Transfer Case Drive Chain May Fail; Vehicle May Not Be Secure in Park
Drive Train, July 22, 2008
RepairPal Expert Overview
Our Quick Take:
The all wheel drive (AWD) system uses a transfer case, which is a component that transfers power from the front wheels to the rear wheels as necessary depending on driving conditions. The transfer case is driven by a chain, which could break if the case was built with incorrect parts. A failed chain will not allow the vehicle to be secure in "Park."
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a medium priority recall, which would change to high if AWD functionality is compromised or the vehicle is not secure in "Park." Please contact your General Motors dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The transfer case drive chain may fail and cause the AWD system to fail. Chain failure will also prevent the vehicle from being secure in "Park." Dealers will inspect the transfer case and replace it if necessary. The GM recall number is N080244. This recall began on August 15, 2008.
Mfr's Report Date:
July 22, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
POWER TRAIN:TRANSFER CASE (4-WHEEL DRIVE)
Potential Number of Units Affected:
GM IS RECALLING 151 MY 2008 CHEVROLET EXPRESS AND GMC SAVANA VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ALL WHEEL DRIVE (AWD). SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE TRANSFER CASES THAT WERE MANUFACTURED WITH AN INCORRECT PART THAT CAN CAUSE EARLY FAILURE OF A DRIVE CHAIN. IF THE CHAIN BREAKS, SHIFTING THE TRANSMISSION TO PARK MAY NOT KEEP THE VEHICLE STATIONARY.
IF THE VEHICLE IS PARKED ON AN INCLINE OR BUMPED, IT MAY ROLL AND STRIKE A PERSON, OBJECT, OR ANOTHER VEHICLE WITHOUT WARNING, AND CAUSE PERSONAL INJURY.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE TRANSFER CASE DATE CODE AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE TRANSFER CASE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 15, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 OR GMC AT 1-866-996-9463.
GM RECALL NO. N080244. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration