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#93 of 272 Re: 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada Drivetrain issue [pedro8]
Sep 06, 2006 (3:08 am)
The dealership and everyone who I've spoken with who owns a Bravada between the years of 2002 - 2004 have the same issue. Its actually normal because its the all wheel drive transferring the power to the front wheels under hard acceleration.
Anyway, I'm selling my Bravada if you know of anyone who is interested in it. The vehicle is being sold for $16,500 because I decided to buy a new truck. The Bravada is in pristine condition.
#94 of 272 Re: 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada Drivetrain issue [florenzano]
Sep 06, 2006 (6:27 pm)
Pete, Thanks for the info. Did yours do this since you bought it? Did you buy it new?
I don't know anyone at the moment looking for one. If you have it on cars.com or ebay, let me know and I will pass the info on if something comes up.
#95 of 272 2002 OLDMONBLIE BRAVADA-IGNITION-SERVICE BRAKE SYSTEM
Sep 08, 2006 (12:58 pm)
HI BRAVADA OWNES, I WAS WONDERING IF ANY OF YOU HAVE HAD EXPERIENCED ANY PROBLEMS WITH THEW IGNITION AS ,WHEN YOU STICK THE KEY IN ,IT WONT START,AND ALSO IF YOU ALL HAD ANY THING WRONG WITH THE BRAKE SYSTEM, WHEN I STOPP AT A STOP SIGN OR JUST STOP, THE LIGHT FOR THE SERVICE FOR BRAKE SYSTEM SERVICE KEEPS COMING ON.THNKS
#96 of 272 Re: 2002 Olds Bravada Steering/transmission problem [atfdmike]
Sep 12, 2006 (10:40 am)
I know this is an old message, but I was wondering if the p/n listed here in the bulletin (12378508) for the Transfer Case Lubricant is the "new" fluid that should correct this issue on a 2002 Olds Bravada. (Since I'm a complete novice...is Transfer Case Lubricant the same as Differential Fluid?) I just found out that the price for the encoder motor is $485 plus 1.5 hrs labor to replace and reprogram the encoder. If the fluid really does fix it, then I will do that, and I just wanted to make sure this was the p/n to be used.
#97 of 272 What is going on?
Dec 05, 2006 (1:11 pm)
I have a 2000 Platinum Bravada and guess what...issues. I have replaced both(L/R) front HUB assemblies twice. The sunroof for some reason has come off track, but closes. When it rains water gets stuck in the rear roof area and sloshes around inside some where. I get the same binding/stalling sensation when cutting the wheels in forward and rev. at low speed. Don't get me wrong the vehicle has 110,000 mi. and I love it, but I feel like whenever I fix something another problem pops up . The latest problem is a pretty bad vibration occurring between 65 and 80 mph. IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS TO HELP WITH ANY THIS PLEASE LET ME KNOW, THANKS.
#98 of 272 Service Engine Soon
Dec 20, 2006 (1:17 pm)
I now have a new problem. The Service Engine has just come on and I'm not sure what it is, but everything is running fine, I think. The weird thing is when I bring it in for inspection they always ask if this light is on. What does it mean? I was thinking it was one of the air sensors...maybe?
#99 of 272 Re: 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada Drivetrain issue [pedro8]
Jan 03, 2007 (10:56 am)
I also had the same problem with my 2004 Final 500 Bravada. At 27,000 miles, it became so bad that the dealership tore down the transmission and found that water had been seeping in through a cracked case and was mixing with the transmission fluid. The entire transmission is being replaced under warranty.
#100 of 272 2002 Bravada Key Stuck In the Ignition
Jan 04, 2007 (11:06 pm)
Has anyone experienced their Bravada key getting stuck in the ignition once the car is turned off. The brake, abs and check engine light all come on while it is driving and once the car is shut off, the key will not come out. We have had the ignition switch and battery replaced, but it still happens. Also, I noted recently that it is really sluggish at accelerating when the lights come on before I shut it off. If I pull the starter fuse out, the key will release, but diagnostic do not show a problem? Maybe it is a ghost!!!
#101 of 272 Re: 2002 Olds Bravada Steering/transmission problem [atfdmike]
Jan 05, 2007 (7:06 pm)
This Post was extremely helpful to me. I own a 2002 Olds Bravada and experienced the problems described in this, and other posts on this site. It would feel as though it was stuck in 4 wheel drive in a parking lot when I would attempt to turn the wheels at low speeds. I would feel the "shuddering" and "crop hop" as described. It started doing this shortly after I bought it a few years ago and slowly got worse and more frequent.
I decided to give it a try and change the transfer case fluid, especially since it was cheap ($6.50/quart - 2 quart capacity) and easy to do. The fluid that I drained out was greenish in color. I assume it was the factory fluid and had never been changed. The NEW fluid (GM Auto Trac II transfer case fluid p/n 12378508) was definitely a bluish color. It was as easy as changing the engine oil, but not quite as easy to refill. The fill plug is located high up, and getting a full quart up in there is all but impossible. I used a cheap fluid transfer hand pump that I had purchased a while ago, and never had much use for until now.
I noticed instant results. No more chattering, shuddering, crow hop, or whatever else you want to call it. I have tried to get it to happen again, cutting the wheels hard in a parking lot when pulling into or out of a parking spot. Nothing.
I purchased another 2 quarts of fluid with the intentions of changing it again, but it has been working well. I may just leave it. One thing I was a little confused about was the part of the GM bulletin that reads "The Bravada full time 4wd does NOT have the motor or encoder." I saw what looks like an encoder on my transfer case, and my Bravada is full time/non-selectable 4wd. I don't know what else it could be. If anyone else has information on this, please pass it on. At any rate, nothing needed done but the changing of the fluid.
I just wanted to say that this site, and especially the posts on this particular problem have helped me immensely. I was starting to get really frustrated with this problem, and from the way the Bravada was acting, thought for sure it was going to be a big dollar fix. What a pleasant surprise to be able to fix it so quick, cheap, and most of all, by myself! Thanks again.
#102 of 272 2002 Olds Bravada AWD slipping?
Jan 29, 2007 (12:52 pm)
Has anyone experienced the AWD not properly engaging. In heavy snow or on ice (I'm a michigander) the front wheels appear to be attempting to engage, but the hubs just slip and a very audible CLICK is made. My local shop had it in today but couldn't tell me what was wrong and has referred me to the dealer. Fluid is full and I have had no strange noise or anything else that would have lead to believe I had a problem developing.