ok i've got a couple screw drivers wedged in there.
I ha.ve a 5mm gap at the bottom and can see the front retainer ring.
The gap goes all the way around, but stops just short of the left hand passenger top pin (the only one still in there, the end broken off to remove the nut!) and almost to the driver's side top nut. no more give.
Do I have something jacked up too high or low.
there's a jack behind the oil pan, supporting the trans, should I remove this? and a jack under the bottom most section of the t/c
i just spray a load of liquid wrench all around the top section. couldn't find anything that I missed.
Doesn't look like the trans and t/c were RTV'd together.
By jacking the rear of the transfer case, you're binding the input shaft on the output shaft of the transmission and any studs that you have left in. The very best way to do it is position yourself under it, reach up, and wiggle while slightly pulling back on the case. If you have all 6 nuts off, it will come out. Be careful not to let the case slam down onto your chest or fall onto your hands.
I tried removing the jack under the t/c and got some wiggle but not a lot. That's when I had only a 2mm gap and just at the bottom.
I'll remove it again and see what happens.
We were thinking of wrapping a come-along around the front yoke on the tc and the rear axel and tightening it to see if it would force it off.
If I can't get it off, I'm gonna have to tow it or see if someone will come out and take it off. crap
my father in law, who works as a mill wright at Ford thinks it's b/c of the mileage on the t/c, something like 300 000km.
Like I said, there's just the one stud left, as I backed out the rest, and it's only 4/5 as I broke the end off taking off the stripped nut.
the gap now runs at varying widths 4/5th of the way around the t/c just the top section where the top nuts and studs were. so maybe Jr is on to something
Unfortunately, I'm at the farmhouse in the middle of nowhere special, and b/c I took some swings at the 249 with a sledge hammer and broke off a chunk, I can't just reassemble to get it working since now there's a hole in the 249
but I felt around and couldn't find anything. top driver's side nut and stud are both removed. the only stud left is the pita upper passenger side. the nut is off as the end of the stud broke off. can't get at the stud to twist it out. the fuel line bracket is now loose which was on that stud. like i said undid speedo, and even removed it. undid shift sensor and vent hose. drive shafts are off, shift lever disconnected from lever rod.
peeked my head up there when I was spraying with liquid wrench and didn't see anything, but you do have a point. better to be sure.
Maybe I'll try that sskilla,
I'll put the oe jack under the bushing (since I already removed the cross member, and the saddle on the oe jack is a perfect fit for the bushing), and remove the jack under the tc altogether. I'll check with a mirror just to confirm I didn't miss anything up top, then I'll wrap a come-along (we've got one rated at 1500lbs lifting) around the tc and the rear axel and try to pull it off, with a raised creeper underneath it.
It was my father in law's suggestion to try the come-along. I wanted to tie the tc to the hitch on his pick up
I don't know what the Novaks goes for, but if it's comparable, go for it.
So my air-compressor went caput half way thru the job. Good thing I had all the insides cleaned out when it happened.
Anyway, got the 242 back together, and popped it back into the trans easily enough.
By the time I got everything back together, it was already close to 11pm at night, and I had to get back for work tomorrow. So I didn't check which gears I'm getting, I just hooked up 2wd.
Obviously I didn't adjust the linkage, and didn't have time to switch the vic.
I got the jeep back together, and it drove. Good enough. Then an hour to the closest city where I stopped for gas.
Did a nice tight turn, with no front end hopping or binding (same thing when I pulled into my parking spot)... so I guess it was the VC, and that problem is solved.
Drove another 1.5 hours to get home. Cruise control felt smoother, as did braking(?). I think I used 1/16 of a tank less on the return trip.
I'll probably have to wait until the next nice weekend to look at which gears I get and adjust the linkage, and switch over the vic.
For now, I'm bruised, bloody, and sore all over.
Thanks to all those who helped, supported, and cheered me on.
sskilla, check the bushing on the body side of the pivot point for your shifter. The old design goes bad often and lets the assembly move side to side and will make engagement of 4 low almost impossible, and 2wd difficult.
Does anyone know the spline count of a zj np249 that came out of a limited '97 v8? I'm wanting to (hopefully) pull that 249 yoke off and put it on my nv242 of my '01 grand cherokee. I may have found a double cardan ujoint style with a cv on one end that may work for my wj.