What is a transfer case? Why do you need to fix it? Do all vehicles have them? All of these questions and more will be covered below…
Transfer Case Repair for Vehicles That Need It
Auto mechanics know: why argue with perfection. This article excerpt from Wikipedia sums up a transfer case fairly well: A transfer case is a part of a four-wheel-drive system found in four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles. The transfer case is connected to the transmission and also to the front and rear axles by means of drive shafts. It is also referred to as a “transfer gearcase”, “transfer gearbox”,”transfer box”, “jockey box”, or simply “T-case”. The transfer case receives power from the transmission and sends it to both the front and rear axles. This can be done with a set of gears, but the majority of transfer cases manufactured today are chain driven.[READ MORE]
A transfer case is in a way, kind of like an extra transmission. In a high performance vehicle like a 4X4 this can be necessary. You kind of need a bit of extra shifting capability when you’re using an off road vehicle, as any auto repair center knows. Transfer case repair isn’t necessary all of the time, but it does happen every once in a while
Fix Your Transfer Case to Avoid Problems
You should change out your transfer case fluid twice a year, and check your transfer case fluid each time you go in for an oil change. As to how you can tell when your transfer case is starting to go, you can tell this easily by the way the transmission acts. If your transmission spins, that is doesn’t shift when you hit the gas, then you probably either need to get in for your transmission or for transfer case repair.
Transfer cases are one of those forgotten components of your 4-wheel drive vehicle. Forgotten that is, until you’re waiting for the tow truck to arrive. But it is better to be proactive. Know the maintenance schedule of your vehicle, and get into a facility that can do transfer case repair.
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