2012 Chevrolet Silverado Owner's Manual

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  • 1. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) 2012 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual M In Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Seats and Restraints . . . . . . . . . 3-1 Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-8 Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8 Vehicle Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25 Rear Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 Lighting Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9 Performance and Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13 Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-33 Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-23 Infotainment System . . . . . . . . . 7-1 Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-42 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 Keys, Doors, and Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Audio Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-16 Keys and Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Storage Compartments . . . . . . . . 4-1 Rear Seat Infotainment . . . . . . . 7-40 Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9 Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-52 Vehicle Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11 Instruments and Controls . . . . 5-1 Trademarks and License Exterior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-59 Interior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17 Warning Lights, Gauges, and Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12 Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1 Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20 Information Displays . . . . . . . . . . 5-32 Climate Control Systems . . . . . . 8-1 Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-42 Air Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11 Vehicle Personalization . . . . . . . 5-52 Universal Remote System . . . . 5-60
  • 2. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 2012 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual M Driving and Operating . . . . . . . . 9-1 Vehicle Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1 Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1 Driving Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2 General Information . . . . . . . . . . 10-2 Vehicle Identification . . . . . . . . . 12-1 Starting and Operating . . . . . . . 9-26 Vehicle Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4 Vehicle Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2 Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-36 Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . 10-39 Automatic Transmission . . . . . . 9-38 Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-42 Customer Information . . . . . . . 13-1 Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . 9-44 Electrical System . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-46 Customer Information . . . . . . . . 13-1 Drive Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-45 Wheels and Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-54 Reporting Safety Defects . . . . 13-18 Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-58 Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-92 Vehicle Data Recording and Ride Control Systems . . . . . . . . 9-62 Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-97 Privacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-19 Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-66 Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . 10-102 OnStar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1 Object Detection Systems . . . . 9-68 OnStar Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1 Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-76 Service and Maintenance . . . 11-1 General Information . . . . . . . . . . 11-1 OnStar Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2 Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-82 OnStar Additional Conversions and Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . 11-3 Special Application Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5 Add-Ons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-115 Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-9 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i-1 Additional Maintenance and Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-10 Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and Parts . . . . . . 11-13 Maintenance Records . . . . . . . 11-17
  • 3. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Introduction iii Please refer to the purchase Canadian Vehicle Owners documentation relating to your specific vehicle to confirm each of Propriétaires Canadiens the features found on your vehicle. A French language copy of this For vehicles first sold in Canada, manual can be obtained from your substitute the name “General dealer or from: Motors of Canada Limited” for The names, logos, emblems, Chevrolet Motor Division wherever On peut obtenir un exemplaire de slogans, vehicle model names, it appears in this manual. ce guide en français auprès du and vehicle body designs appearing concessionnaire ou à ladresse in this manual including, but not If the vehicle has the Duramax® suivante: limited to, GM, the GM logo, diesel engine, see the Duramax CHEVROLET, the CHEVROLET diesel supplement for additional and Helm, Incorporated Emblem, SILVERADO, and Z71 specific information on this engine. P.O. Box 07130 are trademarks and/or service Detroit, MI 48207 If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the marks of General Motors LLC, its hybrid supplement for more 1-800-551-4123 subsidiaries, affiliates, or licensors. information. Numéro de poste 6438 de langue This manual describes features that française Keep this manual in the vehicle for www.helminc.com may or may not be on your specific quick reference. vehicle either because they are options that you did not purchase or due to changes subsequent to the printing of this owner manual. Litho in U.S.A. © Part No. 20902913 A First Printing 2011 General Motors LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 4. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) iv Introduction Using this Manual Symbols { WARNING To quickly locate information about The vehicle has components and the vehicle, use the Index in the These mean there is something labels that use symbols instead of back of the manual. It is an that could hurt you or other text. Symbols are shown along with alphabetical list of what is in the people. the text describing the operation or manual and the page number information relating to a specific where it can be found. component, control, message, Notice: This means there is gauge, or indicator. something that could result in Danger, Warnings, and property or vehicle damage. M : This symbol is shown when Cautions This would not be covered by the you need to see your owner manual vehicles warranty. for additional instructions or Warning messages found on vehicle information. labels and in this manual describe hazards and what to do to avoid or * : This symbol is shown when reduce them. you need to see a service manual for additional instructions or Danger indicates a hazard with a information. high level of risk which will result in serious injury or death. Warning or Caution indicates a A circle with a slash through it is hazard that could result in injury or a safety symbol which means death. “Do Not,” “Do not do this,” or “Do not let this happen.”
  • 5. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Introduction v Vehicle Symbol Chart B : Engine Coolant Temperature } : Power Here are some additional symbols O : Exterior Lamps / : Remote Vehicle Start that may be found on the vehicle and what they mean. For more # : Fog Lamps > : Safety Belt Reminders information on the symbol, refer to . : Fuel Gauge 7 : Tire Pressure Monitor the Index. + : Fuses _ : Tow/Haul Mode 0 : Adjustable Pedals 3 : Headlamp High/Low-Beam d : Traction Control/StabiliTrak® 9 : Airbag Readiness Light Changer M : Windshield Washer Fluid # : Air Conditioning j : LATCH System Child ! : Antilock Brake System (ABS) Restraints % : Audio Steering Wheel Controls * : Malfunction Indicator Lamp or OnStar® : : Oil Pressure $ : Brake System Warning Light g : Outside Power Foldaway " : Charging System Mirrors I : Cruise Control
  • 6. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) vi Introduction 2 NOTES
  • 7. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) In Brief 1-1 In Brief Steering Wheel Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 Performance and Maintenance StabiliTrak® System . . . . . . . . . 1-33 Throttle and Brake Pedal Tire Pressure Monitor . . . . . . . . 1-33 Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 Engine Oil Life System . . . . . . 1-34 Instrument Panel Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) . . . . . 1-34 Instrument Panel Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18 Driving for Better Fuel (Base/Uplevel Version) . . . . . . 1-2 Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . . 1-19 Economy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-34 Instrument Panel Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-20 Roadside Assistance (Premium Version) . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22 Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-35 Initial Drive Information Four-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-23 OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-35 Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-8 Vehicle Features Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) Radio(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8 Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-26 Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . 1-8 Portable Audio Devices . . . . . . 1-26 Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9 Bluetooth® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-27 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9 Steering Wheel Controls . . . . . 1-27 Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10 Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-28 Memory Features . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13 Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . 1-28 Heated and Ventilated Driver Information Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14 Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-28 Head Restraint Rear Vision Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14 Camera (RVC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29 Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-15 Ultrasonic Parking Assist . . . . 1-30 Passenger Sensing Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-30 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-15 Universal Remote System . . . 1-30 Mirror Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-31
  • 8. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 1-2 In Brief Instrument Panel Instrument Panel (Base/Uplevel Version)
  • 9. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) In Brief 1-3 A. Air Vents on page 8‑11. G. Infotainment on page 7‑1. R. Steering Wheel Controls on B. Turn and Lane‐Change Lever. H. Instrument Panel Storage on page 5‑3 (If Equipped). See Turn and Lane-Change page 4‑1. S. Automatic Transfer Case Signals on page 6‑6. I. Integrated Trailer Brake Control (If Equipped). Windshield Wiper/Washer on Controller (If Equipped). See Four-Wheel Drive on page 5‑5. See Trailer Towing on page 10‑32. C. Driver Information Center (DIC) page 9‑86. T. Ashtray (If Equipped). Buttons. See Driver Information J. Exterior Lamp Controls on See Ashtrays on page 5‑12 Center (DIC) on page 5‑32. page 6‑1. and Cigarette Lighter on page 5‑11. D. Hazard Warning Flashers on K. Data Link Connector (DLC) page 6‑5 (Out of View). (Out of View). See Malfunction U. StabiliTrak® System on Indicator Lamp on page 5‑24. page 9‑62 (If Equipped). E. Instrument Cluster on page 5‑13. L. Hood Release. See Hood on Ultrasonic Parking Assist on page 10‑5. page 9‑68 (If Equipped). F. Shift Lever. See Automatic Transmission on page 9‑38. M. Parking Brake on page 9‑60. Pedal Adjust Button (If Equipped). See Adjustable Tow/Haul Selector Button N. Dome Lamps on page 6‑8. Throttle and Brake Pedal on (If Equipped). See Tow/Haul Fog Lamps on page 6‑6 page 9‑26. Mode on page 9‑43. (If Equipped). Exhaust Brake (If Equipped). Range Selection Mode (Allison O. Cruise Control on page 9‑66. See “Brakes” in the Duramax Transmission and Hydra-Matic® diesel supplement. 6‐Speed Button) (If Equipped). P. Steering Wheel Adjustment on See Manual Mode on page 5‑2. page 9‑42. Q. Horn on page 5‑5.
  • 10. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 1-4 In Brief V. Power Outlets on page 5‑10. W. Climate Control Systems (with Air Conditioning) on page 8‑1 or Climate Control Systems (with Heater Only) on page 8‑4 (If Equipped). Dual Automatic Climate Control System on page 8‑5 (If Equipped). X. Power Take Off (PTO) Control (If Equipped). See Power Take Off (PTO) in the Duramax diesel supplement. Y. Passenger Airbag Off Control (If Equipped). See Airbag On-Off Switch on page 3‑30.
  • 11. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) In Brief 1-5 2 NOTES
  • 12. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 1-6 In Brief Instrument Panel (Premium Version)
  • 13. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) In Brief 1-7 A. Air Vents on page 8‑11. J. Integrated Trailer Brake T. Climate Control Systems B. Turn and Lane‐Change Lever. Controller (If Equipped). (with Air Conditioning) on See Turn and Lane-Change See Trailer Towing on page 8‑1 or Climate Control Signals on page 6‑6. page 9‑86. Systems (with Heater Only) on K. Dome Lamps on page 6‑8. page 8‑4 (If Equipped). Windshield Wiper/Washer on Dual Automatic Climate page 5‑5. L. Automatic Transfer Case Control System on page 8‑5 C. Instrument Cluster on Control (If Equipped). (If Equipped). page 5‑13. See Four-Wheel Drive on page 10‑32. U. Power Outlets on page 5‑10. D. Hazard Warning Flashers on Cigarette Lighter (If Equipped). page 6‑5 (Out of View). M. Data Link Connector (DLC) (Out of View). See Malfunction See Ashtrays on page 5‑12 and E. Shift Lever. See Automatic Indicator Lamp on page 5‑24. Cigarette Lighter on page 5‑11. Transmission on page 9‑38. V. StabiliTrak® System on N. Hood Release. See Hood on Range Selection Mode page 10‑5. page 9‑62 (If Equipped). (If Equipped). See Manual Pedal Adjust Button Mode on page 9‑42. O. Parking Brake on page 9‑60. (If Equipped). See Adjustable F. Tow/Haul Mode on page 9‑43 P. Cruise Control on page 9‑66. Throttle and Brake Pedal on (If Equipped). Q. Steering Wheel Adjustment on page 9‑26. G. Driver Information Center (DIC) page 5‑2. Ultrasonic Parking Assist on Buttons. See Driver Information R. Horn on page 5‑5. page 9‑68 (If Equipped). Center (DIC) on page 5‑32. Exhaust Brake (If Equipped). S. Steering Wheel Controls on See “Brakes” in the Duramax H. Infotainment on page 7‑1. page 5‑3. diesel supplement. I. Exterior Lamp Controls on W. Passenger Airbag Off Control page 6‑1. (If Equipped). See Airbag On-Off Switch on page 3‑30.
  • 14. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 1-8 In Brief Initial Drive L : Press and release to locate the vehicle. Press L and hold for Information more than two seconds to sound This section provides a brief the panic alarm. Press L again to overview about some of the cancel the panic alarm. important features that may or may not be on your specific vehicle. See Keys on page 2‑2 and Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System For more detailed information, refer Operation on page 2‑3. to each of the features which can be found later in this owner manual. Remote Vehicle Start Remote Keyless Entry With this feature the engine can be K : Press to unlock the driver door. started from outside of the vehicle. (RKE) System The RKE transmitter is used to Press K again within three seconds Starting the Vehicle remotely lock and unlock the doors to unlock all remaining doors. 1. Aim the RKE transmitter at the from up to 60 m (195 ft) away from Q: Press to lock all doors. vehicle. the vehicle. Lock and unlock feedback can be personalized. See Vehicle 2. Press and release Q. Personalization (With DIC Buttons) 3. Immediately after completing on page 5‑52. Step 2, press and hold / until the turn signal lamps flash.
  • 15. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) In Brief 1-9 When the vehicle starts, the parking Door Locks Power Windows lamps will turn on and remain on as long as the engine is running. The There are several ways to lock and doors will be locked and the climate unlock the vehicle. control system may come on. From outside, use the Remote The engine will continue to run for Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter or 10 minutes. Repeat the steps for a the key in the driver door. 10-minute time extension. Remote From inside, use the power door start can be extended only once. locks or the manual door locks. To lock or unlock the door with the Canceling a Remote Start manual locks, push down or pull up To cancel a remote start: on the manual lock knob. . Aim the RKE transmitter at the Power Door Locks vehicle and press and hold / Crew Cab Shown If available, the switches are on the until the parking lamps turn off. front doors. If available, the power window . Turn on the hazard warning switches are located on each door. flashers. K: Press to unlock the doors. The driver door also has a switch for . Turn the ignition on and then Q: Press to lock the doors. the passenger and rear windows. back off. See Door Locks on page 2‑7. Push the switch to lower the See Remote Vehicle Start on window. Pull the switch up to page 2‑5. Windows raise it. Turn the hand crank on each door For more information, see: to manually raise or lower the . Windows on page 2‑18. manual windows. . Power Windows on page 2‑18.
  • 16. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 1-10 In Brief Power Sliding Rear Window Seat Adjustment Power Seats Manual Seats To adjust a power seat, if equipped: On vehicles with a power sliding . Move the seat forward or rear window, the switch is located in rearward by sliding the control To adjust the seat: the overhead console. See Rear forward or rearward. Windows on page 2‑20. 1. Lift the bar to unlock the seat. . If available, raise or lower the . Push the switch to open the 2. Slide the seat to the desired front or rear part of the seat window. position and release the bar. cushion by moving the front or . Pull the switch to close the 3. Try to move the seat back and rear of the control up or down. window. forth to be sure the seat is . If available, raise or lower the locked in place. entire seat by moving the entire The power sliding rear window cannot be operated manually. See Seat Adjustment on page 3‑3 control up or down. for more information. See Power Seat Adjustment on page 3‑5 for more information.
  • 17. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) In Brief 1-11 Lumbar Adjustment Power Lumbar . On vehicles with four-way lumbar, press and hold the Manual Lumbar front or rear of the control to increase or decrease lumbar support. To raise or lower the height of the support, press and hold the top or bottom of the control. See Lumbar Adjustment on page 3‑6 for more information. To adjust the power lumbar support, If equipped, increase or decrease if equipped: manual lumbar support by turning . On vehicles with two-way the knob forward or rearward. lumbar, press and hold the top See Lumbar Adjustment on or bottom of the control to page 3‑6 for more information. increase or decrease lumbar support.
  • 18. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 1-12 In Brief Reclining Seatbacks To return the seatback to the upright Power Reclining Seatbacks position: Manual Reclining Seatbacks 1. Lift the lever fully without applying pressure to the seatback, and the seatback will return to the upright position. 2. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked. See Reclining Seatbacks on page 3‑6 for more information. To adjust a power seatback, if equipped: To recline a manual seatback: . Tilt the top of the control 1. Lift the lever. rearward to recline. 2. Move the seatback to the . Tilt the top of the control forward desired position, and then to raise. release the lever to lock the See Reclining Seatbacks on seatback in place. page 3‑6 for more information. 3. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.
  • 19. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) In Brief 1-13 Memory Features Storing Memory Positions The seat, outside mirrors, and To save into memory: adjustable throttle and brake pedals, if equipped, will move to the position 1. Adjust the driver seat and previously stored for the identified seatback recliner, both outside driver. mirrors, and the throttle and brake pedals, if equipped. See Memory Seats on page 3‑8 and Vehicle Personalization (With DIC See Power Mirrors on page 2‑15 Buttons) on page 5‑52 for more and Adjustable Throttle and information. Brake Pedal on page 9‑26 for more information. Easy Exit Driver Seat Not all mirrors and adjustable This feature can move the seat throttle and brake pedals will rearward to allow extra room to exit have the ability to save and the vehicle. On vehicles with the memory recall their positions. B : Press to recall the easy exit feature, the controls on the driver 2. Press and hold “1” until seat position. The vehicle must be door are used to program and recall two beeps sound. in P (Park). memory settings for the driver seat, See Memory Seats on page 3‑8 and outside mirrors, and the adjustable 3. Repeat for a second driver position using “2.” Vehicle Personalization (With DIC throttle and brake pedals, Buttons) on page 5‑52 for more if equipped. To recall, press and release “1” information. or “2.” The vehicle must be in P (Park). A single beep will sound.
  • 20. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 1-14 In Brief Heated and Ventilated H : If available, press to cool Head Restraint Seats the seat. Adjustment I : Press to heat the Do not drive until the head restraints seatback only. for all occupants are installed and J: Press to heat the seat and adjusted properly. seatback. To achieve a comfortable seating Press the button once for the position, change the seatback highest setting. With each press of recline angle as little as necessary the button, the seat will change to while keeping the seat and the the next lower setting, and then to head restraint height in the proper the off setting. The lights indicate position. three for the highest setting and one For more information see Head for the lowest. Restraints on page 3‑2 and Seat Heated and Cooled Seat See Heated and Ventilated Front Adjustment on page 3‑3. Seats on page 3‑10. Buttons Shown, Heated Seat Buttons Similar If available, the buttons are on the front doors.
  • 21. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) In Brief 1-15 Safety Belts Passenger Sensing The passenger airbag status indicator will be visible on the System overhead console when the vehicle The passenger sensing system, is started. if equipped, turns off the front outboard passenger frontal airbag under certain conditions. No other airbag is affected by the passenger sensing system. If the vehicle has one of the indicators pictured in the following United States illustrations, then the vehicle has a passenger sensing system for the right front passenger position unless Refer to the following sections for there is an airbag off switch located important information on how to use in the glove box. safety belts properly. If there is an airbag off switch, the . Safety Belts on page 3‑13. vehicle does not have a passenger sensing system. See Airbag On-Off Canada and Mexico . How to Wear Safety Belts Switch on page 3‑30 for more See Passenger Sensing System on Properly on page 3‑14. information. page 3‑34 for important information. . Lap-Shoulder Belt on page 3‑15. . Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 3‑51.
  • 22. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 1-16 In Brief Mirror Adjustment See Manual Mirrors on page 2‑14 or Interior Mirror Power Mirrors on page 2‑15. Exterior Mirrors Vehicles with a manual rearview If the vehicle has towing mirrors, mirror can be adjusted to see clearly they can be adjusted for a clearer behind the vehicle. Hold the mirror view of the objects behind you. in the center to move it up or down Manually pull out the mirror head to and side to side. To reduce extend it for better visibility when headlamp glare during nighttime towing a trailer. See Trailer-Tow use, push the tab forward for Mirrors on page 2‑15. daytime use and pull it for nighttime use. Power Foldaway Mirrors Vehicles with the automatic dimming To fold the mirrors: feature will automatically reduce the 1. Press (C) to fold the mirrors out glare of headlamps from behind the to the driving position. vehicle. The dimming feature comes 2. Press (D) to fold the mirrors in to on and the indicator light illuminates Vehicles with outside power mirrors the folded position. each time the vehicle is started. and foldaway mirrors have controls See Automatic Dimming Rearview Manual Foldaway Mirrors located on the driver door. Mirror on page 2‑17 for more Manually fold the mirrors inward information. 1. Press (A) or (B) to select the to prevent damage when going driver or passenger side mirror. through an automatic car wash. 2. Press the arrows on the control To fold, pull the mirror toward the pad to move the mirror up, vehicle. Push the mirror outward, down, right, or left. to return to its original position. 3. Press either (A) or (B) again to See Folding Mirrors on page 2‑15. deselect the mirror.
  • 23. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) In Brief 1-17 Steering Wheel Throttle and Brake Pedal Interior Lighting Adjustment Adjustment Dome Lamps On vehicles with this feature, you The dome lamps are located in the can change the position of the overhead console. throttle and brake pedals. They come on when any door is opened and turn off after all the doors are closed. Turn the instrument panel brightness knob located below the dome lamp override button, clockwise to the farthest position to The control used to adjust the manually turn on the dome lamps. pedals is located on the instrument The dome lamps remain on until the panel below the climate control knob is turned counterclockwise. The tilt lever is located on the lower left side of the steering column. system. To adjust the steering wheel: Press the bottom of the control to move the pedals closer to your 1. Hold the steering wheel and pull body. Press the top of the control to the lever. move the pedals away. 2. Move the steering wheel up See Adjustable Throttle and Brake or down. Pedal on page 9‑26. 3. Release the lever to lock the wheel in place. Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving.
  • 24. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 1-18 In Brief Dome Lamp Override Reading Lamps Exterior Lighting The dome lamp override button is For vehicles with reading lamps in located next to the exterior lamps the overhead console, press the control. button located next to the lamp to turn it on or off. The vehicle may also have reading lamps in other locations. To turn the lamps on or off, press the button located next to the lamp. For more information about interior lamps, see: The exterior lamps control is located . Dome Lamps on page 6‑8. on the instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel. . Reading Lamps on page 6‑9. k: Press the button in and the O : Turns off the automatic . Instrument Panel Illumination headlamps and Daytime Running dome lamps remain off when a door Control on page 6‑8. is opened. Press the button again to Lamps (DRL). Turn the headlamp return it to the extended position so control to the off position again to that the dome lamps come on when turn the automatic headlamps or a door is opened. DRL back on. For vehicles first sold in Canada, the off position will only work when the vehicle is shifted into P (Park).
  • 25. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) In Brief 1-19 AUTO: Automatically turns on Windshield Wiper/Washer 9 : Turns the windshield the headlamps, parking lamps, wipers off. taillamps, instrument panel lights, and license plate lamps. 6: Turn the band up for more frequent wipes or down for less ; : Turns on the parking lamps, frequent wipes. taillamps, instrument panel lights, and license plate lamps. 6 : Slow wipes. 5 : Turns on the headlamps, ? : Fast wipes. parking lamps, taillamps, instrument The front wiper control is located on L : Push the paddle at the top of panel lights, and license plate the turn and lane‐change lever. the lever to spray washer fluid on lamps. the windshield. The windshield wipers are controlled For more information, see: by turning the band with z on it. See Windshield Wiper/Washer on . Exterior Lamp Controls on page 5‑5. 8 : For a single wipe, turn to 8, page 6‑1. then release. For several wipes, . Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) hold the band on 8 longer. on page 6‑3. . Fog Lamps on page 6‑6.
  • 26. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 1-20 In Brief Climate Controls These systems control the heating, cooling, and ventilation. Climate Control System (With Air Conditioning) A. Fan Control E. Outside Air B. Temperature Control F. Air Recirculation C. Air Delivery Mode Control G. Rear Window Defogger D. Air Conditioning
  • 27. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) In Brief 1-21 Climate Control System (With Heater Only) A. Fan Control See Climate Control Systems B. Temperature Control (with Air Conditioning) on page 8‑1 or Climate Control Systems C. Air Delivery Mode Control (with Heater Only) on page 8‑4.
  • 28. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 1-22 In Brief Dual Automatic Climate Control System Transmission Range Selection Mode The Range Selection Mode switch, if equipped, is located on the shift lever. To enable the Range Selection A. Driver and Passenger H. Display feature: Temperature Controls I. Power Button 1. Move the column shift lever B. Fan Control to the M (Manual) position. J. Rear Window Defogger The current range will appear C. AUTO K. Air Conditioning next to the M. This is the D. Defrost highest attainable range with all L. PASS (Passenger) lower gears accessible. As an E. Air Recirculation See Dual Automatic Climate Control example, when 5 (Fifth) gear F. Outside Air System on page 8‑5. is selected, 1 (First) through G. Air Delivery Mode Control 5 (Fifth) gears are available.
  • 29. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (23,1) In Brief 1-23 2. Press the plus/minus buttons, Transfer Case Buttons Electronic Transfer Case located on the steering column The vehicle will have one of these shift lever, to select the desired three styles of transfer case range of gears for current driving controls. Use these controls to conditions. See Manual Mode on shift into and out of the different page 9‑42. Four-Wheel Drive modes. While using Range Selection Mode, cruise control and the Tow/Haul Manual Transfer Case mode can be used. Grade Braking is not available when Range Selection Mode is active. See Tow/Haul Mode on page 9‑43. Four-Wheel Drive This transfer case knob is located If the vehicle has Four-Wheel Drive, next to the steering column. you can send the engines driving power to all four wheels for extra traction. This transfer case shift lever is on the floor to the right of the driver.
  • 30. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (24,1) 1-24 In Brief Automatic Transfer Case Each transfer case design offers N (Neutral): Shift the transfer case different drive options. The list to Neutral only when towing the below describes the different drive vehicle. See Recreational Vehicle options that may be available. Towing on page 10‑97 or Trailer Towing on page 9‑86. 2 m (Two-Wheel-Drive High): This setting is used for driving in 4 n (Four-Wheel-Drive Low): most street and highway situations. This setting sends maximum power AUTO (Automatic Four-Wheel to all four wheels. You might choose Drive): This setting is ideal for Four-Wheel-Drive Low if you are use when road surface traction driving off-road in deep sand, deep conditions are variable. mud, deep snow, and while climbing or descending steep hills. 4 m (Four-Wheel High): Use the See Four-Wheel Drive on Four-Wheel-Drive High position page 9‑45. This transfer case knob is located next to the steering column. when extra traction is needed, such as on snowy or icy roads or in most off-road situations.
  • 31. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (25,1) In Brief 1-25 Vehicle Features © SEEK or ¨ SEEK: Seek or scan stations. Radio(s) 4: Press to switch the display between the radio station frequency and the time. While the ignition is off, press this button to display the time. Press to display additional text information related to the current FM-RDS or XM station; or CD, MP3, or WMA song. If information is available during XM, CD, MP3, or WMA playback, the song title information displays on the top line of the display and artist information displays on the bottom line. When information is not available, “NO INFO” displays. For more information about these and other radio features, see Operation on page 7‑3. Radio with USB, CD, and DVD (MP3) For vehicles with a Rear Seat Entertainment System (RSE) and O : Press to turn the system on BAND: Press to choose between Rear Seat Audio System (RSA), and off. Turn to increase or FM, AM, or XM™, if equipped. see Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) decrease the volume. System on page 7‑40 and Rear f: Select radio stations. Seat Audio (RSA) System on page 7‑50 for more information.
  • 32. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (26,1) 1-26 In Brief Storing Radio Stations Setting the Clock Satellite Radio A maximum of 36 stations can be To set the time and date: XM is a satellite radio service based stored as favorites using the six 1. Turn the ignition key to in the 48 contiguous United States softkeys located below the radio ACC/ACCESSORY or and 10 Canadian provinces. station frequency tabs and by using XM satellite radio has a wide the radio FAV button. Press FAV to ON/RUN, then press O, variety of programming and go through up to six pages of to turn the radio on. commercial-free music, coast to favorites, each having six favorite 2. Press H to display HR, MIN, coast, and in digital-quality sound. stations available per page. Each MM, DD, and YYYY (hour, A fee is required to receive the page of favorites can contain any minute, month, day, and year). combination of AM, FM, or XM XM service. stations. 3. Press the softkey located under For more information, refer to: any one of the labels to be For more information, see “Storing . www.xmradio.com or call changed. Radio Stations” in AM-FM Radio on 1-800-929-2100 (U.S.) page 7‑8. 4. To increase or decrease the time . www.xmradio.ca or call or date, turn f clockwise or 1-877-438-9677 (Canada) counter‐clockwise. See Satellite Radio on page 7‑10. For detailed instructions on setting the clock for the vehicles specific Portable Audio Devices audio system, see Clock on page 5‑8. This vehicle may have an auxiliary input located on the radio faceplate and a USB port located in the center console or on the instrument panel.
  • 33. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (27,1) In Brief 1-27 External devices such as an iPod®, Steering Wheel Controls b / g : Press to silence the vehicle laptop computer, MP3 player, CD speakers only. Press again to turn changer, or USB storage device can the sound on. Press and hold longer be connected to the auxiliary port than two seconds to interact with using a 3.5 mm (1/8 in) input cable OnStar® or Bluetooth systems, or the USB port depending on the if equipped. audio system. See “Using the Auxiliary Input Jack” +e: Press to increase volume. and “Using the USB Port” in −e: Press to decrease volume. Auxiliary Devices on page 7‑34. SRCE: Press to switch between Bluetooth® the radio and CD, and for equipped vehicles, the DVD, front auxiliary, For vehicles with a Bluetooth and rear auxiliary. system, it allows users with a Bluetooth‐enabled cell phone to If available, some audio controls ¨ : Press to seek the next radio can be adjusted at the steering station, the next track or chapter make and receive hands-free calls wheel. while sourced to the CD or DVD using the vehicle’s audio system w : Press to go to the next favorite slot, or to select tracks and folders and controls. radio station, track on a CD, on an iPod or USB device. The Bluetooth‐enabled cell phone or folder on an iPod® or USB For more information, see Steering must be paired with the Bluetooth device. Wheel Controls on page 5‑3. system before it can be used in the vehicle. Not all phones will support c / x : Press to go to the all functions. For more information, previous favorite radio station, track visit www.gm.com/bluetooth. on a CD, or folder on an iPod® or USB device. Press to reject an For more information, see Bluetooth incoming call, or to end a call. on page 7‑52.
  • 34. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (28,1) 1-28 In Brief Cruise Control [ : Press to disengage cruise Driver Information control without erasing the set Center (DIC) speed from memory. The DIC display is located at the See Cruise Control on page 9‑66. bottom of the instrument panel cluster. It shows the status of many Navigation System vehicle systems and enables If the vehicle has a navigation access to the personalization menu. system, there is a separate navigation system manual that includes information on the radio, audio players, and navigation system. The navigation system provides detailed maps of most major T : Press to turn the system on freeways and roads. After a or off. The indicator light is on when destination has been set, the cruise control is on and turns off system provides turn-by-turn when cruise control is off. instructions for reaching the + RES : Press briefly to make the destination. In addition, the system can help locate a variety of points of The DIC buttons are located on vehicle resume to a previously set interest (POIs), such as banks, the instrument panel, next to the speed, or press and hold to airports, restaurants, and more. steering wheel. accelerate. See the navigation system manual Some vehicles do not have the SET − : Press to set the speed and for more information. buttons shown, however some of activate cruise control or make the the menus can be viewed by using vehicle decelerate. the trip odometer reset stem.
  • 35. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (29,1) In Brief 1-29 3 : Press to display the V : Press to set or reset certain Rear Vision odometer, trip odometer, fuel range, functions and to turn off or Camera (RVC) average economy, fuel used, timer, acknowledge messages on the DIC. instantaneous economy and Active If available, the RVC displays a For more information, see Driver view of the area behind the vehicle Fuel Management™ indicator, Information Center (DIC) on and transmission temperature. when the vehicle is shifted into page 5‑32. R (Reverse). This is displayed on The compass and outside air temperature will also be shown in Vehicle Customization the inside rearview mirror or the the display. The temperature will be navigation screen, if equipped. Some vehicle features can be shown in °C or °F depending on the To clean the camera lens, located in programmed by using the DIC units selected. the bezel of the tailgate handle, buttons next to the steering wheel. T: Press to display the oil life, These features include: rinse it with water and wipe it with a units, tire pressure readings for soft cloth. . Language vehicles with the Tire Pressure For more information, see Rear Monitor System (TPMS), trailer . Door Lock and Unlock Settings Vision Camera (RVC) on page 9‑70. brake gain and output information . RKE Lock and Unlock Feedback for vehicles with the Integrated Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system, . Lighting engine hours, compass zone . Chime Volume setting, and compass recalibration. . Memory Features U: Press to customize the feature settings on your vehicle. See Vehicle Personalization See Vehicle Personalization (With DIC Buttons) on page 5‑52. (With DIC Buttons) on page 5‑52 for more information.
  • 36. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (30,1) 1-30 In Brief Ultrasonic Parking Assist The vehicle may have two Universal Remote System accessory power outlets located If available, Ultrasonic Rear Parking below the climate control system, Assist (URPA) system uses sensors or may have one accessory power on the rear bumper to assist with outlet and one cigarette lighter. parking and avoiding objects while The cigarette lighter is designed to in R (Reverse). It operates at fit only in the receptacle closest to speeds less than 8 km/h (5 mph). the driver. URPA uses audible beeps to provide distance and system There may be another accessory Vehicles with the Universal Remote information. power outlet in the rear cargo area. System will have these buttons If the vehicle has a floor console, Keep the sensors on the vehicles located in the headliner. there is an accessory power outlet rear bumper clean to ensure proper inside the storage bin and one on This system provides a way to operation. the rear of the floor console. replace up to three remote control See Ultrasonic Parking Assist on transmitters used to activate The accessory power outlets are page 9‑68 for more information. devices such as garage door powered, even when the ignition is openers, security systems, and in LOCK/OFF. Continuing to use Power Outlets home automation devices. power outlets while the ignition is in Accessory power outlets can LOCK/OFF may cause the vehicles Read the instructions completely be used to plug in electrical battery to run down. before attempting to program the equipment, such as a cell phone, transmitter. Because of the steps See Power Outlets on page 5‑10. MP3 player, etc. involved, it may be helpful to have another person assist with programming the transmitter. See Universal Remote System on page 5‑60.
  • 37. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (31,1) In Brief 1-31 Sunroof Vent: From the closed position, Close: From the vent, or open press and hold the rear of the switch position, press and hold the front of Extended Cab to vent the sunroof. To close the the switch to close the sunroof. sunroof, press and hold the front of The sunroof also has a roller the switch. sunshade that can be used to block Open: From the vent position, the rays of the sun. To open the the sunroof can be fully opened sunshade, press and unlatch it, and either manually or by using the roll it back. To close, pull it forward express-open feature. To open and latch it into the closed position. manually, press the rear of the See Sunroof (Extended Cab) on switch to the first detent and hold page 2‑20 or Sunroof (Crew Cab) until the sunroof has reached the on page 2‑22. desired position. To open using express-open, press the rear of the switch to the second detent and release. The sunroof will move to On vehicles with a sunroof, the the full open position. To stop the sunroof only operates when the sunroof partway, press the switch a ignition is in the ACC/ACCESSORY second time. or ON/RUN or the Retained Accessory Power (RAP) is active. See Retained Accessory Power (RAP) on page 9‑32 for more information.
  • 38. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (32,1) 1-32 In Brief Crew Cab Vent: From the closed position, When the sunroof is opened, an air press the rear of the passenger side deflector will automatically raise. switch (B) to vent the sunroof. The air deflector will retract when Manual-Open/Manual-Close: the sunroof is closed. To open the sunroof, press and The sunroof also has a sunshade hold the rear of the driver side that you can pull forward to block switch (A) until the sunroof reaches the rays of the sun. The sunshade the desired position. Press and hold must be opened and closed the front of the driver side switch to manually. close it. If an object is in the path of the Express-Open/Express-Close: sunroof while it is closing, the To express-open the sunroof, fully anti-pinch feature will detect the press and release the rear of the object and stop the sunroof. driver side switch (B) until the See Sunroof (Extended Cab) on A. Open or Close sunroof reaches the desired page 2‑20 or Sunroof (Crew Cab) B. Vent position. To express-close the on page 2‑22. On vehicles with a sunroof, the sunroof, fully press and release the sunroof only operates when the front of the driver side switch. Press ignition is in the ACC/ACCESSORY the switch again to stop it. or ON/RUN or the Retained Accessory Power (RAP) is active. See Retained Accessory Power (RAP) on page 9‑32 for more information.
  • 39. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (33,1) In Brief 1-33 . To turn off both traction control Performance and and StabiliTrak, press and hold soon as possible and inflate the tires to the recommended pressure Maintenance g until g illuminates and the shown on the Tire and Loading appropriate DIC message Information label. See Vehicle Load StabiliTrak® System displays. See Ride Control System Messages on page 5‑47. Limits on page 9‑17. The warning light will remain on until the tire If equipped, the vehicle has a pressure is corrected. traction control system that limits . Press and release g again to wheel spin and the StabiliTrak turn on both systems. During cooler conditions, the low tire system that assists with directional pressure warning light may appear For more information, see control of the vehicle in difficult when the vehicle is first started and StabiliTrak® System on page 9‑62. driving conditions. Both systems then turn off. This may be an early turn on automatically every time the indicator that the tire pressures are Tire Pressure Monitor getting low and the tires need to be vehicle is started. This vehicle may have a Tire inflated to the proper pressure. . To turn off traction control, press Pressure Monitor System (TPMS). The TPMS does not replace normal and release g on the instrument monthly tire maintenance. It is the panel. The appropriate DIC driver’s responsibility to maintain message displays. See Ride correct tire pressures. Control System Messages on page 5‑47. See Tire Pressure Monitor System on page 10‑64. The TPMS warning light alerts you to a significant loss in pressure of one of the vehicles tires. If the warning light comes on, stop as
  • 40. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (34,1) 1-34 In Brief Engine Oil Life System On all vehicles, the Engine Oil Life Driving for Better Fuel System can be reset as follows: The engine oil life system calculates Economy engine oil life based on vehicle use 1. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN with the engine off. Driving habits can affect fuel and, on most vehicles, displays a mileage. Here are some driving tips DIC message when it is necessary 2. Fully press the accelerator pedal to get the best fuel economy to change the engine oil and filter. slowly three times within possible. The oil life system should be reset five seconds. to 100% only following an oil . Avoid fast starts and accelerate 3. Display OIL LIFE REMAINING smoothly. change. on the DIC. If the display shows Resetting the Oil Life System 100%, the system is reset. . Brake gradually and avoid abrupt stops. To reset the Engine Oil Life System See Engine Oil Life System on on most vehicles: page 10‑10. . Avoid idling the engine for long periods of time. 1. Display OIL LIFE REMAINING on the DIC. If the vehicle does Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) . When road and weather not have DIC buttons, the conditions are appropriate, Vehicles that have a FlexFuel badge use cruise control. vehicle must be in P (Park) to and a yellow fuel cap can use either access this display. unleaded gasoline or ethanol fuel . Always follow posted speed 2. Press and hold the SET/RESET containing up to 85% ethanol (E85). limits or drive more slowly when button on the DIC, or the trip See Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) on conditions require. odometer reset stem if the page 9‑78. For all other vehicles, . Keep vehicle tires properly vehicle does not have DIC use only the unleaded gasoline inflated. buttons, for more than described under Recommended Fuel on page 9‑76. . Combine several trips into a five seconds. The oil life will single trip. change to 100%.
  • 41. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (35,1) In Brief 1-35 Replace the vehicles tires with OnStar® . Roadside Assistance and OnStar the same TPC Spec number (U.S. and Canada) molded into the tires sidewall If equipped, this vehicle has a near the size. If you have an active OnStar comprehensive, in-vehicle system subscription, press the Q button that can connect to a live Advisor . Follow recommended scheduled and the current GPS location will be for Emergency, Security, Navigation, maintenance. sent to an OnStar advisor who will Connection, and Diagnostic assess your problem, contact Services. See OnStar Overview on Roadside Assistance Roadside Assistance, and relay page 14‑1 for more information. Program your exact location to get the help U.S.: 1-800-243-8872 you need. TTY Users (U.S.): 1-888-889-2438 Online Owner Center (U.S. and Canada) Canada: 1-800-268-6800 The Online Owner Center is a Mexico: 01-800-466-0800 complimentary service that includes As the owner of a new Chevrolet, online service reminders, vehicle you are automatically enrolled in the maintenance tips, online owner Roadside Assistance program. manual, special privileges, and more. See Roadside Assistance Program (U.S. and Canada) on page 13‑7 or Sign up today at: Roadside Assistance Program www.chevyownercenter.com (Mexico) on page 13‑9 for more (U.S.) or www.gm.ca (Canada). information.
  • 42. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (36,1) 1-36 In Brief 2 NOTES
  • 43. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-1 Keys, Doors, and Doors Rear Doors Interior Mirrors Manual Rearview Mirror . . . . . . 2-17 Windows (Extended Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9 Tailgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10 Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17 Vehicle Security Windows Keys and Locks Vehicle Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Anti-theft Alarm System . . . . . . 2-11 Manual Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12 Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Immobilizer Operation . . . . . . . 2-12 Rear Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20 Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) Sun Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20 System Operation . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Exterior Mirrors Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . 2-5 Convex Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Roof Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Manual Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Sunroof (Extended Cab) . . . . . 2-20 Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Trailer-Tow Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15 Sunroof (Crew Cab) . . . . . . . . . 2-22 Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Power Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15 Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Folding Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15 Lockout Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16 Safety Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Park Tilt Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
  • 44. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 2-2 Keys, Doors, and Windows Keys and Locks See your dealer if a replacement key or additional key is needed. Keys Notice: If the keys get locked in the vehicle, it may have to be damaged to get them out. { WARNING Always carry a spare key. Leaving children in a vehicle with If you are locked out of the vehicle, the ignition key is dangerous for call the Roadside Assistance many reasons. Children or others Center. See Roadside Assistance could be badly injured or even Program (U.S. and Canada) on killed. They could operate the page 13‑7 or Roadside Assistance power windows or other controls Program (Mexico) on page 13‑9. The key is used for the ignition and or even make the vehicle move. With an active OnStar subscription, all door locks. The windows will function with the an OnStar Advisor may remotely keys in the ignition and children The key has a bar-coded key tag unlock the vehicle. See OnStar could be seriously injured or killed that the dealer or qualified locksmith Overview on page 14‑1. if caught in the path of a closing can use to make new keys. Store window. Do not leave the keys in this information in a safe place, a vehicle with children. not in the vehicle.
  • 45. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-3 Remote Keyless Entry Remote Keyless Entry / (Remote Vehicle Start): (RKE) System (RKE) System Operation For vehicles with this feature, press / to start the engine from See Radio Frequency Statement on The Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) outside the vehicle using the RKE page 13‑21 for information transmitter functions work up to transmitter. See Remote Vehicle regarding Part 15 of the Federal 60 m (195 ft) away from the vehicle. Start on page 2‑5 for additional Communications Commission (FCC) There are other conditions which information. rules and Industry Canada can affect the performance of the Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310. transmitter. See Remote Keyless Q (Lock): Press to lock all the doors. If there is a decrease in the RKE Entry (RKE) System on page 2‑3. operating range: If enabled through the Driver Information Center (DIC), the turn . Check the distance. signal lamps flash once to indicate The transmitter may be locking has occurred. If enabled too far from the vehicle. through the DIC, the horn chirps . Check the location. Other when Q is pressed again within vehicles or objects may be three seconds. See Vehicle blocking the signal. Personalization (With DIC Buttons) . Check the transmitters battery. on page 5‑52 for additional See “Battery Replacement” information. later in this section. Pressing Q arms the content . If the transmitter is still not theft‐deterrent system. See working correctly, see your With Remote Start Anti-theft Alarm System on dealer or a qualified technician (without Remote Start Similar) page 2‑11. for service.
  • 46. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 2-4 Keys, Doors, and Windows K (Unlock): Press once to unlock L (Vehicle Locator/Panic When the replacement transmitter only the driver door. If K is pressed Alarm): Press and release to is programmed to this vehicle, all locate the vehicle. The turn signal remaining transmitters must also be again within three seconds, all lamps flash and the horn sounds reprogrammed. Any lost or stolen remaining doors unlock. The interior three times. transmitters will no longer work lamps may come on and stay on for once the new transmitter is 20 seconds or until the ignition is Press and hold L for more than programmed. Each vehicle can turned on. two seconds to activate the panic have up to eight transmitters If enabled through the DIC, the turn alarm. The turn signal lamps flash programmed to it. See your dealer signal lamps flash twice to indicate and the horn sounds repeatedly for for transmitter programming. unlocking has occurred. See Vehicle 30 seconds. The alarm turns off Personalization (With DIC Buttons) when the ignition is moved to Battery Replacement on page 5‑52. If enabled through the ON/RUN or L is pressed again. Replace the battery if the REPLACE DIC, the exterior lights may turn on. The ignition must be in LOCK/OFF BATTERY IN REMOTE KEY See “Approach Lighting” under for the panic alarm to work. message displays in the DIC. Vehicle Personalization (With DIC Buttons) on page 5‑52. Programming Transmitters to Notice: When replacing the battery, do not touch any of the the Vehicle Pressing K on the RKE transmitter circuitry on the transmitter. disarms the content theft‐deterrent Only RKE transmitters programmed Static from your body could system. See Anti-theft Alarm to this vehicle will work. If a damage the transmitter. System on page 2‑11. transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can be purchased and programmed through your dealer.
  • 47. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-5 3. Insert the new battery, positive During a remote start, if the vehicle side facing down. Replace with a has an automatic climate control CR2032 or equivalent battery. system and heated seats, the 4. Snap the transmitter back heated seats will turn on during together. colder outside temperatures and will shut off when the key is turned to ON/RUN. If the vehicle does not Remote Vehicle Start have an automatic climate control If available, this feature allows you system, during remote start, to start the engine from outside of manually turn the heated seats on the vehicle. It may also start up the and off. See Heated and Ventilated vehicles heating or air conditioning Front Seats on page 3‑10 for To replace the battery: systems and rear window defogger. additional information. 1. Separate the transmitter with a Normal operation of the system will Laws in some communities may flat, thin object, such as a flat return after the key is turned to the restrict the use of remote starters. head screwdriver. ON/RUN position. For example, some laws may . Carefully insert the tool into If the vehicle has an automatic require a person using the remote the notch located along the climate control system, the climate start to have the vehicle in view parting line of the control system will default to a when doing so. Check local transmitter. Do not insert heating or cooling mode depending regulations for any requirements the tool too far. Stop as on the outside temperatures. If the on remote starting of vehicles. soon as resistance is felt. vehicle does not have an automatic Do not use the remote start . Twist the tool until the climate control system, the system feature if the vehicle is low on fuel. transmitter is separated. will turn on at the setting the vehicle The vehicle may run out of fuel. was set to when the vehicle was 2. Remove the old battery. Do not last turned off. use a metal object.
  • 48. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 2-6 Keys, Doors, and Windows If the vehicle has the remote start When the vehicle starts, the The vehicle can be remote started feature, the RKE transmitter parking lamps will turn on and two separate times between driving functions will have an increased remain on while the vehicle is sequences. The engine will run for range of operation. However, the running. The doors will be 10 minutes after each remote start. range may be less while the vehicle locked and the climate control Or, you can extend the engine run is running. system may come on. time by another 10 minutes within There are other conditions which The engine will continue to run the first 10 minute remote start time can affect the performance of the for 10 minutes. Repeat the steps frame, and before the engine stops. transmitter. See Remote Keyless for a 10-minute time extension. Entry (RKE) System on page 2‑3 for Remote start can be extended For example, if Q and then / are additional information. only once. pressed again after the vehicle has been running for 5 minutes, / (Remote Start): This button will After entering the vehicle during a 10 minutes are added, allowing the be on the RKE transmitter if the remote start, insert and turn the key engine to run for 15 minutes. vehicle has remote start. to ON/RUN to drive the vehicle. The additional 10 minutes are To start the vehicle using the remote To cancel a remote start: considered a second remote start feature: . Aim the RKE transmitter at the vehicle start. 1. Aim the RKE transmitter at the vehicle and press and hold / Once two remote starts, or a single vehicle. until the parking lamps turn off. remote start with one time extension 2. Press and release Q. . Turn on the hazard warning has been done, the vehicle must be flashers. started with the key. After the key 3. Immediately press and hold / is removed from the ignition, the until the turn signal lamps flash. . Turn the ignition on and then vehicle can be remote started again. If you cannot see the vehicles back off. lamps, press and hold / for two to four seconds.
  • 49. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-7 The vehicle cannot be remote Door Locks WARNING (Continued) started if the key is in the ignition, the hood is not closed, or if there is an emission control system { WARNING injuries or even death from malfunction and the check engine heat stroke. Always lock the Unlocked doors can be vehicle whenever leaving it. light is on. dangerous. Also, the engine will turn off during a . Outsiders can easily enter . Passengers, especially through an unlocked door remote vehicle start if the coolant children, can easily open the when you slow down or stop temperature gets too high or if the doors and fall out of a moving the vehicle. Locking the doors oil pressure gets low. vehicle. When a door is can help prevent this from Remote Start Ready locked, the handle will not happening. open it. The chance of being If the vehicle does not have the thrown out of the vehicle in a remote vehicle start feature, it may crash is increased if the There are several ways to lock and have the remote start ready feature. doors are not locked. So, all unlock the vehicle. This feature allows your dealer to passengers should wear From outside, use the Remote add the manufacturers remote safety belts properly and the Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter or vehicle start feature. doors should be locked the key in the driver door. See your dealer to add the whenever the vehicle is From inside, use the power door manufacturers remote vehicle start driven. locks or manual door locks. To lock feature to the vehicle. . Young children who get into or unlock the door with the manual unlocked vehicles may be locks, push down or pull up on the unable to get out. A child can manual lock knob. be overcome by extreme heat and can suffer permanent (Continued)
  • 50. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 2-8 Keys, Doors, and Windows Power Door Locks Pressing the power lock switch Lockout Protection twice will override the delayed With power door locks, the switches locking feature and immediately lock If the driver side power door lock on the front doors can be used to all the doors. switch is pressed when the driver lock and unlock the vehicle. door is open and the key is in the This feature will not operate if the ignition, all of the doors will lock and If available, the switches are on the key is in the ignition. front doors. then the driver door will unlock. This feature can be programmed If the passenger side power door K (Unlock): Press to unlock the using the Driver Information lock switch is pressed when the doors. Center (DIC). See “Delay Door front passenger door is open and Q (Lock): Press to lock the doors. Lock” under Vehicle Personalization the key is in the ignition, all of the (With DIC Buttons) on page 5‑52. doors will lock and then the front Delayed Locking passenger door will unlock. Automatic Door Locks The vehicle may have the delayed locking feature. When locking the The vehicle may have an automatic Safety Locks doors with the power lock switch lock/unlock feature. This feature can The vehicle has rear door security and a door is open, the doors will be programmed using the Driver locks to prevent passengers from lock five seconds after the last door Information Center (DIC). See opening the rear doors from the is closed. You will hear three chimes Vehicle Personalization (With DIC inside. to signal that the delayed locking Buttons) on page 5‑52 for more feature is in use. information on DIC programming.
  • 51. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-9 Doors The rear access door must be closed before the front door can close. Rear Doors (Extended Cab) Open the rear doors to access the security locks on the inside edge of each door. To set the locks, insert a key into the slot and turn it to the horizontal To open a rear access door from the position. The door can only be inside, first open the front door. opened from the outside with the To open a rear access door from the Then, use the handle located on door unlocked. To return the door to outside, first open the front door. the inside of the rear access door normal operation, turn the slot to the Then, use the handle located on the to open. vertical position. front edge of the rear access door to open it.
  • 52. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 2-10 Keys, Doors, and Windows Tailgate Open the tailgate by lifting up To remove the tailgate: on its handle while pulling the tailgate down. { WARNING To shut the tailgate, firmly push it It is extremely dangerous to ride upward until it latches. on the tailgate, even when the After closing the tailgate, pull it back vehicle is operated at low speeds. to be sure it latches securely. People riding on the tailgate can easily lose their balance and Tailgate Removal fall in response to vehicle The tailgate can be removed to maneuvers. Falling from a allow for different loading situations. moving vehicle may result in Assistance may be needed with the serious injuries or death. Do not removal to avoid damage to the allow people to ride on the vehicle. tailgate. Be sure everyone in your 1. Raise the tailgate slightly, pull On vehicles with a Rear Vision out and hold the cable retaining vehicle is in a seat and using a Camera, it must be disconnected safety belt properly. clip (A). Push the cable (C) up before removing the tailgate. and off of the bolt (B). Repeat on See Rear Vision Camera (RVC) on the other side. On vehicles with a lock on the page 9‑70 for more information. tailgate, use the key to lock or unlock the tailgate.
  • 53. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-11 2. With the tailgate about halfway Vehicle Security If the delayed locking feature is open, lift the right edge of the active, the alarm will not be tailgate from the lower pivot. This vehicle has theft-deterrent activated until all doors are features; however, they do not make closed and the security light On vehicles with the tailgate it impossible to steal. goes off. assist feature, raise the tailgate nearly all the way to the closed 3. Close all doors. The security position prior to removing the Anti-theft Alarm System light will stop flashing and go off left edge. This vehicle may have a content after approximately 30 seconds. 3. Move the tailgate to the right to theft-deterrent alarm system. The system is armed when the release the left edge. security light goes off. Reverse this procedure to reinstall If a locked driver door is opened the tailgate. Make sure the tailgate without using the RKE transmitter, is secure. a 10 second pre-alarm will occur. The horn will chirp and the lights will flash. If the key is not placed in the ignition and turned to START or the This is the security light. door is not unlocked by pressing the unlock button on the RKE To arm the theft-deterrent system: transmitter during the 10 second 1. Open the door. pre-alarm, the alarm will go off. 2. Lock the door with the Remote The vehicles headlamps will flash Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. and the horn will sound for about The security light should flash. 30 seconds, then will turn off to save the battery power.
  • 54. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 2-12 Keys, Doors, and Windows The theft-deterrent system will not Testing the Alarm Immobilizer activate if the doors are locked with To test the alarm: See Radio Frequency Statement on the key or the manual door lock. It activates only if you use the 1. Lower the driver window and page 13‑21 for information power door lock switch or the RKE open the driver door. regarding Part 15 of the Federal transmitter. The vehicle can be Communications Commission (FCC) 2. Press lock on the RKE rules and Industry Canada started with the correct key if the transmitter. alarm is set off. Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310. 3. Close the door and wait for the To avoid setting off the alarm by security light to go out. Immobilizer Operation accident: 4. Reach in through the window, This vehicle has PASS-Key® III+ . If you do not want to activate unlock the door with the manual (Personalized Automotive Security the theft-deterrent system, door lock, and open the door. System) theft-deterrent system. the vehicle should be locked This should set off the alarm. PASS-Key III+ is a passive with the door key after the doors If the alarm does not sound when theft-deterrent system. are closed. . it should but the headlamps flash, The system is automatically armed Always unlock a door with the check to see if the horn works. when the key is removed from the RKE transmitter. The horn fuse may be blown. ignition. If the alarm is set off, press unlock To replace the fuse, see Fuses and Circuit Breakers on page 10‑47. The system is automatically on the RKE transmitter or place the disarmed when the key is turned key in the ignition and turn it to If the alarm does not sound or the to ON/RUN, ACC/ACCESSORY, START. headlamps do not flash, see your or START from the LOCK/OFF dealer for service. position.
  • 55. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-13 You do not have to manually arm or If the engine still does not start, and your dealer or a locksmith who can disarm the system. the key appears to be undamaged, service PASS-Key III+ to have keys The security light will come on if try another ignition key. At this time, made and programmed to the there is a problem with arming or you may also want to check the system. disarming the theft-deterrent fuse. See Fuses and Circuit See your dealer or a locksmith who system. Breakers on page 10‑47. If the can service PASS-Key III+ to get a engine still does not start with the new key blank cut exactly as the When the PASS-Key III+ system other key, the vehicle needs service. senses that someone is using the ignition key that operates the If the vehicle does start, the first key system. wrong key, it prevents the vehicle may be faulty. See your dealer who from starting. Anyone using a can service the PASS-Key III+ to To program the new additional key: trial-and-error method to start the have a new key made. 1. Verify that the new key has vehicle will be discouraged because of the high number of electrical It is possible for the PASS-Key III+ a 1 stamped on it. key codes. decoder to learn the transponder value of a new or replacement key. 2. Insert the original, already If the engine does not start and the Up to 10 keys may be programmed programmed key in the ignition security light on the instrument for the vehicle. The following and start the engine. If the panel cluster comes on when trying procedure is for programming engine will not start, see your to start the vehicle, there may be a additional keys only. If all the dealer for service. problem with the theft-deterrent currently programmed keys are lost 3. After the engine has started, system. Turn the ignition off and or do not operate, you must see turn the key to LOCK/OFF, and try again. remove the key.
  • 56. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 2-14 Keys, Doors, and Windows 4. Insert the new key to be Exterior Mirrors Manual Mirrors programmed and turn it to the ON/RUN position within Vehicles with outside manual five seconds of turning the Convex Mirrors mirrors can be adjusted by moving ignition to the LOCK/OFF the mirror up and down or left to position in Step 3. { WARNING right to see a little of the side of the vehicle, and have a clear view The security light will turn off A convex mirror can make things, behind the vehicle. once the key has been like other vehicles, look farther programmed. Using hood-mounted air deflectors away than they really are. If you and add-on convex mirror 5. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 if cut too sharply into the right lane, attachments could decrease mirror additional keys are to be you could hit a vehicle on the performance. programmed. right. Check the inside mirror or If you lose or damage your glance over your shoulder before PASS-Key III+ key, see your dealer changing lanes. or a locksmith who can service PASS-Key III+ to have a new The passenger side mirror is convex key made. shaped. A convex mirrors surface is Do not leave the key or device curved so more can be seen from that disarms or deactivates the the driver seat. theft-deterrent system in the vehicle.
  • 57. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-15 Trailer-Tow Mirrors Power Mirrors Folding Mirrors If the vehicle has towing mirrors, they can be adjusted for a clearer view of the objects behind you. Vehicles with outside power mirrors Manually pull out the mirror head to have controls located on the driver door. Vehicles with outside power extend it for better visibility when foldaway mirrors have controls on towing a trailer. To adjust each mirror: the driver door. The lower portion of the mirror is 1. Press (A) or (B) to select the convex. A convex mirrors surface is driver or passenger side mirror. Power Foldaway curved to see more from the driver 2. Press the arrows on the control 1. Press (A) to fold the mirrors out seat. The convex mirror can be pad to move the mirror up, to the driving position. adjusted manually to the driver down, right, or left. 2. Press (B) to fold the mirrors in to preferred position for better vision. 3. Adjust the outside mirror so that the folded position. The mirror may have a turn signal the side of the vehicle and the arrow that flashes in the direction of area behind are seen. the turn or lane change. 4. Press either (A) or (B) again to deselect the mirror.
  • 58. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 2-16 Keys, Doors, and Windows Resetting the Power Foldaway Manual Foldaway Heated Mirrors Mirrors Manually fold the mirrors inward For vehicles with heated mirrors: Reset the power foldaway mirrors if: to prevent damage when going . through an automatic car wash. 1 (Rear Window Defogger): The mirrors are accidentally Press to heat the mirrors. If the obstructed while folding. To fold, pull the mirror toward the vehicle. Push the mirror outward, vehicle has a towing mirror, only the . They are accidentally manually to return to its original position. upper glass of the mirror is heated. folded/unfolded. The lower convex part of the towing . Automatic Dimming mirror is not heated. The mirrors will not stay in the unfolded position. If equipped with an automatic Depending on the vehicles features, dimming mirror, the driver outside see “Rear Window Defogger” under . The mirrors vibrate at normal mirror adjusts for the glare of the Climate Control Systems (with Air driving speeds. headlamps behind you. See Conditioning) on page 8‑1 or Fold and unfold the mirrors one time Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror Climate Control Systems (with using the mirror controls to reset on page 2‑17. Heater Only) on page 8‑4 or Dual them to their normal position. Automatic Climate Control System A popping noise may be heard Turn Signal Indicator on page 8‑5 for more information. during the resetting of the power The vehicle may also have a turn foldaway mirrors. This sound is signal indicator on the mirror. An normal after a manual folding arrow on the mirror flashes in the operation. direction of the turn or lane change.
  • 59. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-17 Park Tilt Mirrors Interior Mirrors O (On/Off): Press to turn the dimming feature on or off. If the vehicle has the memory package, the passenger and/or Manual Rearview Mirror The vehicle may also have a Rear driver mirror tilts to a preselected Vision Camera (RVC). See Rear Hold the mirror in the center to position when the vehicle is in Vision Camera (RVC) on page 9‑70 move it for a clearer view of behind R (Reverse). This feature lets the for more information. your vehicle. Adjust the mirror to driver view the curb when parallel parking. The mirror(s) return to the avoid glare from the headlamps If the vehicle has a RVC, the O behind you. Push the tab at the button for turning the dimming original position when the vehicle is bottom of the mirror forward for shifted out of R (Reverse), or the feature on or off will not be daytime use and pull it for available. ignition is turned off or to nighttime use. OFF/LOCK. Vehicles with OnStar have three additional control buttons for the Turn this feature on or off through Automatic Dimming OnStar system. See your dealer for the Driver Information Center (DIC). Rearview Mirror See Vehicle Personalization more information about OnStar and (With DIC Buttons) on page 5‑52 The vehicle may have an automatic how to subscribe to it. See OnStar for more information. dimming inside rearview mirror. Overview on page 14‑1. Automatic dimming reduces the Cleaning the Mirror glare from the headlamps of the Do not spray glass cleaner directly vehicle behind you. The dimming on the mirror. Use a soft towel feature comes on and the indicator dampened with water. light illuminates each time the ignition is turned to start.
  • 60. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 2-18 Keys, Doors, and Windows Windows Power Windows { WARNING { WARNING Leaving children, helpless adults, Leaving children in a vehicle with or pets in a vehicle with the the keys is dangerous for many windows closed is dangerous. reasons. Children or others could They can be overcome by the be badly injured or even killed. extreme heat and suffer They could operate the power permanent injuries or even death windows or other controls or from heat stroke. Never leave a even make the vehicle move. child, a helpless adult, or a pet The windows will function and alone in a vehicle, especially with The vehicle aerodynamics are they could be seriously injured or designed to improve fuel economy killed if caught in the path of a the windows closed in warm or performance. This may result in a closing window. Do not leave hot weather. pulsing sound when either rear keys in a vehicle with children. window is down and the front windows are up. To reduce the When there are children in the sound, open either a front window rear seat use the window lockout or the sunroof (if equipped). button to prevent unintentional operation of the windows. Manual Windows Turn the hand crank on each door to manually raise or lower the manual windows.
  • 61. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-19 Retained Accessory Power (RAP) is Window Lockout active. See Retained Accessory Power (RAP) on page 9‑32. o (Window Lockout): If a crew cab or extended cab vehicle has Push the switch down to lower the power windows, the driver door window, and pull up the front of the power window switch has a lockout switch to raise the window. feature. This feature prevents the rear windows from operating, except Express-down Windows from the driver position. Press the Vehicles with the express-down switch to engage or disengage the feature allow the driver and front lockout feature. An indicator light on passenger windows to be lowered the switch will come on when the without holding the switch. Push the lockout feature is engaged, and will Crew Cab Shown switch down to the second detent, go off when disengaged. If the vehicle has power windows, then release, to activate the switches are located on each door. express-down mode. The express-down mode can be The driver door has a switch for the canceled at any time by pulling up passenger and rear windows as on the front of the switch. To open well. The power windows will work the window partway, push the switch when the ignition is in ON/RUN or down to the first detent until the ACC/ACCESSORY, or when window is at the desired position.
  • 62. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 2-20 Keys, Doors, and Windows Rear Windows See Retained Accessory Power Roof (RAP) on page 9‑32 for more Power Sliding Rear Window information. Sunroof (Extended Cab) . Push to open the window. . Pull to close the window. The power sliding rear window cannot be operated manually. Sun Visors On vehicles with a power sliding rear window, the switch is located in On vehicles with a sunroof, the the overhead console. sunroof only operates when the ignition is in the ACC/ACCESSORY The power sliding rear window or ON/RUN or the Retained works when the ignition has been Accessory Power (RAP) is active. turned to ACC/ACCESSORY or Pull the sun visor down to block See Retained Accessory Power ON/RUN, or when Retained glare. Detach the sun visor from the (RAP) on page 9‑32 for more Accessory Power (RAP) is active. center mount to pivot to the side information. window, or to extend along the rod, if available.
  • 63. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-21 Vent: From the closed position, Close: From the vent, or open press and hold the rear of the switch position, press and hold the front of to vent the sunroof. To close the the switch to close the sunroof. sunroof, press and hold the front of The sunroof also has a roller the switch. sunshade that can be used to Open: From the vent position, block the rays of the sun. The roller the sunroof can be fully opened sunshade can be manually operated either manually or by using the with the sunroof in an open or express-open feature. To open closed position. To open the Dirt and debris may collect on manually, press the rear of the sunshade, press and unlatch it, and the sunroof seal or in the track. switch to the first detent and hold roll it back. To close, pull it forward This could cause an issue with until the sunroof has reached the and latch it into the closed position. sunroof operation or noise. It could desired position. To open using When the sunroof is opened, an air also plug the water drainage express-open, press the rear of the deflector will automatically raise. system. Periodically open the switch to the second detent and The air deflector will retract when sunroof and remove any obstacles release. The sunroof will move to the sunroof is closed. or loose debris. Wipe the sunroof the full open position. To stop the seal and roof sealing area using a sunroof partway, press the switch a clean cloth, mild soap, and water. second time. Do not remove grease from the sunroof.
  • 64. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 2-22 Keys, Doors, and Windows Sunroof (Crew Cab) Vent: From the closed position, If an object is in the path of the press the rear of the passenger side sunroof while it is closing, the switch (B) to vent the sunroof. anti-pinch feature will detect the Manual-Open/Manual-Close: object and stop the sunroof. To open the sunroof, press and hold the rear of the driver side switch (A) until the sunroof reaches the desired position. Press and hold the front of the driver side switch to close it. Express-Open/Express-Close: To express-open the sunroof, fully press and release the rear of the A. Open or Close driver side switch (B) until the Dirt and debris may collect on sunroof reaches the desired the sunroof seal or in the track. B. Vent position. To express-close the This could cause an issue with On vehicles with a sunroof, the sunroof, fully press and release sunroof operation or noise. It could sunroof only operates when the the front of the driver side switch. also plug the water drainage ignition is in the ACC/ACCESSORY Press the switch again to stop it. system. Periodically open the or ON/RUN or the Retained When the sunroof is opened, an air sunroof and remove any obstacles Accessory Power (RAP) is active. deflector will automatically raise. or loose debris. Wipe the sunroof See Retained Accessory Power The air deflector will retract when seal and roof sealing area using a (RAP) on page 9‑32 for more the sunroof is closed. clean cloth, mild soap, and water. information. Do not remove grease from the The sunroof also has a sunshade sunroof. which can be pulled forward to block sun rays. The sunshade must be opened and closed manually.
  • 65. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Seats and Restraints 3-1 Seats and Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-20 Adding Equipment to the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle . . . 3-39 Restraints Lap Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-20 Safety Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . 3-21 Airbag System Check . . . . . . . . 3-41 Replacing Airbag System Safety System Check . . . . . . . . 3-21 Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-41 Head Restraints Safety Belt Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22 Replacing Safety Belt System Child Restraints Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Older Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-42 Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-22 Front Seats Infants and Young Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Airbag System Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-44 Center Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5 Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-23 Child Restraint Systems . . . . . 3-47 Power Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . 3-5 Where Are the Airbags? . . . . . 3-25 Where to Put the Restraint . . . 3-49 Lumbar Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 When Should an Airbag Lower Anchors and Tethers Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-26 for Children (LATCH Memory Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8 What Makes an Airbag System) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-51 Heated and Ventilated Front Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-28 Replacing LATCH System Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10 How Does an Airbag Parts After a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-60 Restrain? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-28 Securing Child Restraints Rear Seats What Will You See after an (Rear Seat Position) . . . . . . . . 3-60 Rear Seats (Extended Cab Airbag Inflates? . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-29 Securing Child Restraints Full Bench) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 Airbag On-Off Switch . . . . . . . . 3-30 (Center Front Seat Rear Seats (All Split Bench Passenger Sensing Position) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-62 and Hybrid Full Bench) . . . . . 3-12 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-34 Securing Child Restraints Servicing the Airbag-Equipped (Right Front Seat Safety Belts Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-38 Position) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-63 Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13 How to Wear Safety Belts Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14 Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15
  • 66. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 3-2 Seats and Restraints Head Restraints Front Seats The front seats have adjustable head restraints in the outboard seating positions. { WARNING With head restraints that are not installed and adjusted properly, there is a greater chance that occupants will suffer Adjust the head restraint so that the The height of the head restraint can a neck/spinal injury in a crash. top of the restraint is at the same be adjusted. Pull the head restraint Do not drive until the head height as the top of the occupants up to raise it. Try to move the head restraints for all occupants are head. This position reduces the restraint to make sure that it is chance of a neck injury in a crash. locked in place. installed and adjusted properly. To lower the head restraint, press the button, located on the top of the seatback, and push the restraint down. Try to move the head restraint after the button is released to make sure that it is locked in place.
  • 67. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Seats and Restraints 3-3 The front seat outboard head Front Seats restraints are not designed to be removed. Seat Adjustment Rear Seats The rear seat has adjustable { WARNING headrests in the outboard seating positions. You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a The height of the headrest can be manual driver seat while the adjusted. Pull the headrest up to vehicle is moving. The sudden raise it. To lower the headrest, movement could startle and push down on the headrest. confuse you, or make you push a Split Bench or Bucket Seat Rear outboard headrests are not pedal when you do not want to. designed to be removed. Adjust the driver seat only when To adjust the seat: the vehicle is not moving. 1. Lift the bar to unlock the seat. 2. Slide the seat to the desired position and release the bar. 3. Try to move the seat back and forth to be sure the seat is locked in place.
  • 68. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 3-4 Seats and Restraints Some vehicles have a folding front Folding the Bench Seat 3. While holding the lever out, bench seat. To fold the bench seat: fold the seatback forward until it rests on the seat. 1. Push back on the front of the seatback. 4. Release the lever. Do not try to release the seatback before pulling the release levers or the release system can be damaged. { WARNING If either seatback is not locked, it could move forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could cause Bench Seat injury to the person sitting there. To adjust the seat: Always push and pull on the 1. Move the lever to the right to seatbacks to be sure they are unlock the seat. 2. Pull one of the release levers, locked. at each end of the seat on the 2. Slide the seat to the desired lower rear of the seatback, position and release the lever. completely out. 3. Try to move the seat back and forth to make sure it is locked into place.
  • 69. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Seats and Restraints 3-5 . If available, raise or lower the Center Seat { WARNING front or rear part of the seat If equipped, the center front cushion by moving the front or A safety belt that is improperly seatback doubles as an armrest and rear of the control up or down. routed, not properly attached, cupholder/storage area for the driver . If available, raise or lower the or twisted will not provide the and passenger when the center entire seat by moving the entire protection needed in a crash. front seat is not used. Do not use it control up or down. The person wearing the belt could as a seating position when the be seriously injured. After raising seatback is folded down. To adjust the seatback, see the rear seatback, always check “Power Reclining Seatbacks” to be sure that the safety belts Power Seat Adjustment under Reclining Seatbacks on are properly routed and attached, page 3‑6. and are not twisted. Reverse the steps to raise the seatback. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure the seatback is locked in the upright position before driving. Make sure the safety belts are not twisted or caught in the seatback. To adjust a power seat, if equipped: . Move the seat forward or rearward by sliding the control forward or rearward.
  • 70. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 3-6 Seats and Restraints Lumbar Adjustment Power Lumbar Reclining Seatbacks Manual Lumbar { WARNING Sitting in a reclined position when the vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even when buckled up, the safety belts cannot do their job when reclined like this. The shoulder belt cannot do its job because it will not be against your body. Instead, it will be in front of you. In a crash, you could To adjust the power lumbar support, if equipped: go into it, receiving neck or other injuries. If equipped, increase or decrease . On vehicles with two-way lumbar, press and hold the top The lap belt cannot do its job manual lumbar support by turning either. In a crash, the belt could the knob forward or rearward. or bottom of the control to increase or decrease lumbar go up over your abdomen. The support. belt forces would be there, not at your pelvic bones. This could . On vehicles with four-way cause serious internal injuries. lumbar, press and hold the front or rear of the control to increase (Continued) or decrease lumbar support. To raise or lower the height of the support, press and hold the top or bottom of the control.
  • 71. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Seats and Restraints 3-7 Manual Reclining Seatbacks WARNING (Continued) For proper protection when the { WARNING vehicle is in motion, have the You can lose control of the seatback upright. Then sit well vehicle if you try to adjust a back in the seat and wear the manual driver seat while the safety belt properly. 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 seat only when the vehicle is not moving. To adjust a manual seatback: 1. Lift the lever. The seatback will automatically { WARNING fold forward. If either seatback is not locked, it 2. To recline, move the seatback could move forward in a sudden rearward to the desired position, stop or crash. That could cause then release the lever to lock the seatback in place. injury to the person sitting there. Do not have a seatback reclined if Always push and pull on the 3. Push and pull on the seatback to the vehicle is moving. seatbacks to be sure they are make sure it is locked. locked.
  • 72. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 3-8 Seats and Restraints To return the seatback to the upright Memory Seats Storing Memory Positions position: To save into memory: 1. Lift the lever fully without applying pressure to the 1. Adjust the driver seat, seatback seatback, and the seatback will recliner, both outside mirrors, return to the upright position. and the throttle and brake pedals, if equipped. 2. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked. See Power Mirrors on page 2‑15 and Adjustable Throttle and Power Reclining Seatbacks Brake Pedal on page 9‑26 for more information. Not all mirrors and adjustable throttle and brake pedals will have the ability to save and On vehicles with the memory recall their positions. feature, the controls on the driver 2. Press and hold “1” until door are used to program and recall two beeps sound. memory settings for the driver seat, outside mirrors, and the adjustable 3. Repeat for a second driver throttle and brake pedals, position using “2.” if equipped. To recall, press and release “1” or To recline a power seatback, “2.” The vehicle must be in P (Park). if equipped: A single beep will sound. The seat, outside mirrors, and adjustable . Tilt the top of the control throttle and brake pedals will move rearward to recline. to the position previously stored for . Tilt the top of the control forward the identified driver. to raise.
  • 73. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Seats and Restraints 3-9 Memory Remote Recall If something has blocked the driver A single beep sounds. The driver The memory feature can recall the seat and/or the adjustable pedals seat moves back approximately driver seat, outside mirrors, and while recalling a memory position, 8 cm (3 in). To move the seat back pedals, if equipped, to stored the recall may stop. Remove the farther, press B again until the positions when entering the vehicle. obstruction; then press and hold the seat is all the way back. appropriate manual control for the To activate, unlock the driver memory item that is not recalling for If something has blocked the driver door with the Remote Keyless two seconds. Try recalling the seat while recalling the exit position, Entry (RKE) transmitter. The driver memory position again by pressing the recall may stop. Remove the seat, outside mirrors, and adjustable the appropriate memory button. obstruction; then press and hold the pedals, if equipped, will move to the If the memory position is still not power seat control rearward for memory position associated with the recalling, see your dealer for two seconds. Try recalling the exit transmitter used to unlock the service. position again. If the exit position is vehicle. still not recalling, see your dealer for Easy Exit Driver Seat service. This feature can be turned on or off using the vehicle personalization This feature can move the seat See Vehicle Personalization (With menu. See Vehicle Personalization rearward to allow extra room to exit DIC Buttons) on page 5‑52 for more (With DIC Buttons) on page 5‑52 for the vehicle. information. more information. B (Easy Exit Driver Seat): Press To stop recall movement, press one to recall the easy exit seat position. of the power seat controls, memory The vehicle must be in P (Park). buttons, or power mirror buttons, If the easy exit seat feature is or the adjustable pedal switch. programmed on in the vehicle personalization menu, automatic seat movement occurs when the ignition key is removed.
  • 74. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 3-10 Seats and Restraints Heated and Ventilated Press the button once for the highest setting. With each press of Front Seats the button, the seat will change to the next lower setting, and then to { WARNING the off setting. The lights indicate three for the highest setting and one If you cannot feel temperature for the lowest. change or pain to the skin, the seat heater may cause burns The passenger seat may take longer to heat up. even at low temperatures. To reduce the risk of burns, On vehicles with heated seats, people with such a condition the heated seats are canceled should use care when using the 10 seconds after the ignition is Heated and Cooled Seat seat heater, especially for long turned off. Buttons Shown, Heated Seat periods of time. Do not place Buttons Similar On vehicles with heated and cooled anything on the seat that seats, the heated and cooled seats insulates against heat, such as If available, the buttons are on the are canceled when the ignition is a blanket, cushion, cover, front doors. turned off. or similar item. This may cause H (Cooled Seat): If available, To use this feature after restarting the seat heater to overheat. press to cool the seat. the vehicle, press the desired button An overheated seat heater may I (Heated Seatback): Press to again. cause a burn or may damage heat the seatback only. the seat. J (Heated Seat and Seatback): Press to heat the seat and seatback.
  • 75. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) Seats and Restraints 3-11 Remote Start Heated Seats Rear Seats When it is cold outside, the heated seats may turn on automatically Rear Seats (Extended during a remote vehicle start. The heated seats will be canceled when Cab Full Bench) the ignition is turned on. Press the Folding the Rear Seat desired button to use the heated seats after the vehicle is started. Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety belts still fastened may The lights on the heated seat cause damage to the seat or the buttons do not turn on during a safety belts. Always unbuckle the remote start. safety belts and return them to The temperature performance of an their normal stowed position To fold the seat: unoccupied seat may be reduced. before folding a rear seat. This is normal. 1. Pull up on the front of the seat cushion while pulling down on See Remote Vehicle Start on the release strap under the seat page 2‑5 for more information. cushion. 2. Pull the seat cushion up until it latches with the seatback. 3. Pull forward on the seat cushion to make sure it is locked in place.
  • 76. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 3-12 Seats and Restraints To unfold the seat: Rear Seats To return the seat to the normal seating position, slowly pull the seat 1. Push the seat cushion rearward (All Split Bench and cushion down. while pulling the release strap Hybrid Full Bench) under the seat cushion. Pull the Make sure the safety belts are not seat cushion down until it Folding Rear Seat twisted or caught in the seat latches. cushion. Either side of the rear seat can be 2. Pull up on the seat cushion to folded for added cargo space. make sure it is locked in place. Notice: Folding a rear seat with { WARNING Make sure the safety belts are the safety belts still fastened may A safety belt that is improperly not twisted or caught in the seat cause damage to the seat or the routed, not properly attached, cushion. safety belts. Always unbuckle the or twisted will not provide the safety belts and return them to protection needed in a crash. { WARNING their normal stowed position The person wearing the belt could before folding a rear seat. be seriously injured. After raising A safety belt that is improperly the rear seatback, always check Make sure that nothing is on routed, not properly attached, to be sure that the safety belts the seat. or twisted will not provide the are properly routed and attached, protection needed in a crash. To fold the seat, slowly pull the seat cushion up. and are not twisted. The person wearing the belt could be seriously injured. After raising the rear seatback, always check to be sure that the safety belts are properly routed and attached, and are not twisted.
  • 77. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) Seats and Restraints 3-13 Safety Belts Why Safety Belts Work WARNING (Continued) This section of the manual describes how to use safety belts It is extremely dangerous to ride properly. It also describes some in a cargo area, inside or outside things not to do with safety belts. of a vehicle. In a collision, passengers riding in these areas { WARNING are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Do not allow Do not let anyone ride where a passengers to ride in any area of safety belt cannot be worn the vehicle that is not equipped properly. In a crash, if you or your with seats and safety belts. passenger(s) are not wearing Always wear a safety belt, and safety belts, injuries can be much check that all passenger(s) are When riding in a vehicle, you travel worse than if you are wearing restrained properly too. as fast as the vehicle does. If the safety belts. You can be seriously vehicle stops suddenly, you keep injured or killed by hitting things going until something stops you. inside the vehicle harder or by This vehicle has indicators as a reminder to buckle the safety belts. It could be the windshield, the being ejected from the vehicle. instrument panel, or the safety belts! In addition, anyone who is not See Safety Belt Reminders on page 5‑19 for additional information. When you wear a safety belt, you buckled up can strike other and the vehicle slow down together. passengers in the vehicle. There is more time to stop because (Continued) you stop over a longer distance and, when worn properly, your strongest bones take the forces from the safety belts. That is why wearing safety belts makes such good sense.
  • 78. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 3-14 Seats and Restraints Questions and Answers About How to Wear Safety Belts Safety Belts Properly Q: Will I be trapped in the vehicle This section is only for people of after a crash if I am wearing a adult size. safety belt? There are special things to know A: You could be — whether you are about safety belts and children. And wearing a safety belt or not. there are different rules for smaller Your chance of being conscious children and infants. If a child will be during and after a crash, so you riding in the vehicle, see Older can unbuckle and get out, is Children on page 3‑42 or Infants much greater if you are belted. and Young Children on page 3‑44. Q: If my vehicle has airbags, Follow those rules for everyones . Sit up straight and always keep why should I have to wear protection. your feet on the floor in front safety belts? of you. It is very important for all occupants A: Airbags are supplemental to buckle up. Statistics show that . Always use the correct buckle systems only; so they work with unbelted people are hurt more often for your seating position. safety belts — not instead of in crashes than those who are . Wear the lap part of the belt them. Whether or not an airbag wearing safety belts. low and snug on the hips, just is provided, all occupants still There are important things to know touching the thighs. In a crash, have to buckle up to get the about wearing a safety belt properly. this applies force to the strong most protection. pelvic bones and you would be Also, in nearly all states and in less likely to slide under the lap all Canadian provinces, the law belt. If you slid under it, the belt requires wearing safety belts. would apply force on your abdomen. This could cause serious or even fatal injuries.
  • 79. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) Seats and Restraints 3-15 . Wear the shoulder belt over the shoulder and across the chest. Lap-Shoulder Belt Engaging the child restraint locking feature may affect the These parts of the body are best All seating positions in the vehicle passenger sensing system, able to take belt restraining have a lap-shoulder belt. if equipped. See Passenger forces. The shoulder belt locks if The following instructions explain Sensing System on page 3‑34 there is a sudden stop or crash. how to wear a lap-shoulder belt for more information. properly. { WARNING 1. Adjust the seat, if the seat is You can be seriously injured, adjustable, so you can sit up or even killed, by not wearing straight. To see how, see “Seats” your safety belt properly. in the Index. . Never allow the lap or 2. Pick up the latch plate and pull shoulder belt to become the belt across you. Do not let it loose or twisted. get twisted. . Never wear the shoulder belt The lap-shoulder belt may lock if under both arms or behind you pull the belt across you very your back. quickly. If this happens, let the belt go back slightly to unlock it. . Never route the lap or Then pull the belt across you If the belt stops before it reaches shoulder belt over an more slowly. the buckle, when using the armrest. lap-shoulder belt in a rear center If the shoulder portion of a passenger belt is pulled out all seating position of a crew-cab, the way, the child restraint tilt the latch plate and keep locking feature may be engaged. pulling the safety belt until it can If this happens, let the belt go be buckled. back all the way and start again.
  • 80. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 3-16 Seats and Restraints 4. If equipped with a shoulder belt height adjuster, move it to the height that is right for you. See “Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster” later in this section. 3. Push the latch plate into the To unlatch the belt, push the button buckle until it clicks. on the buckle. The belt should Pull up on the latch plate to return to its stowed position. make sure it is secure. If the belt Before a door is closed, be sure is not long enough, see Safety the safety belt is out of the way. If a Belt Extender on page 3‑21. door is slammed against a safety 5. To make the lap part tight, belt, damage can occur to both the If the latch plate will not go fully pull up on the shoulder belt. into the buckle, check if the safety belt and the vehicle. correct buckle is being used. It may be necessary to pull stitching on the safety belt Position the release button on through the latch plate to fully the buckle so that the safety belt tighten the lap belt on smaller could be quickly unbuckled if occupants. necessary.
  • 81. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) Seats and Restraints 3-17 Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster The vehicle has a shoulder belt height adjuster for the driver and right front passenger. Adjust the height so the shoulder portion of the belt is on the shoulder and not falling off of it. The belt should be close to, but not contacting, the neck. Improper shoulder belt height adjustment could reduce the effectiveness of the safety belt in a crash. See How Regular and Crew Cab Extended Cab to Wear Safety Belts Properly on page 3‑14. To move the adjuster down for the On the extended cab, push down on regular and crew cabs, squeeze the the release button (A) and move the buttons (A) on the sides of the height adjuster to the desired height adjuster and move the height position. adjuster to the desired position. You can move the adjuster up just by pushing up on the shoulder belt guide. After you move the adjuster to where you want it, try to move it down, without squeezing the buttons for the regular and crew cabs, or without pushing the release button for extended cabs, to make sure it has locked into position.
  • 82. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 3-18 Seats and Restraints Safety Belt Pretensioners Rear Safety Belt Comfort Here is how to install a comfort Guides guide to the shoulder belt: This vehicle has safety belt pretensioners for front outboard This vehicle may have rear shoulder 1. Remove the guide from its occupants. Although the safety belt belt comfort guides. If not, they storage clip on the interior body. pretensioners cannot be seen, they are available through your dealer. are part of the safety belt assembly. The guides may provide added They can help tighten the safety safety belt comfort for older children belts during the early stages of a who have outgrown booster seats moderate to severe frontal, near and for some adults. When installed frontal, or rear crash if the threshold and properly adjusted, the comfort conditions for pretensioner guide positions the belt away from activation are met. And, if your the neck and head. vehicle has side impact airbags, safety belt pretensioners can help tighten the safety belts in a side crash or a rollover event. Pretensioners work only once. If the pretensioners activate in a crash, 2. Place the guide over the belt they will need to be replaced, and and insert the two edges of the probably other new parts for the belt into the slots of the guide. vehicles safety belt system. See Replacing Safety Belt System Parts after a Crash on page 3‑22.
  • 83. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) Seats and Restraints 3-19 { WARNING A safety belt that is not properly worn may not provide the protection needed in a crash. The person wearing the belt could be seriously injured. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces. 3. Be sure that the belt is not 4. Buckle, position, and release twisted and it lies flat. the safety belt as described The elastic cord must be previously in this section. Make under the belt and the guide sure the shoulder portion of the on top. belt is on the shoulder and not falling off of it. The belt should be close to, but not contacting, the neck. To remove and store the comfort guide, squeeze the belt edges together so that the safety belt can be removed from the guide. Slide the guide onto the storage clip.
  • 84. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 3-20 Seats and Restraints Safety Belt Use During The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother. When a safety Pregnancy belt is worn properly, it is more likely Safety belts work for everyone, that the fetus will not be hurt in a including pregnant women. Like all crash. For pregnant women, as for occupants, they are more likely to anyone, the key to making safety be seriously injured if they do not belts effective is wearing them wear safety belts. properly. Lap Belt This section is only for the lap belt. To learn how to wear a lap-shoulder belt, see Lap-Shoulder Belt on To make the belt longer, tilt the latch page 3‑15. plate and pull it along the belt. The vehicle may have a center Buckle, position, and release it the seating position with a lap safety same way as the lap part of a belt. The lap safety belt does not lap-shoulder belt. have a retractor. A pregnant woman should wear a lap-shoulder belt, and the lap portion should be worn as low as possible, below the rounding, throughout the pregnancy.
  • 85. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) Seats and Restraints 3-21 Safety Belt Extender Safety System Check If the vehicles safety belt will fasten Now and then, check that the safety around you, you should use it. belt reminder light, safety belts, But if a safety belt is not long buckles, latch plates, retractors, enough, your dealer will order you and anchorages are all working an extender. When you go in to properly. Look for any other loose or order it, take the heaviest coat you damaged safety belt system parts will wear, so the extender will be that might keep a safety belt system long enough for you. To help avoid from doing its job. See your dealer personal injury, do not let someone to have it repaired. Torn or frayed else use it, and use it only for the safety belts may not protect you in a seat it is made to fit. The extender crash. They can rip apart under To make the belt shorter, pull its free impact forces. If a belt is torn or end as shown until the belt is snug. has been designed for adults. Never use it for securing child seats. To frayed, get a new one right away. If the belt is not long enough, see wear it, attach it to the regular safety Make sure the safety belt reminder Safety Belt Extender on page 3‑21. belt. For more information, see the light is working. See Safety Belt Make sure the release button on the instruction sheet that comes with Reminders on page 5‑19 for more buckle is positioned so you would the extender. information. be able to unbuckle the safety belt Keep safety belts clean and dry. quickly if necessary. See Safety Belt Care on page 3‑22.
  • 86. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 3-22 Seats and Restraints Safety Belt Care Replacing Safety Belt After a minor crash, replacement of safety belts may not be necessary. Keep belts clean and dry. System Parts after a But the safety belt assemblies that Crash were used during any crash may { WARNING have been stressed or damaged. Do not bleach or dye safety belts. { WARNING See your dealer to have the safety belt assemblies inspected or It may severely weaken them. A crash can damage the safety replaced. In a crash, they might not be able belt system in the vehicle. New parts and repairs may be to provide adequate protection. A damaged safety belt system necessary even if the safety belt Clean safety belts only with mild may not properly protect the system was not being used at the soap and lukewarm water. person using it, resulting in time of the crash. serious injury or even death in a Have the safety belt pretensioners crash. To help make sure the checked if the vehicle has been in a safety belt systems are working crash, or if the airbag readiness light properly after a crash, have them stays on after you start the vehicle inspected and any necessary or while you are driving. See Airbag replacements made as soon as Readiness Light on page 5‑20. possible.
  • 87. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (23,1) Seats and Restraints 3-23 Airbag System All of the airbags in the vehicle will have the word AIRBAG embossed Here are the most important things to know about the airbag system: The vehicle has the following in the trim or on an attached label airbags: near the deployment opening. { WARNING . A frontal airbag for the driver. For frontal airbags, the word AIRBAG will appear on the middle You can be severely injured or . A frontal airbag for the right front killed in a crash if you are not passenger. part of the steering wheel for the driver and on the instrument panel wearing your safety belt — even if The vehicle may have the following for the right front passenger. you have airbags. Airbags are airbags: designed to work with safety With seat‐mounted side impact . A seat‐mounted side impact belts, but do not replace them. airbags, the word AIRBAG will airbag for the driver. Also, airbags are not designed to appear on the side of the seatback . closest to the door. deploy in every crash. In some A seat‐mounted side impact crashes safety belts are your only airbag for the right front With roof-rail airbags, the word restraint. See When Should an passenger. AIRBAG will appear along the Airbag Inflate? on page 3‑26. . A roof-rail airbag for the driver headliner or trim. and the passenger seated Wearing your safety belt during a Airbags are designed to supplement crash helps reduce your chance directly behind the driver. the protection provided by safety of hitting things inside the vehicle . A roof-rail airbag for the right belts. Even though todays airbags or being ejected from it. Airbags front passenger and the person are also designed to help reduce the risk of injury from the force of an are “supplemental restraints” to seated directly behind the right the safety belts. Everyone in your front passenger. inflating bag, all airbags must inflate very quickly to do their job. vehicle should wear a safety belt properly — whether or not there is an airbag for that person.
  • 88. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (24,1) 3-24 Seats and Restraints { WARNING { WARNING Because airbags inflate with great Children who are up against, force and faster than the blink of or very close to, any airbag an eye, anyone who is up when it inflates can be seriously against, or very close to any injured or killed. Airbags plus There is an airbag readiness light airbag when it inflates can be lap-shoulder belts offer protection on the instrument panel cluster, seriously injured or killed. Do not for adults and older children, which shows the airbag symbol. sit unnecessarily close to any but not for young children and airbag, as you would be if sitting infants. Neither the vehicle The system checks the airbag on the edge of the seat or leaning safety belt system nor its airbag electrical system for malfunctions. forward. Safety belts help keep system is designed for them. The light tells you if there is an you in position before and during Young children and infants electrical problem. See Airbag a crash. Always wear a safety need the protection that a child Readiness Light on page 5‑20 belt, even with airbags. The driver restraint system can provide. for more information. should sit as far back as possible Always secure children properly while still maintaining control of in the vehicle. To read how, see the vehicle. Older Children on page 3‑42 or Occupants should not lean on or Infants and Young Children on sleep against the door or side page 3‑44. windows in seating positions with seat-mounted side impact airbags and/or roof-rail airbags.
  • 89. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (25,1) Seats and Restraints 3-25 Where Are the Airbags? The right front passenger airbag is Driver Side Shown, in the instrument panel on the Passenger Side Similar The driver airbag is in the middle of passenger side. If the vehicle has seat‐mounted side the steering wheel. impact airbags for the driver and right front passenger, they are in the side of the seatbacks closest to the door.
  • 90. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (26,1) 3-26 Seats and Restraints When Should an Airbag { WARNING Inflate? If something is between an Frontal airbags are designed to occupant and an airbag, the inflate in moderate to severe frontal airbag might not inflate properly or near-frontal crashes to help or it might force the object into reduce the potential for severe that person causing severe injury injuries mainly to the drivers or right or even death. The path of an front passengers head and chest. inflating airbag must be kept However, they are only designed to clear. Do not put anything inflate if the impact exceeds a between an occupant and an predetermined deployment Driver Side Shown, airbag, and do not attach or put threshold. Deployment thresholds Passenger Side Similar anything on the steering wheel are used to predict how severe a hub or on or near any other crash is likely to be in time for the If the vehicle has roof-rail airbags airbag covering. airbags to inflate and help restrain for the driver, right front passenger, the occupants. and second row outboard Do not use seat accessories that passengers, they are in the ceiling block the inflation path of a Whether the frontal airbags will or above the side windows. seat-mounted side impact airbag. should deploy is not based on how fast your vehicle is traveling. Never secure anything to the roof It depends largely on what you hit, of a vehicle with roof-rail airbags the direction of the impact, and how by routing a rope or tie‐down quickly your vehicle slows down. through any door or window opening. If you do, the path of an inflating roof-rail airbag will be blocked.
  • 91. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (27,1) Seats and Restraints 3-27 Frontal airbags may inflate at If the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Vehicles with dual stage airbags different crash speeds. Rating) of your vehicle is 3 855 kg also have seat position sensors For example: (8,500 lb) or above, the vehicle has which enable the sensing system to . If the vehicle hits a stationary single stage airbags. If the GVWR is monitor the position of the driver object, the airbags could inflate below 3 855 kg (8,500 lb) then the seat (all models), and on crew cab at a different crash speed than if vehicle has dual stage airbags. and extended cab models the right the vehicle hits a moving object. Vehicles with a full bench seat are front passenger seat on light duty equipped with single state airbags. models only. The seat position . If the vehicle hits an object that You can find the GVWR on the sensor provides information that is deforms, the airbags could certification label on the rear edge used to determine if the airbags inflate at a different crash speed of the driver door. See Vehicle Load should deploy at a reduced level or than if the vehicle hits an object Limits on page 9‑17 for more at full deployment. that does not deform. information. The vehicle may or may not have . If the vehicle hits a narrow object The vehicle may have dual‐stage seat‐mounted side impact and (like a pole), the airbags could frontal airbags. Dual-stage airbags roof-rail airbags. See Airbag System inflate at a different crash speed adjust the restraint according to on page 3‑23. Seat‐mounted side than if the vehicle hits a wide crash severity. The vehicle has impact and roof-rail airbags are object (like a wall). electronic frontal sensors, which intended to inflate in moderate to . If the vehicle goes into an object help the sensing system distinguish severe side crashes. In addition, at an angle, the airbags could between a moderate frontal impact these roof-rail airbags are intended inflate at a different crash speed and a more severe frontal impact. to inflate during a rollover or in a than if the vehicle goes straight For moderate frontal impacts, severe frontal impact. Seat‐mounted into the object. dual-stage airbags inflate at a side impact and roof-rail airbags will Thresholds can also vary with level less than full deployment. inflate if the crash severity is above specific vehicle design. For more severe frontal impacts, the systems designed threshold full deployment occurs. level. The threshold level can vary Frontal airbags are not intended to with specific vehicle design. inflate during vehicle rollovers, rear impacts, or in many side impacts.
  • 92. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (28,1) 3-28 Seats and Restraints Roof-rail airbags are not What Makes an Airbag How Does an Airbag intended to inflate in rear impacts. A seat‐mounted side impact airbag Inflate? Restrain? is intended to deploy on the side of In a deployment event, the sensing In moderate to severe frontal or the vehicle that is struck. Both system sends an electrical signal near frontal collisions, even belted roof-rail airbags will deploy when triggering a release of gas from the occupants can contact the steering either side of the vehicle is struck, inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the wheel or the instrument panel. or if the sensing system predicts airbag causing the bag to break out In moderate to severe side that the vehicle is about to roll over, of the cover and deploy. The inflator, collisions, even belted occupants or in a severe frontal impact. the airbag, and related hardware are can contact the inside of the In any particular crash, no one can all part of the airbag module. vehicle. say whether an airbag should have Frontal airbag modules are located Airbags supplement the protection inflated simply because of the inside the steering wheel and provided by safety belts. Frontal damage to a vehicle or because instrument panel. For vehicles with airbags distribute the force of the of what the repair costs were. seat‐mounted side impact airbags, impact more evenly over the For frontal airbags, inflation is there are airbags modules in the occupants upper body, stopping determined by what the vehicle hits, side of the front seatbacks closest the occupant more gradually. the angle of the impact, and how to the door. For vehicles with Seat‐mounted side impact and quickly the vehicle slows down. roof-rail airbags, there are airbag roof-rail airbags distribute the force For seat‐mounted side impact and modules in the ceiling of the vehicle, of the impact more evenly over the roof-rail airbags, deployment is near the side windows that have occupants upper body. determined by the location and occupant seating positions. severity of the side impact. In a rollover event, roof-rail airbag deployment is determined by the direction of the roll.
  • 93. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (29,1) Seats and Restraints 3-29 Rollover capable roof-rail airbags What Will You See after are designed to help contain the an Airbag Inflates? { WARNING head and chest of occupants in the outboard seating positions in the After the frontal airbags and When an airbag inflates, there first and second rows. The rollover seat-mounted side impact airbags may be dust in the air. This dust capable roof-rail airbags are inflate, they quickly deflate, so could cause breathing problems designed to help reduce the risk of quickly that some people may not for people with a history of full or partial ejection in rollover even realize an airbag inflated. asthma or other breathing trouble. events, although no system can Roof-rail airbags may still be at least To avoid this, everyone in the prevent all such ejections. partially inflated for some time after vehicle should get out as soon as they deploy. Some components of it is safe to do so. If you have But airbags would not help in many types of collisions, primarily the airbag module may be hot for breathing problems but cannot because the occupants motion is several minutes. For location of the get out of the vehicle after an not toward those airbags. See When airbag modules, see What Makes airbag inflates, then get fresh air Should an Airbag Inflate? on an Airbag Inflate? on page 3‑28. by opening a window or a door. page 3‑26 for more information. The parts of the airbag that come If you experience breathing into contact with you may be warm, problems following an airbag Airbags should never be regarded deployment, you should seek as anything more than a supplement but not too hot to touch. There may be some smoke and dust coming medical attention. to safety belts. from the vents in the deflated airbags. Airbag inflation does not The vehicle may have a feature prevent the driver from seeing out of that may automatically unlock the windshield or being able to steer the doors, turn on the interior the vehicle, nor does it prevent lamps and hazard warning people from leaving the vehicle. flashers, and shut off the fuel system after the airbags inflate.
  • 94. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (30,1) 3-30 Seats and Restraints You can lock the doors, turn off the Additional windshield breakage may Airbag On-Off Switch interior lamps and hazard warning also occur from the right front flashers by using the controls for passenger airbag. If one of the switches pictured in the those features. following illustrations is located in . Airbags are designed to inflate the glove box, the vehicle has an only once. After an airbag airbag on-off switch that you can { WARNING inflates, you will need some new use to manually turn on or off the parts for the airbag system. right front passenger airbag. A crash severe enough to inflate If you do not get them, the the airbags may have also airbag system will not be there damaged important functions in to help protect you in another the vehicle, such as the fuel crash. A new system will include system, brake and steering airbag modules and possibly systems, etc. Even if the vehicle other parts. The service manual appears to be drivable after a for your vehicle covers the need moderate crash, there may be to replace other parts. concealed damage that could . The vehicle has a crash sensing make it difficult to safely operate and diagnostic module which the vehicle. records information after a Use caution if you should attempt crash. See Vehicle Data to restart the engine after a crash Recording and Privacy on page 13‑19 and Event Data United States has occurred. Recorders on page 13‑20. . Let only qualified technicians In many crashes severe enough to work on the airbag systems. inflate the airbag, windshields are Improper service can mean that broken by vehicle deformation. an airbag system will not work properly. See your dealer for service.
  • 95. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (31,1) Seats and Restraints 3-31 This switch should only be turned Child age 1 to 12. A child to the off position if the person in age 1 to 12 must ride in the front the right front passenger position is seat because: a member of a passenger risk . My vehicle has no rear seat; group identified by the national . Although children ages 1 to 12 government as follows: ride in the rear seat(s) whenever Infant. An infant (less than 1 year possible, children ages 1 to 12 old) must ride in the front seat sometimes must ride in the front because: because no space is available in . My vehicle has no rear seat; the rear seat(s) of my vehicle; or . My vehicle has a rear seat . The child has a medical Canada and Mexico too small to accommodate a condition which, according to rear-facing infant seat; or the childs physician, makes it If the vehicle does not have an necessary for the child to ride in airbag off switch, it may have a . The infant has a medical the front seat so that the driver passenger sensing system. condition which, according to can constantly monitor the See Passenger Sensing System on the infants physician, makes it childs condition. page 3‑34. necessary for the infant to ride in the front seat so that the driver can constantly monitor the childs condition.
  • 96. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (32,1) 3-32 Seats and Restraints Medical Condition. A passenger has a medical condition which, WARNING (Continued) according to his or her physician: to inflate and help protect the . Causes the passenger airbag to pose a special risk for the person sitting there. Do not turn passenger; and off the passenger airbag unless the person sitting there is in a . Makes the potential harm from risk group. the passenger airbag in a crash greater than the potential harm from turning off the airbag and allowing the passenger, even if belted, to hit the instrument Canada and Mexico panel or windshield in a crash. To turn off the right front passenger { WARNING airbag, insert the ignition key into the switch, push in, and move the If the right front passenger airbag switch to the off position. is turned off for a person who is not in a risk group identified by The word OFF or the off symbol will the national government, that come on in the passenger airbag status indicator located in the person will not have the extra United States overhead console to let you know protection of an airbag. In a that the right front passenger airbag crash, the airbag will not be able is off, after the system check is (Continued)
  • 97. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (33,1) Seats and Restraints 3-33 completed. The airbag off light will come on and stay on to let you know that the right front passengers airbag is off. See Airbag On-Off Light on page 5‑20. { WARNING If the airbag readiness light ever comes on and stays on, it means that something may be wrong with the airbag system. For example, the right front United States Canada and Mexico passenger airbag could inflate even though the airbag on-off To turn the right front passenger switch is turned off. airbag on again, insert the ignition key into the switch, push in, and To help avoid injury to yourself or move the switch to the on position. others, have the vehicle serviced right away. See Airbag Readiness The right front passenger frontal Light on page 5‑20 for more airbag is now enabled (may inflate). See Airbag On-Off Light on information, including important page 5‑20 for more information. safety information.
  • 98. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (34,1) 3-34 Seats and Restraints Passenger Sensing The passenger sensing system will turn off the right front passenger System frontal airbag under certain If the vehicle has one of the conditions. The driver airbag, indicators pictured in the following seat‐mounted side impact airbags illustrations, then the vehicle has a (if equipped), and the roof-rail passenger sensing system for the United States airbags (if equipped) are not right front passenger position, affected by the passenger sensing unless there is an airbag off switch system. located in the glove box. If there is The passenger sensing system an airbag off switch, the vehicle works with sensors that are part of does not have a passenger sensing the right front passenger seat and system. See Airbag On-Off Switch safety belt. The sensors are on page 3‑30 for more information. designed to detect the presence The passenger airbag status Canada and Mexico of a properly-seated occupant indicator will be visible on the and determine if the right front The words ON and OFF, or the passenger frontal airbag should be overhead console when the vehicle symbol for on and off, will be visible enabled (may inflate) or not. is started. during the system check. If you are In addition, if the vehicle has a using remote start to start the According to accident statistics, passenger sensing system for the vehicle from a distance, if equipped, children are safer when properly right front passenger position, the you may not see the system check. secured in a rear seat in the correct label on the vehicles sun visors When the system check is child restraint for their weight refers to “ADVANCED AIRBAGS”. complete, either the word ON or and size. OFF, or the symbol for on or off, will be visible. See Passenger Airbag Status Indicator on page 5‑22.
  • 99. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (35,1) Seats and Restraints 3-35 We recommend that children be If the vehicle does not have a rear secured in a rear seat, including: WARNING (Continued) seat that will accommodate a an infant or a child riding in a rear-facing child restraint, a rear-facing child restraint; a child injured or killed if the right front rear-facing child restraint should not riding in a forward-facing child seat; passenger airbag inflates and the be installed in the vehicle, even if an older child riding in a booster passenger seat is in a forward the airbag is off. seat; and children, who are large position. The passenger sensing system is enough, using safety belts. designed to turn off the right front Even if the passenger sensing A label on the sun visor says, system has turned off the right passenger frontal airbag if: “Never put a rear-facing child seat in front passenger frontal airbag, no . The right front passenger seat is the front.” This is because the risk to system is fail-safe. No one can unoccupied. the rear-facing child is so great, guarantee that an airbag will not if the airbag deploys. . The system determines an infant deploy under some unusual is present in a child restraint. circumstance, even though the { WARNING airbag is turned off. . A right front passenger takes his/her weight off of the seat for A child in a rear-facing child Secure rear-facing child a period of time. restraint can be seriously injured restraints in a rear seat, even if the airbag is off. If you secure a . Or, if there is a critical problem or killed if the right front forward-facing child restraint in with the airbag system or the passenger airbag inflates. the right front seat, always move passenger sensing system. This is because the back of the rear-facing child restraint would the front passenger seat as far be very close to the inflating back as it will go. It is better to airbag. A child in a forward-facing secure the child restraint in a child restraint can be seriously rear seat. (Continued)
  • 100. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (36,1) 3-36 Seats and Restraints When the passenger sensing For some children, including If the On Indicator is Lit for a system has turned off the right front children in child restraints, and for Child Restraint passenger frontal airbag, the off very small adults, the passenger indicator will light and stay lit to sensing system may or may not If a child restraint has been installed remind you that the airbag is off. turn off the right front passenger and the on indicator is lit: See Passenger Airbag Status frontal airbag, depending upon 1. Turn the vehicle off. Indicator on page 5‑22. the persons seating posture and 2. Remove the child restraint from The passenger sensing system is body build. Everyone in your the vehicle. designed to turn on (may inflate) the vehicle who has outgrown child restraints should wear a safety belt 3. Remove any additional items right front passenger frontal airbag properly — whether or not there is from the seat such as blankets, anytime the system senses that a an airbag for that person. cushions, seat covers, seat person of adult size is sitting heaters, or seat massagers. properly in the right front passenger seat. { WARNING 4. Reinstall the child restraint following the directions When the passenger sensing If the airbag readiness light ever provided by the child restraint system has allowed the airbag to be comes on and stays on, it means manufacturer and refer to enabled, the on indicator will light that something may be wrong Securing Child Restraints and stay lit to remind you that the with the airbag system. To help (Rear Seat Position) on airbag is active. avoid injury to yourself or others, page 3‑60 or Securing Child have the vehicle serviced right Restraints (Center Front Seat away. See Airbag Readiness Position) on page 3‑62 or Light on page 5‑20 for more Securing Child Restraints information, including important (Right Front Seat Position) on safety information. page 3‑63.
  • 101. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (37,1) Seats and Restraints 3-37 5. If, after reinstalling the child If the Off Indicator is Lit for an If this happens, use the following restraint and restarting the Adult-Size Occupant steps to allow the system to detect vehicle, the on indicator is still lit, that person and enable the right turn the vehicle off. Then slightly front passenger frontal airbag: recline the vehicle seatback 1. Turn the vehicle off. and adjust the seat cushion, if adjustable, to make sure that 2. Remove any additional material the vehicle seatback is not from the seat, such as blankets, pushing the child restraint into cushions, seat covers, seat the seat cushion. heaters, or seat massagers. Also make sure the child 3. Place the seatback in the fully restraint is not trapped under the upright position. vehicle head restraint. If this 4. Have the person sit upright in happens, adjust the head the seat, centered on the seat restraint. See Head Restraints cushion, with legs comfortably on page 3‑2. If a person of adult-size is sitting extended. 6. Restart the vehicle. in the right front passenger seat, 5. Restart the vehicle and have the but the off indicator is lit, it could person remain in this position for The passenger sensing system be because that person is not two to three minutes after the on may or may not turn off the sitting properly in the seat. indicator is lit. airbag for a child in a child restraint depending upon the child’s seating posture and body build. It is better to secure the child restraint in a rear seat.
  • 102. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (38,1) 3-38 Seats and Restraints Additional Factors Affecting A thick layer of additional material, System Operation such as a blanket or cushion, { WARNING or aftermarket equipment such as Safety belts help keep the seat covers, seat heaters, and seat Stowing of articles under the passenger in position on the massagers can affect how well passenger seat or between the seat during vehicle maneuvers the passenger sensing system passenger seat cushion and and braking, which helps the operates. We recommend that you seatback may interfere with the passenger sensing system not use seat covers or other proper operation of the passenger maintain the passenger airbag aftermarket equipment except when sensing system. status. See “Safety Belts” and approved by GM for your specific “Child Restraints” in the Index for vehicle. See Adding Equipment to additional information about the the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on Servicing the importance of proper restraint use. page 3‑39 for more information Airbag-Equipped Vehicle If the shoulder portion of the belt is about modifications that can affect Airbags affect how the vehicle pulled out all the way, the child how the system operates. should be serviced. There are restraint locking feature will be The on indicator may be lit if an parts of the airbag system in engaged. This may unintentionally object, such as a briefcase, several places around the vehicle. cause the passenger sensing handbag, grocery bag, laptop or Your dealer and the service manual system to turn the airbag off for other electronic device, is put on have information about servicing the some adult size occupants. If this an unoccupied seat. If this is not vehicle and the airbag system. happens, let the belt go back all the desired, remove the object from To purchase a service manual, way and start again. the seat. see Service Publications Ordering Information on page 13‑17.
  • 103. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (39,1) Seats and Restraints 3-39 Adding Equipment to the In addition, the vehicle may have { WARNING Airbag-Equipped Vehicle a passenger sensing system for the right front passengers For up to 10 seconds after the Q: Is there anything I might add position, which includes sensors vehicle is turned off and the to or change about the vehicle that are part of the passengers battery is disconnected, an airbag that could keep the airbags seat. The passenger sensing can still inflate during improper from working properly? system may not operate properly service. You can be injured if you if the original seat trim is are close to an airbag when it A: Yes. If you add things that replaced with non-GM covers, inflates. Avoid yellow connectors. change your vehicles frame, upholstery or trim, or with bumper system, height, front end They are probably part of the GM covers, upholstery or trim or side sheet metal, they may airbag system. Be sure to follow designed for a different vehicle. keep the airbag system from proper service procedures, and Any object, such as an working properly. Changing or make sure the person performing aftermarket seat heater or a moving any parts of the front work for you is qualified to do so. comfort enhancing pad or seats, safety belts, the airbag device, installed under or on top sensing and diagnostic module, of the seat fabric, could also steering wheel, instrument interfere with the operation of panel, roof-rail airbag modules, the passenger sensing system. ceiling headliner or pillar garnish This could either prevent proper trim, overhead console, front deployment of the passenger sensors, side impact sensors, airbag(s) or prevent the or airbag wiring can affect the passenger sensing system operation of the airbag system. from properly turning off the passenger airbag(s). See Passenger Sensing System on page 3‑34.
  • 104. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (40,1) 3-40 Seats and Restraints If you have any questions Q: What if I added a snow plow? Q: Because I have a disability, about this, you should contact Will it keep the airbags from I have to get my vehicle Customer Assistance before you working properly? modified. How can I find out modify your vehicle. The phone A: We have designed our airbag whether this will affect my numbers and addresses for systems to work properly under airbag system? Customer Assistance are in a wide range of conditions, A: If you have questions, Step Two of the Customer including snow plowing with call Customer Assistance. Satisfaction Procedure in this vehicles that have the optional The phone numbers and manual. See Customer Snow Plow Prep Package addresses for Customer Satisfaction Procedure (RPO VYU). But do not change Assistance are in Step Two of (U.S. and Canada) on page 13‑1 or defeat the snow plows the Customer Satisfaction or Customer Satisfaction “tripping mechanism.” If you do, Procedure in this manual. Procedure (Mexico) on it can damage your snow plow See Customer Satisfaction page 13‑3. and your vehicle, and it may Procedure (U.S. and If the vehicle has rollover cause an airbag inflation. Canada) on page 13‑1 or roof-rail airbags, see Different Customer Satisfaction Size Tires and Wheels on Procedure (Mexico) on page 10‑74 for additional page 13‑3. important information. In addition, your dealer and the service manual have information about the location of the airbag sensors, sensing and diagnostic module and airbag wiring.
  • 105. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (41,1) Seats and Restraints 3-41 Airbag System Check Replacing Airbag System If an airbag inflates, you will need to replace airbag system parts. The airbag system does not need Parts after a Crash See your dealer for service. regularly scheduled maintenance If the airbag readiness light or replacement. Make sure the airbag readiness light is working. { WARNING stays on after the vehicle is See Airbag Readiness Light on A crash can damage the started or comes on when you are page 5‑20 for more information. airbag systems in the vehicle. driving, the airbag system may not A damaged airbag system may work properly. Have the vehicle Notice: If an airbag covering is serviced right away. See Airbag damaged, opened, or broken, the not work properly and may Readiness Light on page 5‑20 for airbag may not work properly. not protect you and your more information. Do not open or break the airbag passenger(s) in a crash, resulting coverings. If there are any in serious injury or even death. opened or broken airbag covers, To help make sure the airbag have the airbag covering and/or systems are working properly airbag module replaced. For the after a crash, have them location of the airbags, see inspected and any necessary Where Are the Airbags? on replacements made as soon as page 3‑25. See your dealer for possible. service.
  • 106. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (42,1) 3-42 Seats and Restraints Child Restraints Use a booster seat with a lap-shoulder belt until the child Q: What is the proper way to wear safety belts? passes the fit test below: Older Children A: An older child should wear a . Sit all the way back on the seat. lap-shoulder belt and get the Do the knees bend at the seat additional restraint a shoulder edge? If yes, continue. If no, belt can provide. The shoulder return to the booster seat. belt should not cross the face or . Buckle the lap-shoulder belt. neck. The lap belt should fit Does the shoulder belt rest on snugly below the hips, just the shoulder? If yes, continue. touching the top of the thighs. If no, try using the rear safety This applies belt force to the belt comfort guide. See “Rear childs pelvic bones in a crash. Safety Belt Comfort Guides” It should never be worn over the under Lap-Shoulder Belt on abdomen, which could cause page 3‑15 for more information. severe or even fatal internal If the shoulder belt still does not injuries in a crash. rest on the shoulder, then return Also see “Rear Safety Belt Comfort Older children who have outgrown to the booster seat. Guides” under Lap-Shoulder Belt on booster seats should wear the . Does the lap belt fit low and page 3‑15. vehicle safety belts. snug on the hips, touching the According to accident statistics, The manufacturers instructions thighs? If yes, continue. If no, children and infants are safer when that come with the booster seat return to the booster seat. properly restrained in a child state the weight and height . Can proper safety belt fit be restraint system or infant restraint limitations for that booster. maintained for the length of system secured in a rear seating the trip? If yes, continue. If no, position. return to the booster seat.
  • 107. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (43,1) Seats and Restraints 3-43 In a crash, children who are not buckled up can strike other people WARNING (Continued) who are buckled up, or can be thrown out of the vehicle. Older head and neck injury. The child children need to use safety belts might also slide under the lap properly. belt. The belt force would then be applied right on the abdomen. That could cause serious or fatal { WARNING injuries. The shoulder belt should Never do this. go over the shoulder and across the chest. Never allow two children to wear the same safety belt. The safety belt cannot properly spread the impact forces. In a crash, the two children can be crushed together { WARNING and seriously injured. A safety Never do this. belt must be used by only one Never allow a child to wear the person at a time. safety belt with the shoulder belt behind their back. A child can be seriously injured by not wearing the lap-shoulder belt properly. In a crash, the child would not be restrained by the shoulder belt. The child could move too far forward increasing the chance of (Continued)
  • 108. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (44,1) 3-44 Seats and Restraints Infants and Young Children who are not restrained Children { WARNING properly can strike other people, or can be thrown out of the vehicle. Everyone in a vehicle needs Children can be seriously injured or strangled if a shoulder belt is protection! This includes infants and all other children. Neither the wrapped around their neck and { WARNING distance traveled nor the age and the safety belt continues to Never do this. size of the traveler changes the tighten. Never leave children unattended in a vehicle and never Never hold an infant or a child need, for everyone, to use safety restraints. In fact, the law in every allow children to play with the while riding in a vehicle. Due to state in the United States and in safety belts. crash forces, an infant or a child every Canadian province says will become so heavy it is not children up to some age must be possible to hold it during a crash. Airbags plus lap‐shoulder belts offer For example, in a crash at only restrained while in a vehicle. protection for adults and older 40 km/h (25 mph), a 5.5 kg (12 lb) children, but not for young children infant will suddenly become a and infants. Neither the vehicles 110 kg (240 lb) force on a persons safety belt system nor its airbag system is designed for them. Every arms. An infant should be time infants and young children ride secured in an appropriate in vehicles, they should have the restraint. protection provided by appropriate child restraints.
  • 109. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (45,1) Seats and Restraints 3-45 { WARNING Never do this. Children who are up against, or very close to, any airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or killed. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in the right front seat. Secure a rear-facing child restraint in a rear seat. It is also better to secure a forward-facing child restraint in a rear seat. If you must secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat, always move the front passenger seat as far back as it will go.
  • 110. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (46,1) 3-46 Seats and Restraints Q: What are the different types of The restraint manufacturers add-on child restraints? instructions that come with the { WARNING A: Add-on child restraints, which restraint state the weight and height limitations for a particular A young childs hip bones are still are purchased by the vehicle so small that the vehicles regular owner, are available in four basic child restraint. In addition, there are many kinds of restraints safety belt may not remain low types. Selection of a particular on the hip bones, as it should. restraint should take into available for children with special needs. Instead, it may settle up around consideration not only the childs the childs abdomen. In a crash, weight, height, and age but also whether or not the restraint will { WARNING the belt would apply force on a body area that is unprotected by be compatible with the motor vehicle in which it will be used. To reduce the risk of neck and any bony structure. This alone head injury during a crash, infants could cause serious or fatal For most basic types of child injuries. To reduce the risk of need complete support. This is restraints, there are many serious or fatal injuries during a because an infants neck is not different models available. fully developed and its head crash, young children should When purchasing a child weighs so much compared with always be secured in appropriate restraint, be sure it is designed to be used in a motor vehicle. the rest of its body. In a crash, child restraints. If it is, the restraint will have a an infant in a rear-facing child label saying that it meets federal restraint settles into the restraint, motor vehicle safety standards. so the crash forces can be distributed across the strongest part of an infants body, the back and shoulders. Infants should always be secured in rear-facing child restraints.
  • 111. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (47,1) Seats and Restraints 3-47 Child Restraint Systems (B) Forward-Facing Child Seat (C) Booster Seats (A) Rear‐Facing Infant Seat A forward-facing child seat (B) A booster seat (C) is a child restraint provides restraint for the childs designed to improve the fit of the A rear-facing infant seat (A) body with the harness. vehicles safety belt system. provides restraint with the seating A booster seat can also help a surface against the back of the child to see out the window. infant. The harness system holds the infant in place and, in a crash, acts to keep the infant positioned in the restraint.
  • 112. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (48,1) 3-48 Seats and Restraints Securing an Add-On Child To help reduce the chance of The child restraint instructions are Restraint in the Vehicle injury, the child restraint must be important, so if they are not secured in the vehicle. Child available, obtain a replacement restraint systems must be secured copy from the manufacturer. { WARNING in vehicle seats by lap belts or the Keep in mind that an unsecured A child can be seriously injured lap belt portion of a lap-shoulder child restraint can move around in a or killed in a crash if the child belt, or by the LATCH system. collision or sudden stop and injure restraint is not properly secured See Lower Anchors and Tethers people in the vehicle. Be sure to for Children (LATCH System) on properly secure any child restraint in the vehicle. Secure the child page 3‑51 for more information. in the vehicle — even when no restraint properly in the vehicle Children can be endangered in a child is in it. using the vehicle safety belt or crash if the child restraint is not LATCH system, following the properly secured in the vehicle. In some areas of the United States instructions that came with that and Canada, Certified Child child restraint and the instructions When securing an add-on child Passenger Safety Technicians in this manual. restraint, refer to the instructions (CPSTs) are available to inspect that come with the restraint which and demonstrate how to correctly may be on the restraint itself or in a use and install child restraints. booklet, or both, and to this manual.
  • 113. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (49,1) Seats and Restraints 3-49 In the U.S., refer to the Where to Put the If a child restraint is secured in the National Highway Traffic Safety right front passenger seat, and the Administration (NHTSA) website Restraint vehicle has a switch in the glove to locate the nearest child safety According to accident statistics, box to manually turn off the right seat inspection station. For CPST children and infants are safer when front passenger airbag, see Airbag availability in Canada, check with properly restrained in a child On-Off Switch on page 3‑30 and Transport Canada or the Provincial restraint system or infant restraint Securing Child Restraints (Rear Ministry of Transportation office. system secured in a rear seating Seat Position) on page 3‑60 or position. Securing Child Restraints (Center Securing the Child Within the Front Seat Position) on page 3‑62 Child Restraint We recommend that children and or Securing Child Restraints child restraints be secured in a rear (Right Front Seat Position) on seat, including: an infant or a child { WARNING riding in a rear-facing child restraint; page 3‑63 for more information, including important safety A child can be seriously injured a child riding in a forward-facing information. or killed in a crash if the child is child seat; an older child riding in a booster seat; and children, who are A label on the sun visor says, not properly secured in the large enough, using safety belts. “Never put a rear-facing child seat child restraint. Secure the child in the front.” This is because the risk properly following the instructions to the rear-facing child is so great, that came with that child restraint. if the airbag deploys.
  • 114. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (50,1) 3-50 Seats and Restraints Do not use child restraints in the { WARNING WARNING (Continued) center front seat position. A child in a rear-facing child Secure rear-facing child When securing a child restraint in restraint can be seriously restraints in a rear seat, even if a rear seating position, study the injured or killed if the right front the airbag is off. If you secure a instructions that came with your passenger airbag inflates. forward-facing child restraint in child restraint to make sure it is This is because the back of the the right front seat, always move compatible with this vehicle. rear-facing child restraint would the front passenger seat as far Child restraints and booster seats be very close to the inflating back as it will go. It is better to vary considerably in size, and some airbag. A child in a forward-facing secure the child restraint in a may fit in certain seating positions child restraint can be seriously rear seat. better than others. Always make injured or killed if the right front sure the child restraint is properly passenger airbag inflates and the secured. passenger seat is in a forward Depending on where you place the position. { WARNING child restraint and the size of the Even if the passenger sensing A child in a child restraint in the child restraint, you may not be able system or airbag switch has center front seat can be badly to access adjacent safety belt assemblies or LATCH anchors for turned off the right front injured or killed by the frontal additional passengers or child passenger frontal airbag, no airbags if they inflate. Never restraints. Adjacent seating system is fail-safe. No one can secure a child restraint in the positions should not be used if the guarantee that an airbag will not center front seat. It is always child restraint prevents access to or deploy under some unusual better to secure a child restraint in interferes with the routing of the circumstance, even though it is a rear seat. safety belt. turned off. (Continued)
  • 115. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (51,1) Seats and Restraints 3-51 If the vehicle does not have a rear Lower Anchors and When installing a child restraint with seat that will accommodate a a top tether, you must also use rear-facing child restraint, a Tethers for Children either the lower anchors or the rear-facing child restraint should not (LATCH System) safety belts to properly secure the be installed in the vehicle, even if The LATCH system holds a child child restraint. A child restraint must the airbag is off. restraint during driving or in a crash. never be installed using only the Wherever a child restraint is This system is designed to make top tether and anchor. installed, be sure to secure the child installation of a child restraint easier. In order to use the LATCH system restraint properly. The LATCH system uses anchors in in your vehicle, you need a the vehicle and attachments on the child restraint that has LATCH Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint that are made for use attachments. The child restraint child restraint can move around in a with the LATCH system. manufacturer will provide you with collision or sudden stop and injure people in the vehicle. Be sure to Make sure that a LATCH-compatible instructions on how to use the properly secure any child restraint child restraint is properly installed child restraint and its attachments. in your vehicle — even when no using the anchors, or use the The following explains how to child is in it. vehicles safety belts to secure the attach a child restraint with these restraint, following the instructions attachments in your vehicle. that came with that restraint, and Not all vehicle seating positions or also the instructions in this manual. child restraints have lower anchors and attachments or top tether anchors and attachments.
  • 116. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (52,1) 3-52 Seats and Restraints Lower Anchors Top Tether Anchor Your child restraint may have a single tether (A) or a dual tether (C). Either will have a single attachment (B) to secure the top tether to the anchor. Some child restraints that have a top tether are designed for use with or without the top tether being attached. Others require the top tether always to be attached. In Canada, the law requires that Lower anchors (A) are metal bars A top tether (A, C) anchors the top forward-facing child restraints have built into the vehicle. There are of the child restraint to the vehicle. a top tether, and that the tether be two lower anchors for each A top tether anchor is built into attached. Be sure to read and follow LATCH seating position that will the vehicle. The top tether the instructions for your child accommodate a child restraint with attachment (B) on the child restraint restraint. lower attachments (B). connects to the top tether anchor in the vehicle in order to reduce the forward movement and rotation of the child restraint during driving or in a crash.
  • 117. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (53,1) Seats and Restraints 3-53 Lower Anchor and Top Tether Anchor Locations Regular Cab — Three-Passenger Crew and Extended Cab Rear Seat Front Seat Regular Cab — Two-Passenger i (Top Tether Anchor): Seating i (Top Tether Anchor): Seating Front Seat positions with top tether anchors. positions with top tether anchors. Do not install a child restraint in j (Lower Anchor): Seating the center front seat position. positions with two lower anchors. See Securing Child Restraints For crew and extended cab models, (Rear Seat Position) on page 3‑60 the rear outboard seating positions or Securing Child Restraints have exposed metal lower anchors (Center Front Seat Position) on located in the crease between the page 3‑62 or Securing Child seatback and the seat cushion. Restraints (Right Front Seat Position) on page 3‑63 for more information.
  • 118. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (54,1) 3-54 Seats and Restraints See Securing Child Restraints (Rear Seat Position) on page 3‑60 or Securing Child Restraints (Center Front Seat Position) on page 3‑62 or Securing Child Restraints (Right Front Seat Position) on page 3‑63 For regular cab models, there is an for more information. anchor symbol on the covers to For regular cab models, the top assist you in locating the top tether tether anchors are located under anchors. covers on the back panel behind the passenger seat. Remove the trim plug to access the anchor. Be sure to use an anchor located on the Crew Cab Shown, same side of the vehicle as the Extended Cab Similar seating position where the child For crew and extended cab models, restraint will be placed. the top tether anchors are the loops located near the top of the seatback for each rear seating position. These loops will be used to route the top tether through, as well as, to secure the top tether in the vehicle. Regular Cab Do not install a child restraint in the center seat position.
  • 119. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (55,1) Seats and Restraints 3-55 Be sure to use an anchor (loop) Securing a Child Restraint located on the same side of the Designed for the LATCH { WARNING vehicle as the seating position System where the child restraint will be Do not attach more than one child placed. restraint to a single anchor, Be sure to read the instructions { WARNING except for the center top tether anchors in the crew and extended following to properly install a child If a LATCH-type child restraint is cabs. Attaching more than one restraint using these loops. not attached to anchors, the child child restraint to a single anchor Do not secure a child restraint in a restraint will not be able to protect could cause the anchor or position without a top tether anchor the child correctly. In a crash, the attachment to come loose or even if a national or local law requires child could be seriously injured or break during a crash. A child or that the top tether be attached, or if killed. Install a LATCH-type child others could be injured. To reduce the instructions that come with the restraint properly using the the risk of serious or fatal injuries child restraint say that the top tether anchors, or use the vehicle safety during a crash, attach only one must be attached. belts to secure the restraint, child restraint per anchor. According to accident statistics, following the instructions that children and infants are safer when came with the child restraint and properly restrained in a child the instructions in this manual. restraint system or infant restraint system secured in a rear seating position. See Where to Put the Restraint on page 3‑49 for additional information.
  • 120. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (56,1) 3-56 Seats and Restraints Notice: Do not let the LATCH Regular Cab Models { WARNING attachments rub against the 1. If the child restraint manufacturer vehicle’s safety belts. This may recommends that the top tether Children can be seriously injured damage these parts. If necessary, or strangled if a shoulder belt is be attached, attach and tighten move buckled safety belts to the top tether to the top tether wrapped around their neck and avoid rubbing the LATCH the safety belt continues to anchor, if your vehicle has one. attachments. Refer to the child restraint tighten. Buckle any unused safety belts behind the child restraint Do not fold the empty rear seat instructions and the following with a safety belt buckled. steps: so children cannot reach them. This could damage the safety belt 1.1. Pull the passenger Pull the shoulder belt all the way or the seat. Unbuckle and return seatback forward by pulling out of the retractor to set the lock, the safety belt to its stowed if the vehicle has one, after the the recliner handle upward position, before folding the seat. to access the top tether child restraint has been installed. anchor. See Reclining Seatbacks on page 3‑6 for additional information. 1.2. Find the top tether anchor. 1.3. Remove the cover to expose the anchor.
  • 121. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (57,1) Seats and Restraints 3-57 1.4. Route, attach, and tighten 2. See Securing Child Restraints the top tether according (Rear Seat Position) on to your child restraint page 3‑60 or Securing Child instructions and the Restraints (Center Front Seat following instructions: Position) on page 3‑62 or Securing Child Restraints (Right Front Seat Position) on page 3‑63 for instructions on installing the child restraint using If the position you are using the safety belts. has an adjustable headrest 3. Before placing a child in the or head restraint and you child restraint, make sure it is are using a single tether, securely held in place. To check, raise the headrest or head grasp the child restraint at the restraint and route the LATCH path and attempt to If the position you are using tether under the headrest move it side‐to‐side and has an adjustable headrest or head restraint and in back‐and‐forth. There should be or head restraint and you between the headrest or no more than 2.5 cm (1 in) of are using a dual tether, head restraint posts. movement for proper installation. route the tether around the headrest or head restraint.
  • 122. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (58,1) 3-58 Seats and Restraints Crew and Extended Cab Models 2. If the child restraint manufacturer 1. Attach and tighten the lower recommends that the top tether attachments to the lower be attached, attach and tighten anchors. If the child restraint the top tether to the top tether does not have lower anchor (loop), if your vehicle has attachments or the desired one. Refer to the child restraint seating position does not have instructions and the following lower anchors, secure the child steps: restraint with the top tether and the safety belts. Refer to your child restraint manufacturer instructions and the instructions in this manual. Example — Rear Driver Side 1.1. Find the lower anchors Position for the desired seating 2.1. When using a child restraint position. with a top tether in the rear 1.2. Put the child restraint on driver side position: the seat. A. Raise the headrest 1.3. Attach and tighten the or head restraint. lower attachments on the Example — Rear Driver Side B. Route the top child restraint to the lower Position tether (B) between anchors. the headrest or head restraint posts, through the loop (A), behind the inboard headrest or head
  • 123. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (59,1) Seats and Restraints 3-59 restraint post, and 2.3. When using a child restraint 2.4. Tighten the top tether under the center with a top tether in the rear when and as the child shoulder belt (C). passenger position: restraint manufacturers C. Attach the top A. Raise the headrest instructions say. tether (B) to the or head restraint. When the top tether is top tether anchor B. Route the top tightened, the anchor (loop) (loop) (D) at the tether (B) between may bend. This is normal center rear seating the headrest or and will not damage the position. head restraint posts, vehicle. 2.2. When using a child restraint through the loop on 3. Before placing a child in the with a top tether in the rear the passenger side child restraint, make sure it is center position: and behind the securely held in place. To check, A. Route the top inboard headrest or grasp the child restraint at the tether (B) through head restraint post. LATCH path and attempt to the center loop (D), C. Attach the top move it side‐to‐side and and behind the tether (B) to back‐and‐forth. There should be inboard passenger the top tether no more than 2.5 cm (1 in) of side headrest or anchor (loop) (D) movement for proper installation. head restraint post. at the center rear B. Attach the top seating position. tether (B) to the top tether anchor (loop) at the rear passenger side seating position.
  • 124. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (60,1) 3-60 Seats and Restraints Replacing LATCH System Securing Child Restraints In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing child restraints have Parts After a Crash (Rear Seat Position) a top tether, and that the tether be When securing a child restraint in attached. { WARNING a rear seating position, study the If the child restraint does not have instructions that came with the the LATCH system, you will be A crash can damage the LATCH child restraint to make sure it is system in the vehicle. A damaged using the safety belt to secure the compatible with this vehicle. child restraint in this position. LATCH system may not properly If the child restraint has the LATCH Be sure to follow the instructions secure the child restraint, system, see Lower Anchors and that came with the child restraint. resulting in serious injury or even Tethers for Children (LATCH Secure the child in the child restraint death in a crash. To help make System) on page 3‑51 for how and when and as the instructions say. sure the LATCH system is where to install the child restraint If more than one child restraint working properly after a crash, using LATCH. If a child restraint is see your dealer to have the needs to be installed in the rear secured in the vehicle using a seat, be sure to read Where to system inspected and any safety belt and it uses a top tether, necessary replacements made Put the Restraint on page 3‑49. see Lower Anchors and Tethers for as soon as possible. Children (LATCH System) on 1. Put the child restraint on page 3‑51 for top tether anchor the seat. If the vehicle has the LATCH system locations. 2. Pick up the latch plate, and run and it was being used during a Do not secure a child seat in a the lap and shoulder portions of crash, new LATCH system parts position without a top tether anchor the vehicles safety belt through may be needed. if a national or local law requires or around the restraint. The child that the top tether be anchored, or if restraint instructions will show New parts and repairs may be the instructions that come with the you how. necessary even if the LATCH system was not being used at the child restraint say that the top strap time of the crash. must be anchored.
  • 125. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (61,1) Seats and Restraints 3-61 For crew cab second row 3. Push the latch plate into the 4. Pull the shoulder belt all the way seatings positions, tilt the latch buckle until it clicks. out of the retractor to set the plate to adjust the belt if needed. Position the release button on lock. When the retractor lock is the buckle so that the safety belt set, the belt can be tightened but could be quickly unbuckled if not pulled out of the retractor. necessary.
  • 126. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (62,1) 3-62 Seats and Restraints 6. If the child restraint has a top Securing Child Restraints tether, follow the child restraint manufacturers instructions (Center Front Seat regarding the use of the top Position) tether. See Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 3‑51 for more { WARNING information. A child in a child restraint in the 7. Before placing a child in the center front seat can be badly child restraint, make sure it is injured or killed by the frontal securely held in place. To check, airbags if they inflate. Never grasp the child restraint at the secure a child restraint in the 5. To tighten the belt, push down safety belt path and attempt center front seat. It is always on the child restraint, pull the to move it side‐to‐side and better to secure a child restraint shoulder portion of the belt to back‐and‐forth. When the child in a rear seat. tighten the lap portion of the belt, restraint is properly installed, and feed the shoulder belt back there should be no more than Do not use child restraints in the into the retractor. When installing 2.5 cm (1 in) of movement. center front seat position. a forward-facing child restraint, To remove the child restraint, it may be helpful to use your unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and knee to push down on the child let it return to the stowed position. restraint as you tighten the belt. If the top tether is attached to a top Try to pull the belt out of the tether anchor, disconnect it. retractor to make sure the retractor is locked. If the retractor is not locked, repeat Steps 4 and 5.
  • 127. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (63,1) Seats and Restraints 3-63 Securing Child Restraints A label on the sun visor says, WARNING (Continued) “Never put a rear-facing child seat in (Right Front Seat the front.” This is because the risk Position) to the rear-facing child is so great, Even if the passenger sensing if the airbag deploys. system, if equipped, has turned With Passenger Sensing off the right front passenger System frontal airbag, no system is { WARNING fail-safe. No one can guarantee This vehicle has airbags. A rear seat is a safer place to secure a A child in a rear-facing child that an airbag will not deploy forward-facing child restraint. restraint can be seriously under some unusual See Where to Put the Restraint on injured or killed if the right front circumstance, even though page 3‑49. passenger airbag inflates. it is turned off. In addition, the vehicle may have a This is because the back of the Secure rear-facing child passenger sensing system which is rear-facing child restraint would restraints in a rear seat, even if designed to turn off the right front be very close to the inflating the airbag is off. If you secure a passenger frontal airbag under airbag. A child in a forward-facing forward-facing child restraint in certain conditions. See Passenger child restraint can be seriously the right front seat, always move Sensing System on page 3‑34 and injured or killed if the right front the front passenger seat as far Passenger Airbag Status Indicator passenger airbag inflates and the back as it will go. It is better to on page 5‑22 for more information passenger seat is in a forward secure the child restraint in a on this, including important safety position. rear seat. information. The vehicle may have a See Passenger Sensing System passenger sensing system which on page 3‑34 for additional is designed to turn off the right information. front passenger frontal airbag under certain conditions. (Continued)
  • 128. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (64,1) 3-64 Seats and Restraints If the vehicle does not have a rear In Canada, the law requires that 3. Pick up the latch plate, and run seat that will accommodate a forward-facing child restraints have the lap and shoulder portions of rear-facing child restraint, a a top tether, and that the tether be the vehicles safety belt through rear-facing child restraint should not attached. or around the restraint. The child be installed in the vehicle, even if You will be using the lap-shoulder restraint instructions will show the airbag is off. belt to secure the child restraint in you how. If the child restraint has the LATCH this position. Follow the instructions system, see Lower Anchors and that came with the child restraint. Tethers for Children (LATCH 1. Move the seat as far back as it System) on page 3‑51 for how and will go before securing the where to install the child restraint forward-facing child restraint. using LATCH. If you secure a child restraint using a safety belt and it When the passenger sensing uses a top tether, see Lower system, if equipped, has turned Anchors and Tethers for Children off the right front passenger (LATCH System) on page 3‑51 for frontal airbag, the off indicator in top tether anchor locations. the passenger airbag status indicator should light and stay Do not secure a child seat in a lit when you start the vehicle. position without a top tether anchor See Passenger Airbag Status if a national or local law requires 4. Push the latch plate into the Indicator on page 5‑22. buckle until it clicks. that the top tether be anchored, or if the instructions that come with the 2. Put the child restraint on Position the release button so child restraint say that the top strap the seat. that the safety belt could be must be anchored. quickly unbuckled if necessary.
  • 129. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (65,1) Seats and Restraints 3-65 7. If the vehicle does not have a rear seat and the child restraint has a top tether, follow the child restraint manufacturers instructions regarding the use of the top tether. See Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 3‑51 for more information. 8. Before placing a child in the child restraint, make sure it is securely held in place. To check, 5. Pull the shoulder belt all the way 6. To tighten the belt, push down grasp the child restraint at the out of the retractor to set the on the child restraint, pull the safety belt path and attempt to lock. When the retractor lock is shoulder portion of the belt to move it side to side and back set, the belt can be tightened but tighten the lap portion of the belt, and forth. When the child not pulled out of the retractor. and feed the shoulder belt back restraint is properly installed, into the retractor. When installing there should be no more than a forward-facing child restraint, 2.5 cm (1 in) of movement. it may be helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt. Try to pull the belt out of the retractor to make sure the retractor is locked. If the retractor is not locked, repeat Steps 5 and 6.
  • 130. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (66,1) 3-66 Seats and Restraints If the vehicle is equipped with a With Airbag Off Switch passenger sensing system, and This vehicle has airbags. A rear { WARNING when the passenger sensing system seat is a safer place to secure a A child in a rear-facing child has turned off the right front forward-facing child restraint. restraint can be seriously passenger frontal airbag, the off See Where to Put the Restraint on injured or killed if the right front indicator in the passenger airbag page 3‑49. passenger airbag inflates. status indicator should light and stay lit when you start the vehicle. There may be a switch in the glove This is because the back of the box that you can use to turn off the rear-facing child restraint would If a child restraint has been installed right front passenger frontal airbag. be very close to the inflating and the on indicator is lit, see “If the See Airbag On-Off Switch on airbag. A child in a forward-facing On Indicator is Lit for a Child page 3‑30 for more information, child restraint can be seriously Restraint” under Passenger Sensing including important safety injured or killed if the right front System on page 3‑34 for more information. passenger airbag inflates and the information. A label on the sun visor says, passenger seat is in a forward To remove the child restraint, position. “Never put a rear-facing child seat unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and in the front unless airbag is off.” Even if the airbag switch has let it return to the stowed position. This is because the risk to the turned off the right front If the top tether is attached to a top rear-facing child is so great, if the passenger frontal airbag, no tether anchor, disconnect it. airbag deploys. system is fail-safe. No one can guarantee that an airbag will not deploy under some unusual circumstance, even though it is turned off. (Continued)
  • 131. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (67,1) Seats and Restraints 3-67 secured using a safety belt and it WARNING (Continued) WARNING (Continued) uses a top tether, see Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children Secure rear-facing child restraints To help avoid injury to yourself or (LATCH System) on page 3‑51 for in a rear seat, even if the airbag others, have the vehicle serviced top tether anchor locations. is off. If you secure a right away. See Airbag Readiness forward-facing child restraint in Light on page 5‑20 for more Do not secure a child restraint in a the right front seat, always move information, including important position without a top tether anchor safety information. if a national or local law requires the front passenger seat as far that the top tether be anchored, or if back as it will go. It is better to the instructions that come with the secure the child restraint in a If the vehicle does not have a rear child restraint say that the top strap rear seat. seat that will accommodate a must be anchored. rear-facing child restraint, a In Canada, the law requires that rear-facing child restraint should not forward-facing child restraints have { WARNING be installed in the vehicle, even if the airbag is off. a top tether, and that the tether be attached. If the airbag readiness light If the child restraint has the LATCH ever comes on and stays on, system, see Lower Anchors and it means that something may be Tethers for Children (LATCH wrong with the airbag system. System) on page 3‑51 for how and For example, the right front where to install the child restraint passenger airbag could inflate using LATCH. If a child restraint is even though the airbag on-off switch is turned off. (Continued)
  • 132. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (68,1) 3-68 Seats and Restraints You will be using the lap-shoulder 3. Pick up the latch plate, and run belt to secure the child restraint in the lap and shoulder portions of this position. Follow the instructions the vehicles safety belt through that came with the child restraint. or around the restraint. The child 1. Move the seat as far back as it restraint instructions will show will go before securing the you how. forward-facing child restraint. If you have no other choice but to install a rear-facing child restraint in this seat, make sure the airbag is off once the child restraint has been installed. 5. Pull the shoulder belt all the way When the airbag off switch has out of the retractor to set the turned off the right front lock. When the retractor lock is passenger frontal airbag, the off set, the belt can be tightened but indicator in the airbag off light not pulled out of the retractor. should light and stay lit when you start the vehicle. See Airbag On-Off Light on page 5‑20. 4. Push the latch plate into the 2. Put the child restraint on buckle until it clicks. the seat. Position the release button so that the safety belt could be quickly unbuckled if necessary.
  • 133. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (69,1) Seats and Restraints 3-69 7. If your vehicle does not have a To remove the child restraint, rear seat and your child restraint unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and has a top tether, follow the let it return to the stowed position. child restraint manufacturers If the top tether is attached to a top instructions regarding the use tether anchor, disconnect it. of the top tether. See Lower If you turned the airbag off with Anchors and Tethers for the switch, turn on the right front Children (LATCH System) on passenger airbag when you remove page 3‑51. the child restraint from the vehicle 8. Before placing a child in the unless the person who will be sitting child restraint, make sure it is there is a member of a passenger securely held in place. To check, airbag risk group. See Airbag 6. To tighten the belt, push down grasp the child restraint at the On-Off Switch on page 3‑30 for on the child restraint, pull the safety belt path and attempt to more information, including shoulder portion of the belt to move it side to side and back important safety information. tighten the lap portion of the belt, and forth. When the child and feed the shoulder belt back restraint is properly installed, into the retractor. When installing there should be no more than a forward-facing child restraint, it 2.5 cm (1 in) of movement. may be helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt. Try to pull the belt out of the retractor to make sure the retractor is locked. If the retractor is not locked, repeat Steps 5 and 6.
  • 134. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (70,1) 3-70 Seats and Restraints Heavy Duty Crew Cab Only restraint using a safety belt and it WARNING (Continued) uses a top tether, see Lower This vehicle has airbags. A rear Anchors and Tethers for Children seat is a safer place to secure a This is because the back of the (LATCH System) on page 3‑51 for forward-facing child restraint. rear-facing child restraint would top tether anchor locations. See Where to Put the Restraint on be very close to the inflating Do not secure a child seat in a page 3‑49. airbag. Always secure a position without a top tether anchor A label on the sun visor says, rear-facing child restraint in a if a national or local law requires “Never put a rear-facing child seat rear seat. that the top tether be anchored, or if in the front.” This is because the risk the instructions that come with the to the rear-facing child is so great, If the vehicle does not have a rear child restraint say that the top strap if the airbag deploys. seat that will accommodate a must be anchored. Never put a rear-facing child rear-facing child restraint, a In Canada, the law requires that restraint in the right front passenger rear-facing child restraint should not forward-facing child restraints have seat. Here is why: be installed in the vehicle, even if a top tether, and that the tether be the airbag is off. attached. { WARNING If the child restraint has the LATCH A child in a rear-facing child system, see Lower Anchors and restraint can be seriously Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 3‑51 for how and injured or killed if the right front where to install the child restraint passengers airbag inflates. using LATCH. If you secure a child (Continued)
  • 135. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (71,1) Seats and Restraints 3-71 You will be using the lap-shoulder belt to secure the child restraint in this position. Follow the instructions that came with the child restraint. 1. Move the seat as far back as it will go before securing the forward-facing child restraint. 2. Put the child restraint on the seat. 3. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicles safety belt through 4. Push the latch plate into the 5. Pull the shoulder belt all the way or around the restraint. The child buckle until it clicks. out of the retractor to set the restraint instructions will show lock. When the retractor lock is you how. Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able set, the belt can be tightened but to unbuckle the safety belt not pulled out of the retractor. quickly if necessary.
  • 136. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (72,1) 3-72 Seats and Restraints 7. If your child restraint has a top tether, follow the child restraint manufacturers instructions regarding the use of the top tether. See Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 3‑51 for more information. 8. Before placing a child in the child restraint, make sure it is securely held in place. To check, grasp the child restraint at the 6. To tighten the belt, push down safety belt path and attempt to on the child restraint, pull the move it side to side and back shoulder portion of the belt to and forth. When the child tighten the lap portion of the belt, restraint is properly installed, and feed the shoulder belt back there should be no more than into the retractor. When installing 2.5 cm (1 in) of movement. a forward-facing child restraint, To remove the child restraint, it may be helpful to use your unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and knee to push down on the child let it return to the stowed position. restraint as you tighten the belt. If the top tether is attached to a top Try to pull the belt out of the tether anchor, disconnect it. retractor to make sure the retractor is locked. If the retractor is not locked, repeat Steps 5 and 6.
  • 137. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Storage 4-1 Storage Storage Glove Box Compartments Lift up on the glove box lever to open it. Storage Compartments Instrument Panel Storage . . . . . 4-1 Instrument Panel Storage Cupholders Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 For vehicles equipped with an Cupholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 instrument panel storage area, Vehicles with cupholders have them Armrest Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 it is located above the glove box. located on and behind the center Center Console Storage . . . . . . 4-2 console and in the rear seat armrest. Pull the loop down on the rear seat armrest to access the cupholders. Pull downward on the cover to access the cupholders behind the center console. Armrest Storage Vehicles with a rear seat armrest have two cupholders. Pull the armrest down from the rear Access the storage area by seatback to access the cupholders. pressing and holding in the driver side of the handle and pull out on the exposed portion of the handle.
  • 138. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 4-2 Storage Center Console Storage Vehicles with an upper and lower center console storage area have cupholders included. Pull the lever (A) up to access the upper storage area. Raise the upper storage bin, then pull the lever (B) up to access the lower storage area. Use the key to lock and unlock the lower storage area.
  • 139. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Instruments and Controls 5-1 Instruments and Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge . . . . . . . . 5-17 Information Displays Driver Information Controls Voltmeter Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18 Safety Belt Reminders . . . . . . . 5-19 Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-32 Airbag Readiness Light . . . . . . 5-20 Vehicle Messages Airbag On-Off Light . . . . . . . . . . 5-20 Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . . 5-42 Controls Battery Voltage and Steering Wheel Adjustment . . . 5-2 Passenger Airbag Status Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22 Charging Messages . . . . . . . . 5-42 Steering Wheel Controls . . . . . . 5-3 Brake System Messages . . . . 5-42 Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 Charging System Light . . . . . . 5-23 Malfunction Door Ajar Messages . . . . . . . . . 5-43 Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . . . 5-5 Engine Cooling System Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Indicator Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-24 Brake System Warning Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-44 Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8 Engine Oil Messages . . . . . . . . 5-45 Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10 Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-26 Antilock Brake System (ABS) Engine Power Messages . . . . 5-46 Cigarette Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11 Fuel System Messages . . . . . . 5-46 Ashtrays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12 Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-27 Four-Wheel-Drive Light . . . . . . 5-28 Key and Lock Messages . . . . . 5-46 Warning Lights, Gauges, and Tow/Haul Mode Light . . . . . . . . 5-28 Lamp Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-46 Indicators StabiliTrak® OFF Light . . . . . . . 5-28 Object Detection System Warning Lights, Gauges, and Traction Control System Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-47 Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12 (TCS)/StabiliTrak® Light . . . . 5-29 Ride Control System Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . 5-13 Tire Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . 5-29 Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-47 Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 Engine Oil Pressure Light . . . . 5-30 Airbag System Messages . . . . 5-48 Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 Low Fuel Warning Light . . . . . . 5-30 Anti-theft Alarm System Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 Security Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-30 Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-48 Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 High-Beam On Light . . . . . . . . . 5-31 Fuel Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 Front Fog Lamp Light . . . . . . . . 5-31 Engine Oil Pressure Cruise Control Light . . . . . . . . . 5-31 Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16
  • 140. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 5-2 Instruments and Controls Starting the Vehicle Controls To adjust the steering wheel: Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-49 1. Hold the steering wheel and Tire Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-49 Transmission Messages . . . . . 5-50 Steering Wheel pull the lever. Vehicle Reminder Adjustment 2. Move the steering wheel up Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-50 or down. Washer Fluid Messages . . . . . 5-51 3. Release the lever to lock the Vehicle Personalization wheel in place. Vehicle Personalization Do not adjust the steering wheel (With DIC Buttons) . . . . . . . . . 5-52 while driving. Universal Remote System Universal Remote System . . . 5-60 Universal Remote System Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-60 Universal Remote System Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-65 The tilt lever is located on the lower left side of the steering column.
  • 141. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Instruments and Controls 5-3 Steering Wheel Controls Radio Navigating Folders on an iPod or To select preset or favorite radio USB Device (Vehicles without a stations: Navigation System): 1. Press and hold w or c / x Press and release w or c / x to go to the next or previous radio while listening to a song until the station stored as a preset or contents of the current folder favorite. display on the radio display. CD/DVD 2. Press and hold c / x to go back to the previous folder list. To select tracks on a CD/DVD: 3. Press and release w or c / x Press and release w or c / x to scroll up or down the list. to go to the next or previous track. . To select a folder, If equipped, some audio controls Selecting Tracks on an iPod or press and hold w, or can be adjusted at the steering USB Device (Vehicles without a wheel. Navigation System) press ¨ when the folder is highlighted. w (Next) : Press to go to the 1. Press and hold w or c / x next favorite radio station, track on . To go back further in the while listening to a song until the a CD, or folder on an iPod® or contents of the current folder folder list, press and USB device. display on the radio display. hold c / x. c / x (Previous/End): Press to 2. Press and release w or c / x go to the previous favorite radio station, track on a CD, or folder on to scroll up or down the list, then an iPod® or USB device. Press to press and hold w, or press ¨ to reject an incoming call, or end a play the highlighted track. current call.
  • 142. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 5-4 Instruments and Controls Navigating an iPod or USB Device 3. Press and release ¨ to move up ¨ (Seek): Press to go to the on the Main Audio Screen one track within the selected next radio station while in AM, (Vehicles with a Navigation category. FM, or XM™. System) b / g (Mute/Push to Talk): Press For vehicles with or without a 1. Press and release w or c / x to silence the vehicle speakers only. navigation system: to select the next or previous Press again to turn the sound on. track within the selected Press ¨ to go to the next track or For vehicles with Bluetooth or chapter while sourced to the CD or category. OnStar systems, press and hold for DVD slot. 2. Press and hold w or c / x to longer than two seconds to interact move quickly through the tracks. with those systems. See Bluetooth Press ¨ to select a track or a folder on page 7‑52 and OnStar Overview when navigating folders on an iPod 3. Press and release ¨ to move up on page 14‑1 for more information. or USB device. one track within the selected SRCE (Source/Voice For vehicles with a navigation category. Recognition): Press to switch system: Navigating an iPod or USB Device between the radio and CD, and for equipped vehicles, the DVD, front 1. Press and hold ¨ until a beep is on the Music Navigator Screen (Vehicles with a Navigation auxiliary, and rear auxiliary. heard, to place the radio into System) SCAN mode. A station will play For vehicles with the navigation for five seconds before moving 1. Press and release w or c / x system, press and hold this button to the next station. to select the next or previous for longer than one second to initiate voice recognition. See “Voice 2. To stop the SCAN function, track within the selected Recognition” in the Navigation press ¨ again. category. System manual for more 2. Press and hold w or c / x to information. move quickly through the tracks within the selected category.
  • 143. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Instruments and Controls 5-5 While listening to a CD/DVD, press 8 (Mist): For a single wipe, Windshield Washer and hold ¨ to quickly move forward turn to 8, then release. For several through the tracks. Release to stop wipes, hold the band on 8 longer. { WARNING on the desired track. 9 (Off): Turns the windshield In freezing weather, do not use +e: Press to increase volume. wipers off. the washer until the windshield −e: Press to decrease volume. 6 (Adjustable Interval Wipes): is warmed. Otherwise the Turn the band up for more frequent washer fluid can form ice on the windshield, blocking your vision. Horn wipes or down for less frequent wipes. To sound the horn, press the center pad on the steering wheel. 6 (Low Speed): Slow wipes. L (Washer Fluid): Push the paddle marked with the windshield ? (High Speed): Fast wipes. washer symbol at the top of the Windshield Wiper/Washer Clear ice and snow from the wiper multifunction lever, to spray washer blades before using them. If frozen fluid on the windshield. The wipers to the windshield, carefully loosen or clear the window and then either thaw them. Damaged wiper blades stop or return to the preset speed. should be replaced. See Wiper Blade Replacement on page 10‑39. Heavy snow or ice can overload the wiper motor. A circuit breaker will The front wiper control is located on stop the motor until it cools down. the turn and lane‐change lever. The windshield wipers are controlled by turning the band with z on it.
  • 144. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 5-6 Instruments and Controls Compass If the compass is not set to the zone where you live, the compass may The vehicle may have a compass in give false readings. The compass the Driver Information Center (DIC). must be set to the variance zone in Compass Zone which the vehicle is traveling. The zone is set to zone eight upon To adjust for compass variance, leaving the factory. Your dealer will use the following procedure: set the correct zone for your Compass Variance (Zone) location. Procedure Under certain circumstances, 1. Do not set the compass zone such as during a long-distance, when the vehicle is moving. cross-country trip or moving to a Only set it when the vehicle is new state or province, it will be 2. Find the vehicles current in P (Park). location and variance zone necessary to compensate for compass variance by resetting the Press the vehicle information number on the map. zone through the DIC if the zone is button until PRESS V TO Zones 1 through 15 are not set correctly. CHANGE COMPASS ZONE available. Compass variance is the difference displays. Or, if the vehicle does 3. Press the set/reset button to between the earths magnetic not have DIC buttons, press the scroll through and select the north and true geographic north. trip odometer reset stem until appropriate variance zone. CHANGE COMPASS ZONE displays.
  • 145. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Instruments and Controls 5-7 4. Press the trip/fuel button until It is suggested to calibrate away To calibrate the compass, use the the vehicle heading, for from tall buildings, utility wires, following procedure: example, N for North, is manhole covers, or other industrial displayed in the DIC. Or, if the structures, if possible. Compass Calibration Procedure vehicle does not have DIC If CAL should ever appear in the 1. Before calibrating the compass, buttons, press and hold the trip DIC display, the compass should be make sure the compass zone odometer reset stem for calibrated. is set to the variance zone in two seconds to select the next which the vehicle is located. available variance zone. Repeat If the DIC display does not show a See “Compass Variance (Zone) this step until the appropriate heading, for example, N for North, Procedure” earlier in this variance zone is displayed. or the heading does not change section. after making turns, there may be a 5. If calibration is necessary, strong magnetic field interfering with Do not operate any switches calibrate the compass. the compass. Such interference such as window, sunroof, See “Compass Calibration may be caused by a magnetic CB climate controls, or seats during Procedure” following. or cell phone antenna mount, a the calibration procedure. Compass Calibration magnetic emergency light, magnetic 2. Press the vehicle information The compass can be manually note pad holder, or any other button until PRESS V TO magnetic item. Turn off the vehicle, CALIBRATE COMPASS calibrated. Only calibrate the move the magnetic item, then turn compass in a magnetically clean displays. Or, if the vehicle on the vehicle and calibrate the does not have DIC buttons, and safe location, such as an open compass. parking lot, where driving the press the trip odometer reset vehicle in circles is not a danger. stem until CALIBRATE COMPASS displays.
  • 146. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 5-8 Instruments and Controls 3. Press the set/reset button to Clock 5. Press the H button again until start the compass calibration. the clock display stops flashing Or, if the vehicle does not have AM-FM Radio and AM‐FM to set the currently displayed DIC buttons, press and hold Radio with CD Player time, or wait until the flashing the trip odometer reset stem stops after five seconds and To set the clock: for two seconds to start the the current time displayed compass calibration. 1. Turn the ignition key to ACC/ automatically sets. ACCESSORY or ON/RUN, then 4. The DIC will display CALIBRATING: DRIVE IN press the O button to turn the MP3 Radios with a Single CD CIRCLES. Drive the vehicle radio on. or a Single CD and DVD Player in tight circles at less than To adjust the time and date: 2. Press the H button until the hour 8 km/h (5 mph) to complete the numbers begin to flash, then 1. Turn the ignition key to calibration. The DIC will display turn the f knob to increase or ACC/ACCESSORY or ON/RUN, CALIBRATION COMPLETE for a few seconds when the decrease the hour. then press the O button to turn calibration is complete. The DIC the radio on. 3. Press the H button until the display will then return to the minute numbers begin to flash, 2. Press the H button to display previous menu. then turn the f knob to increase HR, MIN, MM, DD, YYYY (hour, or decrease the minutes. minute, month, day, and year). 3. Press the softkey located under 4. Press the H button until the any one of the tabs to change 12HR or 24HR time format that setting. begins to flash, then turn the f knob to change the time format.
  • 147. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Instruments and Controls 5-9 4. To increase the time or date, To change the time default setting MP3 Radio with a Six-Disc do one of the following: from 12 hour to 24 hour or to change CD Player . Press the softkey below the the date default setting from month/ day/year to day/month/year: To set the time and date: selected tab. 1. Turn the ignition key to . Press the ¨ SEEK button. 1. Press the H button and then ACC/ACCESSORY or ON/RUN, the softkey located below the then press the O button to turn . Press the FWD button. forward arrow tab. 12H, 24H, the date MM/DD (month and day), the radio on. . Turn the f knob clockwise. and DD/MM (day and month) 2. Press the MENU button and 5. To decrease the time or date, displays. then the softkey under the H tab do one of the following: 2. Press the softkey located below to display HR, MIN, MM, DD, the desired option. YYYY (hour, minute, month, day, . Press the © SEEK button. and year). 3. Press the H button again to . Press the s REV button. 3. Press the softkey located under apply the desired option, or let the screen time out. any one of the tabs to change . Turn the f knob that setting. counterclockwise.
  • 148. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 5-10 Instruments and Controls 4. To increase the time or date, To change the time default setting Power Outlets do one of the following: from 12 hour to 24 hour or to change the date default setting from month/ Accessory power outlets can . Press the softkey below the be used to plug in electrical selected tab. day to day/month: equipment, such as a cell phone, 1. Press the MENU button and MP3 player, etc. . Press the ¨ SEEK button. then the softkey under the H tab. The vehicle may have two . Press the FWD button. accessory power outlets located 2. Press the softkey located below below the climate control system, . Turn the f knob clockwise. the forward arrow tab. 12H, 24H, or may have one accessory power 5. To decrease the time or date, the date MM/DD (month and outlet and one cigarette lighter. do one of the following: day), and DD/MM (day and The cigarette lighter is designed to month) displays. fit only in the receptacle closest to . Press the © SEEK button. 3. Press the softkey located below the driver. . Press the s REV button. the desired option. There may be another accessory 4. Press the MENU button again to power outlet in the rear cargo area. . Turn the f knob If the vehicle has a floor console, apply the desired option, or let counterclockwise. there is an accessory power outlet the screen time out. inside the storage bin and one on the rear of the floor console. Remove the cover to access and replace when not in use.
  • 149. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) Instruments and Controls 5-11 The accessory power outlets are Certain power accessory plugs may Cigarette Lighter powered, even when the ignition is not be compatible to the accessory in LOCK/OFF. Continuing to use power outlet and could overload To use the cigarette lighter, power outlets while the ignition is in vehicle or adapter fuses. If a push it in all the way, and let go. LOCK/OFF may cause the vehicles problem is experienced, see your When it is ready for use, the lighter battery to run down. dealer. pops back out. When adding electrical equipment, Notice: Holding a cigarette lighter { WARNING be sure to follow the proper in while it is heating does not let installation instructions included the lighter back away from the Power is always supplied to the with the equipment. See Add-On heating element when it is hot. outlets. Do not leave electrical Electrical Equipment on page 9‑115. Damage from overheating can equipment plugged in when the occur to the lighter or heating vehicle is not in use because the Notice: Hanging heavy element, or a fuse could be equipment from the power blown. Do not hold a cigarette vehicle could catch fire and cause outlet can cause damage not lighter in while it is heating. injury or death. covered by the vehicle warranty. The power outlets are designed Notice: Leaving electrical for accessory power plugs only, equipment plugged in for an such as cell phone charge cords. extended period of time while the vehicle is off will drain the battery. Always unplug electrical equipment when not in use and do not plug in equipment that exceeds the maximum 20 ampere rating.
  • 150. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 5-12 Instruments and Controls Ashtrays Warning Lights, Gauges can indicate when there could be a problem with a vehicle The vehicle may have a front Gauges, and function. Often gauges and warning ashtray located near the center of lights work together to indicate a the instrument panel. Pull on the Indicators problem with the vehicle. door to open it. The ashtray may Warning lights and gauges can have a cigarette lighter. When one of the warning lights signal that something is wrong comes on and stays on while Notice: If papers, pins, or other before it becomes serious enough driving, or when one of the gauges flammable items are put in the to cause an expensive repair or shows there may be a problem, ashtray, hot cigarettes or other replacement. Paying attention to the check the section that explains what smoking materials could ignite warning lights and gauges could to do. Follow this manuals advice. them and possibly damage the prevent injury. Waiting to do repairs can be costly vehicle. Never put flammable Warning lights come on when there and even dangerous. items in the ashtray. could be a problem with a vehicle To remove the ashtray, open the function. Some warning lights come door and pull the ashtray bin toward on briefly when the engine is started you. To replace the ashtray, insert to indicate they are working. the ashtray bin inside the ashtray door and press down until it engages.
  • 151. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) Instruments and Controls 5-13 Instrument Cluster English Light Duty Premium Shown. Metric, Uplevel, Base and Heavy Duty Similar.
  • 152. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 5-14 Instruments and Controls For vehicles with a DURAMAX® The hour meter displays for up to Tachometer Diesel engine, see the DURAMAX® 30 seconds, or until the ignition is Diesel Supplement for more turned on. See Driver Information The tachometer displays the engine information. Center (DIC) on page 5‑32 for more speed in revolutions per minute information. (rpm). For a description of how For vehicles with a Hybrid, see the Grade Braking affects vehicle speed Hybrid Supplement for more while the Tow/Haul Mode is information. Trip Odometer activated, see Tow/Haul Mode on The trip odometer shows how far page 9‑43 for more information. Speedometer the vehicle has been driven since If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the The speedometer shows the the trip odometer was last set hybrid supplement for more vehicles speed in either to zero. information. kilometers per hour (km/h) or Press the reset button, located on miles per hour (mph). the instrument panel cluster next to Fuel Gauge the voltmeter, to toggle between the Odometer trip odometer and the regular odometer. Holding the reset button The odometer shows how far the for approximately one second while vehicle has been driven, in either the trip odometer is displayed will kilometers or miles. reset it. Engine Hour Meter Display To display the odometer reading The Driver Information Center (DIC) with the ignition off, press the reset can also display the number of button. hours the engine has run. To display See Driver Information Center (DIC) the engine hours, turn the ignition on page 5‑32 for more information. off, then press and hold the reset Metric button for at least four seconds.
  • 153. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) Instruments and Controls 5-15 When the fuel tank is low the FUEL If the vehicle has a diesel engine, LEVEL LOW message appears. see the Duramax diesel supplement See Fuel System Messages on for more information. page 5‑46 for more information. If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the Here are some situations owners hybrid supplement for more can experience with the fuel gauge. information. None of these indicate a problem with the fuel gauge. . At the gas station, the fuel pump shuts off before the gauge reads full. English . It takes a little more or less fuel to fill up than the fuel gauge When the ignition is on, the fuel indicated. For example, the gauge shows about how much fuel gauge may have indicated the is left in the fuel tank. tank was half full, but it actually An arrow on the fuel gauge took a little more or less than indicates the side of the vehicle the half the fuel tanks capacity to fuel door is on. fill it. The gauge will first indicate empty . The gauge goes back to empty before the vehicle is out of fuel, but when the ignition is turned off. the vehicles fuel tank should be filled soon.
  • 154. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 5-16 Instruments and Controls Engine Oil Pressure A reading outside the normal operating range can be caused by Gauge a dangerously low oil level or some other problem causing low oil pressure. Check the vehicles oil as soon as possible. See “OIL PRESSURE LOW STOP ENGINE” under Engine Oil Messages on page 5‑45 and Engine Oil on page 10‑7. { WARNING English Do not keep driving if the oil The engine oil pressure gauge pressure is low. The engine can shows the engine oil pressure become so hot that it catches fire. Metric in kPa (kilopascals) or psi (pounds Someone could be burned. Check per square inch) when the engine is the oil as soon as possible and running. have the vehicle serviced. Oil pressure can vary with engine speed, outside temperature and oil viscosity, but if readings are Notice: Lack of proper engine oil outside the normal operating range, maintenance can damage the the oil pressure light comes on. engine. The repairs would not be See Engine Oil Pressure Light on covered by the vehicle warranty. page 5‑30 for more information. Always follow the maintenance schedule for changing engine oil.
  • 155. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) Instruments and Controls 5-17 If the vehicle has a diesel engine, If pulling a load or going up hills, see the Duramax diesel supplement it is normal for the temperature to for more information. fluctuate and go over the 113°C If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the (235°F) mark. If the gauge reaches hybrid supplement for more the 125°C (260°F) mark, it indicates information. that the cooling system is working beyond its capacity. Engine Coolant See Engine Overheating on page 10‑23. Temperature Gauge If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the hybrid supplement for more information. English This gauge shows the engine coolant temperature. It also provides an indicator of how hard the vehicle is working. During a majority of the operation, the gauge reads 100°C (210°F) or less. Metric
  • 156. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 5-18 Instruments and Controls Voltmeter Gauge When the engine is running, this As engine speeds are increased, gauge shows the condition of the this condition should correct itself charging system. The gauge can as higher engine speeds allow transition from a higher to lower or the charging system to create a lower to higher reading. This is maximum power. normal. If the vehicle is operating The vehicle can only be driven for a outside the normal operating range, short time with the readings outside the charging system light comes on. the normal operating range. If the See Charging System Light on vehicle must be driven, turn off all page 5‑23 for more information. accessories, such as the radio and The voltmeter gauge may also read air conditioner. lower when in fuel economy mode. This is normal. Readings outside the normal operating range indicate a possible Readings outside the normal problem in the electrical system. operating range can also occur Have the vehicle serviced as soon This gauge indicates the battery when a large number of electrical as possible. voltage when the ignition is accessories are operating in the turned on. vehicle and the engine is left When the ignition is on, this gauge idling for an extended period. indicates the battery voltage. This condition is normal since the charging system is not able to provide full power at engine idle.
  • 157. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) Instruments and Controls 5-19 Safety Belt Reminders Passenger Safety Belt If the passenger safety belt is Reminder Light buckled, neither the chime nor the Driver Safety Belt Reminder light comes on. Light The front passenger safety belt There is a driver safety belt warning light and chime may turn on reminder light on the instrument if an object is put on the seat such panel cluster. as a briefcase, handbag, grocery bag, laptop, or other electronic device. To turn off the warning light For vehicles equipped with the and/or chime, remove the object passenger safety belt reminder light, from the seat or buckle the several seconds after the engine safety belt. is started, a chime sounds for When the vehicle is started, this several seconds to remind the front passenger to buckle their safety light flashes and a chime may come belt. The passenger safety belt light on to remind the driver to fasten flashes and then stays on solid until their safety belt. Then the light stays on solid until the belt is buckled. the belt is buckled. This cycle continues several times if the This cycle my continue several passenger remains or becomes times if the driver remains or becomes unbuckled while the unbuckled while the vehicle is vehicle is moving. moving. If the driver safety belt is buckled, neither the light nor the chime comes on.
  • 158. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 5-20 Instruments and Controls Airbag Readiness Light Airbag On-Off Light { WARNING The system checks the airbags If the vehicle has an airbag on-off electrical system for possible If the airbag readiness light stays switch, it also has a passenger malfunctions. If the light stays on it on after the vehicle is started or airbag status indicator located in the indicates there is an electrical comes on while driving, it means overhead console. problem. The system check the airbag system might not be includes the airbag sensor(s), the working properly. The airbags in pretensioners, the airbag modules, the vehicle might not inflate in a the wiring, and the crash sensing crash, or they could even inflate and diagnostic module. For more without a crash. To help avoid information on the airbag system, injury, have the vehicle serviced see Airbag System on page 3‑23. right away. United States If there is a problem with the airbag system, a Driver Information Center (DIC) message can also come on. See Airbag System Messages on page 5‑48 for more information. The airbag readiness light comes on solid for a few seconds when the Canada and Mexico engine is started. If the light does not come on then, have it fixed When the vehicle is started, the immediately. passenger airbag status indicator will light ON and OFF, or the symbol for on and off, will light for several
  • 159. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) Instruments and Controls 5-21 seconds as a system check. Then, after several more seconds, the { WARNING status indicator ON or OFF, or either the on or off symbol, will light to let If the right front passenger airbag you know the status of the right front is turned off for a person who is passenger frontal airbag. not in a risk group identified by the national government, that When the right front passenger person will not have the extra airbag is manually turned off using protection of an airbag. In a the airbag on-off switch in the glove crash, the airbag will not be able box, the indicator light OFF or the to inflate and help protect the off symbol will come on and stay on as a reminder that the airbag has person sitting there. been turned off. This light will go off United States Do not turn off the passenger when the airbag has been turned airbag unless the person sitting on. See Airbag On-Off Switch on there is in a risk group identified page 3‑30 for more information, by the national government. including important safety See Airbag On-Off Switch on information. page 3‑30 for more on this, including important safety information. Canada and Mexico
  • 160. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 5-22 Instruments and Controls If, after several seconds, both status In addition, if the vehicle has a { WARNING indicator lights remain on, or if there passenger sensing system for the are no lights at all, there may be a right front passenger position, the If the airbag readiness light problem with the lights or the airbag label on the vehicles sun visor ever comes on and stays on, it on-off switch. See your dealer for refers to “ADVANCED AIRBAGS”. means that something may be service. wrong with the airbag system. For example, the right front Passenger Airbag Status passenger airbag could inflate even though the airbag on-off Indicator switch is turned off. If the vehicle has one of the indicators pictured in the following To help avoid injury to yourself or United States illustrations, then the vehicle has a others, have the vehicle serviced passenger sensing system for the right away. See Airbag Readiness right front passenger position unless Light on page 5‑20 for more there is an airbag off switch located information, including important in the glove box. If there is an safety information. airbag off switch, the vehicle does not have a passenger system If the word ON or the on symbol is system. See Airbag On-Off Switch Canada and Mexico lit, it means that the right front on page 3‑30. passenger frontal airbag is enabled The passenger airbag status When the vehicle is started, the (may inflate). See Airbag On-Off indicator is on the overhead passenger airbag status indicator Switch on page 3‑30 for more console. See Passenger Sensing will light ON and OFF, or the symbol information, including important System on page 3‑34 for important for on and off, for several seconds safety information. safety information.
  • 161. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (23,1) Instruments and Controls 5-23 as a system check. Then, after If it does not, have the vehicle several more seconds, the status { WARNING serviced by your dealer. indicator will light either ON or OFF, The light should go out once the or either the on or off symbol to let If the airbag readiness light ever comes on and stays on, it means engine starts. If it stays on, you know the status of the right front or comes on while driving, there passenger frontal airbag. that something may be wrong with the airbag system. To help could be a problem with the If the word ON or the on symbol is avoid injury to yourself or others, charging system. A charging system lit on the passenger airbag status have the vehicle serviced right message in the Driver Information indicator, it means that the right Center (DIC) can also appear. See away. See Airbag Readiness front passenger frontal airbag is Battery Voltage and Charging Light on page 5‑20 for more enabled (may inflate). Messages on page 5‑42 for more information, including important information. This light could indicate If the word OFF or the off symbol is safety information. lit on the airbag status indicator, it that there are problems with a means that the passenger sensing generator drive belt, or that there is system has turned off the right front Charging System Light an electrical problem. Have it passenger frontal airbag. checked right away. If the vehicle must be driven a short distance with If, after several seconds, both status the light on, turn off accessories, indicator lights remain on, or if there such as the radio and air are no lights at all, there may be a conditioner. problem with the lights or the passenger sensing system. If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the See your dealer for service. hybrid supplement for more This light comes on briefly when information. the ignition key is turned to START, but the engine is not running, as a check to show it is working.
  • 162. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (24,1) 5-24 Instruments and Controls Malfunction Malfunctions often are indicated by affect the vehicles emission the system before any problem is controls and can cause this light Indicator Lamp apparent. Being aware of the light to come on. Modifications to A computer system called OBD II can prevent more serious damage these systems could lead to (On-Board Diagnostics-Second to the vehicle. This system assists costly repairs not covered Generation) monitors the operation the service technician in correctly by the vehicle warranty. of the vehicle to ensure emissions diagnosing any malfunction. This could also result in a failure are at acceptable levels, to produce Notice: If the vehicle is to pass a required Emission a cleaner environment. This light continually driven with this light Inspection/Maintenance test. comes on when the vehicle is on, the emission controls might See Accessories and placed in ON/RUN, as a check to not work as well, the vehicle fuel Modifications on page 10‑3. show it is working. If it does not, economy might not be as good, This light comes on during a have the vehicle serviced by your and the engine might not run as malfunction in one of two ways: dealer. See Ignition Positions on smoothly. This could lead to page 9‑27 for more information. Light Flashing: A misfire condition costly repairs that might not be has been detected. A misfire covered by the vehicle warranty. increases vehicle emissions and Notice: Modifications made to could damage the emission control the engine, transmission, system on the vehicle. Diagnosis exhaust, intake, or fuel system and service might be required. of the vehicle or the replacement of the original tires with other If the malfunction indicator lamp than those of the same Tire comes on and stays on while the Performance Criteria (TPC) can engine is running, this indicates that there is an OBD II problem and service is required.
  • 163. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (25,1) Instruments and Controls 5-25 To prevent more serious damage to The following may correct an If one or more of these conditions the vehicle: emission system malfunction: occurs, change the fuel brand used. . Reduce vehicle speed. . Check that the fuel cap is fully It will require at least one full tank of installed. See Filling the Tank on the proper fuel to turn the light off. . Avoid hard accelerations. page 9‑80. The diagnostic See Recommended Fuel on . Avoid steep uphill grades. system can determine if the page 9‑76. . If towing a trailer, reduce the fuel cap has been left off or If none of the above have made amount of cargo being hauled improperly installed. A loose or the light turn off, your dealer can as soon as it is possible. missing fuel cap allows fuel to check the vehicle. The dealer has evaporate into the atmosphere. the proper test equipment and If the light continues to flash, stop A few driving trips with the cap and park the vehicle. Turn the diagnostic tools to fix any properly installed should turn mechanical or electrical problems vehicle off, wait at least 10 seconds, the light off. and restart the engine. If the light is that might have developed. still flashing, follow the previous . Check that good quality fuel is steps and see your dealer for used. Poor fuel quality causes service as soon as possible. the engine not to run as efficiently as designed and may Light On Steady: An emission cause stalling after start-up, control system malfunction has stalling when the vehicle is been detected on the vehicle. changed into gear, misfiring, Diagnosis and service might be hesitation on acceleration, required. or stumbling on acceleration. These conditions might go away once the engine is warmed up.
  • 164. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (26,1) 5-26 Instruments and Controls Emissions Inspection and The vehicle may not pass The diagnostic system is Maintenance Programs inspection if: designed to evaluate critical . The malfunction indicator lamp is emission control systems during Some local governments may have normal driving. This can take programs to inspect the on-vehicle on with the engine running, or if the light does not come on when several days of routine driving. emission control equipment. If this has been done and the For the inspection, the emission the ignition is turned to ON/RUN while the engine is off. See your vehicle still does not pass the system test equipment is connected inspection for lack of OBD II to the vehicle’s Data Link dealer for assistance in verifying proper operation of the system readiness, your dealer Connector (DLC). can prepare the vehicle for malfunction indicator lamp. inspection. . The OBD II (On-Board Diagnostics) system Brake System Warning determines that critical emission control systems Light have not been completely With the ignition on, the brake diagnosed. The vehicle would be system warning light comes on The DLC is under the instrument considered not ready for when the parking brake is set. If the panel to the left of the steering inspection. This can happen if vehicle is driven with the parking wheel. See your dealer if assistance the 12-volt battery has recently brake engaged, a chime sounds is needed. been replaced or run down. when the vehicle speed is greater than 8 km/h (5 mph).
  • 165. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (27,1) Instruments and Controls 5-27 The vehicle brake system consists Antilock Brake System of two hydraulic circuits. If one { WARNING (ABS) Warning Light circuit is not working, the remaining circuit can still work to stop the The brake system might not be vehicle. For normal braking working properly if the brake performance, both circuits need to system warning light is on. be working. Driving with the brake system warning light on can lead to a If the warning light comes on and a crash. If the light is still on after chime sounds there could be a the vehicle has been pulled off For vehicles with the Antilock Brake brake problem. Have the brake the road and carefully stopped, System (ABS), this light comes on system inspected right away. have the vehicle towed for briefly when the engine is started. This light can also come on due to service. low brake fluid. See Brake Fluid on If it does not, have the vehicle page 10‑30 for more information. serviced by your dealer. If the If the light comes on while driving, system is working normally the pull off the road and stop carefully. indicator light then goes off. The pedal might be harder to push If the ABS light stays on, turn the or might go closer to the floor. It can ignition off. If the light comes on take longer to stop. If the light is still while driving, stop as soon as it is on, have the vehicle towed for safely possible and turn the ignition Metric English service. See Towing the Vehicle on off. Then start the engine again to page 10‑97. reset the system. If the ABS light This light comes on briefly when the If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the stays on, or comes on again while ignition key is turned to ON/RUN. hybrid supplement for more driving, the vehicle needs service. If it does not come on then, have it information. If the regular brake system warning fixed so it is ready to warn if there is light is not on, the vehicle still has a problem. brakes, but not antilock brakes.
  • 166. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (28,1) 5-28 Instruments and Controls If the regular brake system warning transfer case is shifted into StabiliTrak® OFF Light light is also on, the vehicle does not four-wheel drive and the front axle have antilock brakes and there is a engages. problem with the regular brakes. Some delay between the shifting See Brake System Warning Light on and the light coming on is normal. page 5‑26. See Four-Wheel Drive on page 9‑45 For vehicles with a Driver for more information. Information Center (DIC), see Brake System Messages on page 5‑42 for This light comes on briefly while all brake‐related DIC messages. Tow/Haul Mode Light starting the engine. If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the If it does not, have the vehicle hybrid supplement for more serviced by your dealer. If the information. system is working normally, the indicator light then goes off. Four-Wheel-Drive Light Press and release the Traction Control System (TCS)/StabiliTrak For vehicles with the Tow/Haul button to turn off TCS, and a Mode feature, this light comes on message displays in the DIC. when the Tow/Haul Mode has been Press and briefly hold the activated. TCS/StabiliTrak button to turn off For more information, see Tow/Haul the StabiliTrak system; the For vehicles equipped with the Mode on page 9‑43. StabiliTrak Off light comes on and four-wheel-drive light, it comes on a message appears in the Driver when a vehicle with a manual Information Center (DIC).
  • 167. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (29,1) Instruments and Controls 5-29 If the StabiliTrak/TCS system is off, If the light comes on and stays on When the Light Is On Steady the system does not assist in while driving, and a message This indicates that one or more controlling the vehicle. Turn on the displays in the Driver Information of the tires are significantly StabiliTrak/TCS system and the Center (DIC), have the vehicle underinflated. indicator light turns off. serviced by the dealer. See Ride Control System Messages on A Driver Information Center (DIC) See StabiliTrak® System on tire pressure message may also page 9‑62, and Ride Control System page 5‑47 for more information. display. See Vehicle Messages on Messages on page 5‑47 for more If the light flashes while driving, this page 5‑42 for more information. information. means that StabiliTrak or TCS is Stop as soon as possible, and assisting in controlling the vehicle. inflate the tires to the pressure value Traction Control System See StabiliTrak® System on shown on the Tire and Loading (TCS)/StabiliTrak® Light page 9‑62 for more information. Information label. See Tire Pressure on page 10‑62 for more information. Tire Pressure Light When the Light Flashes First and Then Is On Steady If the light flashes for about a minute and then stays on, there may be a problem with the TPMS. If the problem is not corrected, the light The TCS/StabiliTrak light comes on will come on at every ignition briefly when the engine is started. For vehicles with the Tire Pressure cycle. See Tire Pressure Monitor If the light does not come on or Monitor System (TPMS), this light Operation on page 10‑65 for more stays on, have the vehicle serviced comes on briefly when the engine is information. by the dealer. If the system is started. It provides information working normally, the indicator light about tire pressures and the TPMS. turns off.
  • 168. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (30,1) 5-30 Instruments and Controls Engine Oil Pressure Light This light comes on briefly while This light and a chime, if the vehicle starting the engine. If it does not, is equipped with a radio, comes on have the vehicle serviced by your when the fuel tank is low on fuel. dealer. If the system is working The Driver Information Center also normally the indicator light then displays a FUEL LEVEL LOW goes off. message. See Fuel System If the light comes on and stays on, it Messages on page 5‑46 for more means that oil is not flowing through information. When fuel is added this light and message should go off. If it { WARNING the engine properly. The vehicle could be low on oil and it might does not, have the vehicle serviced have some other system problem. by your dealer. Do not keep driving if the oil pressure is low. The engine can If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the become so hot that it catches fire. Security Light hybrid supplement for more Someone could be burned. Check information. the oil as soon as possible and have the vehicle serviced. Low Fuel Warning Light Notice: Lack of proper engine oil maintenance can damage the engine. The repairs would not be The security light should come on covered by the vehicle warranty. briefly as the engine is started. If the Always follow the maintenance system is working normally, the schedule for changing engine oil. indicator light turns off. If it does not This light, under the fuel gauge, come on, have the vehicle serviced comes on briefly while the engine is by your dealer. being started.
  • 169. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (31,1) Instruments and Controls 5-31 If the light stays on and the engine High-Beam On Light The light goes out when the does not start, there could be a fog lamps are turned off. problem with the theft-deterrent See Fog Lamps on page 6‑6 for system. more information. This light is also used to indicate the status of the anti-theft alarm system Cruise Control Light when the ignition is turned off. The light will flash rapidly if the alarm system is arming and one or This light comes on when the more of the monitored entry points high-beam headlamps are in use. is not closed. The light will stay on if the alarm is arming and all entry See Headlamp High/Low-Beam points are closed. Changer on page 6‑3 for more information. For information regarding this light For vehicles equipped with cruise and the vehicles security system, control, this light comes on Front Fog Lamp Light whenever the cruise control is set. see Anti-theft Alarm System on page 2‑11. The light goes out when the cruise control is turned off. See Cruise Control on page 9‑66 for more information. For vehicles with fog lamps, this light comes on when the fog lamps are on.
  • 170. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (32,1) 5-32 Instruments and Controls Information Displays The DIC has different displays DIC Buttons which can be accessed by pressing the DIC buttons located on the Driver Information instrument panel, next to the Center (DIC) steering wheel. If the vehicle does not have DIC buttons, the trip The vehicle has a Driver Information odometer reset stem can be used to Center (DIC). access some of the menu items. The DIC displays information about The DIC displays trip, fuel, and this vehicle. It also displays warning vehicle system information, and messages if a system problem is warning messages if a system detected. problem is detected. All messages will appear in the The DIC also allows some features DIC display located below the to be customized. See Vehicle The buttons are the trip/fuel, tachometer in the instrument panel Personalization (With DIC Buttons) vehicle information, customization, cluster. on page 5‑52 for more information. and set/reset buttons. The button The DIC comes on when the ignition functions are detailed in the If the vehicle has a diesel engine, is on. After a short delay, the DIC see the Duramax® diesel following pages. will display the information that was supplement for more information. 3 (Trip/Fuel): Press this button last displayed before the engine was turned off. to display the odometer, trip odometer, fuel range, average economy, fuel used, timer, transmission temperature, and instantaneous economy and Active Fuel Management™ indicator.
  • 171. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (33,1) Instruments and Controls 5-33 The compass and outside Trip/Fuel Menu Items Pressing the trip odometer reset temperature will also be shown (with DIC Buttons) stem will also display the trip in the display. The temperature will odometer. be shown in °C or °F depending on 3 (Trip/Fuel): Press this button to scroll through the following menu The trip odometer can be reset to the units selected. zero by pressing the set/reset items: T (Vehicle Information): Press button while the trip odometer is this button to display the oil life, Odometer displayed. You can also reset the units, tire pressure readings for Press the trip/fuel button until trip odometer while it is displayed vehicles with the Tire Pressure ODOMETER displays. This display by pressing and holding the trip Monitor System (TPMS), trailer shows the distance the vehicle has odometer reset stem. brake gain and output information been driven in either kilometers (km) The trip odometer has a feature for vehicles with the Integrated or miles. Pressing the trip odometer called the retro-active reset. This Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system, reset stem will also display the can be used to set the trip odometer engine hours, compass zone odometer. to the number of miles (kilometers) setting, and compass recalibration. driven since the ignition was last To switch between metric and U (Customization): Press this English measurements, turned on. This can be used if the button to customize the feature see “Units” later in this section. trip odometer is not reset at the settings on the vehicle. See Vehicle beginning of the trip. Personalization (With DIC Buttons) Trip Odometer To use the retro-active reset feature, on page 5‑52 for more information. Press the trip/fuel button until TRIP press and hold the set/reset button V (Set/Reset): Press this button to displays. This display shows the for at least four seconds. The trip set or reset certain functions and to current distance traveled in either odometer will display the number turn off or acknowledge messages kilometers (km) or miles since the of kilometers (km) or miles driven on the DIC. last reset for the trip odometer. since the ignition was last turned on and the vehicle was moving.
  • 172. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (34,1) 5-34 Instruments and Controls Once the vehicle begins moving, For example, if driving in traffic and Fuel Used the trip odometer will accumulate making frequent stops, this display Press the trip/fuel button until mileage. For example, if the vehicle may read one number, but if the FUEL USED displays. This display was driven 8 km (5 miles) before vehicle is driven on a freeway, the shows the number of liters (L) or it is started again, and then the number may change even though gallons (gal) of fuel used since the retro-active reset feature is the same amount of fuel is in the last reset of this menu item. To reset activated, the display will show fuel tank. This is because different the fuel used information, press and 8 km (5 miles). As the vehicle begins driving conditions produce different hold the set/reset button while FUEL moving, the display will then fuel economies. Generally, freeway USED is displayed. increase to 8.2 km (5.1 miles), driving produces better fuel 8.4 km (5.2 miles), etc. economy than city driving. Speedometer Fuel range cannot be reset. The speedometer shows how fast Fuel Range Average Economy the vehicle is moving in either Press the trip/fuel button until kilometers per hour (km/h) or miles FUEL RANGE displays. This display Press the trip/fuel button until AVG per hour (mph). The speedometer shows the approximate number of ECONOMY displays. This display cannot be reset. remaining kilometers (km) or miles shows the approximate average the vehicle can be driven without liters per 100 kilometers (L/100 km) Timer refueling. The display will show or miles per gallon (mpg). This Press the trip/fuel button until LOW if the fuel level is low. number is calculated based on TIMER displays. This display can The fuel range estimate is based on the number of L/100 km (mpg) be used as a timer. an average of the vehicles fuel recorded since the last time this economy over recent driving history menu item was reset. To reset and the amount of fuel remaining in AVG ECONOMY, press and hold the fuel tank. This estimate will the set/reset button. change if driving conditions change.
  • 173. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (35,1) Instruments and Controls 5-35 To start the timer, press the Transmission Temperature An Active Fuel Management set/reset button while TIMER is Press the trip/fuel button until indicator displays on the right side displayed. The display will show the TRANS TEMP displays. This of the DIC, while INST ECON amount of time that has passed display shows the temperature of displays on the left side. Active Fuel since the timer was last reset, not the automatic transmission fluid Management allows the engine to including time the ignition is off. in either degrees Celsius (°C) or operate on either four or eight Time will continue to be counted as degrees Fahrenheit (°F). cylinders, depending on driving long as the ignition is on, even if demands. When Active Fuel another display is being shown on Instantaneous Economy and Management is active, V4 will the DIC. The timer will record Active Fuel Management™ display on the DIC. When Active up to 99 hours, 59 minutes, and Indicator Fuel Management is inactive, 59 seconds (99:59:59) after which If the vehicle has this display, V8 will display. See Active Fuel the display will return to zero. press the trip/fuel button until INST Management® on page 9‑36 for To stop the timer, press the set/reset ECON V8 displays. This display more information. button briefly while TIMER is shows the current fuel economy at a Blank Display displayed. particular moment and will change frequently as driving conditions This display shows no information. To reset the timer to zero, press and change. This display shows the hold the set/reset button while instantaneous fuel economy in TIMER is displayed. liters per 100 kilometers (L/100 km) or miles per gallon (mpg). Unlike average economy, this screen cannot be reset.
  • 174. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (36,1) 5-36 Instruments and Controls Vehicle Information Menu See “CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON” Units Items (with DIC Buttons) under Engine Oil Messages on Press the vehicle information button page 5‑45. You should change the T (Vehicle Information): oil as soon as you can. See Engine until UNITS displays. This display Press this button to scroll through allows you to select between metric Oil on page 10‑7. In addition to the or English units of measurement. the following menu items: engine oil life system monitoring Once in this display, press the Oil Life the oil life, additional maintenance set/reset button to select between is recommended in the Maintenance METRIC or ENGLISH units. Press the vehicle information Schedule in this manual. See button until OIL LIFE REMAINING All of the vehicle information will Maintenance Schedule on then be displayed in the unit of displays. This display shows an page 11‑3 for more information. estimate of the oils remaining measurement selected. useful life. If you see 99% OIL LIFE Remember, you must reset the OIL LIFE display after each oil change. Tire Pressure REMAINING on the display, that means 99% of the current oil life It will not reset itself. Also, be If the vehicle has the Tire Pressure remains. The engine oil life system careful not to reset the OIL LIFE Monitor System (TPMS), the will alert you to change the oil on a display accidentally at any time pressure for each tire can be viewed schedule consistent with your other than when the oil has just in the DIC. The tire pressure will be driving conditions. been changed. It cannot be reset shown in either kilopascals (kPa) or accurately until the next oil change. pounds per square inch (psi). When the remaining oil life is low, To reset the engine oil life system, Press the vehicle information button the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON see Engine Oil Life System on until the DIC displays FRONT message will appear on the display. page 10‑10. TIRES kPa (PSI) LEFT ## RIGHT ##. Press the vehicle information button again until the DIC displays REAR TIRES kPa (PSI) LEFT ## RIGHT ##.
  • 175. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (37,1) Instruments and Controls 5-37 If a low tire pressure condition is OUTPUT shows the power output to Oil Pressure detected by the system while the trailer any time a trailer with This display shows the oil pressure driving, a message advising you to electric brakes is connected. Output in either kilopascals (kPa) or pounds add pressure in a specific tire will is displayed in 0 to 10 bars. Dashes per square inch (psi). appear in the display. See Tire may appear in the OUTPUT display. Pressure on page 10‑62 and Tire To adjust trailer gain see “Integrated Engine Hours Messages on page 5‑49 for more Trailer Brake Control System” under Press the vehicle information button information. Towing Equipment on page 9‑102 until ENGINE HOURS displays. If the tire pressure display shows for more information. This display shows the total number dashes instead of a value, there of hours the engine has run. may be a problem with the vehicle. Battery This display shows the current Compass Zone Setting If this consistently occurs, see your dealer for service. battery voltage. If the voltage is in This display allows for setting the the normal range, the value will compass zone. See Compass on Trailer Gain and Output display. For example, the display page 5‑6 for more information. On vehicles with the Integrated may read BATTERY 13 VOLTS. Compass Recalibration Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system, Your vehicles charging system the trailer brake display appears regulates voltage based on the state This display allows for calibrating in the DIC. Press the vehicle of the battery. The battery voltage the compass. See Compass on information button until TRAILER may fluctuate when viewing this page 5‑6 for more information. GAIN and OUTPUT display. information on the DIC. This is Blank Display TRAILER GAIN shows the trailer normal. This display shows no information. gain setting. This setting can be adjusted from 0.0 to 10.0 with either a trailer connected or disconnected.
  • 176. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (38,1) 5-38 Instruments and Controls Trip Odometer Reset Stem The trip odometer can be reset to 8 km (5 miles) before it is started Menu Items (with DIC Buttons) zero by pressing and holding the again, and then the retro-active trip odometer reset stem while the reset feature is activated, the Use the trip odometer reset stem trip odometer is displayed. display will show 8 km (5 miles). to view the odometer and trip As the vehicle begins moving, the odometer. The Language selection The trip odometer has a feature called the retro-active reset. This display will then increase to 8.2 km and Engine Hours display can also (5.1 miles), 8.4 km (5.2 miles), etc. be accessed with the trip odometer can be used to set the trip odometer reset stem. to the number of miles (kilometers) Language driven since the ignition was last Odometer turned on. This can be used if the This display allows you to select trip odometer is not reset at the the language in which the DIC Press the trip odometer reset messages will appear. To select a stem until ODOMETER displays. beginning of the trip. language: This display shows the distance the To use the retro-active reset feature, vehicle has been driven in either press and hold the trip odometer 1. Press the trip odometer reset kilometers (km) or miles (mi). reset stem for at least four seconds. stem until ODOMETER displays. Trip Odometer The trip odometer will display the 2. While in the ODOMETER number of kilometers (km) or display, press and hold the Press the trip odometer reset stem miles (mi) driven since the ignition trip odometer reset stem for until TRIP displays. This display was last turned on and the vehicle three seconds until the currently shows the current distance traveled was moving. Once the vehicle set language displays. in either kilometers (km) or begins moving, the trip odometer miles (mi) since the last reset for will accumulate mileage. For the trip odometer. example, if the vehicle was driven
  • 177. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (39,1) Instruments and Controls 5-39 3. Continue to press and hold Trip Odometer Reset Stem The available languages the trip odometer reset stem to Menu Items (without DIC are ENGLISH (default), scroll through all of the available Buttons) FRANCAIS (French), languages. ESPANOL (Spanish), and Language NO CHANGE. The available selections are ENGLISH (default), This display allows you to select the 4. Once the desired language is FRANCAIS (French), language in which the DIC displayed, release the trip ESPANOL (Spanish), and messages will appear. To select a odometer reset stem to set NO CHANGE. language: the choice. 4. Once the desired language is 1. Press the trip odometer reset Trip Odometer displayed, release the trip stem until ODOMETER displays. odometer reset stem to set Press the trip odometer reset stem 2. While in the ODOMETER until TRIP displays. This display the choice. display, press and hold the shows the current distance traveled Engine Hours trip odometer reset stem for in either kilometers (km) or three seconds until the currently miles (mi) since the last reset for To display the ENGINE HOURS, set language displays. place the ignition in LOCK/OFF or the trip odometer. ACC/ACCESSORY, then press and 3. Continue to press and hold the The trip odometer can be reset to hold the trip odometer reset stem for trip odometer reset stem to zero by pressing and holding the four seconds while viewing the scroll through all of the available trip odometer reset stem while the ODOMETER. This display shows languages. trip odometer is displayed. the total number of hours the engine has run.
  • 178. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (40,1) 5-40 Instruments and Controls The trip odometer has a feature Transmission Temperature To adjust trailer gain see “Integrated called the retro-active reset. Press the trip odometer reset Trailer Brake Control System” under This can be used to set the trip stem until TRANS TEMP displays. Towing Equipment on page 9‑102 odometer to the number of miles This display shows the temperature for more information. (kilometers) driven since the ignition of the automatic transmission fluid was last turned on. This can be Speedometer in either degrees Celsius (°C) or used if the trip odometer is not reset degrees Fahrenheit (°F) . The speedometer shows how fast at the beginning of the trip. the vehicle is moving in either To use the retro-active reset feature, Trailer Gain and Output kilometers per hour (km/h) or miles press and hold the trip odometer On vehicles with the Integrated per hour (mph). The speedometer reset stem for at least four seconds. Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system, cannot be reset. The trip odometer will display the the trailer brake display appears in Battery number of kilometers (km) or the DIC. Press the trip odometer reset stem until TRAILER GAIN and This display shows the current miles (mi) driven since the ignition OUTPUT display. battery voltage. If the voltage is in was last turned on and the vehicle the normal range, the value will was moving. Once the vehicle TRAILER GAIN shows the trailer display. For example, the display begins moving, the trip odometer gain setting. This setting can be may read BATTERY 13 VOLTS. will accumulate mileage. For adjusted from 0.0 to 10.0 with either Your vehicles charging system example, if the vehicle was driven a trailer connected or disconnected. 8 km (5 miles) before it is started regulates voltage based on the state OUTPUT shows the power output to of the battery. The battery voltage again, and then the retro-active the trailer any time a trailer with may fluctuate when viewing this reset feature is activated, the electric brakes is connected. Output information on the DIC. This is display will show 8 km (5 miles). is displayed in 0 to 10 bars. Dashes normal. As the vehicle begins moving, the display will then increase to 8.2 km may appear in the OUTPUT display. (5.1 miles), 8.4 km (5.2 miles), etc.
  • 179. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (41,1) Instruments and Controls 5-41 Oil Pressure If you see 99% OIL LIFE Remember, you must reset the OIL This display shows the oil pressure REMAINING on the display, that LIFE display after each oil change. in either kilopascals (kPa) or pounds means 99% of the current oil life It will not reset itself. Also, be per square inch (psi). remains. The engine oil life system careful not to reset the OIL LIFE will alert you to change the oil on a display accidentally at any time Compass Zone Setting schedule consistent with your other than when the oil has just This display allows for setting the driving conditions. been changed. It cannot be reset compass zone. See Compass on When the remaining oil life is low, accurately until the next oil change. page 5‑6 for more information. the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON To reset the engine oil life system, message will appear on the display. see Engine Oil Life System on Compass Recalibration page 10‑10. See “CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON” This display allows for calibrating under Engine Oil Messages on the compass. See Compass on page 5‑45. You should change page 5‑6 for more information. the oil as soon as you can. See Engine Oil on page 10‑7. In Oil Life addition to the engine oil life system To access this display, the vehicle monitoring the oil life, additional must be in P (Park). Press the maintenance is recommended in trip odometer reset stem until the Maintenance Schedule in this OIL LIFE REMAINING displays. manual. See Maintenance Schedule This display shows an estimate of on page 11‑3 for more information. the oils remaining useful life.
  • 180. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (42,1) 5-42 Instruments and Controls Vehicle Messages Battery Voltage and See Charging System Light on page 5‑23. Driving with this problem Messages displayed on the DIC Charging Messages could drain the battery. Turn off all indicate the status of the vehicle or BATTERY LOW START unnecessary accessories. Have the some action may be needed to VEHICLE electrical system checked as soon correct a condition. Multiple as possible. See your dealer. messages may appear one after When the vehicle’s battery is another. severely discharged, this message Brake System Messages will display and four chimes The messages that do not will sound. Start the vehicle SERVICE BRAKE SYSTEM require immediate action can be immediately. If the vehicle is not acknowledged and cleared by This message displays along with started and the battery continues to pressing V (Set/Reset) or the trip the brake system warning light if discharge, the climate controls, odometer reset stem. there is a problem with the brake heated seats, and audio systems system. See Brake System Warning The messages that require will shut off and the vehicle may Light on page 5‑26. If this message immediate action cannot be cleared require a jump start. These systems appears, stop as soon as possible until that action is performed. will function again after the vehicle and turn off the vehicle. Restart the is started. All messages should be taken vehicle and check for the message seriously and clearing the message SERVICE BATTERY on the DIC display. If the message does not correct the problem. CHARGING SYSTEM is still displayed or appears again when you begin driving, the brake The following are the possible On some vehicles, this message system needs service as soon as messages and some information displays if there is a problem with possible. See your dealer. about them. the battery charging system. If the vehicle has a diesel engine, Under certain conditions, the see the Duramax® diesel charging system light may also turn supplement for more information. on in the instrument panel cluster.
  • 181. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (43,1) Instruments and Controls 5-43 SERVICE BRAKES SOON As soon as it is safe to do so, HOOD OPEN carefully pull your vehicle over to On some vehicles, this message This message displays and a the side of the road and turn the displays if there is a problem with chime may sound if the hood is ignition off. Check the wiring the brake system. If this message not fully closed. Stop and turn off connection to the trailer and turn appears, stop as soon as possible the vehicle, check the hood for the ignition back on. If this message and turn off the vehicle. Restart the obstructions, and close the hood still displays, either your vehicle or vehicle and check for the message again. Check to see if the message the trailer needs service. See your on the DIC display. If the message still appears on the DIC. dealer. is still displayed or appears again when you begin driving, the brake See “Integrated Trailer Brake LEFT REAR DOOR OPEN system needs service. See your Control System” under Towing (Crew Cab) dealer. Equipment on page 9‑102 for more This message displays and a chime information. may sound if the driver side rear SERVICE TRAILER BRAKE door is not fully closed and the SYSTEM Door Ajar Messages vehicle is shifted out of P (Park). On vehicles with the Integrated Stop and turn off the vehicle, check Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system, DRIVER DOOR OPEN the door for obstructions, and close this message displays and a chime This message displays and a chime the door again. Check to see if the may sound when there is a problem may sound if the driver door is not message still appears on the DIC. with the ITBC system. fully closed and the vehicle is When this message displays, power shifted out of P (Park). Stop and turn is no longer available to the trailer off the vehicle, check the door for brakes. obstructions, and close the door again. Check to see if the message still appears on the DIC.
  • 182. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (44,1) 5-44 Instruments and Controls PASSENGER DOOR OPEN Engine Cooling System ENGINE OVERHEATED IDLE This message displays and a chime Messages ENGINE may sound if the front passenger Notice: If you drive the vehicle door is not fully closed and the ENGINE HOT A/C while the engine is overheating, vehicle is shifted out of P (Park). (Air Conditioning) severe engine damage may Stop and turn off the vehicle, check TURNED OFF occur. If an overheat warning the door for obstructions, and close This message displays when the appears on the instrument panel the door again. Check to see if the engine coolant becomes hotter than cluster and/or DIC, stop the message still appears on the DIC. the normal operating temperature. vehicle as soon as possible. See Engine Coolant Temperature See Engine Overheating on RIGHT REAR DOOR OPEN page 10‑23 for more information. (Crew Cab) Gauge on page 5‑17. To avoid added strain on a hot engine, This message displays when the This message displays and a chime the air conditioning compressor engine coolant temperature is too may sound if the passenger side automatically turns off. When the hot. Stop and allow the vehicle to rear door is not fully closed and the coolant temperature returns to idle until it cools down. See Engine vehicle is shifted out of P (Park). normal, the air conditioning Coolant Temperature Gauge on Stop and turn off the vehicle, check compressor turns back on. You can page 5‑17. the door for obstructions, and close continue to drive your vehicle. the door again. Check to see if the See Overheated Engine Protection message still appears on the DIC. If this message continues to appear, Operating Mode on page 10‑26 for have the system repaired by your information on driving to a safe dealer as soon as possible to avoid place in an emergency. damage to the engine.
  • 183. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (45,1) Instruments and Controls 5-45 ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP Engine Oil Messages OIL PRESSURE LOW STOP ENGINE ENGINE CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON Notice: If you drive the vehicle Notice: If you drive the vehicle while the engine is overheating, This message displays when the while the engine oil pressure is severe engine damage may engine oil needs to be changed. low, severe engine damage may occur. If an overheat warning When you change the engine oil, be occur. If a low oil pressure appears on the instrument panel sure to reset the CHANGE ENGINE warning appears on the Driver cluster and/or DIC, stop the OIL SOON message. See Engine Information Center (DIC), stop the vehicle as soon as possible. Oil Life System on page 10‑10 for vehicle as soon as possible. See Engine Overheating on information on how to reset the Do not drive the vehicle until the page 10‑23 for more information. message. See Engine Oil on cause of the low oil pressure is page 10‑7 and Maintenance corrected. See Engine Oil on This message displays and a Schedule on page 11‑3 for more chime may sound if the engine page 10‑7 for more information. information. cooling system reaches unsafe This message displays if low oil temperatures for operation. Stop ENGINE OIL HOT IDLE pressure levels occur. Stop the and turn off the vehicle as soon as ENGINE vehicle as soon as safely possible it is safe to do so to avoid severe and do not operate it until the cause This message displays when the damage. This message clears when of the low oil pressure has been engine oil becomes hotter than the the engine has cooled to a safe corrected. Check the oil as soon normal operating temperature. operating temperature. as possible and have the vehicle Stop and allow the vehicle to idle serviced by your dealer. See Engine until it cools down. See Engine Oil on page 10‑7. Coolant Temperature Gauge on page 5‑17.
  • 184. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (46,1) 5-46 Instruments and Controls Engine Power Messages Fuel System Messages Key and Lock Messages ENGINE POWER IS REDUCED FUEL LEVEL LOW REPLACE BATTERY IN This message displays and a chime This message displays and a chime REMOTE KEY may sound when the cooling system may sound if the fuel level is low. This message displays if a Remote temperature gets too hot and the Refuel as soon as possible. See Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter engine further enters the engine Fuel Gauge on page 5‑14 and Fuel battery is low. The battery needs coolant protection mode. See on page 9‑76 for more information. to be replaced in the transmitter. Engine Overheating on page 10‑23 See “Battery Replacement” under for more information. TIGHTEN GAS CAP Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) This message also displays when This message may display along System Operation on page 2‑3. the vehicles engine power is with the check engine light on the reduced. Reduced engine power instrument panel cluster if the Lamp Messages can affect the vehicles ability to vehicles fuel cap is not tightened accelerate. If this message is on, properly. See Malfunction Indicator TURN SIGNAL ON but there is no reduction in Lamp on page 5‑24. Reinstall the This message displays and a chime performance, proceed to your fuel cap fully. See Filling the Tank sounds if a turn signal is left on for destination. The performance may on page 9‑80. The diagnostic 1.2 km (0.75 mile). Move the turn be reduced the next time the vehicle system can determine if the fuel cap signal/multifunction lever to the is driven. The vehicle may be driven has been left off or improperly off position. at a reduced speed while this installed. A loose or missing fuel message is on, but acceleration and cap allows fuel to evaporate into the speed may be reduced. Anytime atmosphere. A few driving trips with this message stays on, the vehicle the cap properly installed should should be taken to your dealer for turn this light and message off. service as soon as possible.
  • 185. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (47,1) Instruments and Controls 5-47 Object Detection System SERVICE PARK ASSIST SERVICE TRACTION Messages This message displays if there is a CONTROL problem with the Ultrasonic Rear If the vehicle has StabiliTrak, this PARK ASST BLOCKED SEE Parking Assist (URPA) system. message displays when there is a OWNERS MANUAL Do not use this system to help you problem with the Traction Control This message displays if there is park. See Ultrasonic Parking Assist System (TCS). When this message something interfering with the park on page 9‑68 for more information. displays, the system will not limit assist system. See Ultrasonic See your dealer for service. wheel spin. Adjust your driving Parking Assist on page 9‑68 for accordingly. See your dealer for more information. Ride Control System service. See StabiliTrak® System on Messages page 9‑62 for more information. PARK ASSIST OFF SERVICE STABILITRAK STABILITRAK INITIALIZING After the vehicle has been started, this message displays to remind the If the vehicle has StabiliTrak and If the vehicle has StabiliTrak, this driver that the URPA system has this message displays, it means message may come on if the been turned off. Press the set/reset there may be a problem with the StabiliTrak system has not fully button or the trip odometer reset StabiliTrak system. If you see this initialized because of road stem to acknowledge this message message, try to reset the system. conditions or the incorrect tire size. and clear it from the DIC display. Stop; turn off the engine for at least When the StabiliTrak system is fully To turn the URPA system back on, 15 seconds; then start the engine initialized, the message will turn off. see Ultrasonic Parking Assist on again. If this message still comes See StabiliTrak® System on page 9‑68. on, it means there is a problem. page 9‑62 for more information. You should see your dealer for If this message continues to be service. The vehicle is safe to drive; displayed for multiple ignition cycles however, you do not have the and on different road surfaces, benefit of StabiliTrak, so reduce see your dealer for service. your speed and drive accordingly.
  • 186. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (48,1) 5-48 Instruments and Controls TRACTION XX There are several conditions that Airbag System Messages STABILITRAK XX can cause this message to appear. . One condition is overheating, SERVICE AIR BAG This message displays when the traction control and/or StabiliTrak which could occur if StabiliTrak This message displays if there is a systems have been turned on or off. activates continuously for an problem with the airbag system. Adjust your driving accordingly. extended period of time. Have your dealer inspect the To limit wheel spin and realize system for problems. See Airbag . The message also displays if the the full benefits of the stability Readiness Light on page 5‑20 and brake system warning light is on. enhancement system, you should See Brake System Warning Airbag System on page 3‑23 for normally leave StabiliTrak on. Light on page 5‑26. more information. However, you should turn StabiliTrak off if the vehicle gets . The message could display if the Anti-theft Alarm System stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow stability system takes longer than usual to complete its Messages and you want to rock the vehicle to attempt to free it, or if you are diagnostic checks due to driving SERVICE THEFT DETERRENT driving in extreme off-road conditions. SYSTEM conditions and require more wheel . The message displays if an This message displays when there spin. See If the Vehicle Is Stuck on engine or vehicle related is a problem with the theft-deterrent page 9‑16. To turn the StabiliTrak problem has been detected system. The vehicle may or may not system on or off, see StabiliTrak® and the vehicle needs service. restart so you may want to take the System on page 9‑62. See your dealer. vehicle to your dealer before turning STABILITRAK OFF may also The message turns off as soon as off the engine. See Immobilizer display when the stability control the conditions that caused the Operation on page 2‑12 for more has been automatically disabled. message to be displayed are no information. longer present.
  • 187. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (49,1) Instruments and Controls 5-49 Starting the Vehicle If the warning comes on and stays RIGHT FRT (right front), LEFT RR on, there may be a problem with the (left rear), or RIGHT RR (right rear) Messages TPMS. See your dealer. to indicate the location of the low FAST IDLE ON tire. The low tire pressure warning TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE light will also come on. See Tire If your vehicle has this feature, this If the vehicle has the Tire Pressure Pressure Light on page 5‑29. message displays when the fast idle Monitor System (TPMS), this You can receive more than one feature is on. See Fast Idle System message displays when the system tire pressure message at a time. on page 9‑31 for more information. is re-learning the tire positions on To read the other messages that your vehicle. The tire positions must may have been sent at the same Tire Messages be re-learned after rotating the tires time, press the set/reset button or or after replacing a tire or sensor. the trip odometer reset stem. If a tire SERVICE TIRE MONITOR pressure message appears on the See Tire Inspection on page 10‑68, SYSTEM Tire Rotation on page 10‑69, Tire DIC, stop as soon as you can. If the vehicle has the Tire Pressure Pressure Monitor System on Have the tire pressures checked Monitor System (TPMS), this page 10‑64, and Tire Pressure on and set to those shown on the Tire message displays if a part on the page 10‑62 for more information. Loading Information label. See Tires system is not working properly. on page 10‑54, Vehicle Load Limits The tire pressure light also flashes TIRE LOW ADD AIR TO TIRE on page 9‑17, and Tire Pressure on and then remains on during the If the vehicle has the Tire Pressure page 10‑62. The DIC also shows same ignition cycle. See Tire Monitor System (TPMS), this the tire pressure values. See Driver Pressure Light on page 5‑29. message displays when the Information Center (DIC) on Several conditions may cause this pressure in one or more of the page 5‑32. message to appear. See Tire vehicles tires is low. This message Pressure Monitor Operation on also displays LEFT FRT (left front), page 10‑65 for more information.
  • 188. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (50,1) 5-50 Instruments and Controls Transmission Messages TRANSMISSION HOT IDLE Vehicle Reminder ENGINE Messages SERVICE 4 WHEEL DRIVE Notice: If you drive the vehicle If the vehicle has four-wheel drive, while the transmission fluid is CHECK TRAILER WIRING this message may display if a overheating and the transmission On vehicles with the Integrated problem occurs with the temperature warning is displayed Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system, four-wheel-drive system. If this on the instrument panel cluster this message may display and a message appears, stop as soon as and/or DIC, you can damage the chime may sound when one of the possible and turn off the vehicle. transmission. This could lead to following conditions exists: Make sure the key is in the costly repairs that would not be LOCK/OFF position for at least . A trailer with electric brakes covered by the warranty. Do not one minute and then restart the becomes disconnected from the drive the vehicle with overheated vehicle and check for the message vehicle. transmission fluid or while the on the DIC display. If the message transmission temperature ‐ If the disconnect occurs while is still displayed or appears again warning is displayed. the vehicle is stopped, this when you begin driving, the message clears itself after a four-wheel-drive system needs This message displays and a chime short time. service. See your dealer. may sound if the transmission fluid in the vehicle gets hot. Driving with ‐ If the disconnect occurs while the transmission fluid temperature the vehicle is moving, this high can cause damage to the message stays on until the vehicle. Stop the vehicle and let it ignition is turned off. idle to allow the transmission to . There is a short in the wiring to cool. This message clears and the electric trailer brakes. the chime stops when the fluid temperature reaches a safe level.
  • 189. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (51,1) Instruments and Controls 5-51 When this message displays, power ICE POSSIBLE DRIVE Washer Fluid Messages is no longer available to the trailer WITH CARE brakes. WASHER FLUID LOW ADD This message displays when ice FLUID As soon as it is safe to do so, conditions are possible. carefully pull the vehicle over to the This message displays when the side of the road and turn the ignition TRAILER CONNECTED windshield washer fluid is low. off. Check the wiring connection to On vehicles with the Integrated Fill the windshield washer fluid the trailer and turn the ignition back Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system, reservoir as soon as possible. on. This message clears if the trailer this message displays briefly when See Engine Compartment Overview is reconnected. This message also a trailer with electric brakes is first on page 10‑6 for the location of the clears if you acknowledge it. If this connected to the vehicle. windshield washer fluid reservoir. message still displays, either the Also, see Washer Fluid on vehicle or the trailer needs service. This message clears itself after page 10‑28 for more information. See your dealer. several seconds. This message also clears if you acknowledge it. After See “Integrated Trailer Brake this message clears, the TRAILER Control System” under Towing GAIN/OUTPUT display appears in Equipment on page 9‑102 for more the DIC. information. See “TRAILER GAIN/OUTPUT” under Driver Information Center (DIC) on page 5‑32 and “Integrated Trailer Brake Control System” under Towing Equipment on page 9‑102 for more information.
  • 190. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (52,1) 5-52 Instruments and Controls Vehicle The default settings for the customization features were set Feature Settings Menu Items Personalization The following customization features when the vehicle left the factory, but allow you to program settings to the may have been changed from their vehicle: Vehicle Personalization default state since then. (With DIC Buttons) The customization preferences DISPLAY IN ENGLISH are automatically recalled. This feature will only display if a The vehicle may have customization To change customization language other than English has capabilities that allow you to preferences, use the following been set. This feature allows you to program certain features to one procedure. change the language in which the preferred setting. Customization DIC messages appear to English. features can only be programmed to Entering the Feature Press the customization button one setting on the vehicle and Settings Menu cannot be programmed to a until the PRESS V TO DISPLAY IN preferred setting for two different 1. Turn the ignition on and place ENGLISH screen appears on the drivers. the vehicle in P (Park). DIC display. Press the set/reset All of the customization options To avoid excessive drain on the button once to display all DIC may not be available on the vehicle. battery, turn the headlamps off. messages in English. Only the options available will be DISPLAY LANGUAGE 2. Press the customization button displayed on the DIC. to scroll through the available This feature allows you to select customizable options. the language in which the DIC messages will appear.
  • 191. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (53,1) Instruments and Controls 5-53 Press the customization button until AUTO DOOR LOCK To select a setting, press the the DISPLAY LANGUAGE screen This feature allows you to select set/reset button while the desired appears on the DIC display. Press when the vehicles doors will setting is displayed on the DIC. the set/reset button once to access automatically lock. See Automatic the settings for this feature. Then AUTO DOOR UNLOCK Door Locks on page 2‑8 for more press the customization button to information. This feature allows you to turn off scroll through the following settings: the automatic door unlocking Press the customization button until feature. It also allows you to select ENGLISH (default): All messages AUTO DOOR LOCK appears on the will appear in English. which doors and when the doors will DIC display. Press the set/reset automatically unlock. See Automatic FRANCAIS: All messages will button once to access the settings Door Locks on page 2‑8 for more appear in French. for this feature. Then press the information. ESPANOL: All messages will customization button to scroll through the following settings: Press the customization button until appear in Spanish. AUTO DOOR UNLOCK appears on NO CHANGE: No change will be SHIFT OUT OF PARK (default): the DIC display. Press the set/reset made to this feature. The current The doors will automatically lock button once to access the settings setting will remain. when the vehicle is shifted out of for this feature. Then press the P (Park). customization button to scroll To select a setting, press the through the following settings: set/reset button while the desired AT VEHICLE SPEED: The doors setting is displayed on the DIC. will automatically lock when the OFF: None of the doors will vehicle speed is above 13 km/h automatically unlock. You can also change the language (8 mph) for three seconds. by pressing the trip odometer reset DRIVER AT KEY OUT: Only the stem. See “Language” under Driver NO CHANGE: No change will be driver door will unlock when the key Information Center (DIC) on made to this feature. The current is taken out of the ignition. page 5‑32 for more information. setting will remain.
  • 192. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (54,1) 5-54 Instruments and Controls DRIVER IN PARK: Only the driver Press the customization button until To select a setting, press the door will unlock when the vehicle is REMOTE DOOR LOCK appears on set/reset button while the desired shifted into P (Park) . the DIC display. Press the set/reset setting is displayed on the DIC. ALL AT KEY OUT: All of the doors button once to access the settings for this feature. Then press the REMOTE DOOR UNLOCK will unlock when the key is taken out of the ignition. customization button to scroll This feature allows you to select the through the following settings: type of feedback received when ALL IN PARK (default): All of the unlocking the vehicle with the doors will unlock when the vehicle is OFF: There will be no feedback when you press the lock button on Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) shifted into P (Park). transmitter. You will not receive the RKE transmitter. NO CHANGE: No change will be feedback when unlocking the made to this feature. The current LIGHTS ONLY: The exterior lamps vehicle with the RKE transmitter if setting will remain. will flash when you press the lock the doors are open. See Remote button on the RKE transmitter. Keyless Entry (RKE) System To select a setting, press the Operation on page 2‑3 for more set/reset button while the desired HORN ONLY: The horn will sound on the second press of the lock information. setting is displayed on the DIC. button on the RKE transmitter. Press the customization button REMOTE DOOR LOCK HORN & LIGHTS (default): until REMOTE DOOR UNLOCK This feature allows you to select the The exterior lamps will flash when appears on the DIC display. Press type of feedback received when you press the lock button on the the set/reset button once to access locking the vehicle with the Remote RKE transmitter, and the horn will the settings for this feature. Then Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. sound when the lock button is press the customization button to You will not receive feedback when pressed again within five seconds scroll through the following settings: locking the vehicle with the RKE of the previous command. LIGHTS OFF: The exterior lamps transmitter if the doors are open. NO CHANGE: No change will be will not flash when you press the See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) made to this feature. The current unlock button on the RKE System Operation on page 2‑3 for setting will remain. transmitter. more information.
  • 193. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (55,1) Instruments and Controls 5-55 LIGHTS ON (default): The exterior delayed locking by pressing the EXIT LIGHTING lamps will flash when you press power door lock switch twice. This feature allows you to select the unlock button on the RKE See Delayed Locking on page 2‑8 the amount of time you want the transmitter. for more information. exterior lamps to remain on NO CHANGE: No change will be Press the customization button until when it is dark enough outside. made to this feature. The current DELAY DOOR LOCK appears on This happens after the key is turned setting will remain. the DIC display. Press the set/reset from ON/RUN to LOCK/OFF. To select a setting, press the button once to access the settings Press the customization button set/reset button while the desired for this feature. Then press the until EXIT LIGHTING appears on setting is displayed on the DIC. customization button to scroll the DIC display. Press the set/reset through the following settings: button once to access the settings DELAY DOOR LOCK OFF: There will be no delayed for this feature. Then press the On vehicles with a crew cab, this locking of the vehicles doors. customization button to scroll feature turns the delayed door locks ON (default): The doors will not through the following settings: on or off. When locking the doors lock until five seconds after the OFF: The exterior lamps will not with the power door lock switch and last door is closed. turn on. a door is open, this feature will delay locking the doors until NO CHANGE: No change will be 30 SECONDS (default): The five seconds after the last door is made to this feature. The current exterior lamps will stay on for closed. You will hear three chimes setting will remain. 30 seconds. to signal that the delayed locking To select a setting, press the 1 MINUTE: The exterior lamps will feature is in use. The key must be set/reset button while the desired stay on for one minute. out of the ignition for this feature to setting is displayed on the DIC. work. You can temporarily override 2 MINUTES: The exterior lamps will stay on for two minutes.
  • 194. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (56,1) 5-56 Instruments and Controls NO CHANGE: No change will be ON (default): If it is dark enough button once to access the settings made to this feature. The current outside, the exterior lights will turn for this feature. Then press the setting will remain. on briefly when you unlock the customization button to scroll To select a setting, press the vehicle with the RKE transmitter. through the following settings: set/reset button while the desired The lights will remain on for NORMAL: The chime volume setting is displayed on the DIC. 20 seconds, until the lock button on will be set to a normal level. the RKE transmitter is pressed, LOUD: The chime volume will be APPROACH LIGHTING or until the vehicle is no longer off. set to a loud level. This feature allows you to select if See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) the exterior lights turn on briefly System Operation on page 2‑3 for NO CHANGE: No change will be during low light periods after more information. made to this feature. The current unlocking the vehicle using the setting will remain. NO CHANGE: No change will be Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) made to this feature. The current There is no default for chime transmitter. setting will remain. volume. The volume will stay at the Press the customization button until last known setting. To select a setting, press the APPROACH LIGHTING appears on set/reset button while the desired To select a setting, press the the DIC display. Press the set/reset setting is displayed on the DIC. set/reset button while the desired button once to access the settings setting is displayed on the DIC. for this feature. Then press the CHIME VOLUME customization button to scroll PARK TILT MIRRORS If available, this feature allows you through the following settings: to select the volume level of the If the vehicle has this feature, OFF: The exterior lights will not chime. it allows you to select if the outside turn on when you unlock the vehicle mirror(s) will automatically tilt down Press the customization button until when the vehicle is shifted into with the RKE transmitter. CHIME VOLUME appears on the R (Reverse). See Park Tilt Mirrors DIC display. Press the set/reset on page 2‑17 for more information.
  • 195. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (57,1) Instruments and Controls 5-57 Press the customization button until NO CHANGE: No change will be BUTTON & KEY OUT (default): PARK TILT MIRRORS appears on made to this feature. The current If the features are enabled through the DIC display. Press the set/reset setting will remain. the EASY EXIT SETUP menu, the button once to access the settings To select a setting, press the driver seat will move back when the for this feature. Then press the set/reset button while the desired key is removed from the ignition or customization button to scroll setting is displayed on the DIC. the easy exit seat button is pressed. through the following settings: The automatic easy exit seat OFF (default): Neither outside EASY EXIT RECALL movement will only occur one time mirror will be tilted down when the If the vehicle has this feature, after the key is removed from the vehicle is shifted into R (Reverse). it allows you to select your ignition. If the automatic movement DRIVER MIRROR: The driver preference for the automatic has already occurred, and you put outside mirror will be tilted down easy exit seat feature. See Memory the key back in the ignition and when the vehicle is shifted into Seats on page 3‑8 for more remove it again, the seat will stay in R (Reverse). information. the original exit position, unless a Press the customization button until memory recall took place prior to PASSENGER MIRROR: The removing the key again. passenger outside mirror will be EASY EXIT RECALL appears on tilted down when the vehicle is the DIC display. Press the set/reset NO CHANGE: No change will be shifted into R (Reverse). button once to access the settings made to this feature. The current for this feature. Then press the setting will remain. BOTH MIRRORS: The driver and customization button to scroll passenger outside mirrors will be To select a setting, press the through the following settings: set/reset button while the desired tilted down when the vehicle is shifted into R (Reverse). DOOR BUTTON ONLY: No setting is displayed on the DIC. automatic seat exit recall will occur. The recall will only occur after pressing the easy exit seat button.
  • 196. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (58,1) 5-58 Instruments and Controls EASY EXIT SETUP MEMORY SEAT RECALL NO CHANGE: No change will be If the vehicle has this feature, If the vehicle has this feature, it made to this feature. The current it allows you to select which areas allows you to select your preference setting will remain. will recall with the automatic easy for the remote memory seat recall To select a setting, press the exit seat feature. It also allows you feature. See Memory Seats on set/reset button while the desired to turn off the automatic easy exit page 3‑8 for more information. setting is displayed on the DIC. feature. See Memory Seats on Press the customization button page 3‑8 and EASY EXIT RECALL REMOTE START until MEMORY SEAT RECALL earlier for more information. appears on the DIC display. If your vehicle has this feature, Press the customization button until Press the set/reset button once to it allows you to turn the remote start EASY EXIT SETUP appears on the access the settings for this feature. off or on. The remote start feature DIC display. Press the set/reset Then press the customization button allows you to start the engine from button once to access the settings to scroll through the following outside of the vehicle using the for this feature. Then press the settings: Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) menu up/down button to scroll transmitter. See Remote Vehicle OFF (default): No remote memory Start on page 2‑5 for more through the following settings: seat recall will occur. information. OFF: No automatic seat exit will ON: The driver seat and, on some recall. Press the customization button until vehicles, the outside mirrors will REMOTE START appears on the SEAT ONLY (default): The driver automatically move to the stored DIC display. Press the set/reset seat will recall. driving position when the unlock button once to access the settings NO CHANGE: No change will be button on the Remote Keyless for this feature. Then press the made to this feature. The current Entry (RKE) transmitter is pressed. customization button to scroll setting will remain. On some vehicles with the through the following settings: adjustable throttle and brake pedal To select a setting, press the feature, the pedals will also OFF: The remote start feature will set/reset button while the desired automatically move. be disabled. setting is displayed on the DIC.
  • 197. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (59,1) Instruments and Controls 5-59 ON (default): The remote start DO NOT RESTORE: The Exiting the Feature feature will be enabled. customization features will not be Settings Menu NO CHANGE: No change will be set to their factory default settings. The feature settings menu will be made to this feature. The current To select a setting, press the exited when any of the following setting will remain. set/reset button while the desired occurs: To select a setting, press the setting is displayed on the DIC. . The vehicle is no longer in set/reset button while the desired EXIT FEATURE SETTINGS ON/RUN. setting is displayed on the DIC. This feature allows you to exit the . The trip/fuel or vehicle FACTORY SETTINGS feature settings menu. information DIC buttons are This feature allows you to set all of Press the customization button until pressed. the customization features back to PRESS V TO EXIT FEATURE . The end of the feature settings their factory default settings. SETTINGS appears in the DIC menu is reached and exited. Press the customization button until display. Press the set/reset button . A 40-second time period has FACTORY SETTINGS appears on once to exit the menu. elapsed with no selection made. the DIC display. Press the set/reset If you do not exit, pressing the button once to access the settings customization button again will for this feature. Then press the return you to the beginning of the customization button to scroll feature settings menu. through the following settings: RESTORE ALL (default): The customization features will be set to their factory default settings.
  • 198. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (60,1) 5-60 Instruments and Controls Universal Remote devices such as garage door Park the vehicle outside of the openers, security systems, and garage when programming a garage System home automation devices. door. Be sure that people and Do not use this system with any objects are clear of the garage door See Radio Frequency Statement on garage door opener that does not or gate that is being programmed. page 13‑21 for information regarding Part 15 of the Federal have the stop and reverse feature. Programming Universal Home Communications Commission (FCC) This includes any garage door Remote — Rolling Code rules and Industry Canada opener model manufactured before Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310. April 1, 1982. For questions or help programming the Universal Home Remote Read the instructions completely System, call 1-866-572-2728 or Universal Remote System before attempting to program the go to www.learcar2u.com. Programming transmitter. Because of the steps involved, it may be helpful to Most garage door openers sold have another person assist with after 1996 are Rolling Code units. programming the transmitter. Programming a garage door opener Be sure to keep the original remote involves time-sensitive actions, so control transmitter for use in other read the entire procedure before vehicles, as well as for future starting. Otherwise, the device will programming. Only the original time out and the procedure will have Vehicles with the Universal Remote remote control transmitter is needed to be repeated. System will have these buttons for Fixed Code programming. located in the headliner. The programmed buttons should be This system provides a way to erased when the vehicle is sold replace up to three remote control or the lease ends. See “Erasing transmitters used to activate Universal Home Remote Buttons” in this section.
  • 199. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (61,1) Instruments and Controls 5-61 It can usually be found where 5. Press and release the same the hanging antenna wire is button again. The garage door attached to the motor-head unit should move, confirming that and may be a colored button. programming is successful Press this button. After pressing and complete. this button, complete the To program another Rolling Code following steps in less than device such as an additional garage To program up to three devices: 30 seconds. door opener, a security device, 1. From inside the vehicle, 3. Immediately return to the or home automation device, repeat press the two outside buttons vehicle. Press and hold the Steps 1 through 5, choosing a at the same time for one to Universal Home Remote button different function button in Step 3 two seconds, and immediately that will be used to control the than what was used for the garage release them. garage door until the garage door opener. door moves. The indicator light, If these instructions do not work, above the selected button, the garage door opener is probably should slowly blink. This button a Fixed Code unit. Follow the may need to be held for up to programming instructions that 20 seconds. follow for a Fixed Code garage 4. Immediately, within one second, door opener. release the button when the garage door moves. The indicator light will blink rapidly 2. In the garage, locate the until programming is complete. garage door opener receiver (motor-head unit). Find the “Learn” or “Smart” button.
  • 200. Chevrolet Silverado Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (62,1) 5-62 Instruments and Controls Programming Universal Home Your hand-held transmitter Remote — Fixed Code can have between 8 to 12 dip switches depending on the For questions or help programming brand of transmitter. the Universal Home Remote System, call 1-866-572-2728 or The garage door opener receiver go to www.learcar2u.com. (motor head unit) could also have a row of dip switches that Most garage door openers sold can be used when programming before 1996 are Fixed Code units. the Universal Home Remote. Programming a garage door opener If the total number of switches involves time-sensitive actions, so on the motor head and read the entire procedure before hand-held transmitter are starting. Otherwise, the device will To program up to three devices: different, or if the dip switch time out and the procedure will have settings are different, use the 1. To verify that the garage door dip switch settings on the to be repeated. opener is a Fixed Code unit, motor head unit to program