Repair Guides

2003 2004 2005 2006 Engine Does Not Start (Supercharged)

One of the first steps, as long as everything else seems normal, is to replace the ignition switch. These are pone to issues in our year group of GM vehicles. GM revised the switch a few years ago, the part number you seek is a ACDelco D1426D. Buying an original GM or ACDelco is really...

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2005-2006 Power Lost, Engine Dies When Hot (Fuse box)

A very common issue for 2005-2006 SSRs is that they just shut down driving down the road after an hour or so. Everything dies or you could just get a few trouble codes and running rough. Let things cool down, and everything seems normal again, until the engine warms up again. This is due to...

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6 CD Bose stereo CD stuck in player

It is a common issue for CDs to become stuck on a multi stack player unit. Sometimes it is caused by using aftermarket CD media that is slightly thicker than commercial platters, labels that peel off, or just wear and tear after many cycles that causes the internal parts to wear. When the discs become...

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Chevrolet SSR ABS Brake Light / Warning Chimes – Electronic Brake Control Unit (EBCU) Repair

This solder issue is one possible problem of several, but occurs very frequently, about 95% or more! The other internal problem could be a relay, or there could be a ground issue, associated part, etc.... The Kelsey Hayes 325 Electronic Brake Control Unit (or module) on the SSR is prone to solder joints cracking due...

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Chevy SSR Hood Blanket repair

New OEM hood blankets are very very rare nowadays. On the 2003-2004 trucks the hood prop often damages the hood blanket and makes it unsightly. There are a few aftermarket thermal blankets that you can purchase to replace the OEM product, they are similar to sound deadening sheets used in doors and other places in...

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Chevy SSR Parts Cross Reference to Other Vehicles

From various sources on the Fanatic Forum Dash Vents: Oldsmobile Aurora center dash vent is a good replacement but note that they came in black and tan so if you find a rare one you might need to paint.LM4 Engine 03-04 5.3. This is the Aluminum version of the LM7 only found in the SSR,...

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Chevy SSR Retractable Roof Operation and Service Factory Manual Procedures

This link is to a PDF file that outlines the operation and some maintenance information for the SSR roof. This is a low resolution file, if you want one that has better resolution and a little easier to read and see images feel free to send me a message and I can forward you a...

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Chevy SSR Speedometer cluster needle erratic (reads incorrectly) or does not move (broken)

This error is common with many early GM trucks, the problem is with the stepper motor, the small device which controls the needles. GM replaced these older units with a more robust longer life unit in later models. The repair process is to remove the front face of the dash, then remove the 4 bolts...

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Clutch Pedal Sticking

Some SSRs have have issues with clutch pedal sticking. This is often due to the fluid in the lines getting rather old and clumpy. There is no drain valve on the SSR to allow a full flush of the clutch. Use a turkey baster or similar item and suck out the old fluid from the...

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Cooling Fan Operation / Overheating Issues

The SSR in normal operation, does see some higher temperatures that most people are used to seeing. Supposedly, this is due to meeting emissions standards. It is not uncommon for the temperature to reach around 235 in normal operation. Here are things you should know about the overall cooling system and how to check for...

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Cooling fan removal and installation

I normally remove the fan by jacking up the truck and dropping it down, this video shows a top removal process. SSRs may or may not have bolts, I have seen many factory installations that were held in with zip ties. Not a big issue, the mount tabs are rather large and I have never...

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Courtesy Light Battery Drain

Be wary of connecting any accessory to the courtesy lamp circuit in an SSR. The circuit is associated with the Body Control Module (BCM). Connections to this circuit often times causes the power timer to consistently cycle and stay on, thus draining down the battery.

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Dash Panel Removal and Instrument Cluster replacement

Great video from Duf on Youtube for removing and replacing the instrument cluster on an SSR. Duf is no longer an owner of the SSR but this video is a great how to!

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Door latch mechanism does not unlock or lock door

If your door lock or unlocking function fails here are a few common areas to check. If the door locks and unlocks with the console switch but not the remote, the issue is likely a battery or contact issue from the remote. Alternately, if the remote works fine but the console buttons have issues then...

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Door Window Regulator Repair

Regulators move the window up and down. With age, the plastic parts and some metal parts fail due to fatigue. Here are resources to assist in repair. SSR Window Regulator Repair by Rusty Glovebox on Youtube

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HVAC Temperature Blower Control Lamp Replacement

The temperature controller for the Chevy SSR is a sealed unit, but the lamps that are used for night time illumination are replaceable. You do not need to take the sealed unit apart to get to them. If you look at the back of the unit. There you will see 3 areas that are indented...

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Passlock Troubleshooting and Relearn Procedure

The Passlock system should normally never need attention. If on a rare occasion you are having issues with it here are some suggested actions to correct the problem. There are electronic sensors within the lock cylinder housing that are programmed to see certain things within the cylinder when the key is inserted. There is no...

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Rear trunk accessory outlet has no power

Check Aux Pwr 2 Fuse (#15) 20A behind passenger seatCheck fuse #46 behind passenger seat seat Rear Aux Power Outlet - Underhood Fuse Box - Fuse#1 (20 Amp)

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Repair of various GM (SSR) electronic parts

I have over 40 years of electronic repair history. I was in the military and received quite a bit of training while assigned as an electronics specialist. I have also worked in the phone repair business and other electronic and computer areas. In my spare time I repair many parts related to the SSR and...

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Roof Door Module (RDM) Reset

There are times where the RDM, or Roof Door Module, tends to get stuck in a cycle and will not move, or partially move, or windows will not go up or down, etc.... This could be caused by the RDM or associated circuits to get some stray signals and need a reset. Some people claimed...

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Shift Console Switch / Light Repair

If you have a dim or burned out light on the shift console, the lights can be replaced. Also, the rubber buttons that control the actions of the switches can sometimes be repaired when the copper buttons fall off the switch. There is a simple circuit board inside the assembly, the switches touch the traces...

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Shifter moves but transmission does not change gears. Stuck in Park.

Most likely this problem is that the plastic retainer on the transmission lever at the end of the cable has fallen apart due to age and heat wear. This is a common issue with SSRs and other GM trucks. As a temporary solution to get you home you could use a tie strap or a...

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Speedometer cluster bulb replacement

Great video located here on how to test and replace the OEM bulbs. I do not recommend installing LED or different colored bulbs due to quality and brightness issues - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwwT_b9kaGU

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SSR Roof Hydraulic Cylinder/System Repair

Leaking hoses or cylinders is bound to happen. Here are some resources and information to assist in the repair. There are only two companies that currently offer rebuilding services: TOP HYDRAULICS,INC. 90730 Southview Lane Florence, Oregon 97439 Phone 541-902-3214 CABRIOLET HYDRAULICS 2111 72nd Terrace East Sarasota, FL 34243 Phone 941-756-1300 Fluid - Chevy part numbers...

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SSR roof TLAT HALL switch error repair

This is a common error that can be easily remedied. There are small sensors on the SSR roof system, and with time they become dirty and do not provide the proper signals as needed. The roof might be working properly, but because these switches are dirty, they can make the system stop in it;s tracks....

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Ticking sound on passenger side when air recirculation switch is moved

The ticking sound that comes from under the dash near the passenger footwell in SSRs is due to a malfunctioning blend door motor that controls fresh and recirculated air. What is happening is that the geared motor broke a tooth and not the motor cannot go to the position selected but desperately tries to. There...

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Window indexing not working correctly

The window on the SSR drops about a half inch when the handle is slightly moved so that it is below the weather strip before opening. It keeps the window down until it senses the door is closed, then it will raise the window back up into the weather seal. PROGRAMMING the index - To...

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