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Yukon front wheels bind in awd

Have 2001 yukon when i push the awd button 4wd engages right away but wheels bind when turning like its in 4hi thanks

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  • floorit Dec 02, 2008

    have owned several gm auto 4wd vehicles you should be able to drive on dry pavement in awd none of the other trucks had this problem

  • floorit Dec 02, 2008

    the vehicle has 4 brand new all the same size tires duh????? it does not mater if i turn sharp or even try to get out of the garage it fights the process period

  • FiveDog Dec 10, 2008

    I have the same problem in my 2001 GMC Yukon 2500. Today the service 4wd light came on momentarily when starting it. But I can't get it to come back on again?



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Usually normal condition for sharp turning, check and see that all tires are the same size. if you replaced two on front and not on rear this may be your problem

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How do I get it to go into 4WD?

so what are the symptoms.?????????????????
what transmission, A/T or M/T?
you get on the dirt. and shift to 4Hi or 4low (its not for DRY pavement) so... AWD started in 2004, so is not AWD. but PT.
called Part time four wheel drive.
are you getting ready for snow , that it? do say so, as telling the job puts us on the same page...

and 4wd does not engage?
this system is just Part time 4wd,. and is for ice roads or dirt only.
the first test is the transfer case not front axle.
test 1:
when you select 4HI the gear dogs in the transfer case lock.
and not power goes to the front prop shaft,
with all 4 wheels on jack stands this can be felt key off.
or running in 4wd.
key off , and A/T in PARK or 5speed stick in say REVERSE
you can not turn the front prop shaft by hand, in 4H wheels off ground, that means the transfer case is in fact in 4hi.
Ok we now have POWER To the front axle. (following me;/??)
so the front axle locks.
if the front , fails to lock, up, at spec pressure then the part 18 is bad (spec is 4.25 PSI)exactly.
if on the other hand the pressure is low, then this is bad
part 25 pump i s bad.

easy huh>?

or is the only symptoms just the dash light.
as driving on pavement dry, (no ice) its normal for the dash light to fail. after all you dont belong in 4wd now. lacking ice or dirt.
but if you jack car up in air, sure the light must come one.
the light dont come on until the transfer case fully engages.
and cant if on dry ground and it binds up, as ALL DO.
get on dirt.
shift to 4wd, going dead slow, 1/2"mph slowest possible speed.
this saves DOG DAMAGE. in the box.

no,sorry, the PCM has Zero to do with the manual transfer case.
please say , what fails (besides the useless dash light)
what are you doing?
where is car, what surface are the tires touching?>???
do not drive this car on dry pavement (means no ice)
in PT 4wd.
its not for that. sell car buy 2004 with AWD.
if you know all that, as the operators guide says.
then do the prop shaft test .wheels off ground.
and say what transmission you got here,
i have 4 cars like this all are 5 speed box.

see the dogs here.
see red arrow. see words weak.?

when you shift to 4H, this dog engages and the chain moves.
and the front prop shaft moves with full power.
that is test one, engage this dog and test.
the dogs are the small teeth on gear #29

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How do I use the 4 wheel drive on my GMC Yukon 2004. What dash button turns the 4 wheel drive on?

Hi, depending on the vehicle, there can be different controls. Standard control, 4hi, use in slippery conditions, never on dry pavement. Just push the button, and it will engage. 4low is for extreme conditons and the transmission must be in neuteral to engage 4lo. If you have auto 4wd button, just press the button in slippery conditions. If you have a denali, it is all wheel drive, and there are no buttons to push. So, depending on the model, there are multiple ways, but pushing the button engages it. Good luck...Goop

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My 2001 GMC Yukon seems to be stuck in 4 wheel drive. The drive train is binding up when turning on dry pavement. The push button light is on 2hi and the service 4wd light is on. Is there a way to get it...

It may be the front axel actuator moter(on front axel right side) is not disengaging the axel. There is a 4wd
fuse 15amp in the fuse block under the dash, make sure it's not blown. If the fuse is ok, check the connections at the actuator and the transfer case switch. These are the more common causes for the
problem you have. Give these tests a try and let me
know if you want to go to the next level.
Hope this helps. Good luck.

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How does my 4x4 push button locker work in my 1989 chevy K1500?

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