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post #1 of 7 Old 11-21-2019, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Size:  142.8 KBI was looking on good old Facebook and came across a listing for this Jeep, priced at $500. I contacted the sell and chatted with her for a couple of days. She knocked off $100 because she said it needs a new battery. Anyways, the pics look ok, she said it runs and drives... 4wd works too but reverse is gone! I was like “I WANT IT!“ The next day my wife and I went and got it. As soon as I got out of the lady’s driveway, the Jeep made a loud thump and you could feel the whole Jeep jolt/shake. A few seconds later it did it again and then again and then there was nothing. I pulled over and was listening. The transmission was working like it should... well sounds switching through the gears. I then started to mess with the transfer case lever. I pulled it back to 4wd part time.... nope, 4wd hi..... nope, 4wd Lo... YUP! Wow what is going on here! I drove it all the way home, which is 90 miles away in 4wd Lo. The max speed I went was 30mph. 3hrs later I made it home. The next day I played with the TC and got it back into 2wd and it was working like it should. I started to think “it must have sat for way too long”. Then I went for a drive, about half a mile, all is good. So I went on another short drive. Wow it’s working! So then I decided to take it for a longer trip, 5 miles..... well that’s when the issue came back but this time it was hard to find any type of gear that would engage in the TC. Finally I got it in 4wd Lo but it’s not it that location. The lever was almost in 4wd Hi, so I had to hold the lever, until I got back home. Now it’s up in the air and the TC has been removed. Yesterday I went out and got another 242 j TC but the rear spindle is too small so now they are both on the work bench so I can put the two together to make one!


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post #2 of 7 Old 11-21-2019, 06:54 PM
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So is the transfer case just that far out of adjustment or is there something actually wrong internally...please let us know what you find when you open it up.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-22-2019, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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What I had found was that most of the plastic guides were broken. So it was rubbing metal on metal.
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Im hoping this is all that was wrong with it so now it’s time to put it all back together and hope for the best.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-24-2019, 06:27 PM
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Well I guess that would explain the shifting and movement issues. Thank you for updating with your findings. I assume that all can be repaired with an overhaul/rebuild kit?
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-24-2019, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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As for an update; I picked up a second TC for $100 and used the parts from that to replace the parts that were bad. The parts that I replaced was exactly what it needed! It drives like it should and shifts like it should. I’m not sure why when I add a photo to the posting from my iPhone 11 max pro on the latest iOS it puts it in sideways.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-24-2019, 06:49 PM
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As for an update; I picked up a second TC for $100 and used the parts from that to replace the parts that were bad. The parts that I replaced was exactly what it needed! It drives like it should and shifts like it should. Iím not sure why when I add a photo to the posting from my iPhone 11 max pro on the latest iOS it puts it in sideways.
At least you got it figured out and pretty simple quick fix, err. somewhat quick at least. So you now have a $500 Liberty again HAHA!!! When those first came out I hated them, but they've kind of grown on me a little bit the past couple years....they're not quite as comfortable as a Grand Cherokee but they're still pretty dang capable offroad. The 3.7L V6 seemed to be a problematic engine for some though.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-25-2019, 08:13 AM
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That's a great deal. I used to find stuff like this that could be fixed within reason, and flip them. Never made any profit to live off of, but it was a self funding hobby. I had some rust on mine in that area. I got out the 'glass cloth and resin, made it look good, and rolled on some truck bed liner.
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