How Do You Know if Your Transfer Case Needs Repair?

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4×4 transfer cases can vary depending on your car’s make and model. Transfer cases and drive shafts in Chevrolet’s will be different from the ones inside a Ford. This can make the repairs and replacement tricky since the same procedures might not always take place.

Bringing in your car to 2J’s Automotive will ensure you receive expert advice from experienced professionals who can help find the exact problem with your vehicle’s drive shaft.

However if you want to get your hands a little dirty and find out what the problem is yourself then there are some important things to know about 4×4 transfer cases.

For starters, a 4×4 transfer case allows your car to have four wheel drive. It takes power from the transmission and transfers it to both the front and rear axle through two different drive shafts.

Note: Most transfer cases can be located near the transmission where it receives power from the engine. If you’re having difficulties then check your user manual or bring it in to 2J’s Automotive.

There are some tell-tale signs of a faulty transfer case so if you’re suspicious then check for the following.

  • Strange noises occurring when driving at certain speeds or when shifting gears.
  • Unusual noises coming from the front of your car in colder weather can mean you need more lubrication. (Transfer case fluid should be checked every time you get an oil change.)
  • Difficulty shifting gears or it kicks out of gear at random while in motion.

Again these are some of the common signs that your transfer case should be taken out and inspected, because different makes and models have very different transfer cases.

If you don’t feel like taking out anything under the hood then let the mechanics at 2J’s Automotive take care of it for you. First they will give your car a free diagnostic test to verify the problem then apply the proper procedures to make sure everything is running smoothly.

2J’s Automotive is also running a promotion through the end of March. One winner will be drawn to win a FREE 19” Vizio Flat Screen HDTV on March 30th and contacted that same day.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions regarding your transfer case or how to get entered for the drawing.

2 responses to “How Do You Know if Your Transfer Case Needs Repair?”

  1. Dustin Brant says:

    I have a jeep wrangler with a nv3550 transmission, not sure what the transfer case is, but recently, I was pulling out of my driveway and my wheels locked up, and later that day I was checking the axils and so I took of both drive shafts to see if it was in the transmission or transfer case, and it was still locked up, it is a manual, I tried to accelerate, but it was bogging me down, as if I were about to stall out (something wasn’t moving) then it suddenly popped free and spun freely. The next day I was driving home from work, and I was starting from a stop and I accelerated but nothing happened, then it started to move as usual, but in my lower gears (1-3) there was a really loud grinding noise, as I got closer to home, shifting got worse, and it was missing a lot more. is this a problem with the transfer case, or transmission?

    • admin says:

      It is hard to say but it sounds like the transmission from your description. At first I thought it could be the differential but the shifting issues sounds like transmission.

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