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« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2010, 09:06:05 PM »

Hello and sorry for not responding any sooner. In regards to this whole situation, my first reaction would be to walk right back into the dealer that sold me the truck with the repair estimate...  Especially for the issue that you have. The $$ figure seems to be just right, depending on exactly what is needed. The seller should fix and pay...

As for my "fix". It was simple and took about 35 min. Total cost $30. Cut off the ball joints and remove the drive shaft, drain the diff fluid. Completely eliminates the AWD system and eliminates all the issues of the rear diff...  So safety is not a issue as ur simply left with a FWD vehicle and live with the light on the dash... That's it really, nothing more...
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2010, 09:13:12 PM »

Unfortunately we bought it private.  With the assurance from the mechanic that certified it that everything was perfectly alright.

We drove an hour and a half twice, once to look at it then to pick it up after the mechanic had certified it and given the car a check to make sure everything was fine.

Despite his assuring us the noise was normal wear and would not be an issue and that everything else was fine, it is not.

My own local mechanic looked at it the next business day and was going to call the MTO because it had been certified and the vehicle has a list of things which should have not passed have a safety.  

Things which even as a lay person when he pointed them out were clearly issues.

The certifying mechanic has agreed to make good on the repairs for the certification.  The Items, including the differential, which are not part of the safety in Ontario

are mine to deal with.  I was prepared to put a little bit of money into it after I purchased it, just wasn't prepared for the $1900 differential bill.  

Under normal circumstances I would question if my local mechanic was just looking for a money grab, but he charged me 1/2 an hours labour.  Did a scan for free and advised I take it back to the original mechanic and

have him make good on the safety items.  HE even offered to check it again for free to ensure the work was done properly.

Just really sucks.  Love the car....just looking for a permanent cheap solution to the differential issue...hopefully this is it....

So having "castrated" the car, sorry guys that's my friends new word for what dice did to his Tek, everything works fine other than the light I assume....so what's the downside besides no AWD?

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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2010, 09:14:57 PM »

Sorry didn't catch your post before I posted my rant.....So sounds like it is not hard to do at all.   

How did you get the idea to do it?..I also live in Canada and have always driven FWD vehicles so not having AWD doesn't bother me a bit...
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« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2010, 09:17:32 PM »

Oh and does the braking system still work..BTW...Love yours...the kids keep telling me ours looks like a transformer...

Yours however is a beauty...

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« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2010, 02:22:56 PM »

Hey guys..

Great news for me just talked to the mechanic.  He said if I don't care about the AWD it can come out.  YAY. 
She is scheduled for her operation Monday.  We'll see how it goes.  Cross your fingers and Dice enjoy the Canada Day Weekend..

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« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2010, 03:11:24 PM »

You can prolly take apart your dash and remove the bulb on the dash that gives the error light.  Unless, of course, it's on the LCD screen.
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« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2010, 06:12:50 PM »

You can prolly take apart your dash and remove the bulb on the dash that gives the error light.  Unless, of course, it's on the LCD screen.

Unfortunately, it is on that small LCD?LED screen on the left side of the instrument panel. The same one that tells you that the e brake is on, seatbelts etc...
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« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2010, 08:22:12 AM »

As far as the removal goes keep and store away your drive shaft seeing that if u ever sell the car u can tell the owner that it can be awd again...  But they will have to buy new ball joints because the fast way of removal without having to take apart alot is to simply saw and cut the ball joints off so they just fall out...
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« Reply #23 on: July 01, 2010, 01:30:23 PM »

Interesting...I think you mean the half shalf units in the back are what you cut off.  The ball joints hold the wheel spindle to the control arm, if you cut those, you won't be able to drive the vehicle. Smiley

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« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2014, 09:20:34 PM »

Removing versatrak
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« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2014, 01:51:19 PM »

Is it necessary to remove the half shaft units in the back or can those remain after I remove the drive shaft?
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« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2014, 12:07:19 PM »

Well, it appears Saturday is the day that my father-in-law and I will be attempting the conversion to FWD.  Any last minute tips or info?
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« Reply #27 on: June 13, 2014, 06:49:38 PM »

Tip-  once you cut- it's too late to turn back.

Good luck with the conversion.  Obviously this is not a GM endorsed fix.  But it worked successfully in those who did it.  My dad a similar procedure with his AWD equinox.  Other than the AWD light on the instrument panel being lit, there was no problem. He did the conversion around 100k miles.  He traded in the equinox with just under 300k miles
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« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2014, 11:27:58 AM »

Well, we removed the drive shaft and I pulled the fuse for the AWD.  The whirring is gone now but I am still having the issue of the tires chirping when making a sharp left turn or U-turn.  It almost seems like it's a shifting problem, but I don't understand why it would only happen on turns and not in the straights. 

I'll describe it and maybe one you guys know what I'm talking about:  When making a left turn or U-turn, I step on the gas to accelerate through the turn and it hesitates (though I do hear the rev) and then it seems as if something "grabs" and the wheels chirp a little but it definitely then spins the wheels at that point.  Sometimes it will do it again a second later once the wheels are straightened out. 


I haven't noticed it on right turns yet, but I will be going to a parking lot to test it out going right too.  Any clue what I might be looking at here?
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« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2014, 08:54:02 PM »

Just to make sure..If I got this right? Been looking at the pictures, and really can't tell. This was all done without removing the wheels right?

When cutting the half shafts, Did they slide right out, from the wheel? I know it would from the diff. Isn't the axle bolted to the wheel?

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