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Transfer Case Repair and Giving Your 4×4 a Bit of TLC (Conclusion)

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Getting transfer case repair done before you have a problem is a very wise practice.

Transfer Case Repair in Mesa, AZ

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As we covered previously, if you haven’t done transfer case service or gotten transfer case repair done, you could be stranded.

Arizona Can Be Dangerous With a Faulty Vehicle: Get Transfer Case Service Done

But that can’t happen to you, right? Well, this happened just last month, here in Arizona:

“Shortly after starting toward home, Ohman said he knew something was wrong. At times the rocky path had him driving right next to a steep drop-off.

He looked for a place to turn around but once he found one, the CR-V couldn’t make it back up the steep road. So he kept driving, navigating around 2- and 3-feet-deep ruts, or stopping completely to get out and move basketball-size boulders.

During one of the stops, he noticed fluid dripping from under his car. He had gas, the tires were inflated, but it wouldn’t move. The transmission was shredded.

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Man stranded in Arizona’s high desert for two days
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Andrew Austin and two of his friends went off-roading on motorcross bikes near Crown King, Arizona. Andrew Austin/Special for The Republic
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Man stranded in Arizona’s high desert for two days
Left with an immobile car and little else

He surveyed his situation: No phone signal, but he did save an offline map of the route home. He had a lighter and two old flares he wasn’t sure would work. One bottle of water, a slushie, a sandwich, some bagel chips, a few beers and what he thought were a few cans of sparkling water. On second look he realized the seltzer was alcoholic, too.

“That was excruciatingly hard. There’s not a friendly bush out there.”
Michael Ohman
In hopes of finding cell service, he hiked up a nearby mountain.

“That was excruciatingly hard,” he said. “There’s not a friendly bush out there.”

After finding no service, he hiked back to his car, disappointed and parched from the afternoon sun. By 5 p.m. he was out of water…

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Fix Your Transfer Case Sooner and Not Later

While the man in the article took a vehicle that wasn’t designed for rough terrain, this could just as easily happen to someone who had a faulty transfer case.

So take no chances.  Take your car in for transfer case service today.
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Transfer Case Repair and Giving Your 4×4 a Bit of TLC

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Transfer case repair helps to keep you doing what you do best, exploring Arizona’s back roads with your trusty 4×4.

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Professional Transfer Case Repair

Arizona is blessed with a lot of rugged beauty. From the trails around the Superstition Mountains, to the wide open expanses around Yuma, there is a lot to explore, especially with a four-wheel drive vehicle. If you’re going to go 4x4ing, you need several things to work. First off, you need high performance shocks and struts. Going cheap on your shocks and struts, particularly if you are going over rough terrain is a sure way to damage your sport utility vehicle or truck. You’re going to make sure that your car’s transmission is working, and most importantly of all, you’re going to need your vehicle’s transfer case operating at peak efficiency. So if it’s been a while, take your car in for transfer case repair in Mesa, or transfer case service. But what is a transfer case?
According to this article excerpt from Wikipedia:

“A transfer case is a part of the drivetrain of four-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive, and other multiple powered axle vehicles. The transfer case transfers power from the transmission to the front and rear axles by means of drive shafts. It also synchronizes the difference between the rotation of the front and rear wheels, and may contain one or more sets of low range gears for off-road use.
The transfer case receives power from the transmission and sends it to both the front and rear axles. This can be done with gears, hydraulics, or chain drive. On some vehicles, such as four-wheel-drive trucks or vehicles intended for off-road use, this feature is controlled by the driver. The driver can put the transfer case into either “two-wheel-drive” or “four-wheel-drive” mode. This is sometimes accomplished by means of a shifter, similar to that in a manual transmission. On some vehicles this may be electronically operated by a switch instead. Some vehicles, such as all-wheel-drive sports cars, have transfer cases that are not selectable. Such a transfer case is permanently “locked” into all-wheel-drive mode.”

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A Transfer Case Helps With Safe Off-Roading

Where most people go offroading is a bit on the remote side. It makes sense if you think about it. You kind of want to get away from the crowds and traffic of the city and get back to nature. However, with that said, another thing to think about is spotty cell phone reception. What does that have to do with transfer case repair in Mesa?
Well, if you haven’t done transfer case service or gotten transfer case repair done, you could be stranded.
So don’t be a statistic. Get professional transfer case repair in Mesa

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Transfer Case Repair: For You and Your 4×4

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Transfer case repair is necessary for any car that is a 4×4 or AWD. But first off, what is a transfer case?

Transfer Case Repair 101

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Transfer Case Service Keeps Your Car Running Like It’s New | (480) 447-2727

What is a transfer case? A transfer case is part of your car, truck, or 4×4’s power train. It transfers power between the front and the rear of the vehicle by the use of drive shafts. One of the parts that can go wrong is the transfer case output shaft seal.

According to Timothy Charlet at Your Mechanic:

“The transfer case output shaft is the part that connects the case to the axle. The purpose of the transfer case output seal is to prevent fluid from leaking out of transmission, where the transfer case is connected by way of the transmission’s input shaft. The seal also helps to keep fluid from leaking out of the front and rear output shaft to the differentials, which keeps all metal components properly lubricated for extended use.

If the seals leak, fluid escapes and is no longer able to properly lubricate the interior components of the transfer case. Eventually the parts inside will wear out and overheat. If this happens, the transfer case will be rendered useless and the four-wheel drive operation will not work. Over time the transfer case output shaft seal can fail, and when it does, will display a few symptoms that will alert the driver that a problem with this system exists. Noted below are a few of the common side effects of a damaged transfer case output shaft seal that should be replaced.

The seal that keeps fluid inside the transfer case and thus the transmission is vital for the smooth operation of the vehicle’s transmission. When fluid is leaking from a broken seal, it reduces the volume of fluid that is currently working inside the transmission. A loss in fluid pressure also occurs, which will make shifting gears more difficult for an automatic or manually shifted transmission. If you notice that your transmission is having difficulty shifting to higher or lower gears, you should contact a certified mechanic as soon as possible to inspect this problem and offer a solution.” SOURCE

Repair Your Trasnfer Case Today, Don’t Wait

It’s an old saying that good things come to those who wait. Whoever coined that phrase never had a transfer case in need of repair. The longer you wait to repair your transfer case, the worse the damage can be to your drive train.

If you find you need transfer case repair, don’t try to fix it yourself. Instead make sure you take it to a professional transmission repair shop in Mesa.

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Professional Transmission Repair in Mesa: Avoid the Traps and Dirty Tricks

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Professional transmission repair in Mesa is something that you should seek out regardless of what type of transmission you have.

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While a general mechanic might, and we stress the word might, be able to work on it, there are a few things that you need to be aware of.

Why Transmission Repair in Mesa is Best Left to a Pro

First off, a lot of mechanics and auto repair shops out there will “farm out” your transmission repair to a transmission repair shop in Mesa, or some other part of the valley.  Why does this matter?  It’s still going to get fixed, right?  Well, yes, but you may be in for some sticker shock.

Everytime a vehicle or component changes hands, because of the dirty tricks some auto mechanics play, there is an additional fee added to your repair bill.  It might be called shipping, or a “transportation fee,” but it is a ripoff.  For example, most of the time the transportation cost is merely someone driving a rebuilt transmission in a car or a truck back to the original shop that farmed the repair out.  So essentially, you’re paying fuel costs which is reasonable, mileage, which is also reasonable, and a bit of money to wet the beak of the repair shop, which is not really reasonable at all.

Why You Should Go to a Mesa Transmission Repair Shop Instead

Why should you take your car to a Mesa transmission repair shop instead?  Well, for one, they have a lot of different things that they can work on in your car’s power train  such as differential repair.

Differential repair is often not even on the list of things that a lot of mechanics can work on.  Neither is transfer case repair.  But all cars and trucks have a differential and if you have a four wheel drive, you have a transfer case.  There is another reason to take your car to a professional transmission repair shop in Mesa, to get the best value for your money.

A professional transmission repair shop can offer you different choices should the worst happen and you need to replace your transmission.  They might be able to offer you a reconditioned transmission for a fraction of the cost of a brand new one.

So save yourself some time.  Save yourself some money and some aggravation too.  Take your car to a transmission repair shop in Mesa.

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Professional Transfer Case Repair: Caring for Your 4X4 (Conclusion)

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Transfer case repair depends on knowing what type of transfer case you’re working with.In addition to this, however, you need to know what symptoms it’s exhibiting.

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Signs You Might Need Transfer Case Repair

Transfer case repair usually starts with symptoms.  Despite the fact that transfer cases are tricky to diagnose and repair, some of the tell-tale signs that there might be a problem with yours include the following:

* Strange noises happening when you drive at different speeds or when shifting gears.

* Unfamiliar noises from the front of your car when cooler weather hits can mean that your car needs lubrication. The fluid in the transfer case should be checked each time you get an oil change.

* Difficulty with shifting gears or if it kicks out of gear at random times while the car is in motion.

These are some of the most common signs that the transfer case of your car should be checked. Unfortunately, again, different makes or models of cars have different types of transfer cases, so it is critical that you make sure you are taking your car to someone who understands them and are familiar with working on them, such as a specialist at our transmission repair shop in Mesa.

Professional auto repair technicians are experts at transfer case repairs, and they give your car the diagnostic tests it needs to ensure that a transfer case is the problem you are having. Not only that but if it’s determined that a transfer case repair is what you need, hey will apply all proper procedures and parts to make sure that everything is running smoothly when your car is returned to you in like-new operation.

Transfer Case Repair in Mesa

Whether you suspect that your are experiencing a problem with your vehicle’s drive system, whether it’s in a transmission or the transfer case, relax: Bring your vehicle to a Mesa transmission repair shop for an expert diagnostic evaluation. Don’t wait, do it today. The sooner you act to make a transfer case repair, the better. Not only do you owe it to yourself to make your vehicle operate the best that it is capable of, but you are eliminating the problem when it might surface in the future. Your vehicle problems won’t just go away. The best time to call with your vehicle problems is when you first suspect that they are there. That is not only the best time to prevent a problem in the future, but it’s also the time when it would probably be the least expensive to deal with.  Knowing all this, this is why you need professional transfer case repair.

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Professional Transfer Case Repair: Caring for Your 4X4

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

What is a transfer case?  What does transfer repair entail?  Does my vehicle need it?  Can I do it myself, or should I contact a repair shop?  All of these questions and more will be answered in this article.

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What is a Transfer Case?

In plain English, a transfer case redirects the torque from the transmission of the car to other systems. In four-wheel drive vehicles, the transfer case redirects torque, which allows all four wheels to drive the vehicle. The transfer case also allows the driver to choose whether they are using two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive when they are driving.

Needless to say, the transfer case is a critical part of your car and how well it operates, regardless of the type of car you drive. Unfortunately, since torque to the wheels runs through the transfer case, a problem with it can often appear very similar to a transmission failure or similar problem. The bottom line is that a problem with a transfer case can keep your vehicle from moving at all. Perhaps most important of all, the technicians at your transmission repair shop in Mesa know how to identify the root causes of your vehicle’s condition, to see whether it’s in a transmission or the transfer case. As a result, when you bring your vehicle to a professional mechanic, you’ll never have to pay to have your transmission rebuilt when the problem is actually in the transfer case. This way you are paying for what is wrong, not for what you can be convinced is wrong with your car.

Out of sight, out of mind. Everyone has heard that one. But when it comes to your car and how well it runs, out of sight, out of mind is not a good motto. Instead, just as is the case with many automobile systems, problems with your transfer case can be serious, and by ignoring any problems that occur there, and not opting for professional transfer case repair, you could be setting yourself up to many more problems in the future.

The Reason For Professional Transfer Case Repair

If you have a four wheel drive vehicle, you have a transfer case.  If you have a transfer case, it is very complex.  Like all complex parts, if you make a mistake, you don’t get too many chances for a “do-over.”

So remember.  One misplaced part could cause your transfer case to stop working, and if you’re using a four wheel drive vehicle, that could be potentially fatal.  Take no chances, only get professional transfer case repair.

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Transfer Case Service

Friday, July 17th, 2015

How often should you get your transfer case serviced?  This is one of the questions that will be answered by this article.

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How Often You Should Change your Transfer Case Fluid

You should change your transfer case fluid every 30,000 miles. Your transfer case engages and disengages the four-wheel-drive when activated and de-activated. A transfer case is an aluminum housing mounted on the underside of the vehicle and is usually either  gear driven chain or by chain.

Because of the fact that your transfer case is a sealed unit and contains multiple moving parts, transfer case fluid is used to  lubricate the components as well as reducing heat and keeping the parts clean.  Like your transmission fluid, it is important for you to have a transfer case repair shop  check out your transfer case and see if you need to have your transmission fluid replaced.

Does Transfer Case Fluid Dissipate?

Does transfer case fluid dissipate like oil?  The oil in your car can drop down in the level it is at.  You can have less oil than you used to.  Your transfer case and automatic transmission, however, are both sealed systems.  There should be no drop in your transfer case fluid level.  If it is lower, then it means that you probably have a leak or a crack in the casing, which can be potentially serious and lead to full blown transfer case repair.

Transfer case fluid, much like automatic transmission fluid can’t dissipate, however, it can become contaminated.  At that point it can cause the components of your transfer case to start grinding against one another. For a while that’s not a problem, but if it continues, than you are in for  a major transfer case repair.

Does every car or truck need transfer case repair.  Actually, no.  Transfer case repair is only on vehicles that have a four wheel drive installed.  A transfer case is for transferring power between the front and rear wheels.  Since you are using a transfer case in extreme environments, you want to make sure that you get your vehicle serviced periodically.

So remember, there’s a difference between regular service and major repair.  It’s all about early detection.  So don’t wait.  Make sure you get into a shop that does transfer case service in Mesa, AZ.

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Transfer Case Repair in Mesa

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Transfer case repair is something that you will need, particularly if you like the 4x4ing lifestyle that Arizona has to offer.

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When people think of a desert, they think of stereotypical images of barren plains, flat, and barren. That’s one perception of the desert, however except for isolated patches, a great chunk of the Arizona Desert is actually incredibly diverse and varied terrain, and one of the best ways to see it is in the comfort of a four wheel drive vehicle. 4x4ing on established trails is a great way to see the beauty of the Sonoran desert particularly in places like Bulldog Canyon.

However, like all mechanical parts, your transfer case will sooner or later will need some scheduled maintenance or even transfer case repair. Under no circumstances should you try this on your own.

What is a Transfer Case

What is a transfer case? According to FOURWHEELER.COM: “No matter how simple or complex your transfer case is, this is what it does: It splits the engine torque coming from the transmission and delivers it to output shafts that connect to driveshafts leading to the front and rear axles. Most transfer cases designed for off-road use are able to mechanically lock the front and rear driveshafts together, so each end of the vehicle gets an equal amount of engine torque.

Depending on the age and design of your transfer case, torque is delivered to the front output shaft either through a set of gears or via a chain. Most present-day T-cases are chain-driven, as the chains have proven to be lighter and quieter than gears. Hard-core ’wheelers tend to prefer the old-school gear-driven cases, however, because they can withstand greater amounts of torque without breaking. And gears will never stretch like a Chain might when it’s under extreme stress.

The age of your transfer case also has a lot to do with the material used to construct its housing. Older T-cases, like the NP203, NP205, and the Dana 300, were built with cast-iron housings. They’re heavy, but bullet-proof. Since the 1980s, the quest for fuel efficiency has caused manufacturers to turn to lighter materials, like aluminum and magnesium, for T-case housings.” [READ MORE]

Arizona has a vibrant, outdoorsy atmosphere. How better to enjoy it than to take a drive in a 4 wheel drive vehicle. And if you do that, make sure you get your jeep, sport utility vehicle or truck into a shop that does transfer case service.

Read another article on this subject here.

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Get Transfer Case Repair and Go 4x4ing Part 2: Bulldog Canyon

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Part two of our series on transfer case repair explores a trail near the East Valley.

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Get Transfer Case Service and Hit Bulldog Canyon

Arizona is home to some great off-road trails.  One of these many trails is Bulldog Canyon, located at the east end of the valley a bit northeast of Apache Junction.  Before you load up and head out, however, you may want to get your transfer case checked at a mechanic. According to the site AZOFFROADING.COM: “A permit is required for this trail. It’s easy to obtain and free. Carry it with you at all times. Call Mesa District Rangers at (480) 610-3300. You can now obtain the necessary permit online! Just fill out the form, and they e-mail you printable permit within two days. Directions to the Trail: From Hwy 60 east of Phoenix, head north from exit 188 on Power Road which turns into Bush Highway north of town. Follow Bush Hwy east and turn right 1.7 miles after Usery Pass Road. Refer to your permit for combination of gate. Relock the gate after passing through. [READ MORE]

Like all trails designed for 4-wheel driving, Bulldog Canyon is both rugged and rocky.  You want to make sure that your vehicle is in great condition.  Get your truck or sport utility vehicle thoroughly checked over by a mechanic.    Make sure that your tires are okay, and there’s no worn tread on them.  Make sure that you have enough gas in your car, and that you take drinking water and food with you as well.  And make sure that you get your car in for transfer case service before you go out.

Why Transfer Case Repair May Be Necessary

If your mechanic checks your car out and finds no problem, get your permit and hit the trail.  If he finds something wrong and recommends transfer case repair, be smart and listen to him.  Why?  Well, if a transfer case isn’t working right, it won’t transfer additional power to the wheel that’s under stress, then you could find your vehicle doing some rather scary things.  On a minor scale, your car could get locked in some sand.  On a bigger scale, you could end up tipping your vehicle over.

So remember, if you want to go 4 wheel driving, do it legally and responsibly.  Make sure you have all of the permits you’re going to need for Bulldog Canyon or anywhere else you want to go.  And get your vehicle in for transfer case service today.

For more information, be sure to read part one of this series as well.

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Get Transfer Case Repair and Go 4x4ing Part 1: Ajax Trail

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Transfer case repair helps your four wheel or all wheel drive vehicle run smoothly. And in Arizona, 4x4ing  can be fun.

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Go 4x4ing? Get your Transfer Case Serviced | (480) 447-2727

Transfer Case Service

You want to get transfer case service for your 4X4.  Arizona is home to some rugged territory and beautiful places to see.  Some of them like Sedona or the Grand Canyon you can get to by highway, but others are well off the beaten track and can only be reached by using a four wheel drive vehicle.  Some places are actually quite close by and worth a look.  For example, look at Ajax trail.  According to this excerpt from http://jeep.off-road.com/: “Ajax can be found in southern Arizona, about 15 miles northeast of Florence. From highway 79 take the dirt road heading east between mile markers 144 and 145. The approximate location of the trailhead (you really ought to get the topo map) is 33 degrees, 12 minutes, 20 seconds north, 111 degrees , 11 minutes, 30 seconds west. Approximate, because the trail wanders in and out of the wash and crosses adjacent roads.” [READ MORE]

4X4ing is not for everyone.  However, for those who love the spirit and call of the west, it is an incredibly fun activity.  You can see parts of Arizona that aren’t on the travel brochures, and partake of the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.  However, before you do so, you should get your transfer case looked at.

Transfer Case: Avoid Problems Before They Start

Your 4×4 takes a lot of punishment.  Your shocks and struts are just one part of your vehicle that has to go through a lot when out in the desert or wherever you’re heading.  Getting transfer case service before you have a problem makes sense not just for any potential expense, but for your own safety.  A great many of the places that people go 4X4ing in are not well known for cell phone reception.  As a result, if your transfer case breaks down, and overall, your 4×4 won’t shift properly, you may be stuck there a while.  In the spring and fall, this isn’t as much of a problem as it is now.  But in the summer when it is well above 100 degrees…

So don’t borrow trouble.  If you’re going to go four wheeling around Arizona, make sure you’re prepared.  Make sure you have enough water and gas up your sport utility vehicle or truck before you head out.  And before you even think about going out, have your vehicle checked over by a mechanic that does transfer case repair.

For more information on transfer case repair or trails in Arizona, be sure to read part two as well.

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