Owner Center
      • Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users
      • Customer Assistance Offices
      • GM Mobility Reimbursement Program
      • Roadside Assistance Program
      • Courtesy Transportation
      • Vehicle Data Collection and Event Data Recorders
    • Reporting Safety Defects
      • Reporting Safety Defects to the United States Government
      • Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian Government
      • Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors
      • Service Publications Ordering Information
  • Index