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'05 Astro van is "bucking" at low speed when turning left or righ

I recently bought a '05 chevy astro cargo van. Seems to run great except at low speeds(in parking lots) when turning a sharp left or right, it feels like it is "bucking". It does not feel like the engine is stalling but rather like it is something to do with the transmission. Bye the way this is an AWD. This is the only time it occurs. Seems to smooth out if I apply more gas. I also believe it does this only when the van is at full operating temp. I have checked the trans fluid and it is full at operating temp, at idle in park. The "bucking" is not severe(yet) just enough for me and a passenger to feel and be annoyed by. Is this normal for AWD? I do not remember feeling this in the other astro's I tested. I would appreciate any feedback, thanks-Jeff

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  • jldevgn Jan 12, 2009

    Thanks, I have inspected the CV boots and they look perfect. I have had CV joints go bad on another car, the boots spilt then they begin making a "clicking noise". That is not happening on this astro van. Someone else suggested making sure the correct transfer case fluid (Auto trac II) is being used. I will check that to see if it helps. Yet another person suggests it could be the "screen" in transfer case...I do not no what that is, yet. Thankyou again for the suggestion. Jeff

  • FireBud Mar 16, 2009

    Both my father and I have AWD Astro vans. I bought my 2000 in '06, my father bought his 2004 in '05. Both had the same "bucking symptom you describe. My father took his to a local chevy dealer who did a "clutch job" under warranty. Fixed his problem. I contacted the same service department. They told me given the age of the vehicle (out of warranty) would cost around $600. They did add that even though it seems severe, it does not damage anything. It is just an annoyance.

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On all-wheel drive vehicles make sure all four tires are exactly the same type with equal tread depths. Unequal tires cause the gears in the transfer case to bind especially when turning, which causes the bucking.

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Sounds like you have a c/v joint beginning to go bad...Could be wrong.... but, I'm not there to test it! Look underneath and see if any c/v boots are torn... that will be your first clue!!

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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