Last post on Oct 16, 2006 at 6:49 PM
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#485 of 534 Re: MPG for 1500 4WD [clutchdotcom]
Mar 08, 2006 (7:01 am)
I get about the same mileage from an '06 crew cab Z71 4WD Silverado with the 5.3 engine and 3.73 gears. I seriously considered getting an Avalanche but poor visibility from the small rear window and smallish bed were the major decision factors. On the other hand I like the nice soft ride of the Avalanche. Silverado Z71 rides noticeably stiffer.
Mar 13, 2006 (4:42 pm)
I have an '02 Chevy Avalanche w/ 45K miles, and lately I have been having problems with the 4 wheel drive. When turning corners, I hear a groaning noise and the vehicle begins to bind up and if I turn sharp enough, I can actually stop the vehicle as if I was braking. I've taken it into the dealer and they've told me it's normal. I've read in this forum others were having the same problem.
Has anybody found a solution to this problem?
Thanks for your help
#487 of 534 Re: turibe [turibe]
Mar 14, 2006 (4:21 am)
If you're in 4Hi or 4Lo on a hard surface (or other surface with good traction for all 4 wheels) and experiencing this the dealer is right. If you're in A4WD on a hard surface then it probably should have disengaged 4wd on its own already and might need to be checked out. If you're in 2Hi and getting this then they definitely need to be checking the situation out.
#488 of 534 Re: turibe [jerrywimer]
Mar 14, 2006 (6:10 am)
Thanks for the feedback. You're right, 4 wheel drive is not intended to be used on dry hard surfaces. Where my concern came from is when I would compare my 4 wheel drive to other chevy truck/suv 4 wheel drive, and the other vehicles would not bind up or growl when turning like mine would. Could it be the hub assembly going bad?
#489 of 534 Re: turibe [turibe]
Mar 14, 2006 (7:50 am)
I really don't know. My 2004 Z71 also growls a bit in 4WD, but nothing that worried me too much. From experience in other 1500's I consider it normal. When in 4WD they all seem a bit noisy. On the other hand it was almost impossible to tell the 2003 Trailblazer I replaced with it was in 4WD at all other than the obvious traction difference.
#490 of 534 Re: whining noise [hockeyman2]
Mar 17, 2006 (2:20 pm)
i also have a chevy avalanche with 410 gear/2004/4wd/z71/
was told today there is something wrong in the transfer case. on 3 occasions i have had to take the truck to dealer as the 4x4 service light has come on,they said it was a faulty switch,needed to be re programed,it has had a growling noise from day one i was told the avalanche has alot of road noise thats probably the noise i am hearing ,the auto trac 4x4 also comes on by itself it will switch by itself from 2 wheel drive to auto trac,well now at 49000 miles after complaining several times about the 4x4 its got a problem with transfer case starting at a price range of 700.00 min. to tear down i am gonna fight this one not that i will get anywhere. also this truck has had the speedometer register 90 to 100 mph when you are actually going around 60 it will have a major problem for about three days then go back to normal has happened 3 times so far now that its out of warranty i was told they have had a problem with the cluster but not enough problem to warrant a recall the unit cost about 400 to 450 plus labor. a few other problems to bad they cant get it right the av could be a great truck its very universal.
#491 of 534 ' 02 avalanche probs......
Apr 02, 2006 (4:08 am)
28,000 mi front wheel bearing failed. replaced my own xpense. 32,000 transmission failed. dealer paid under warrantee. i now have 44,000 mi and trans has slipped once from stop. took back to dealer, i paid $44.00 for inspection they said ok. told them to remove pan. they said computer tells all, i really hope they are right, no xxtented warrantee !!! thank you mr. poppin ps. just replaced orig. tires with goodyear triple tread or "silent armor" tires, steering, (wierd noise on sharp turns have been eliminated)and ride is now xxcellant !!
#492 of 534 Re: ' 02 avalanche probs...... [poppin]
Apr 04, 2006 (8:44 am)
What was your vehicle doing before you placed the front wheel bearing, and how much did it cost you to replace them?
#493 of 534 Avalanche 4 wheel drive noise
Apr 09, 2006 (5:15 am)
I have a 2005 Avalanche. When I engage 4 wheel drive high, I get a loud noise from the front end. The noise isn't too bad when the wheels are straight, but when I turn the wheels (even just a bit) I hear a loud noise, almost like something rubbing against something else. I won't use the four wheel drive system until this is checked out because I don't want to damage anything.
I called my dealer, gave him a verbal 'picture' of what was going on, and he said this noise was normal. I disagree. I have had other four wheel drive trucks and have never heard this noise before.
I'm taking the truck to the dealer tomorrow to have it checked out. Has anybody else experienced this with their Avalanche? To better arm myself when I approach my dealer, I'd like to know if any of you have experienced this problem. If so, was there actually a problem which was diagnosed and repaired, or is this a noise I'm going to have to live with?
Thanks! Any replies are much appreciated.
#494 of 534 Re: Running board gouge [kebuck54]
Apr 09, 2006 (1:35 pm)
Did you find any other source besides GMSOURCE direct for the plastic cladding parts?
I am looking at buying a Tahoe and may need a front bumper plastic.