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Unread 08-15-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
jbeardyman
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HELP!! Transfer/trans trouble

I have a 2004 X 4.0 with only 82,000 miles, on the way to work(2am) something went wrong. It will move a little in drive, none in reverse, jacked up front and rear in 4wd and 2wd neutral on the tranny, and all wheels move just fine. pulled rear cover off, looks perfect, pulled drain and fill on transfer case, no metal, as well as nothing looks bad inside, like chain. Working guy with kids, looking for some good news. Thanks

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Unread 08-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #2
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have you checked transmission fluid level at all ?
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Unread 08-15-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
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Yep. Checked last week when I changed the oil then when it happened and is pretty and red with a slight hint of getting warm but not too warm. Level perfect.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 08:02 PM   #4
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Any special circumstances when something went wrong. From where I sit it sounds like transmission.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 08:08 PM   #5
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Came off interstate through a couple green lights. Stopped at a light and when I went to go again felt like trying to roll over a large rock.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 08:43 PM   #6
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Put it up in the air again. Put it in 4WD, in this way the front and rear axles are connected through the transfer case. With the transmission in neutral, try turning the rear driveshaft by hand. The front driveshaft should turn as well, and you should not be able to prevent it from turning. This should eliminate the transfer case.
If this turns out, and your transmission fluid is fine you need to do line pressure tests. For this you will need a shop manual and some guages.
It could be as simple as a wiring or solenoid problem, look for loose connections by the transmission. You may be able to pull a code as well.
Unfortunately often a snap ring will let go in the transmission allowing fluid to leak into pan rather then apply the necessary clutch(s). The only way to repair this is to dismantle the transmission,to verify and repair, or of course replace the transmission.
My advice would be to take it to a transmission shop that has a decent reputation and let them have a look at it. Try chatting them up first, often just by talking to them you can separate the wheat from the chaff. I wish I could be of more help.
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