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#378 of 396 Re: 1993 gmc sierra wont go into 4x4 [anims]
Dec 04, 2012 (8:34 pm)
Iím no expert by any means; I can just tell you what I did to get my FWD running again. I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado, Extended Cab, and Long Bed with 180,000 miles. I bought the truck about one an a half years ago or so, and the FWD didnít work back then. So, last summer I started working on it. I did just as you have done, and looked it up on the internet. I went to a number of different sights hopping I could find a quick fix and save a lot of money. After reading I found things I could do with the help of youtube videos. I did the following:
1. Looked for a blown fuse. I only found one fuse that said FWD, and it was the one on the inside of the cab. Looked good. So that wasnít it.
2. Changed the selector switch. You know the push button thing, in the cab. This wasnít it either.
3. Changed the actuator. Nope not it.
By this time I was not too happy; therefore, I did the unthinkable, I took it to the Chevy Dealer. After all having a FWD truck, but the FWD doesnít work, just donít seem right. Kinda got my feelings hurt when they said ď$100.00 dollars an hour.Ē No thanks. So, I did without the FWD last winter. Luckily, it wasnít a bad winter.
So, before this winter, I was bound and determined to get it working come hell or high water the things gona work. After replacing all the parts last year and it still didnít work, I knew it had to be electrical.
I found a web site that has all the electrical information for my truck or any vehicle for that matter. Itís called alldata.com. Granted, I did have to pay like $25.00 for a year, but I did it anyway. And, low an behold, there is a fuse. Itís not labeled FWD, its labeled ATC. (Automatic Transfer Case) Itís under the hood with all the other fuses. So, I donít know what the actual problem was or how the fuse got blown, all I know is after doing all the steps above and replacing this fuse, itís working. I just had to try them all, I guess. Good Luck!!! And thanks everyone that posted on here. IT WORKED. I donít know which one done it, and donít care. I got my FWD back.
#379 of 396 Re: 1993 gmc sierra wont go into 4x4 [titen]
Dec 07, 2012 (3:58 pm)
Hey Thanks for sharing especially about the ATC fuse. My truck has been sitting for 2 years . After reading your blog i went out and it was the ATC fuse. i changed it and the truck works after being stuck in 4 low....I looked 2 years ago and all the fuses for 4x4 were good. but i never knew to look at the one labled ATC.. You are the Man!!!! T hank you so much..Steve
#380 of 396 Re: Robalmighty [robbint]
Dec 24, 2012 (8:30 am)
Hey i just wanted to know if you fix this problem i have the same issue driving hit a bump or roll down hill 30mph rmps drop and fall out of gear, i have to stop hit 4wd button hard clunk and back to 2wd and iam off again.... PLEASE any help would be appreciated.....
#381 of 396 Re: Robalmighty [djgorillaman]
Dec 26, 2012 (10:53 am)
If there is anything we can look into for you (warranty/recall questions, follow up on an appointment with a dealership), we can be reached at socialmediagm.com (include a brief summary, the last 8 digits of your VIN, and your name and contact information).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#382 of 396 Re: 2003 sierra 4x4 probs [bruce48532]
Feb 02, 2013 (5:31 pm)
Just replaced my encoder motor after reading this thread given your description of the problem. My truck would not shift out of 4wd until a hit a big bump or put it into park then reverse. I had a grinding noise, slipping of the transmission when I gave it gas and pulling to the right (under throttle). It is now working like a champ again! Thanks!
Feb 09, 2013 (6:03 am)
I have a 2006 4x4 silverado ext cab and when I have it in 4x4 auto and turning on dry pave it seems to bind up like it is in 4x4. I thought that when you are in auto 4x4 it is only suppose to be in 4x4 when the wheels spins, My truck has been doing this sense it was new, is this normal?
#384 of 396 Re: auto 4x4 [waffie]
Feb 09, 2013 (10:20 am)
Did you ever get this checked into by your dealership while it was under warranty?
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#385 of 396 Re: 96 chevy silverado 4x4 problems [96chevy4x4]
Jun 17, 2013 (8:52 am)
The actuator is a ground side switch and is one of the last ones in the circuit. Make sure you are getting power out of the fuse first. The transfer case switch is the first switch in the circuit. When you switch to 4wd the t-case switch closes and that sends power to the actuator. Check the t-case switch (you can run a jumper wire and see if the 4wd engages then). There is a chance that the new actuator is bad but that is a very low chance. Check power and ground first, then start checking the switches. And since the floor shifter starts the process check any wiring/switches, or hoses associated with that to make sure it's not causing the actuator not to work when engaged. Like a short or something. Make sure you have ground at switch.
#386 of 396 Re: 2005 Silverado 1500 [vinceblas]
Jul 14, 2013 (9:19 pm)
I have found out that usually the two ground wires that are attached to the frame right under the front of the driverís door is the culprit that causes the 4wd selector switch in the dash to go bad. Chevy had the bright idea of applying the undercoating and/or not cleaning the point of contact of the ground wires before they bolted them to the frame therefore overtime moisture, dirt and corrosion affects the contacts of the threads of the bolts which are the only source of ground the two sets of wires have. There are 2 things you will need to do. First you will need to take the bolts out and use a wire brush to clean down to the metal of the frame as well as the bold threads and ends of the wire attachments and then reattach the ground wires to the frame (time to complete Ė less than 5 minutes). Second you will need to replace the 4wd selector switch in the dash. You can purchase this online from Amazon (Dorman 901-062 4-wheel drive switch for $31.15 Ė no tax or shipping and handling). To replace, gently pull the outer trim of the dash out by using just your fingers. You do not need to completely remove it, just pull it out far enough so that you can pull the old switch out of it slot. Then unplug the two plugins located in the back of the switch. Plug them into the new switch and push the switch back into the slot and then push the trim back into place (time to complete Ė less than 5 minutes). This should take care of your problem. Most often, people make the mistake of just switching out the dash switch and when that does not correct the problem they then replace the more expensive and time consuming actuator motor and location indicator on the transfer case that does not need to be replaced. I should point out that when the Service 4WD light comes on, there are no codes that show up on the code readers which is awful strange in its self. I hope this helps everyone with this problem because I sure wish I knew this before my many costly and time consuming trips to multiple repair shops including the dealer and none of them were able to successfully repair the problem. It sure seems like Chevy could release a repair bulletin so that everyone could fix Chevyís blunder. I bought my 2005 Silverado new in September of 2005 and this has been the only major problem I have every had with this truck with the exception of the check engine light that came on this past spring and the error code was P0446, which was the Vapor Canister Purge Valve. They have since come out with a new conversion kit that cost close to $100.00 and is very time consuming to replace. I highly recommend that you can purchase the original equipment part from Amazon Ė ACDelco 214-2147 OE Service Vapor Canister Purge Valve for $16.36. You will have to cut the vent tubing right at the old canister and use a 2 inch long piece of vacuum tubing the next size up to attach the new canister because the original tubing is hard and cannot be stretched to remove on to reinstall the new part. The canister is located at the back of the gas tank and can be accessed without having to even jack up the truck. It clips right onto the back of the gas tank and has one plug in going into it (time to complete Ė less than 5 minutes). Best wishes, Mike Gilbert, St. Joseph, MO
#387 of 396 4x4 wont work
Aug 19, 2013 (4:02 pm)
is their any body out there that can tell me how the 4x4 system travels direction wise when it leaves the switch on the dash. When I turn the ignition on allthe lights come on then they go off. You can push any button but nothing happens.