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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,630 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Avalanche drivetrain problems

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2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 082005

Avalanche 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,200 miles


2002 Avalanche with 81,000 miles at the time of the failure...started a few months ago with a very light hum in the back end. On 12/8/05 made several large clunking noises and died (stopped turning). The garage stated that a main bearing had broken apart sending metal throughout the rear axle and destroyed the drive system. $2000 job to replace the entire back axle drive system with a used one. Mechanic said no reason for that to happen with this vehicle and suggested I speak with the dealer before I had the work done. Dealer did nothing except quote me $3000 for the same repair and same used part.

- Afton, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 052005

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,077 miles
Rear axle locked up and then blew up inside it's housing.

- Romeoville, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 012005

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 15,896 miles
Mexican assembly factory failure. There was a major failure of the rear axles and parking brake system. The rear axles had grooves worn in them and the rear bearing failed. The consumer requested reimbursement. The parking brake remained inoperative. When the parking brake was released, the acceleration would hang up and a pop would be heard in the rear, there was a rattle behind the steering wheel, and the axle seals leaked.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012005

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Front and rear differential bearing failure on 02 Avalanche at 51,000 miles- brought to dealer before total failure. Other similar complaintis can be found in the club Avalanche website. This defect could lead to wheels falling off and catastrophic injury. GM is aware of the problem but does nothing.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Feb 072004

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,607 miles
Overtime I kept hearing a whining noise, smell of oil, heat and light vibration from the driveline. At the dealership on a 100, 000 mile total oil, transmission and coolant change (did this at 97,018 mi. 1/2/04). The mechanic did notice a bit of play in the front & rear driveline (drive shafts from transfer case to the front wheel axle case and the rear axle case), some oil leakage on the right front axle, both sides of the rear axle, this was normal he told me. Mechanic found both fine and small pieces of metal in the front 4X4 transmission case, but said this was not a big problem. Mechanic suggested that I should have the U-joints replaced sometime on the drive shafts and this would stop the noise and vibration. At coldwater, mi. (1/14/04), I had to replace a right front hub bearing; mechanic reported to me that he would like to inspect the rear axle for noise. Mechanic found some play in the driveline U-joints, right rear axle and pinion shaft, and some noise coming from the differential. On 1/26/04 I had both rear & front driveshaft U-joints replaced & balanced (fleet pride said there was some play in them). The noise and vibration stopped, but the oil & hot smell stayed. Then the light vibration and some noise (between the speeds of 40-75 mph) started to return in just 150 miles. At 106,606 miles the rear axle started to make a clunking noise and hard vibration then stopped turning at 106,607 miles. I had the rear axle removed and found that the main bearing on the left side of the mechanical locking differential (eaton G-80) had broke apart sending metal through out the rear axle and destroyed axle drive system. I have pictures of the parts & damage to the rear. The front axle is starting the same thing, leaking, hot smell and noise. I have found through your system that they have been having problems and when I asked the dealership about this, they said they are checking into it. Service bulletins 03-04-17-001, 03-07-30-005, 02-04-21-005A.

- Black River, NY, USA

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problem #1

Jan 162004

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Transmission and/or rear axle locks up while vehicle is in motion causing erratic vehicle handling and/or life-threatening situation. *

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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