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  • hi, maybe you can help me , we bought a used 2002 bravada, and has been running great, until today, it ran well this morning and then i went out to start it and it turns over but thr service enginelight comes on and the reduced engine power light also. it acts like it isnt gettina ny fuel or the the throole control is stuck or something it also has alot of compression and lot of batter juice but it wont start and we only had for a month and a half would you know where i could find help or who would know what the causes is to this thanks for your help :mad:
  • lindalululindalulu OrlandoPosts: 13
    Wow, I guess it could be a few different things. I thought (was hoping) my problem was just the fuel filter, but mine kept acting like it would run out of gas and stall. But would start right back up after a minute and go for a little bit and then it would do it again. I knew it was something more than the fuel filter. It almost seemed like I had a lot of garbage in my tank and it was clogging up the fuel pump. Also, my gas guage went ballistic too, stopped working, stayed at a half of tank. The guy at the shop put it on this machine (not the diagnostic machine) I forgot what it was called, but I guess this machine would run all night......?.....to verify if it was the fuel pump or not. It was the fuel pump. I had to have the whole module replaced. It fixed the fuel guage too. Be sure to take it to where you bought it if you have a warranty or not, you can ask about the secret warranty but it has to be at the dealership. Curiosity--how many miles does your Bravada have on it?
    Good luck and let us know how it turns out. I wish I could help you more......
  • lindalululindalulu OrlandoPosts: 13
    Ditto. I am having the same problem too, the blinker (turn signal) continues to make the "bing-bing" sound. If anyone has any ideas or knows how I can correct the problem.

    Thanks
  • we5sealswe5seals Posts: 1
    I have had my Bravada for a few months now. Came from my sister in law. It runs great but when I pull up my driveway (in the mountains) it slips and thunks. Does anybody know if the Transfer case has a chain in it?
  • jwoodyjwoody Posts: 3
    I bought my Bravada new and now it's ready to turn 100,000 miles. All the while the car has had the grinding, popping, thunking noise when turning hard left or right. I thought the bottom was going to drop out of it. Then last tuesday I found this site and read about the bulletin GM put out awhile back. Wednesday, yesterday, I had the fluid changed as outlined above and now I have a totally different Bravada. I have always enjoyed owning and driving it and it still looks and drives great especially now that the growl is gone.
  • hello gang , i had recently had problems with my bravada it was in the shop for 2 weeks and come to find out these bravadas have a thing which is called the throttle body , these go out all the time, the butterfly inside the throttle body ceased up and wouldnt let the vehicle start, it will turnover, if you get this the light on the dash will come on as reduced engines power and service soon, also they found uder the vortec lid was a mouse nest, if you ley it set out to lond mice will get into there an chew alll the throttle body wires up like miune , it is expenxive if you dont have a warrant on it the cost of the part is 233.43 for throttle body part and labor cost me about 300.oo dollars so if any of you are out there and had this trouble beware of the MICE.
  • brav4x4brav4x4 Posts: 1
    :sick: I have a 94 bravada and it is doing that same thing. It finally died on me last night, that is why I came here, and tada!!! Here is my answer. I thought it may be the fuel pump, just wanted someone elses opinion. Thanks guys.

    94 bravavda 4.3 cpi
    headers, flowmaster, lowered 3 inches
    cold air intake, electric fans w/aluminum radiator.
  • Hello everyone,

    My name is Pete and I'm new to this forum, but not to Oldsmobiles. This is my fifth Oldsmobile. I just sold a nice 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30.

    Anyway, I now own a 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD. With the exception of not having the option to choose 2wd to 4wd or A4wd, I'm very happy with this vehicle.

    I do feel that there is a problem with it. When you are at a stop light and then start to accelerate (On both dry and wet pavement), you can feel a light 'bucking sound'. It sounds like its coming from underneath the vehicle. When you give it allot of gas, you can then really feel it. :confuse:

    I had the service department look at it and they couldn't hear or feel anything. :mad:

    Now with that said, is this a normality of AWD vehicles? or did someone else have the same issue and if so, what did they do to correct it?

    Thank you for your answers.

    Peter
  • jim101jim101 Posts: 252
    Hello,
    I grew up in Detroit, GM vehicles in family since the 20's, family has more than 80 years employment by GM.
    -Bought 1998 Bravada (fourth Old's), brand new, loaded, absolutely a marvelous vehicle, leather great, radio fantastic, brakes best ever.
    -Probelms abounded, back to dealer second day, ac sensor failed
    -End of week back for noise in right front wheel 'a' frames, dealer refused to inspect until 1k miles
    -By end of first month, vehicle returned once a week for component failures
    -Right front end was missing two 'a' frame nuts (factory), extremely dangerous, we were lucky
    -Back for numerous front end alignments, would not hold alignment for more than five days, dealer never could fix
    -3k miles trany replaced
    -15k miles engine replaced along with the trany again
    -15k miles front transfer case replaced
    -some other problems within first six months, battery failure, ac freeze up, crunching noise when turning, master cylinder failure, fuel pump, right front wheel bearings, sensors, circuit cards, reprograming, drive train problems and the list goes on
    -vehicle spent more time in shop than on road in first nine months
    -motor replaced at 15k miles failed at 25k miles along with trany number two
    -vehicle returned per 'lemon law' at 32k miles after being parked for four months during litigation, motor #2 was going away, unsafe to drive
    -drive from home to dealer, 18 miles, engine blew up and destroyed trany number three

    Observation, service area was packed nearly everyday with warranty work on Cad's, Old's, Buick's over basic oil changes and basic service

    Net result, bought a new sedan from another manufacturer and it only goes back to the dealer for oil changes and basic service requirements

    I agree, the Bravada is a really nice vehicle, only if it could be reliable, you either love it or hate it, it's either a good one or a pain in the keester. We'll NEVER BUY GM products again, NEVER.

    By the way, the fuel pump and the 'mouse' house can be bought for half price and half the labor, but not at the dealer.

    Good day
  • edvanpedvanp Posts: 2
    For those people who had their Bravadas serviced to correct the tight steering issue as outlined in the GM Bulletin, what did you have to pay to get this problem fixed?

    Just purchased a 2002 used Bravada w/ 70k on it. Love it thus far, but I did experience the turning issue once.

    Thanks
  • rogwrogw Posts: 1
    Hi
    Did you ever get an answer to this question?
    I'm having the same problem and thought I would check here first.
  • kurtzekurtze Posts: 1
    have a 2001 Bravada since new and only get 14 mpg in the city and 18 highway 15.9 combo what are others getting?
  • Peter, Hello. I have a very similar problem (exactly)as you mention. Have you had any luck finding out the problem on yours?

    Mine is a 2003 with 35,000 miles.

    Rick
  • Rick,

    The dealership and everyone who I've spoken with who owns a Bravada between the years of 2002 - 2004 have the same issue. Its actually normal because its the all wheel drive transferring the power to the front wheels under hard acceleration.

    Anyway, I'm selling my Bravada if you know of anyone who is interested in it. The vehicle is being sold for $16,500 because I decided to buy a new truck. The Bravada is in pristine condition.

    Pete
  • Pete, Thanks for the info. Did yours do this since you bought it? Did you buy it new?

    I don't know anyone at the moment looking for one. If you have it on cars.com or ebay, let me know and I will pass the info on if something comes up.

    Rick
  • HI BRAVADA OWNES, I WAS WONDERING IF ANY OF YOU HAVE HAD EXPERIENCED ANY PROBLEMS WITH THEW IGNITION AS ,WHEN YOU STICK THE KEY IN ,IT WONT START,AND ALSO IF YOU ALL HAD ANY THING WRONG WITH THE BRAKE SYSTEM, WHEN I STOPP AT A STOP SIGN OR JUST STOP, THE LIGHT FOR THE SERVICE FOR BRAKE SYSTEM SERVICE KEEPS COMING ON.THNKS
  • I know this is an old message, but I was wondering if the p/n listed here in the bulletin (12378508) for the Transfer Case Lubricant is the "new" fluid that should correct this issue on a 2002 Olds Bravada. (Since I'm a complete novice...is Transfer Case Lubricant the same as Differential Fluid?) I just found out that the price for the encoder motor is $485 plus 1.5 hrs labor to replace and reprogram the encoder. If the fluid really does fix it, then I will do that, and I just wanted to make sure this was the p/n to be used.
  • Hey guys,
    I have a 2000 Platinum Bravada and guess what...issues. I have replaced both(L/R) front HUB assemblies twice. The sunroof for some reason has come off track, but closes. When it rains water gets stuck in the rear roof area and sloshes around inside some where. I get the same binding/stalling sensation when cutting the wheels in forward and rev. at low speed. Don't get me wrong the vehicle has 110,000 mi. and I love it, but I feel like whenever I fix something another problem pops up :mad: . The latest problem is a pretty bad vibration occurring between 65 and 80 mph. IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS TO HELP WITH ANY THIS PLEASE LET ME KNOW, THANKS.
  • I now have a new problem. The Service Engine has just come on and I'm not sure what it is, but everything is running fine, I think. The weird thing is when I bring it in for inspection they always ask if this light is on. What does it mean? I was thinking it was one of the air sensors...maybe?
  • joosjoos Posts: 1
    I also had the same problem with my 2004 Final 500 Bravada. At 27,000 miles, it became so bad that the dealership tore down the transmission and found that water had been seeping in through a cracked case and was mixing with the transmission fluid. The entire transmission is being replaced under warranty.
  • Has anyone experienced their Bravada key getting stuck in the ignition once the car is turned off. The brake, abs and check engine light all come on while it is driving and once the car is shut off, the key will not come out. We have had the ignition switch and battery replaced, but it still happens. Also, I noted recently that it is really sluggish at accelerating when the lights come on before I shut it off. If I pull the starter fuse out, the key will release, but diagnostic do not show a problem? Maybe it is a ghost!!! :confuse:
  • This Post was extremely helpful to me. I own a 2002 Olds Bravada and experienced the problems described in this, and other posts on this site. It would feel as though it was stuck in 4 wheel drive in a parking lot when I would attempt to turn the wheels at low speeds. I would feel the "shuddering" and "crop hop" as described. It started doing this shortly after I bought it a few years ago and slowly got worse and more frequent.

    I decided to give it a try and change the transfer case fluid, especially since it was cheap ($6.50/quart - 2 quart capacity) and easy to do. The fluid that I drained out was greenish in color. I assume it was the factory fluid and had never been changed. The NEW fluid (GM Auto Trac II transfer case fluid p/n 12378508) was definitely a bluish color. It was as easy as changing the engine oil, but not quite as easy to refill. The fill plug is located high up, and getting a full quart up in there is all but impossible. I used a cheap fluid transfer hand pump that I had purchased a while ago, and never had much use for until now.

    I noticed instant results. No more chattering, shuddering, crow hop, or whatever else you want to call it. I have tried to get it to happen again, cutting the wheels hard in a parking lot when pulling into or out of a parking spot. Nothing.

    I purchased another 2 quarts of fluid with the intentions of changing it again, but it has been working well. I may just leave it. One thing I was a little confused about was the part of the GM bulletin that reads "The Bravada full time 4wd does NOT have the motor or encoder." I saw what looks like an encoder on my transfer case, and my Bravada is full time/non-selectable 4wd. I don't know what else it could be. If anyone else has information on this, please pass it on. At any rate, nothing needed done but the changing of the fluid.

    I just wanted to say that this site, and especially the posts on this particular problem have helped me immensely. I was starting to get really frustrated with this problem, and from the way the Bravada was acting, thought for sure it was going to be a big dollar fix. What a pleasant surprise to be able to fix it so quick, cheap, and most of all, by myself! Thanks again.
  • Has anyone experienced the AWD not properly engaging. In heavy snow or on ice (I'm a michigander) the front wheels appear to be attempting to engage, but the hubs just slip and a very audible CLICK is made. My local shop had it in today but couldn't tell me what was wrong and has referred me to the dealer. Fluid is full and I have had no strange noise or anything else that would have lead to believe I had a problem developing.

    Thanks
  • Thanks again guys. I may have crack in my transmission but now there is oil of some type(not enough to really tell) along the front axle or cv shaft. I have yet to check the tranny fluid for water. I also can't say if the check engine light correlated with the new leak. I'm actually having a friend take it in have the codes pulled to see what pops up and have transfer case fluid changed. If anyone has any input feel free My POOR :cry: Bravada needs it more than me!
  • I JUST GOT A 2002 BRAVADA WITH 64,000 MILES ON IT,I NEED HELP, PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHATS WRONG WITH MY BEAST. ON THE BOTTOM OF THE MOTOR WAS COVERED WITH OIL THATS BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME, WHEN I TOOK IT BACK TO THE DEALER THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY CAN NOT FIND THE OIL LEAK. THE SERP BELT IS SOAKED WITH OIL AND THE ALTERNATER HAS OIL ON THE SIDE OF IT. IF ANYBODY HAD THIS PROBLEM PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT I CAN DO ABOUT IT. ITS FUNNY THAT THEY CAN'T FIND THE LEAK AFTER CLEANING THE BOTTOM OF MOTOR. AND THEY SAY ITS FINE TO DRIVE IT JUST KEEP OIL IN THE CAR. HELP ME :cry:
  • I had a similar experience only it was with my wife's Dodge Van. The dealership overfilled the oil big time. Instead of 5 quarts, they had 9 quarts in it. I quickly drained it myself and put in the proper level. The Bravadas take 7 quarts and I'm guessing you are probably properly filled. Based on what your describe, I wonder if the oil filter is not tightened properly or if the gasket from a previous filter is stuck on there so you are aren't getting a good seal? If this has just started, maybe get another oil change at a different place? :confuse:
  • Hi I hope you will be able to send me in the right direction. I have a 1998 Oldmobile Bravada and am having some issues with it. My AWD light is on and I have no idea what step to take from here. My husband is a mechanic and we will be able to do the work ourselves we just need some guidance as to where to start off. if anyone can set us up in the right direction I would appereciate it. Thanks Alyson Tremer, NJ
  • I recentley had the same problem and I needed new tires all around I hope this is a nice easy fix for you, mine would vibrate so badly when I reached certain speeds it worried me. A balance might also be in order. Hope this helps.
  • we had the same problem ,in our 2002 bravada we took it to a dealer is your best bet, and have them do a diagonsis on it and will tell you want is wrong. i hope this help
    :)
  • Hello All... I just purchased a 2002 Bravada fully loaded a couple of months ago and love it :) ... I have 2 questions and I cant figure them out and hopefully someone has the answers because I looked through the whole manual and couldn't find anything... anyways, I have heated leather seats and now the driver's side quit working but the passenger's side is fine... i was wondering if there is a separate fuse that might need changed... also is there an option to set your dome light to come on when you take the key out because the only way I can get it to come on is by manually turning it on or pushing the unlock doors on the key pad... any suggestions????? :confuse:
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