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 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

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

    Eddie Z71 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

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

    Darknesss23 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

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

    Land Shark Rockstar 100 Posts

    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 Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    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 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    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 Epic Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    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 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    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

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