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Transfer case, tranny

Was driving turned a corner and the explorer started grinding
put it into 4 lo and it engaged was able to drive home

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  • goman408 Jan 06, 2009

    Same issue and it started with disengageing in reverse. Happened twice. Took it to garage and they suspected the transfer case. Ford told them to do a front and rear differential service first and if fails again replace the transfer case. Well after 354.00 I now have the issue in drive also. They told me the transfer case fluid was black but no metal shavings. This is a 97 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 control trac AWD. I believe a BW4405. I found one rebuilt online for 799.00, because I am not spending 2800.00 for new from Ford.

  • larsedavid Mar 20, 2009

    mY 97 awd b?w 4404 T/CASE LOST ALL FWD/REV GEARS
    ON FRT HALF OF T/CASE Junk replace to fix

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    1987 Jeep Wrangler with standard tranny will shift into 4 hi, but not 4 Lo. Gears appear to be grinding. Is this an easy fix with the linkage?



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I would check out the hubs and the drive axles first before changing the transfer case but I would do a differential service also if you never had it done since you have owned the car a 91 aerostar that is all wheel drive I thought I had the same problem and I replaced both hubs and one drive axle

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