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post #1 of 7 Old 01-14-2013, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Moody transfer case?

This morning I went to take my youngin to school, and went to climb a small muddy hill on my driveway, but the 4 wheel did not engage (quadratec-2). I was also able to spin the rear wheels due to tires with a receding tread line. But when I get back home, I go to climb a slightly bigger hill in the yard and it crawls right on up as if nothing were wrong. Is it time to swap to select trac, or time to check the xfer case fluid?

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-20-2013, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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OK, I crawled under it today, and checked the fluid level from the fill hole.. to my shock it was almost empty, ( I had to really get my finger in there to get even a drop of fluid) My question is what color should the fluid be, because mine had a reddish tint to it with traces of brown mixed in, not really burnt, but old I guess. I'm really hoping that fluid change will correct the problem, and I won't have to change to the 242 case which I don't have the funds for at this time.


On a side note, I also checked to see if the front drive shaft spun freely. It has SOME play, but not a lot, and it didn't spin but rotate just a little bit then lock. Not too sure if that means anything or not.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-20-2013, 05:26 AM
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Would drain it, and refill it using the correct fluid for your transfer case. (from reading on here I believe yours takes a special fluid from mopar, not atf+4?)
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-21-2013, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Drained and refilled with mopar fluid, all seems well at this point. It did take a minute for the front to start spinning the first time, but after a few tries in mud it pulls like a champ. I even managed to get her porn star dirty today, and that makes me a happy man. Thank you for the help!
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Great to hear!

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-21-2013, 06:04 PM
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I can't tell you how many complaints of the Quadra Tec I have seen where it's not engaging and it's a fluid problem. Most owners manuals may even say it's an ATF+4, but there was an update to put the new light brown Mopar Fluid in as a replacement. Seems ATF doesn't lubricate like Chrysler had intended
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-21-2013, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately I MAY have spoken too soon, after I left my dads with successful mud run under my belt, I dropped my oldest off at her moms house ( who just so happens to have a muddy driveway) so I tested again when leaving. Instant spin on the front tires, I get home let it set long enough to let the dog out and gather work clothes together (maybe about 10-15 mins) I tried to go up the steepest part of my yard into the road, and the front tires do NOT move. After a 30 min round trip to pick the wife up from work, I try the same spot in the yard, and its crawling right up with no problems at all. I'm pretty sure I put the correct amount of fluid in approx 1 1/2 bottles (until it started to run out of the fill hole) so I don't think that is the problem. So it seems that the 247 may have to go, and a 242 will take its place. There are 2 I6 zj's right down the road from me, and i'm pretty sure they are both 4x4, I know one is a tsi. So it looks like most of my night will be searching for a write up for a 247 to a 242 swap in an i6 Grand Cherokee.


Edit**

Quick search on craigslist came up with this: http://greensboro.craigslist.org/pts/3545568601.html
my question, will I need a rear drive shaft as well, and if the splines don't match, am I able to swat the input shaft from my 247 to the 242?
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