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2004 Oldsmobile Bravada Transfer case binding

When you turn left or right the transfer case makes a noise and jerks . I had the fluid changer at my dealer and then drove about 600 is not as bad but the service AWD light came on at about 550 miles .the suv has 91,000 miles on it.

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  • link222260 Feb 25, 2009

    When you turn left or right or back up and turn the transfer case makes a noise (ticking) is there a sensor or modular to tell the transfer case what to do?

  • Buggs_50 Mar 16, 2009

    I found out that it was the AWD motor Actuator that was bad,$600 dollars and 2 days later its fixed.At first they changed the transfer case fluid,didn't help.then they found the Actuator was bad. PS easy to change and you can get them online for about 160.00.I didn't know that!

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    My Oldsmobile bravada pop and jerks while making sharp turns what is the problem



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When driving forward or backward there a loud metal hit metal sound causing the vehicle to **** when in motion.

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Theres a sensor that disengages the axles so you can turn. this a common problem with these as ive talked to a few gm techs.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009

  • mzrx7man Mar 16, 2009

    its the 4wd actuator and yes its fairly cheap.



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