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#64 of 120 Tahoe Dashboard Indicators Failure
Feb 14, 2010 (8:31 pm)
My 2003 Tahoe indicator gages on the dashboard are begining to go out. My mechanic tells me that the resistors are failing, hence the gages going out and sometimes re-setting again. I have heard that this is a more common than not problem with Chevy and GM Trucks. The repair seems to be replacing the dashboard completely - a pretty expensive option.
Any information on if this is happening generally or how it has been handled would be appreciated. Thanks,
#65 of 120 Re: Tahoe Dashboard Indicators Failure [danstrom]
Feb 15, 2010 (4:23 am)
Do a google search on replacing insturment cluster. There are companies who will repair your cluster, and it's relatively easy to do, video's available which show you how to take it out and put it back.
There's another edmunds forum on sub/tahoe with many posts on this subject.
It's not as expensive repair as you may think.
#66 of 120 Service 4wd light on
Feb 20, 2010 (6:33 pm)
I have a 2000 Chevy Tahoe and my service 4WD light comes on every time I drive my truck about 15 miles. I can switch it in and out of 4 wheel drive with just 1 push of the button and it does not make any noises when in either 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive. I had the front differential fluid changed and the light still comes on. I don't want to take it to the dealer because over the phone they have already let me know they are going to take me for a ride. Took it to Auto Zone and their computer shows no codes. Disconnected the battery and light still comes on. Can anybody help me with this problem.
#67 of 120 Re: 4 Wheel Drive Indicator Lights [aasikes]
Mar 30, 2010 (6:07 pm)
On my 2003 suburban all the light for the 2wd, 4h, 4l, N lit up all at once and stayed on. I ended up taking it to the dealer and they had to reprogram the computer module for the 4x4. Have not had any problems with that since then. Has been over 3 plus years now.
#68 of 120 Re: Service 4wd light on [cheno186]
Mar 31, 2010 (7:16 am)
I've only owned my 2004 since August and have only had the one problem with my front accuator.
Sorry I can't help.
Apr 17, 2010 (4:36 pm)
i have a 2000 that im suspecting the culprit to be this issue. everytime i switch from 2x2 to 4x4 i hear a big clunky noise coming from the rear axle. now that i come to find out this shift on fly 4x4 isnt the same as im used to . i hope i didnt do bad damage to my truck.
Now it seems to be stuck in either 2x2 or 4x4, but the truck doesn't seem to accelerate properly. Might this be the issue? any help would be appreciated.
#70 of 120 2004 Tahoe 4x4 Transfer Woes
May 31, 2010 (1:16 pm)
We got our Tahoe about two yrs. back while living in Colorado, never took it off "AUTO" setting and maybe it engaged a dozen or so times on its own.
Then one day the tramsmission went "CLUNK" and the light went from "AUTO" to 4 wheel "HIGH" without any request from the driver. I reset the "AUTO" position on the switch and there was noise and then no lights on the control panel. The lights stayed off for 6 months and in that time we relocated to south Texas.
About three weeks ago the light for 4 wheel "HIGH came back own and I reset it for "AUTO" with no results, so, I tried 2 wheel and it came on properly. My wife drove the vehicle for about two weeks during which the lights switched from one to another and back again...during that two weeks, we had it at the dealer TWICE and they sent us away with an appointment to return at a later date...no problem..right?? WRONG ANSWER!!!!!!
On Friday 5/28 the Transfer Case errupted and the case was cracked beyond repair. The symtoms never raised a red flag with the service department who said it only need a $250 part and reprogram of the control computer.
Believe it or not it still drove normally after the explosion, albeit, with some tinking sounds at low speed. The vehicle is hospitalized at present and we do not have a prognosis and are not sure if our extended warranty will cover this repair.
The rental suv is nice and we are holding our breath...I will post additionally when the damage estimate comes in..
LESSONS LEARNED>>>>so far.
1. Never ignore the absense of an indicator light..have it checked.
2. The service department may NOT always steer you correctly.
3. The information here is more reliable than my dealerships service dept.
#71 of 120 Re: 2004 Tahoe 4x4 Transfer Woes [killa202]
Jun 09, 2010 (11:20 am)
I am from GM Customer Service. Please keep me posted on how everything goes at the dealership. Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service
#72 of 120 Re: 2004 Tahoe 4x4 Transfer Woes [gmcustsvc]
Jun 09, 2010 (7:07 pm)
Mariah GM Customer Service:
Hello and Thank You for your interest in my issue.
The Tahoe came thru the service event with a Rebuilt Transfer Case that was installed due failure of the in-service part the upper gear which ruptured the rear housing cover, there was also a shaft that was replaced as part of this portion of the repair. My wife was 65 to 70 mph when the transfer case attempted to engage and this damage occured. The cost for this repair was $2700 (approx.)..It appeared that the failure was the result of the attempted engagement of the 4x4 drive unit as a result of the malfunctioning selector switch, not sure that it was not caused by the electrical sequencing module that I have read about in post.
Financially, this was an absolute nightmare...our 100,000 warranty was found to be a 3 yr./36,000 mile warranty and expired 78,400 miles...OOOPPS.
The other repairs, tachometer failure, climate control computer and the ever present clunky steering column added an additional $700 to the invoice. The climate control problem is still present as is the steering column clunk, although somewhat better. Altogether, $3647 and change, out of pocket.
My background is in aircraft maintenance for over 35 yrs. and I know that mechanical things wear out and need service periodically, had I been advised that this kind of failure was possible/probable based on the symtoms that the service department had reported on the previous visits in the weeks leading up to this event I could and would have taken steps to leave the vehicle for repairs prior to this event.
The family loves the Tahoe, previously we had three Suburbans, a C3500 4 door truck and a C1500 regular cab truck. I restored a 1961 Apache 10 truck and have had several ragged out Chevy trucks over the years.
I wish I had seen this coming.
(1) Loving your vehicle does not make it bulletproof, always get the maintenance done when the problem is first encountered....mechanical problems are not self-healing.
(2) Many maintenance issues do not exit in a vacuum, get all the current information that is available thru internet channels, the information is up to date and in my opinion more reliable than some service providers will give.
(3) EXTENDED WARRANTY...Check yours for relevance, coverages and deductibles. I blew this one "BIG TIME".
La Vernia, Texas
#73 of 120 Re: 2004 Tahoe 4x4 Transfer Woes [killa202]
Jun 10, 2010 (1:28 pm)
Did you tell the dealership that the steering clunk is present and the climate control problem is still there? I am glad the rest of the concerns have been taken care of. Thank you for letting me know how everything went. If you have any other questions please let me know. Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service