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post #1 of 4 Old 02-15-2002, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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transfer case problem?

Good Morning-

My parents are replacing their 1993 Grand Cherokee Laredo, I6, automatic. I am thinking of taking it, and I am trying to figure out out if its worth shipping it across the country.

My dad says it gets stuck in 4WD. If he puts it in 4WD, it takes a lot of abuse/massaging to get it back out into 2WD (continual shifting/reverse/turning while driving, etc). When it is in the 4WD, he says he can't tell if its the full or part time, and is afraid he is ripping up the tranny.

Sounds like a transfer case problem. Is this a common problem? Any idea what extent of rework is involved? Most importantly, the expense?

If it costs too much to fix, its noth worth shipping it out to the west coast. I don't need another problem car...


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post #2 of 4 Old 02-20-2002, 10:33 PM
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try turning off the engine. If it sounds real bad, it probably is. It wouldn't hurt it to drive in FT if you have the np242 case.

If your savvy you can find a replacement t-case for under 500 bucks.


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post #3 of 4 Old 02-21-2002, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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Good Morning-

I guess I don't understand. When you say "turn off the engine, if it sounds real bad, it probably is", what exactly are you talking about?

If its stuck in 4WD, and I shut the engine off, what noise could I expect? Are you talking about noise from the transmission or the engine? And how would that noise diagnose why its gets stuck in 4WD?

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-23-2002, 02:17 AM
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Could be the linkage is just out of adjustment. Or maybe he is not doing it properly. When you shift it you have to be firm and quick. Dont shift it slowly or you may hear grinding on some models. Or just turn the engine off and with the trans in neutral, foot on brake, shift it into the desired gear. If it is still hard the linkage may be messed up or worst case you may need to get an replacement TC. They are pretty common. Since you have a 93 it could be a 231 or 242 from what you have described. If you do replace it go for a 231 if possible. 242 would be your second option. Stay away from the 249. I would be surprized if you had a 249 because it is full time 4 wheel drive and all you do with that is go from 4hi to 4lo

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