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Check yer fluid levels.

What is the fluid level in the tranny? Fluid might be coming from the AT vent tube. Same with diff. btw you should not be using the 4x4 on dry pavement for extended periods.

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What is the fluid level in the tranny? Fluid might be coming from the AT vent tube. Same with diff. btw you should not be using the 4x4 on dry pavement.
level is good. no visable leaks. I only use the 4x4 or auto on snow covered roads and only if the weather is bad. I know something is wrong so I keep the use of the 4x4 or auto to a minimum. Smells more like a rubber seal or something, but why would a seal smell only in 4x4?. The front axles still move in 2H don't they?
 

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They used to use a thermal actuator on earlier models of the GM transfer case. I wonder if you have a short circuit? Is it a burnt rubber smell or maybe an 'electrical' odor?
 

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They used to use a thermal actuator on earlier models of the GM transfer case. I wonder if you have a short circuit? Is it a burnt rubber smell or maybe an 'electrical' odor?
Really smells like burnt rubber, the smell of a burnout. The 4x4 works well though. Doesn't like tight turning, like 3 point turns in the drivewayfeels like it's binding up.
 

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Technically, the smell can't be coming from the "transaxel area", since there is no transaxle installed on your truck (transaxle is a term for the combination transmission and axle that is present on front wheel drive cars and the old VW's that had the engine in the rear). What part are you referring to when you say "transaxle": the front diff or the transmission or the transfer case?

My first thought on this is that you've had a leak from the transfer case and the transfer case is now running dry. The smell you are smelling might be the autotrac clutches burning away.

If you've recently changed t-case fluid, did you use Dex III or did you use the blue AT-2 fluid? Autotrak t-cases don't particularly like DexIII
 

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Technically, the smell can't be coming from the "transaxel area", since there is no transaxle installed on your truck (transaxle is a term for the combination transmission and axle that is present on front wheel drive cars and the old VW's that had the engine in the rear). What part are you referring to when you say "transaxle": the front diff or the transmission or the transfer case?

My first thought on this is that you've had a leak from the transfer case and the transfer case is now running dry. The smell you are smelling might be the autotrac clutches burning away.

If you've recently changed t-case fluid, did you use Dex III or did you use the blue AT-2 fluid? Autotrak t-cases don't particularly like DexIII
Sorry... transfer case. I'll take a look.
 

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BillH - what ended up being the problem? I think I'm having similar issues with my 05 Colorado.

Was it differential? See my forum thread "differential issues?" for my situation. Any insight would be helpful!

Thanks,
Jacodal
 
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