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Unread 04-16-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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New transfer case

My 4wd drive system light has been coming on so I took it to the dealer and they said I need a new transfer case, how much should I expect it to cost? From what I've read it will easily be upward of 1000 and I'm cash strapped and the jeep is my only car. Anyway is it safe to drive? Also by driving it do I risk further damage and cost ? I only have a 5 minute drive to school, and don't plan on driving mush more than that, no long trips, so will I be ok for that use ?
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Unread 04-17-2013, 11:34 AM   #2
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How is it running otherwise? Any jerking when turning? Bad noises? What does the fluid look like?
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i had to get mine replaced. paid a trusted mechanic i know $930 for the t-case install and all out the door. does anything happen under heavy acceleration or while shifting from park to drive or shifting at all?
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The Dealership is the last place on earth you want fixing your vehicles. Dealerships make their money selling high priced parts, and they will seldom take time/effort to diagnose and repair when they can simple bolt on new high priced (high profit margin) parts. Find a shop that understands 4x4 and Jeeps and have them figure out what is wrong. If nothing else, look for a good used transfer case.
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How is it running otherwise? Any jerking when turning? Bad noises? What does the fluid look like?
Knock on wood, no noises or any problems driving wise whatsoever.
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The Dealership is the last place on earth you want fixing your vehicles. Dealerships make their money selling high priced parts, and they will seldom take time/effort to diagnose and repair when they can simple bolt on new high priced (high profit margin) parts. Find a shop that understands 4x4 and Jeeps and have them figure out what is wrong. If nothing else, look for a good used transfer case.
Thanks for the heads up, There's a local mechanic that specializes in jeeps, going to take it there sometime next week to get an estimate
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i had to get mine replaced. paid a trusted mechanic i know $930 for the t-case install and all out the door. does anything happen under heavy acceleration or while shifting from park to drive or shifting at all?
Where did you get the t case itself ? I've been looking for used ones but can't find any near me.
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Where did you get the t case ?
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Where did you get the t case itself ? I've been looking for used ones but can't find any near me.
My mechanic found it I'm not sure where. Sorry
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Knock on wood, no noises or any problems driving wise whatsoever.
no noises or driveability issues and you need a new transfer case ? there's only a handfull of sensors in the transfer case that can even make the service 4x4 light appear . I'd be shocked and amazed if you need anything even close to a new transfer case . i mean this is an AWD vehicle that won't even move if the transfer case is buggered .whatever garage you take it to , i wouldn.t even mention what that dealer said . keep us posted . good luck .
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no noises or driveability issues and you need a new transfer case ? there's only a handfull of sensors in the transfer case that can even make the service 4x4 light appear . I'd be shocked and amazed if you need anything even close to a new transfer case . i mean this is an AWD vehicle that won't even move if the transfer case is buggered .whatever garage you take it to , i wouldn.t even mention what that dealer said . keep us posted . good luck .
I agree with you. When mine needed replaced it would make a loud clunk when shifting gears and any type of moderate or heavy acceleration made a loud pop sound like metal slipping and I would lose power for a split second
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I'm no mechanic but it didn't seem right to me either. I did have the dealer do a flash while I was there and (fingers crossed) the light hasn't came back. I'm just worried about driving it, if there is a problem and having something worse happen. If its not a new t case what else could it be ?
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I'm no mechanic but it didn't seem right to me either. I did have the dealer do a flash while I was there and (fingers crossed) the light hasn't came back. I'm just worried about driving it, if there is a problem and having something worse happen. If its not a new t case what else could it be ?
Yzjwk was right when he said there are a handful of sensors. I'd suggest getting those checked cause they could easily throw the "service 4WD" message
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Unread 04-18-2013, 06:39 AM   #14
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When my 05 TC went, the Jeep was bucking and locking up intermittently such that it was near undriveable. Agree with getting second opinion. "Service 4WD" message will pop up with ABS sensor fault, speed input/output sensors off tranny, a whole host of things....
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Unread 04-18-2013, 02:13 PM   #15
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I'm taking it to the local mechanic Monday, but like I said since the flash the light hasn't came back. Will it just be a wasted trip?
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