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Stupid weather. Could I have damaged my transfer case?


 
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CTSHIRT
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Joined: 25 Jul 2008

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:43 am    Post subject: Stupid weather. Could I have damaged my transfer case? Reply with quote

Last night we had some bad weather so i put my 91 4x4 into 4x4 full time. I got home parked the jeep then went back out 30 minutes later when the weather was clear. I put the jeep back into 2wd but it didnt feel right. All of a sudden I gear groaning and grinding sounds. I quickly stopped and put the jeep in park and cycled through all the 4x4 options.

After that I put it back into 2wd and there was only a little groaning noise and the PART time 4x4 light was still on. I drove 5 minutes thinking it might go off and half way down the road i start feeling clunks under my feet. I get to my destination and shut it off and let it stil for 15 minutes. I fired it up and cycled through 4x4 options again and this time when i went to neutral I heard a big CLUNK.

I put it back to 2wd and everything seems fine except now when i drive something sounds loose. No groaning or grinding it seems to be fine. Just a wiggling noise like the sound of a bad strut. I only really does it when I go over bumps in the road. I hope everything is fine im new for 4x4's so I want your guys opinion if i damaged anything. Thanks!
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Brad The Best
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Joined: 14 Jan 2007
Location: Kamloops B.C Canada

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can drive your jeep around on dry pavement and go drag racing with it in the FULL TIME mode that you say you were in , if it was in part time and your tires are different size it could be a little hard on the t-case .

i have drained fluid out of those t-cases with more mud then atf . and launched them pretty good off the line in 4x4 .

i would check u-joint and change the oil , find any metal chunks in there ? check tranny and engine mounts . the linkage to the lever might be loose or need to be adjusted . or the chain is stretched to shit . Smile

when you want to get out of 4x4 some times you have to go in reverse or shock the drive line with some rapid throttle movement .
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Tim Hallam
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Location: Mt. Shasta, California

PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The NP242 (Full Time / Part Time) transfercase is a rock.

The one in my '90 is a little finicky; such as I have to be in nuetrual to shift in and out of any mode.

Before I figured that out I too got some grinds and groans out of it. Mine isn't damaged.

Tim
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