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96 chevy tahoe, transfer case making noise such as chain slipping

Car was driven in 4 hi on freeway for about 25 miles, now makes noise and won,t stay in 2 hi.

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  • tme4456 Dec 11, 2008

    What extent could the damage be. Where to start diagonistic on how bad it could be? Can fuse or solenoid be removed and just drive in 2 hi?

  • tme4456 Dec 11, 2008

    Is replacement of transfer case a job for average mechanic or is a pro's job only?

  • tme4456 Dec 11, 2008

    Do they usually get an arm and a leg for a rebuilt? I've heard some high numbers, what's a good number for a rebuilt.?

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2009

    rear drive slung out and drove for about 30 miles back to the house in 4 wheel hi and now it will not go in 2 hi it just spines in the transfer case

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Chances are u have damaged the transfer case if u went over 35 MPH.



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Fluid Should Be Checked Just The Same As Engine Oil. Should Be Changed At Least Once A Year For Proper Service & Reliability. Should be Driven 10 Miles A Month In 4 Hi To Keep Lubricated. I Drive A 1975 Chevy K10 PKP FullTime 4X4 NP203 & A 1980 GMC Jimmy Lock-Outs 4X4 NP205, And I Drive Them Once A Month At 55 MPH For 10 Miles (On Pavement). Keeps The System Lubed Up & Moving. Have Done This For The Last 15 Years I Have Owned Them. KEEP THEM SERVICED. Low Oil Is A Transfer Case Killer. Also Put The Correct Type Of Fluid In, Each Transfer Case Takes A Different Type Of Fluid, Call Dealer Shop For Correct Fluid Type. Some Take Dextron III Or 10-40 Engine Oil Depends On Transfer Case.

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  • Thor68372rockon May 04, 2012

    If You Do The Job Yourself Whole Kit Is Around $600-$800, Depends On Transfer Case. Kit Contains Seals, Gaskets, Bearings, Chain. The Only Problem I Have With Installing A Used Transfer Case Is You Know Nothing About That Transfer Case, Did Who Ever Owned It Before Keep It Serviced, Does It Have The Same Problems Or Worse Than The One You Have Now. If You Are Going To Keep This Vehicle & Want A Reliable Vehicle, Buy A Rebuilt One Or Have Yours Rebuilt, Or Buy A New One. Then You Will Know What You Have. Then KEEP IT SERVICED. Many People Don't Want The Hassle Of Climbing Under A Dirty Vehicle And Just Assume The Fluid Is Okay. A Serviced Unit Should Last The Vehicles Lifetime. If You Don't Want To Check The Oil Take It To A Reputable Garage And Have It Done, The Expense You Pay Will Far Out Weigh The Ending Result, A New Transfer Case.

  • Thor68372rockon May 04, 2012

    Just Want To make Sure You Followed These Steps, Start Engine, Put Transmission In Neutral, Pull Back 4X4 Gear Selector To 2 Hi. If It Doesn't Want To Go You Can Try Pulling Ahead A Few Feet Then Repeat Procedure.

  • Thor68372rockon May 04, 2012

    I Guess First Of All Check To Make Sure There Is Oil In The Transfer Case. A Low Level Or No Oil May Not Let It Operate Smoothly.There Is An Oil Fill Plug & An Oil Drain Plug On The Transfer Case (Some Models Do Not Have A Drain Plug, Must Remove A Cover To Drain Fluid). Remove The Fill Plug (The One In The Middle Of The Transfer Case, Can Be A Hex Head Plug Or Square Head Plug) Stick Pinky Finger Inside Oil Fill Hole, If You Can Touch The Top Level Of The Fluid It Is Full, If Not, Add Correct Type Of Fluid Until It Drains From The Fill Plug Hole, If It Runs Out Of Hole It Is Full. Now Try The Procedure For Shifting The 4X4 Shift Lever I Have Listed In My Other Comment.


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U can do the job, also u can most likely buy a rebuilt unit, check with a full line parts store like NAPA or CARQUEST, they can most likely help u.

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    yadayada Dec 11, 2008

    Yes it will be over $500


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Have the transfercase replasced or rebuit
do'nt dirve over 35 mph or on dry pavement
4x4 operating instructions are on the back of the drivers sun visor

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  • paul swallow Dec 11, 2008

    a job fer the pro's solonid or fuse u con pull.....drain the fluid and look for metal shavings........ shavings r not good

  • paul swallow Dec 11, 2008

    depends on the extent of the damage

    a used unit from a salvage yard is most economical


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