FEMALE attempting mechanical repairs


Asked by May 11, 2016 at 05:20 PM about the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe 4 Dr LT 4WD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1999 Chevy Tahoe 5.7 V8 4X4 that I bought
last week. Single mother souly supporting four children
and taking care of my mother. When I bought the truck
I couldn't get it to move. Had it towed. Simple fix from
my thought. I got under it and manually took the tcase
outta natural. The last owner took off the actuator
believing that was the problem. Well yesterday I got
stranded on the side of the road. I have no help. The
suv runs. It revs up, won't move. Sounds like it's
shifting. I don't think tranny. But I'm about to climb
under it and service the tranny myself. Hard to find
both time and money to do this. I'm about to check the
cables on the ddriver's side of the tranny. I also
replaced the linkage that was severed last week. I'm
running some asshoas whole just intentionally
climbed under my truck and drained the tcase of fluid.
Find it funny the drain bolt is so clean. Hrmm. But I'm
seeking a little help if any of yall wanna help a woman
out. I am slightly mechanically inclined. I set on my old
truck a chevy Cheyenne and was there ten hours
replacing value guide seals. Fun stuff. I'm praying it's
simple seeings I'm a simple woman but my link isn't
goin that way lately. 27 with allot more to learn. So
please teach me. Thanks! -Mandy

6 Answers


Correction: I'm thinking some a$$holes intentionally climbed under the truck and drained my transfer case of fluid. Looking for help, asap. Thanks


If indeed the transfer case was drained then that is most likely the problem, they also have an oil pump that runs when you drive the rig, no oil means no lube and the bushings go bye bye, when the bushings go out you loose final drive so you go no where. You can pull the transfer case yourself but I would have overhauled by a 4X4 shop, or if you can get one with a warranty used, then you might be better off budget wise going that route as you are saving your self labor expense. HTH


Thank you

Andrew Olsen

Usually the transfer case makes some racket when it goes out. Try putting it in 4x4 (if you can) and see it it pulls with the front wheels.


It did sound like I'd ran over plastic at first than metal grinding. The front wheels ain't gonna pull honey cause I looked and there's no front drive shaft. I have to find a way to the junk yard and pull another drive shaft. I'm thinking if it's not the electronic module, put more pull in the t case and front drive shaft I'm and maybe I'll get back on the road.


Oil in the t case I meant. Lol. Hard to see my phone walking and in the sun. Thank you for your answer

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