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How do you replace the encoder motor on the transfer case? Its a 2005 z-71 chevy tahoe, it indicates service 4-wd took it to a chevy dealer and they told me it needed a new encoder motor.

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SOURCE: 2002 Chevy Tahoe Oil Pressure

oil pressure drops when rpm's drop to .well..zero...so no... oil pressure is a result not a cause likely....did you overheat it ? drive it to 107mph and have the rev limiter kick in? does it start and run now ?

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SOURCE: 96 chevy tahoe, transfer case making noise such as chain slipping

have the transfercase replasced or rebuit
do'nt dirve over 35 mph or on dry pavement
4x4 operating instructions are on the back of the drivers sun visor

Posted on Dec 11, 2008

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SOURCE: transfer case making roaring rattling sound

it's possible you might need to just change the trans case fluid.... it's a pretty simple task, i usually do all the small minor work first before i take it to a dealer to fix.... if they said you need a new trans case, but didn't tell you why, more than likely there might be something you could do yourself to make it better... those service men have been working around vehicles long enough, they should be able to tell you exactly what's wrong!
i would also do a tranny fluid change to... some of the noise could be coming from there too -- when you change either fluid, add a little lucas transmission fluid stabilizer, it helps alot with seals and makes the fluid stick to the gears better...

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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SOURCE: what type/brand of transfer case fluid is recommended & quantity

Auto tek fluid, it's blue, you get at your dealer only. If you don't spill a drop you will only need 2 qrts. if you spill just a little then it won't be full and you'll end up needing 2.03 qrts.

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SOURCE: 2005 tahoe no air blowing

as long as all the fuses are good.. its probably the blower resistor/module... located next to the blower motor under the pass. side of the dash..

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Transfcase motor not shifting


Have you had it check for DTC's - diagnostic trouble codes . frustrating because you don't know what your doing. Rookies ! I'd tell you have to test but you don't have tool or knowledge .
What transfer case does your tahoe have ?
Do you know what DTC'S are ? Your vehicle 4X4 can set a bunch .

DTC B0770
DTC B0775
DTC B0780
DTC B0785
DTC B0790
DTC B2725
DTC C0300
DTC C0305
DTC C0306
DTC C0321
DTC C0326
DTC C0327
DTC C0359
DTC C0374
DTC C0378
DTC C0379
DTC C0550
DTC C0558

DTC B0775 Four Wheel Drive High Range (4HI) Indicator Circuit Malfunction

DTC B0780 Four Wheel Drive Low Range (4LO) Indicator Circuit Malfunction
DTC B0785 Two Wheel Drive High Range (2HI) Indicator Circuit Malfunction
DTC B0790 Transfer Case Neutral Indicator Circuit Malfunction

DTC B2725 ATC Mode Switch Circuit Malfunction

DTC C0300 Rear Speed Sensor Malfunction
DTC C0305 Front Speed Sensor Malfunction
Just show a few DTC'S and for everyone of these DTC'S is a diagnostic flow chart . Do you know what that is ? It's fustrating and hard to fix something when you don't have a clue as to what your doing . Do you know how to do basic automotive electrical testing ?

This would sound about what the problem could be , but with out testing id be guessing just like you .

DTC C0306 05: Motor A or B Circuit Short to Battery or Open
DTC C0306 02: Motor A or B Circuit Short to Ground
DTC C0321 01: Transfer Case Lock Short to Battery
DTC C0321 06: Transfer Case Lock Short to Ground or Open

Do yourself a favor and save some aggravation an take it to a qualified repair shop . You do know a computer controls the 4X4 system ? transfer case shift control module .

Feb 18, 2017 | 2007 Chevrolet Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ

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2004 Tahoe 4x4 will not go into 4 hi or lo. Changed switch on dash and actuator on transfer case.


There is an actuator located in the front differential " About 15 minutes to change " . By transfercase actuator , do you mean the Encoder Motor " transfercase shift motor ? 9 times out of 10 it is either the front differential actuator or the transfer case encoder motor

Feb 15, 2015 | 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe

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My 2003 tahoe keeps going in to 4-wheel drive on it own


the encoder motor on transfer case has gone bad there is a sensor inside that lets computer know what gear it is in and when becomes worn loses signal so module keeps shifting motor trying to get in right spot. the motor needs to be replaced

Aug 15, 2011 | 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2005 GMC Yukon XL- Service 4 WD light comes on and the indicator light is not lit up nor can I change from 2WD to 4WD. It is push button selection with the option of Auto.


It is probably the encoder motor attached to the transfere case. look under the vehicle to see if there is signs of corrosion between the encoder motor and transfere case.

Nov 11, 2010 | GMC Yukon Cars & Trucks

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99 Chevy Silverado 4x4 not working No light on 4x4 Selector Panel


Your brake an CV joint issue can't an won't cause your 4X4 problem . The 4x4 system has a control module which supply's B+ voltage to the switch . Checking for codes in the 4X4 control module should have been the first step . Your best bet , take it to a qualified repair shop . You don't have the knowledge or test equipment to fix this.
SERVICE indicator (4WD/AWD) Lamp
The SERVICE indicator (4WD/AWD) lamp is an integral part of the cluster and cannot be serviced separately. This lamp is used to inform the driver of the vehicle of malfunctions within the automatic transfer case (ATC) system. The SERVICE indicator (4WD/AWD) lamp is controlled by the transfer case shift control module via CKT 1567.

Transfer Case Shift Control Module
The transfer case shift control module uses the VIN information for calculations that are required for the different calibrations used based on axle ratio, transmission, tire size, and engine. The system does not know which calibration to use without this information.
The direct battery supply line (CKT 1640) provides the power to the module and motor circuitry.
Transfer Case Encoder Motor
The transfer case encoder motor consists of a permanent magnet (PM) DC motor and gear reduction assembly. It is located on the left hand side (drivers side) of the transfer case. When activated it turns the sector shaft of the transfer case (clockwise or counter clockwise) to shift the transfer case. The encoder motor is controlled with a pulse width modulated (PWM) circuit within the transfer case shift control module. This circuit consists of a driver on both the Motor A and Motor B circuits. The encoder motor is bi-directional to allow the motor to shift the transfer case from 2HI or 4HI to NEUTRAL and 4LO positions.
Do you know what DTC'S are ?
DTC B2725 ATC Mode Switch Circuit Malfunction
DTC C0300 Rear Speed Sensor Malfunction
DTC C0305 Front Speed Sensor Malfunction
DTC C0308 Motor A/B Circuit Low
DTC C0309 Motor A/B Circuit High
DTC C0310 Motor A/B Circuit Open
DTC C0315 Motor Ground Circuit Open
DTC C0323 T-Case Lock Circuit Low
DTC C0324 T-Case Lock Circuit High
DTC C0327 Encoder Circuit Malfunction
DTC C0367 Front Axle Control Circuit High
DTC C0374 General System Malfunction
DTC C0376 Front/Rear Shaft Speed Mismatch
DTC C0387 Unable to Perform Shift
DTC C0550 ECU Malfunction
DTC C0611 VIN Information Error

Aug 27, 2017 | 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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99 tahoe stuck in 4 low. it went to 4 low by itself. tccm makes a cliking sound when truck is started.


The 4 wheel drive system has 3 main parts. The switch on the dash,the encoder motor which is on the transfer case, and the TCCM or transfer case control module. If you keep it simple, the only one of these parts that can make the transfer case do something by it's self is the TCCM. However, the most replaced part at my shop is the encoder motor.
Have someone do a diagnostic check and see what codes are present. If it is a C0327 DTC, it is the encoder motor circuit malfunction. If a C0374 code is present, it's the TCCM.

Sep 02, 2009 | 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2003 chevy tahoe service 4 wheel drive on


I had this light come on in my 2003 tahoe it ended up to be the transfer case motor (encoder motor) was bad. I got one out of a used part store and the light went off right away.

Apr 02, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Chevrolet Suburban 4 Wheel Drive Indicator Lights


Just serviced my own 4x4 Suburban, by buying a 2nd hand encoder motor and replaced the old one, which was trashed by the winter salt. The device is prone to failure since it's made of alluminium and water has an easy time of entering the unit and trashing it.

CAUTION: Abbreviated gratuitous information of how an encoder motor was serviced. If unqualified to deal with repair, seek professional service.
CAUTION: Read at one's own risk.

To replace it, you need to crawl under the vehicle and remove the front drive shaft;

Disconnect the electric harness to the encoder motor, followed by unbolting it.

Take replacement encoder motor and install. There may be an issue with aligning the cogged cam of the transfer case to the encoder motor. If so, the vehicle's 4 wheels will need to be raised off the ground. The engine started, transmission in Park, and using a Vice-Grip® wrench gently rotate cam clockwise approximately 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch, then while set in this position, stop engine. Now attempt to align and attach the encoder motor.

After successfully attaching new encoder motor, attach its wiring loom.
Test vehicle.


Mar 22, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500

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Denali slips in and out of 4x4


How may buttons for the 4X4 two , three , or four ? Do the lights flash ? Any messages - service four wheel drive system ? Which transfer case does it have ?

Transfer Case - NVG 246-NP8 (Two Speed Automatic)
The transfer case shift control module uses the VIN information for calculations that are required for the different calibrations used based on axle ratio, transmission, tire size, and engine. The system does not know which calibration to use without this information.
Transfer Case Encoder Motor
The transfer case encoder motor consists of a permanent magnet (PM) DC motor and gear reduction assembly. It is located on the left hand side (drivers side) of the transfer case. When activated it turns the sector shaft of the transfer case (clockwise or counter clockwise) to shift the transfer case. The encoder motor is controlled with a pulse width modulated (PWM) circuit within the transfer case shift control module. This circuit consists of a driver on both the Motor Feed A and Motor Feed B circuits. The encoder motor is bi-directional to allow the motor to shift the transfer case from 2HI or 4HI to NEUTRAL and 4LO positions.
Transfer Case Encoder
The encoder is mounted to the transfer case encoder motor assembly and is replaced as an assembly. The encoder converts the sector shaft position (representing a mode or range) into electrical signals inputs to the transfer case shift control module. The module can detect what position the transfer case is in by monitoring the 4 encoder channels (P, A, B, and C). These inputs translates into AUTO 4WD, 2H, 4H, NEUTRAL, and 4L or in transition between gears.
Transfer Case Motor Lock
The transfer case motor lock is used to provide a 2H, 4H, and 4L lock-up feature. When the lock circuit is energized, the transfer case encoder motor is allowed to turn. When the transfer case is placed 2H, 4H, or 4L the motor lock circuit has no power provided to it and the lock is applied. This assures that the transfer case remains in the current gear position. When AUTO 4WD is selected the motor lock remains applied until an adaptive mode (torque is applied to the front propshaft) is required. During an adaptive mode the motor lock circuit is energized and the motor lock is released, enabling the encoder motor to turn and apply torque to the front propshaft.


SERVICE indicator (4WD/AWD) Lamp
The SERVICE indicator (4WD/AWD) lamp is an integral part of the cluster and cannot be serviced separately. This lamp is used to inform the driver of the vehicle of malfunctions within the automatic transfer case (ATC) system. The SERVICE indicator (4WD/AWD) lamp is controlled by the transfer case shift control module via a Class 2 message or by a Sevice Indicator Control Circuit.

The first thing to do before assuming it's a loose wire would be to have it checked for codes , auto zone , advance etc... can not check this codes .
DTC B0768 Service Indicator Circuit High
DTC B2725 ATC Mode Switch Circuit Malfunction
DTC C0300 Rear Speed Sensor Malfunction
DTC C0305 Front Speed Sensor Malfunction
DTC C0308 Motor A/B Circuit Low
DTC C0309 Motor A/B Circuit High
DTC C0310 Motor A/B Circuit Open
DTC C0315 Motor Ground Circuit Open
DTC C0323 T-Case Lock Circuit Low
DTC C0324 T-Case Lock Circuit High
DTC C0327 Encoder Circuit Malfunction
DTC C0357 Park Switch Circuit High
DTC C0362 4LO Discrete Output Circuit High
DTC C0367 Front Axle Control Circuit High
DTC C0374 General System Malfunction
DTC C0376 Front/Rear Shaft Speed Mismatch
DTC C0387 Unable to Perform Shift
DTC C0550 ECU Malfunction
DTC C0611 VIN Information Error

If you know nothing about this , your best bet would be to take it to a qualified repair shop .

Apr 29, 2017 | 2000 GMC Denali

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