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Unread 03-11-2014, 10:56 PM   #1
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Transfer case damaged? Opinions welcome!

Hello all . I was a member here a long time ago

but have not been on a car forum in maybe 10 years? I

had a 94zj I got in 2000 but sold it 2007ish when I

got my wj. I also had modified turbo talons and

eclipses and was getting away from speed when I saw a

4.7ho and drove it I had to buy it. Even when I wanted

an I6.
Ive changed just about everything on a car/truck

except for internal stuff like engines, gears and

transfer cases so I have been around a little.

My 04 has only 68k since I drive other vehicles, its

mostly for winter. Coming back from a trip 30 miles

highway speed I took a shortcut on a road with a 15

mph speed limit. All of a sudden, it "sounded" like my

tires were rubbing the fenders with a slight metallic

sound and the jeep bogged down some. I said I'm not

stopping and it got quiet after about a mile.
Pulled in garage and changed the Tcase with more oem

special type fluid and rear diff fluid was also

changed. The tcase had a few small metal parts but the

rear diff fluid did have alot of fine metal. 247

Quadra trac2 btw.
I should have drove it on test run but my wife offered

since she was moving it anyway while I switched cars.

She called and said it "popped" twice and jerked and

brought it back. I took it out twice after that

letting it cool down in between. The diffs and tcase

were warm but not hot and it didn't make any sounds in

about an hour of driving slow to 60mph. I took it 25

miles round trip to work and it didn't make any noise

the next day, maybe a slight vibration but it could be

I'm not the really that lucky that a fluid change

fixed everything...or am I? The fluids were first

changed when I got the jeep in 2007 with 43k miles.

Did the tcase fluid maybe break down? I saw some

people say that happens. I really cant afford a new

rebuilt tcase at the moment but am willing once I

prepare emotionally and money wise. I checked front

diff fluid too, good level and color. I had the front

diff of my old jeep burn up on a 100mile trip and this

was not nearly as evil of a sound.

What part of the tcase could be making that sound if

thats what it really is?
Any opinions on life left on it etc from someone of

experience would be appreciated. Thanks!

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