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I own a 2007 hummer h2, I have a service 4wd message on the

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i own a 2007 hummer h2, I have a service 4wd message on the dash and no lights light up on the transfer case buttons.
JA: Have you checked the fuses? The dashboard bulbs?
Customer: is there a fuse just for those buttons? the rest of the dash seems to be working fine
JA: What is the make/model of your car?
Customer: 2007 Hummer [email protected]
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: 2
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: I need to know if I can drive it with none of those lights on
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: GM
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
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Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.


This is really common on these trucks. The most likely cause is a failed transfer case control module, but it could also be something as simple as a reprogram is needed. GM released a bulletin calling for a re-flash of the computer programming that controls the transfercase on this model in 2009. It's possible that the re-program was never done and now that some parts have worn a little it's starting to act up.

Do you plan to do any diagnosis/repairs yourself?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No, most likely I would take the truck to s repair shop.
Can I still drive the truck in this condition?
Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.

Absolutely. The only thing to be concerned about is that the 4wd won't work until you have the problem fixed. The truck should run normally in 2wd. We see these trucks with this problem all of the time.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
it is safe to drive, even though, no lights light up on the transfer case switches or neutral?
Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.

Yes, the transfer case is just stuck in 2 high and will not be able to shift into any other gear unless it is shifted manually or with a compatible scan tool. Shifting it manually is nearly impossible without disassembling the transfer case encoder motor on this truck though.

Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.

No lights on the transfer case switch tells me that the problem is most likely a bad transfer case control module rather than a re-program issue.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Last question, since hummer was closed, who would you suggest for servicing this trucks?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I should not freak out about the Service 4WD on the dash either?
Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.

A Chevy or GMC dealer should be able to take care of it. This truck uses all of the same parts as the silverado, sierra, yukon, tahoe, suburban so everything should be available and their computer scan tools will hook right up.

No, the service 4wd message is just alerting you that there is a problem. It's safe to drive, the 4wd just won't work.

Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.

This is the TSB I was referring to from GM:

Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.

That could be the issue, but it's most likely going to need a transfer case control module.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thx, have a great evening
Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.

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