Getting to Know Your 4×4 Transfer Case

4x4Vehicles that have four-wheel-drive also have a transfer case; it just comes with the package. What the 4×4 transfer case does is it sends power to both the front and rear axles which then powers the wheels which puts your car into motion. Transfer cases don’t have to support four-wheel-drive (4WD) they can also support vehicles limited to two-wheel-drive (2WD).

The specifics of transfer cases may differ by make or model but they perform the same function and are located behind the transmission. Many 4×4 transfer cases can be activated via a switch or button and it is a capability that can come in quite handy. With all four wheels moving at the same time it gives you better traction and control on the road and makes it much easier to climb out of sticky situations with mud or snow.

How can you tell if the transfer case isn’t acting the way it should? Like with most problems that arise in automobiles there could be several possible solutions. However by keeping a checklist and using a process of elimination you may be able to pinpoint the exact problem and its location.

  • Difficulty shifting into desired range – can be caused by damaged or worn shift linkage. It could also be insufficient or wrong type of lubricant.
  • Sounds noisy and is jumping out of 4×4 low range – could mean the transfer case isn’t fully engaged. There could also be loose linkage that needs tightening up.
  • Transfer case appears to be leaking – then either you have too much lubricant and it needs to be drained or you have a cracked seal.

Although these are common problems with transfer cases know that it doesn’t stop here. There are more electronic components in newer transfer cases which is causing more problems. So if you see yours simply isn’t responding then there could be a problem with the wiring and fuses.

4×4 transfer cases can be complicated so if you find yourself in a position you don’t want to be in then bring your car in to 2J’s Automotive and let the professionals take care of your vehicle and transfer case for you.

We will give your car a free diagnostic test to locate the source of the problem and then administer the proper services and repairs. Call 2J’s Automotive at 817-232-9866 to schedule a check-up or just come see us at our location.

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