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#5 of 8 No Revers 1996 Tahoe 4wd
Oct 26, 2011 (11:42 am)
I have a 1996 Chevy Tahoe 2door 4wd the service engine light has come on and now it wont go into reverse ? It start up just fine and will go in drive and neutral but makes a winding noise when you put it in reverse and just idles? Could this be something simple with the transmission that I could fix?
#6 of 8 Re: No Revers 1996 Tahoe 4wd [nina99]
Jan 01, 2012 (5:25 pm)
I own the same vehicle, and of the all the other Chevy Tahoe/Suburban owners that I know of, none still have the original transmission (granted I do not know that many..10 perhaps). Mine died at 117K miles and I am of the opinion that the tranny was not really a chevy strongpoint, but this might be a biased opinion. That said, if it's still the original transmission, well....I am curious how many miles you got out of it Certainly an impressive length of service from my experiences.
That said, by no means am I suggesting that the tranny is your root cause in this case. In fact, my first thought was something with the transfer case, but I would defer to an expert, which I am not.
Jan 01, 2012 (5:18 pm)
Back on topic, I too have experienced the whirring noise in one of my Tahoe's. It was difficult to pinpoint the noise in the engine compartment at first, it sounded like it was coming from the alternator, however the noise is a common indicator of a failing power steering pump. I realized it was the pump while feeling around with a screwdriver handle simply setting it on things like the alternator, and when i hit the power steering cap, I knew I had the source due to the amount of vibration it was creating.
#8 of 8 Re: No Revers 1996 Tahoe 4wd [tca_tahoes]
Jan 29, 2013 (1:06 pm)
My '96 4WD 2-door Tahoe transmission lasted to 154,795 miles, then lost reverse & 1st gear in drive shifted late. I've towed MANY tandom axle trailers with cars on them over the years. Cost for a complete transmission overhaul; including new torque converter was $2300 w/12 mo.-12,000 mi. warranty. Transmission shop said it was a common occurance for Tahoes (especially 4WD) to have this problem after age. Was worth the cost to me to overhaul it (bought it from my sister in 2003 with 95,000 mi. - she was 2nd owner & pulled her 24' travel trailer with it) I plan on keeping it for a while right now!