If you have a four wheel drive vehicle, sooner or later you’re going to need to do service on your transfer case, or maybe even transfer case repair. Part one of our series explores some general repair advice.
When Should You Repair Your Transfer Case?
When should you repair your transfer case? Well it depends on the year, make, and model of your car. Your owner’s manual is the final word though. It should give you a timetable as to when to repair your transfer case, or other parts of your power train. You also do not want to try to repair your vehicle yourself.
Your vehicle’s transfer case is what allows you to have four wheel drive. It transfers transmission power to both your front and rear axle. It is usually located just behind your transmission on the undercarriage of your vehicle. It is never a good idea to take apart anything that has a collection of gears or you could run the risk of damaging the unit. How do you know when it’s time to take your car in for transfer case repair?
Transfer Case Problems and Their Symptoms
When you’re going a certain speed or changing gears, do you hear anything odd? How long has it been since you’ve checked your transfer case fluid? You want to have it checked every time you get your oil change. Like transmission fluid, transfer case fluid doesn’t evaporate, so if the fluid level is low, that means there may be a leak somewhere. Any lurching or shimmying may also be a sign that you need to fix your car’s transfer case. And you don’t want to neglect this repair. Not fixing it can lead to other problems in your power train.
How often you should repair your transfer case again depends on the year, make and model of your car, sport utility vehicle, or truck, so open up your owner’s manual. If you want a mileage reading, every 30,000 miles and above is usually a good time frame to shoot for. If you have any questions about your vehicle’s transfer case, get on the phone to a professional rather than just trusting a source you found on the Internet. So know your owner’s manual, know your car, and above all else, know when to take your vehicle in for any sort of major automotive problem including transfer case repair.
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