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post #1 of 67 Old 12-03-2012, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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exploded transfercase

i literally exploded it. pics to come.

what the heck would cause this? i'm so heartbroken right now. i was parked, and when i try to drive away, the wheels were locked up. gave it a hard rev and CRACKSMASHBOOMBANG the transfercase was done.

*sigh* what would cause this? good thing i have a spare transfercase laying around. i just don't have the time to install it.


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post #2 of 67 Old 12-03-2012, 08:13 PM
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dude the past couple of months for you and your jeep have sucked lol. sorry to hear. eager to see the pics lol
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post #3 of 67 Old 12-03-2012, 08:16 PM
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Damn bro! Maybe stretched chain? I don't even know bro.

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post #4 of 67 Old 12-03-2012, 11:44 PM
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Talk about terrible luck...

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post #5 of 67 Old 12-03-2012, 11:55 PM
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Ouch sorry to hear that post pics of the carnage. Did it just go or did you have any leaking or binding or noises prior to the explosion?
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post #6 of 67 Old 12-03-2012, 11:56 PM
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Bummer iser and what else can happen!

When my 242 went out the top rubber plug popped out blowing all the fluid out before I even knew it. But it didn't explode and the parts just ground up in there while it started making noise. It did loosen/stretch the chain and you could see where it was hitting the inside of the case.

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post #7 of 67 Old 12-04-2012, 07:13 AM
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Did something freeze in it? You do live in an arctic tundra
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post #8 of 67 Old 12-04-2012, 08:27 AM
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Yeah, real bummer. Didn't you swap this one in not to long ago?

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post #9 of 67 Old 12-04-2012, 09:27 AM
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That's a toughy. Sounds to me like the rear axle, or something between the axle and the later half of the main shaft inside the t-case was bound up somehow, and the main shaft inside grenaded. Don't know if you had it in 4wd, but the weak point between the front axle and the t-case, at least for me, was the chain inside the t-case. I followed some bad advice, and jacked that up pretty good, but it didn't damage the case enough to cause a leak. I pulled the front driveshaft, and ran it in 2wd just fine. But that was also a different t-case in the family, so it may very well be different. On that one, I'd have thought something in the rear driveshaft assembly would have gone first, like the u-joints, before the shaft.
Yup, I'm gonna go with some kind of binding in the tailshaft, or maybe failed bearing inside the case.

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Did something freeze in it? You do live in an arctic tundra
Good point and I was wondering the same thing since saw where he was broke down at -40 below just recently.

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post #12 of 67 Old 12-04-2012, 10:06 AM
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Iser... you have an awesome jeep but terrible luck with it

I really want to know how that could have happened

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Wouldn't it have to get warm enough to thaw our first, then refreeze, though? Again, not being ignorant, just wondering. I don't see where the t-case would warm up enough to liquify water, unless he garaged it somewhere warm for a while. That would make sense, though. Warm water, freezing inside the t-case would crack the housing, when we went to drive, it might bind up a bit from the internals being misaligned, then blow the thing apart when he gunned it a bit.

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post #14 of 67 Old 12-04-2012, 04:58 PM
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What locked the wheels? Ice or mechanical issues in the axle?

The chain probably let go spectacularly.

Mine is probably gonna do the same, soon. Was pulling a post with it last weekend and when it hits the end of the chain there's a clicky sound coming from inside the case like a chain slipping......

Correspondingly, I do not like reading this thread

good luck with the truck
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post #15 of 67 Old 12-04-2012, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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i have a feeling there was water inside and it froze. that's the only explanation i have. i'm so frustrated since i just swapped this tcase in. i'm pretty close to saying i'm done with this jeep even though i love it so much. i need a reliable dd. it's -40. i can't be worried about my vehicle, wondering what will grenade next.

*sigh*

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