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    Hi, guys. Newbie to this forum. Just bought a 2001 Silverado 1500, 162K. In the past, I have had 8 of these, from '96 forward, but a few years ago, made a wrong turn to brand X. I am back, and happy about my truck. Thing is, it has been neglected, and I have no history of issues, but am finding them as I put on miles. One of the strangest is that the Tow-Haul switch/indicator, power mirrors, electronic 4x4, DRL, and cruise control do not work. In none of my other Silverados did I ever have even one of these issues, and this one has all 4. I have pulled all the appropriate fuses from both boxes, and they are fine.

    I thought before I turn it over to some repair shop genius who wants to earn his next vacation pay from me, I better ask for help from you all. Any suggestions? Any of you located in Las Vegas???

    Jim buckmeister2 las vegas, nv

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckmeister2 View Post
    Hi, guys. Newbie to this forum. Just bought a 2001 Silverado 1500, 162K. In the past, I have had 8 of these, from '96 forward, but a few years ago, made a wrong turn to brand X. I am back, and happy about my truck. Thing is, it has been neglected, and I have no history of issues, but am finding them as I put on miles. One of the strangest is that the Tow-Haul switch/indicator, power mirrors, electronic 4x4, DRL, and cruise control do not work. In none of my other Silverados did I ever have even one of these issues, and this one has all 4. I have pulled all the appropriate fuses from both boxes, and they are fine.

    I thought before I turn it over to some repair shop genius who wants to earn his next vacation pay from me, I better ask for help from you all. Any suggestions? Any of you located in Las Vegas???

    Jim buckmeister2 las vegas, nv
    Welcome to the Site Jim.....regarding the Tow Haul Switch/Button,

    What's most likely happened.....which is a Common Problem, is the Wire that is inside the Tow Haul Button, that runs down the Shifter and then down the Steering Column, to its Base, has Overtime gotten Pinched and/or Frayed, and has Finally Broke.

    Here's a Picture of where the Wire(Orange)is located, at the Base of the Steering Column,



    To fix it.....just located the Break in the Wire, and you can either, Crimp Splice or Solder it back together and you should be good to Go.



    MIKE


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    The key piece of information you DON'T have here is whether or not all of the problems surfaced at once or if each component failed over time. There could be a lot of reasons for the failure. If they are related, it could be anything from a bad ignition switch to a faulty BCM (Body Control Module).
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    the tow/haul inop is most always the orange wire from the switch that breaks because it is a little too short. this causes the wire to break.

    the mirrors do not work because the key pad is dirty or worn out. its basicly like a TV/DVD remote control key pad. on the 4wd if this does nothing check fuses first. then get the drivetrain codes with a GM drive train capable scanner. post back what you found.

    the drl/cruise control maybe the BCM. see if the vehicle had an alarm or other aftermarket electrical installed.

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    DRL could be burnt out bulbs (although you have probably checked that). Maybe someone installed a DRL killer to keep the lights out.

    Cruise won't work if there are any brake problems, like maybe an ABS sensor not working correctly.
    Ray

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    [QUOTE=99'HEARTBEAT;523538]Welcome to the Site Jim.....regarding the Tow Haul Switch/Button,

    What's most likely happened.....which is a Common Problem, is the Wire that is inside the Tow Haul Button, that runs down the Shifter and then down the Steering Column, to its Base, has Overtime gotten Pinched and/or Frayed, and has Finally Broke.

    Here's a Picture of where the Wire(Orange)is located, at the Base of the Steering Column,



    To fix it.....just located the Break in the Wire, and you can either, Crimp Splice or Solder it back together and you should be good to Go.


    Thanks, Mike, for your help. You were very close to correct. Actually, the orange wire is not a wire, it is a sheath wrapping two ultra-fine wires together. I had to cut a bit off the sheath, then trim the wires and cut their individual sheaths, then superglue the correct strands back together, tape off in opposite directions, and remount everything. Works fine.

    Next, I will tackle the remote mirror pad, as that sounds the most reasonbable problem with it not working. As for the 4x4 electronic shift, I know there is an actuator/solenoid for the electronic component that is easy to service, so I will check into that more closely. The part is fairly cheap, and that is a common problem.

    And the other poster is correct that the real problem is I don't know how much of this stuff is all related by a single event, or over time. I judge from the general condition/maintenance, that there were likely isolated problems that the owner never took care of. Thanks for all your help.

    Jim

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    j,

    i removed the arm rest cover that surrounds the switches, and disconnected the mirror switch power supply. I cannot see any way to get to the bottom/underside of the pad, which would be between the actual switch and the top side of the toggle pad. I agree that cleaning the contact portions of the pad might solve it, but how do you get to it.

    Jim

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    Thanks for the reply. Yes, I did check the bulbs with no, no help, and there do not seem to be brake issues, like brake light on, etc, which is an indicator of the ABS problem. Never heard of a DRL killer, but who knows what someone might have done to this truck over 11 years.

    jim

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