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Transfer Case problems of the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado



16 problems related to transfer case have been reported for the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado.

car   Transfer Case problem 1
Failure Date: 01/29/2004

On the advice of council, I have been instructed to outline and document to general motors corp. Details concerning a vehicle incident that took place on January 29, 2004, approximately 7:45 pm, while driving our 2003 chevy Silverado 2500hd (VIN#1gchk29u03e369348) my wife and I were driving on s. R. 224 east of findlay at 40mph when without warning, the entire front end locked up on the vehicle (later duplicated by the service technician at lariche Chevrolet in findlay, ohio) throwing my wife and I violently against our restraints. This resulted in a total loss of control and inability to move the vehicle from oncoming traffic. We were stranded in the middle of a road that is frequented by semi trailers and vehicles traveling in the 55-60mph range, and were completely unable to get the vehicle to move. The vehicle would not go forward or backward. After pushing the 2wd/4wd buttons frantically on the dash and shifting from park to reverse to drive, the vehicle finally moved in reverse (2wd). I then shifted to drive and was able to pull into a nearby driveway. After testing the vehicle up and down the driveway, we proceeded to get off the main road and went directly home (approximately 0. 5 miles). The vehicle was towed to lariche Chevrolet the following morning. (complete background of service work in memo page) as you can see this was a terrifying experience for both of us, leaving my wife unwilling to travel in this vehicle. Fortunately, our problem was duplicated by a technician at lariche Chevrolet who in the manager's words your truck about put my service tech through the windshield". Because we are afraid to ride in this vehicle, we are asking to have Chevrolet exchange this vehicle with another equivalent model. This was our second Chevrolet in 2 years, so we are happy with the brand, just not this truck. Please advise us of your decision.

car   Transfer Case problem 2
Failure Date: 01/29/2004

Service four wheel drive light comes on. This truck has been to the dealership three times to have the sensor replaced. No apparent cause and no fix for it.

car   Transfer Case problem 3
Failure Date: 01/04/2004

Service 4 wd light comes on while towing trailer. I've taken the vehicle to 3 different dealerships 4 different times and always find something new creating the problem. Per bbb order Chevrolet was to have another opportunity to fix vehicle and Chevrolet rep. Insisted that he would personally have a allison transmission guru personally review my vehicle. Well they changes some sort of part within the drivetrain and the guru never showed up. To this day the 4 wd light continues to come on and they seem to just call it a "minor flaw" and I have driven the vehicle to much! I purchased the truck just about a year and a half ago and it has 48000 miles. I guess I'm just not allowed to drive the truck that much. I'm just lost since they say the lemon law is good for 18000 miles only and I'm stuck with the truck. Please help with some info!!!.

car   Transfer Case problem 4
Failure Date: 01/04/2004

Service 4 wd light comes on while towing trailer. I've taken the vehicle to 3 different dealerships 4 different times and always find something new creating the problem. Per bbb order Chevrolet was to have another opportunity to fix vehicle and Chevrolet rep. Insisted that he would personally have a allison transmission guru personally review my vehicle. Well they changes some sort of part within the drivetrain and the guru never showed up. To this day the 4 wd light continues to come on and they seem to just call it a "minor flaw" and I have driven the vehicle to much! I purchased the truck just about a year and a half ago and it has 48000 miles. I guess I'm just not allowed to drive the truck that much. I'm just lost since they say the lemon law is good for 18000 miles only and I'm stuck with the truck. Please help with some info!!!.

car   Transfer Case problem 5
Failure Date: 12/04/2003

On one occasion the viehicle shifted into towing mode by itself, without any reason, (no buttons pressed). Yesterday, the truck shifted into 4wd - low range at highway speed by itself without any reason. This caused the front wheels to temporarily screech and the engine to over-rev. I stopped the truck on the side of the road, turned it off and then the 4wd control panel was inoperative and the service 4wd indicator was on. I took the truck to my local dealer, they told me they didn't have time to diagnose the problem right then, but not to worry because the error code would be stored and they could retrieve it after lunch. I took it back after lunch, and no error code. This is the third time I've had the truck in on 4wd problems, but the first time that the problems have presented a real danger. I had the truck in five times with transmission problems without a fix.

car   Transfer Case problem 6
Failure Date: 10/14/2003

At 6,130 miles the message "check 4x4" was displayed. At the same time, the 4x4 control buttons went inoperable. The 4x4 system was completely disable and inoperable. Onstar confirmed vehicle required service. Redwood city boardwalk found "mode switch shorted, replaced mode switch" and the problem was corrected. Dealer replaced switch module with different color (gray) module than was provided with the truck new (black), gray does not match dashboard.

car   Transfer Case problem 7
Failure Date: 05/17/2003

While driving, the vehicle shifted into 4 wheel drive high without warning. For the third time the sensor motor had to be replaced by the service dealer.

car   Transfer Case problem 8
Failure Date: 04/15/2003

4wd drive is inop. The transfer case automatically switched to 4 lo on the move. The truck has been in 5 times for the same problem. The dealer and gm says there is no fix at this time, time frame for fix is unknown. Dealer says it can not replace encoder because gm will not allow parts to be installed because it will not fix the problem. This truck has less than 2500 miles on it.

car   Transfer Case problem 9
Failure Date: 04/01/2003

Transmission transfer case has a crack. Leaking transmission fluid.


 
car   Transfer Case problem 10
Failure Date: 04/01/2003

4 wheel drive system does not work and gm has no fix for it. Truck has been inoperable since I bought it. This means that it was broken at the factory.

car   Transfer Case problem 11
Failure Date: 03/09/2003

The transfer case on my 2003 Silverado 3500, on its own, switches from 2 wheel drive to low range 4 wheel drive while at speed. The dealer advises that gm has no "fix" for this dangerous problem and, instead, has had me remove the fuse to the "on-the-fly" 4 wheel drive. This leaves me with a 2 wheel drive vehicle only. The problem is constant once it starts. At 35 to 45 mph, control is difficult when you are surprised by this drastic shift to low range 4x4. My brother and I bought two identicle vehicles in December 2002 and his is doing the same thing. Gm and the dealer have been of absolutely no assistance at all. The problem continues and has very serious potential.

car   Transfer Case problem 12
Failure Date: 02/15/2003

The 4 wheel drive system malfunctioned, and the 4 wheel drive automatically engaged in 4 wheel drive low, no matter what the consumer attempted, the vehicle failed to disengage. Mr the consumer was told there was no fix for the problem.

car   Transfer Case problem 13
Failure Date: 02/12/2003

Transfer case/differential,service 4x4 lights keep coming on, brakes, shocks, bumper pad falling off, transmission clunking noise, would not start. Goes into four wheel drive on its on. Very dangerous when this happens. Was told by gm that there was no fix. Dealer has put several parts on including reprogrammed module in transfer case, replaced differential case and gear kit, brake pedal would go to the floor, dealer replaced left front shock because of leaking fluid onto rotor, clunking noise from forward to reverse was told this was normal, engine cranks but does not start, towed in, dealer replaced body control module. This truck has less than 9,000 miles on it. The four wheel drive system ( transfer case) the dealer is just guessing that they have fixed the problem. Was told that my truck was a tester to see if they could fix the transfer case problem. What could go wrong next!.

car   Transfer Case problem 14
Failure Date: 11/14/2002

4 wheel drive becomes non operative and the dash light turns off and message service 4 wheel drive comes on. The vehicle has been to the dealer 4 times and they cannot fix it.

car   Transfer Case problem 15

Upon depressing four wheel drive indicator consumer notice vehicle did not respond to the shift change. Vehicle was traveling in two wheel drive.

car   Transfer Case problem 16

4 wheel drive light came on intermittently while driving. The vehicle sounded like it wanted to engage 4 wheel drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on 4 occasions, however the problem still existed.