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post #31 of 46 Old 12-26-2012, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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I took the jeep up a VERY steep gravel/wet leaves mountain driveway today. I threw her in 4 low and crawled up the hill. 4x4 seemed to work good however when I got up the hill there was a faint burning smell. I didn't run in 4x4 for very long but I do think the transfer case over heated or something.

I'm searching(here) now for any info or instructions on checking the fluid in the transfer case. I guess I just need to verify the location of the fill plug and also proper fluid. I haven't come up with much just yet. Anybody got a link or copy of the manual instructions? Diagram or photos of the transfer case? I'll keep searching meantime...

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post #32 of 46 Old 12-26-2012, 08:03 PM
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yea ... you prob just need to change your fluid ... haha.. when I got mine i when to change it and there was like one nasty drop that came out "no previous maintenance" ...ok ...

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post #33 of 46 Old 12-26-2012, 08:07 PM
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heres two videos ... yea google search is easy .. I just typed in "jeep change transfer case fluid for crackheads & illiterate people"

First two links were these youtube videos (probably because i put the illiterate thing in )

Here they are ... pretty strait forward.




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the transfer case is definately leaking.... looks like a grease bomb went off around it.. thick old layer of grease on the undercarriage but the TC is really clean with sloppy tool marks and scratches on it and "gasket in a can" seals. It's a 231j TC. I tried to take pics with my phone and a mag light but no go.... I'm gonna find out what it'll cost to have it pulled and new seals put in tomorrow.
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the transfer case is definately leaking.... looks like a grease bomb went off around it.. thick old layer of grease on the undercarriage but the TC is really clean with sloppy tool marks and scratches on it and "gasket in a can" seals. It's a 231j TC. I tried to take pics with my phone and a mag light but no go.... I'm gonna find out what it'll cost to have it pulled and new seals put in tomorrow.
Just put a **sye*** in it .... Comes with everything you need, will fix your problem and be a must have mod all at the same time, and there are a lot on sale right now too

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post #36 of 46 Old 12-26-2012, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Did you mean sye?

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post #37 of 46 Old 12-27-2012, 01:47 AM
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"she"? what you talkin about willis? As you might expect "she" brought up alot of irrelevant stuff on a search. Different TC? How much? thanks
lol thats what she said ...


Sorry typo "SYE" slip yoke eliminator... I see some for like $160 and the hd short versions

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post #38 of 46 Old 12-27-2012, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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if she retains fluid well enough to last a week or two then I will hold off and get one. Seems like a worthwhile upgrade but the price of the jeep wiped me out. I've got $250-$300 left but I don't think I'm qualified to do the install. That seems to be what I might get charged for just new seals.
I'll top it off with dexIII in the morning and try to clean it up so I can monitor the leak I guess
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I think when it comes to jeeps ..... The cheapest way to go is to just do it right the first time.... take my word for it. Spending a little more money to do it right the first time is way cheaper and takes a lot less time than having to do it twice.

Edit: Or three times

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post #40 of 46 Old 12-27-2012, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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OK. I found the SYE here for $149:

http://www.performanceoffroadcenter....roducts_id=153

but the diveshaft is like $330

damn I don't have that kinda cash right now. Might have to just put new seals in stock the setup buddy... I don't plan to lift the truck anyway

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You can just get a front shaft from a jy for really cheap 20-30$.

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You can just get a front shaft from a jy for really cheap 20-30$.
You mean YJ Wrangler right? Heheheh...
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You mean YJ Wrangler right? Heheheh...
Junk yard ..... From the front of a xj .... Works for a lot of people ..... There's a lot of options really

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Cool thanks.. Does the donor XJ have to have the 231j transfer case? "Works for alot of people?" Does that statement imply that it doesn't always work?
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post #45 of 46 Old 12-28-2012, 09:29 AM
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Depending on transmission, xfer case, and rear end, driveshaft lengths vary. I'm not sure what combinations have what lengths, but yeah--front shaft works for some, not for others. I'd dig-up the info, but I don't have the time at the moment.
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