Tow/Haul Mode Problem with Indicator Lights Chevy Trucks & SUVs (solution)

Discussion in 'Towing & Trailer Tech' started by niko01, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. niko01

    niko01 New Member

    Hey there, just wanted to say hello to everyone and introduce myself. I just bought a 2001 Silverado Ext. cab short box 2wd 4.8 Liter. This is my first 2wd truck ever, I have owned a few 4x4 and several Suburbans. So the problem I have is the tow/haul mode does not seem to engage. Is there a solenoid or something that may have went bad, or something else. (No light comes on, on the dash, and the trans shifts the same).
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  2. s5belford

    s5belford New Member

    sorry I can't help with your problme, but welcome to the site!!!
  3. Eddie Z71

    Eddie Z71 New Member

    Hi, and welcome to the site!:great:
  4. Darknesss23

    Darknesss23 New Member

    do 2wd trucks even come equipped with tow/haul mode? or is the button just there
  5. Land Shark

    Land Shark New Member

    The govy I drive for work has the button but no light comes on either. I don't think that the two wheel drives have that option on them.

    99'HEARTBEAT Moderator

    What Most likely Happen is that the Wire that runs down the Shifter and where it meets the Steering Column, down at the Base, has over-time has got Pinched and finally Broke.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012
  7. vncj96

    vncj96 New Member

    You wont notice the difference in shifts really, but the little pic on the shifter should light up, most likely the wire or sensors on the button have worn out.
  8. retired2001

    retired2001 New Member

    Welcome to the site! I agree with Jason (vncj96), it is hard to tell if it works but the light on the shifter should come on.
  9. unplugged

    unplugged New Member

    Silverado Tow Haul button fix

    FYI, Here's one solution from:

    Here's a pic of the offending wire:
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2009
  10. ChevyDan

    ChevyDan New Member


    Hello, I have a 2001 GMC 1500 Sierra 4x4 that the tow/haul stopped working, went to my local GM dealer and will cost 85.00 through work for a new shift lever to hopefully fix the problem, been told here and at the GM dealer that you can't just replace the switch at the end of the swifter. Dan
  11. ct9a

    ct9a New Member

    Welcome to the site!
  12. 99'HEARTBEAT

    99'HEARTBEAT Moderator

    Went I Engage the Tow/Haul Mode in my Truck, it will Light up & show Tow/Haul, at the Top Right Hand corner of the Dash.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012
  13. hi Welcome to the site ralph
  14. GMPartsClub

    GMPartsClub New Member

  15. canislupis69

    canislupis69 New Member

    Welcome to the site!
  16. niko01

    niko01 New Member

    Thanks for all the input. I will have to check and see if the 2wd even has Tow/Haul mode. I will post some pictures of my truck soon. Thanks again.
  17. 1radgmc

    1radgmc New Member

    I have a 2001 Sierra that has the tow/haul button and it is two wheel drive. I love the feature but recently mine stopped working as well. I am willing to bet it is the wire breakage issue. I havnt looked into it at all. This was my first google search item. Thanks for the pictures of the wiring harness. New to this site as well. Do a search on 1radgmc for pics.
  18. ChevyBoy2009

    ChevyBoy2009 New Member

    I had the same issue for awhile with my 03 silverado,then i tore it apart and fixed the wire and it was good to go!


    Welcome to the site! Go to the Q and A thread for more answers. Yes 2WD have the tow/haul options and sounds like the problem is in the shifter.
  20. Dirty Dog

    Dirty Dog New Member

    :sign0016: Welcome to the club and enjoy the site.......

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