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post #1 of 16 Old 09-21-2017, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone tell me how much it's going to cost for a shop to put in a Jeep Grand Cherokee transfer case the 242

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-21-2017, 11:43 PM
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The smart azz answer is, "if you have to ask, you can't afford it."

More helpful is to ask if you have the transfer case already. If not, call some junk yards and find one.

Then, call your local offroad shops, and ask them if they do transfer case swaps, or if there's a shop they recommend. If they farm them out, it will likely be the least expensive reliable shop in town.

You can call transmission shops, but I trust those shops as far as I can throw them. I'm sure reasonable shops exist, I just don't know how to find them, and wouldn't trust them if I did.

If I had to guess, which I do, I'd expect to pay about $400 if I got a reasonable shop (that's with me providing the transfer case). I'd be thrilled if somebody said $200.

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post #3 of 16 Old 09-22-2017, 09:54 AM
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I want to say transfer case R&R is like 3.5 hours?
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What if I don't have one I have the $ to do it so that's y I ask
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I'm not sure about the transfer case, but I just went through this with the transmission on my son's crown vic. Through a transmission shop, it was $2000 to get a used tranny put in. If we get one from a junkyard, with a warranty, it's $375 for the tranny and $400 for R&R at a tranny shop.

You can call around and start getting numbers. Don't forget to try the junk yards.

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post #6 of 16 Old 09-23-2017, 08:51 AM
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The transfer case it only 6 bolts, the linkage, and some plugs to remove.
Do it yourself, it's super easy.

A shop is going to be like 90-110 bucks per hour with an hour minimum plus atf.

Why are you swapping transfer cases?
Do you already have the 242?
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post #7 of 16 Old 09-23-2017, 10:13 AM
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Welcome to the forum.

The ZJ is an ideal DIY vehicle. The ZJ will send you to the poor house AND be VERY frustrating if the service is paid to others.

The transfer case is very heavy, so an appropriate jack w/ safety chains is a good idea.


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post #8 of 16 Old 09-23-2017, 10:28 AM
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It's heavy but not to heavy. My 160lb who is 5'6" pulled it straight off the transmission and set it on a moving blanket in his lap then to the ground.
He can fit pretty easily in the transmission cavity though so it's easier for him.

A transmission or motorcycle jack would make it quite a bit easier but a floor jack can work if you have a friend there to help stabilize it.

It's only like 90lbs.

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post #9 of 16 Old 09-23-2017, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Yea it has the 242 it just broken
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-23-2017, 12:09 PM
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Yep Polka and you can save a ton of money if you diy.

Nightmare story on getting my bad 242 replaced by others 5-6 years ago on my 96 4.0 when I didn't know any better. And no good shops around here while I was familiar with the dealer which isn't far away.

Cursed squirrel pulled the rubber plug out of the top of my 242. Before I even knew it all the fluid was blown out with the chain stretched chewing up the inside of the case.

Called around to the jy's and found a 242 shelf unit already removed with 60-90 day warranty for $275 plus taxes. Big letters on the warranty which states, "Does NOT cover labor costs".

Had dropped my 96 off at the dealer service dept ahead of time. Had received a labor quote of around $400 for installing new seals in front/back of jy transfer case, along with new fluid, and remove/install.

Would have had them replace the rear seal in my 42RE trans (highly recommended) but it was rebuilt before and rear seal should still be good. Picked up the 242 at the jy and dropped off at the dealer. Of course no warranty on the dealer's end because it's a jy unit.

My 96 was finished later in the week and tested the TC in the parking lot which seemed to work good. Dealer charged about $450 after shop fees and taxes. Headed home and as soon as I hit 45mph getting on the freeway ramp the whole drivetrain shook so bad it felt like it was going to fall out of the bottom. Went right back to the dealer and sure would have been nice when test driving they would have got it up to a higher speed.

Turned out the front 242 shaft was bent and jy must have dropped it on it's nose. No signs on tip of shaft and of course nobody wanted to cover labor costs. Dealer wanted to charge me full labor costs again and I complained the mechanic should have checked to see if front shaft was straight. Also complained about not test driving it to higher speeds. Dealer said they'd cut me some slack (real nice of them, not) and charged $250 to reseal and switch out the unit again. Ended up costing me about $1K total plus running to dealer/jy multiple times.

I would estimate about $700-$800 total for a jy unit, labor costs, with taxes included. But it depends on your location, price of 242's, and if you can find a descent shop with lower labor costs.

PS. still have a bad rear pinion bearing and seal from the dam bent shaft 242. Didn't start until a while after the work was done but no doubt that's what caused it

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Yea it has the 242 it just broken
Then it's even easier because you won't have to mess with the linkage.


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post #12 of 16 Old 09-27-2017, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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So found out how much it's going to be 800 total
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post #13 of 16 Old 09-27-2017, 09:47 AM
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242 at a junkyard is 150-200, optional rebuild kit is 95 bucks, install free if you do it yourself.
You can get it done in an hour easily.
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Yep, $800 sounds about right for somebody else doing all the work.

That's a pretty low price for a 242 Polka but you probably mean pulling it yourself at the jy. No doubt diy saves you big bucks.

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Yep, $800 sounds about right for somebody else doing all the work.

That's a pretty low price for a 242 Polka but you probably mean pulling it yourself at the jy. No doubt diy saves you big bucks.
242s are cheap. Here's on on ebay for 150+ shipping.
There's a bunch on ebay for 200.
The most I'd pay for a 242 is 400 fully rebuilt.
https://m.ebay.com/itm/TRANSFER-CASE...%257Ciid%253A4

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