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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Astro Van transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 152001

Astro Van 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The problem is that there is a part in the transfer case called a viscous clutch. That when it fails the vehicle will roll on any degree of an incline while in park. I have spoken to the Chevrolet hot line and several service writers, at several different dealerships. I have basically not recieved the slightest concern from anyone. This is a very serious problem. Who doesn't count on any car [with an automatic transmission] while in park not to roll. I hate to imagine the possibilites. Please consider this a serious problem. I will gladly make myself available to answer any questions. I would certainly hate to read about a accident due to this design over sight. Thank you, bob kuchan.

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

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