2008 Chevrolet Express Owner ManualSeats and Restraint Systems . 1-1Front Seats . 1-2Rear Seats. 1-6Safety Belts . 1-10Child Restraints. 1-29Airbag System. 1-57Restraint System Check. 1-75Features and Controls . 2-1Keys. 2-2Doors and Locks. 2-6Windows . 2-13Theft-Deterrent Systems . 2-17Starting and Operating Your Vehicle. 2-20Mirrors . 2-33Storage Areas. 2-35Instrument Panel . 3-1Instrument Panel Overview . 3-4Climate Controls. 3-19Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators. 3-25Driver Information Center (DIC). 3-44Audio System(s) . 3-66Driving Your Vehicle . 4-1Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle. 4-2Towing. 4-25MService and Appearance Care . 5-1Service . 5-3Fuel . 5-5Checking Things Under the Hood. 5-12All-Wheel Drive. 5-46Rear Axle. 5-47Front Axle. 5-48Noise Control System. 5-48Bulb Replacement. 5-50Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement. 5-54Tires. 5-56Appearance Care. 5-99Vehicle Identification. 5-108Electrical System. 5-109Capacities and Specifications. 5-116Maintenance Schedule . 6-1Maintenance Schedule . 6-2Customer Assistance Information . 7-1Customer Assistance and Information. 7-2Reporting Safety Defects . 7-14Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy. 7-16Index . 1

Canadian OwnersA French language copy of this manual can be obtainedfrom your dealer/retailer or from:Helm, IncorporatedP.O. Box 07130Detroit, MI 48207GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem,CHEVROLET, the CHEVROLET Emblem, and thename CHEVY EXPRESS are registered trademarks ofGeneral Motors Corporation.This manual includes the latest information at the time itwas printed. We reserve the right to make changesafter that time without further notice. For vehicles firstsold in Canada, substitute the name “General Motors ofCanada Limited” for Chevrolet Motor Division wheneverit appears in this manual.1-800-551-4123www.helminc.comPropriétaires CanadiensOn peut obtenir un exemplaire de ce guide en françaisauprès de concessionnaire ou à l’adresse suivante:Helm IncorporatedP.O. Box 07130Detroit, MI 482071-800-551-4123www.helminc.comThis manual describes features that may be available inthis model, but your vehicle may not have all of them.For example, more than one entertainment system maybe offered or your vehicle may have been orderedwithout a front passenger or rear seats.Keep this manual in the vehicle for quick reference.Litho in U.S.A.Part No. 15861876 A First Printingii 2007 General Motors Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Using this ManualMany people read the owner manual from beginning toend when they first receive their new vehicle. If thisis done, it can help you learn about the featuresand controls for the vehicle. Pictures and words worktogether in the owner manual to explain things.If your vehicle has the DURAMAX Diesel engine, referto the DURAMAX Diesel supplement for additionaland specific information on this engine.IndexA good place to quickly locate information about thevehicle is the Index in the back of the manual. It is analphabetical list of what is in the manual and thepage number where it can be found.{CAUTION:These mean there is something that could hurtyou or other people.We tell you what the hazard is and what to do to helpavoid or reduce the hazard. Please read these cautions.If you do not, you or others could be hurt.A circle with a slashthrough it is a safetysymbol which means “DoNot,” “Do Not do this”or “Do Not let this happen.”Safety Warnings and SymbolsThere are a number of safety cautions in this book. Abox with the word CAUTION is used to tell about thingsthat could hurt you or others if you were to ignore thewarning.iii

Vehicle Damage WarningsVehicle SymbolsYou will also find notices in this manual.The vehicle has components and labels that usesymbols instead of text. Symbols are shown along withthe text describing the operation or informationrelating to a specific component, control, message,gage, or indicator.Notice: These mean there is something that coulddamage your vehicle.A notice tells about something that can damage thevehicle. Many times, this damage would not be coveredby your vehicle’s warranty, and it could be costly.The notice tells what to do to help avoid the damage.When you read other manuals, you might seeCAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors or indifferent words.There are also warning labels on the vehicle which usethe same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.iv

Section 1Seats and Restraint SystemsFront Seats .1-2Manual Seats .1-2Power Seat .1-3Reclining Seatbacks .1-3Rear Seats .1-6Rear Seat Operation .1-6Safety Belts .1-10Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone .1-10How to Wear Safety Belts Properly .1-15Lap-Shoulder Belt .1-22Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy .1-28Safety Belt Extender .1-28Child Restraints .1-29Older Children .1-29Infants and Young Children .1-32Child Restraint Systems .1-35Where to Put the Restraint .1-38Lower Anchors and Tethers forChildren (LATCH) .1-39Securing a Child Restraint in a RearSeat Position .1-45Securing a Child Restraint in the RightFront Seat Position (With PassengerSensing System) .1-48Securing a Child Restraint in the Right FrontSeat Position (With Airbag Off Switch) .1-52Airbag System .1-57Where Are the Airbags? .1-60When Should an Airbag Inflate? .1-62What Makes an Airbag Inflate? .1-64How Does an Airbag Restrain? .1-64What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates? .1-64Airbag Off Switch .1-66Passenger Sensing System .1-69Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle .1-73Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-EquippedVehicle .1-74Restraint System Check .1-75Checking the Restraint Systems .1-75Replacing Restraint System Parts Aftera Crash .1-761-1

Front SeatsManual Seats{CAUTION:You can lose control of the vehicle if you try toadjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicleis moving. The sudden movement could startleand confuse you, or make you push a pedalwhen you do not want to. Adjust the driver’sseat only when the vehicle is not moving.Lift the bar located under the front of the seat to unlockit. Slide the seat to where you want it and releasethe bar. Try to move the seat with your body to be surethe seat is locked in place.1-2

Power SeatReclining Seatbacks{CAUTION:You can lose control of the vehicle if you try toadjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicleis moving. The sudden movement could startleand confuse you, or make you push a pedalwhen you do not want to. Adjust the driver’sseat only when the vehicle is not moving.{CAUTION:If your vehicle has front power seat(s), you can adjustthem with these controls located at the front centerof the seat cushion.To raise or lower the seat, move the center knob up ordown. To move the seat forward or rearward, movethe center knob toward the right or left.To raise or lower the front of the seat cushion, move theright lever up or down. To raise or lower the rear ofthe seat cushion, move the left lever up or down.If the seatback is not locked, it could moveforward in a sudden stop or crash. That couldcause injury to the person sitting there. Alwayspush and pull on the seatback to be sure it islocked.The seats have manual reclining seatbacks. The leverused to operate them is located on the inboard sideof the seats.1-3

To return the seatback to an upright position, do thefollowing:1. Lift the lever fully without applying pressure to theseatback and the seatback will return to the uprightposition.2. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it islocked.To recline the seatback, do the following:1. Lift the recline lever.2. Move the seatback to the desired position, thenrelease the lever to lock the seatback in place.3. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it islocked.1-4

{CAUTION:Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicleis in motion can be dangerous. Even if youbuckle up, your safety belts cannot do theirjob when you are reclined like this.The shoulder belt cannot do its job because itwill not be against your body. Instead, it will bein front of you. In a crash, you could go into it,receiving neck or other injuries.The lap belt cannot do its job either. In acrash, the belt could go up over yourabdomen. The belt forces would be there, notat your pelvic bones. This could cause seriousinternal injuries.For proper protection when the vehicle is inmotion, have the seatback upright. Then sitwell back in the seat and wear your safety beltproperly.Do not have a seatback reclined if your vehicle ismoving.1-5

Rear SeatsRear Seat OperationRemoving the Rear SeatDisconnect the quick release latch plates for thelap-shoulder belts on the bench seat to be removed.1. To do this, press thetip of a key into therelease hole ofthe safety belt bucklewhile pulling up onthe safety belt.Three Passenger Seat ShownThe driver’s side pin has a gray cap with ablack “L” marked on it.2. Locate the pins.On a three passenger seat there are two pinslocated on the inboard sides of the rear seats.1-6

3. Pull the pin handle up to disengage the pin fromthe retaining clip, then pull the pin out.4. Repeat this procedure for the other pins.5. Pull the seat rearward about 2 inches (5 cm) andthen lift the seat from the floor rails.6. Remove the seat from the vehicle.7. For the first row rearseat, stow the safetybelt latch by attachingthe clip on thesafety belt latch to thetrim just inside theside door.Three Passenger Seat ShownThe passenger’s side pin has a black cap with awhite “R” marked on it.On a four passenger seat, each half of the seat hasa set of pins. The driver’s side has a set marked“L”, and the passenger’s side has a set marked “R”.If the vehicle has floor mats, the pins will belocated under a flap that has been cut into the mat.For the remaining rear seats, stow the safety beltlatch plate on the clip at the window trim.1-7

Replacing the Rear Seats{CAUTION:A seat that is not locked into place properlycan move around in a collision or sudden stop.People in the vehicle could be injured. Be sureto lock the seat into place properly wheninstalling it.{CAUTION:A safety belt that is improperly routed, notproperly attached, or twisted will not providethe protection needed in a crash. The personwearing the belt could be seriously injured.After raising the rear seatback, always checkto be sure that the safety belts are properlyrouted and attached, and are not twisted.1-81. Position the seat into the open slots in both rails.Push the seat forward in the rail, hooking bothseat bases onto the pins inside of the rails.2. To install the locking pins at the rear of the seatbase, locate the hole in the rail for the pin. If thevehicle has floor mats, pull the flap that hasbeen cut into the mat.3. Insert the locking pins into the seat base and pushthe seat to line up the pins with the base.On a three passenger seat, the pin with the blackcap marked “R” must be installed on thepassenger’s side and the pin with the gray capmarked “L” on the driver’s side.On a four passenger seat, the pins marked “R” mustbe installed on the half of the seat on the passenger’sside. The pins marked “L” must be installed on thehalf of the seat on the driver’s side.

Three Passenger Seat Shown4. Push the pin(s) marked “R” down until they are inthe retaining clip.Three Passenger Seat Shown5. Push the pin(s) marked “L” down until they are inthe retaining clip.6. If the vehicle has a floor mat, put the flap back toits original position.7. R

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