1997 Chevrolet TAHOE Power Train Automatic Transmission Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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1997 Chevrolet TAHOE Power Train Automatic Transmission Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID398527
 Internal NHTSA #10003209
 ManufacurerGeneral Motors LLC
 Model Year1997
 File date18/01/03
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemAfter driving 30 miles at highway speed, i stopped to exit the highway. When i began to turn left, i heard a loud clank in the rear of the vehicle. I continued for about 5 more miles and parked the vehicle. After allowing the vehicle to rest for approx. 8 hours, i backed the vehicle out and began driving home. The drive was approx. 30 miles at 75-80 mph. Iafter stopping to exit the highway, the transmission made a loud whinning noies as though it was slipping, the engine reved to about 3000rpm befor ethe transmission would shift. This happen ever time i excellerated from a stop or from slow coasting (3 more times in 6 miles). When i arrived home, i checked the fluid level, it was fine and there was no discoloration of the oil or any abnormal smell. When i attempted to back the vehicle, it would not go into reverse, i would drive forward, but the slipping continued when it was road tested by the repair shop. I loaded the vehicle on a trailer and trailered it to a repair shop. The following was found to have failed. The sunshell failed causing debris to be circulated through the transmission. The reverse gear did not function anymore, the torque converter was contaminated with debris and had to be replaced as it could not be cleaned locally. Sprage and numerous gears and bands were damaged as a result. Total cost of repair with labor and tax....$2453. 17. There was no warning or condition that lead up to the failure. The vehicle only has 65,600 miles on it. Pretty sad performance for a tranmission designed for this type vehicle.
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure65600
Number of Occurences1
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateMORIARTY, NM
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase09/11/97
Was original owner?Y
Anti-lock brakesY
Cruise controlY
Number of cylinders8
Drive train type4WD
Transmission typeAUTO
 Vehicle speed10
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 Location of tire code
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 Date of manufacture
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  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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