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Where do i find my transfer case and what fluid does it use

1. Be sure to run your car (in 4WD) for about 5-10 minutes or so to warm the oil up and be sure to park on a level ground.First we need to gather our materials. This is what I used for my oil change:Initial expenses
  • Oil Catcher - $10 at Pep Boys
  • Fluid Pump - $5 at Pep Boys
  • 24mm wrench or ratchet (assumed ownership)
  • 12mm? and 14mm? sockets to remove skidplate
Transfer Case Change Expenses
  • 3 Qt 75W90 Gear Oil - $21
  • (I used Redline from
tcase1-nggid03733-ngg0dyn-320x240x100-00f0w010c010r110f110r010t010.jpg 2. Locate the Transfer Case.
Remove the Fill Hole plug first, then place your oil catcher in position, and remove the drain hole plug.
While the oil drains, clean off the drain plug.
3. When finished draining, replace the drain plug, and proceed to pump the fluid into the fill hole.
I filled until the fluid overran, but you can check the fluid by sticking a pinky into the hold and checking the level.
Replace the fill hole plug, and done.

Oct 10, 2014 | 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

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I need to know the amount of transfer case lubricant to put in my suzuki sierra 1989 widetrack?

You fill the case until the fluid is just at the bottom edge of the threads of the fill plug hole, this is around 2-3 pints.

Feb 09, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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How do I change the transfer case fluid on za ford escape

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New transfer case lubricant must be installed any time the transfer case has been submerged in water. Also, transfer case failure CAN result if the correct fill procedures are not followed.

NOTE: The transfer case is lubricated for life and is not to be checked unless a leak is suspected or a repair is necessary.
  1. Remove the drain plug and drain the transfer case.
  2. Apply sealant to the drain plug threads and install the plug.
  3. The fluid level must be even with the bottom of the filler hole with the vehicle on flat, level ground.
To Fill:
  1. Remove the fill plug and fill the transfer case with SAE 75W-140 synthetic gear lubricant.
  2. Apply sealant to the fill plug and install the plug.


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Jul 31, 2011 | 2003 Ford Escape

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How do you check the transfer case fluid level

  • Locate the fill plug in the center of the transfer case facing the rear. The fill plug is a hex head bolt.

  • Remove the fill plug and check the fluid level. Insert the short end of an L-shaped Allen wrench into the hole. Spin the Allen wrench slightly and remove it. Some fluid should be present on the tip if the unit is full.

  • Attach a screw-on hand pump to a bottle of Mopar ATF+4 type 9602 automatic transmission fluid. Insert the other end of the tubing for the hand pump into the fill plug hole on the transfer case.

  • Pump fluid into the transfer case until the fluid is flush with the bottom of the hole. A small bead of fluid will drip out of the hole when the case is full.

  • Reinstall the fill plug and torque it to between 15 and 25 foot-pounds of torque. Hand-tightening the plug and turning it 1/2-half turn further with a socket wrench is equivalent to 20 foot-pounds of torque if you do not have a torque wrench available.

  • Mar 01, 2011 | 2002 Jeep Liberty

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    Where do I put the fluid in on my 2000 gmc transfer case

    If You look at the transfer case you will see a Plug which requires a hex socket( allen socket), you should see 2 of them, one up high and another one closer to the bottom.

    remove the lower plug and drain old fluid out, replace lower plug and remove upper plug, fill the upper hole with correct fluid. until it starts to pour out of the hole. let sit until it starts to slowly drip, and then replace upper plug

    Apr 03, 2010 | 2003 GMC Sierra 1500

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    AWD service light io on all wheel not working

    Probably a bad transfer case encoder motor. Common problem on Bravadas. Also make sure your transfer case uses only "blue" GM Auto Trac II fluid. Flush once after driving a week with "blue" if you don't find "blue" fluid when origianlly checking. Just temporarily plugging a new encoder motor to harness should get the light to go out. Other less likely problem could be bad AWD control module or fuse.

    Jan 08, 2010 | 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada

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    What is the capacity of the transfer case and exactly what fluid do i use

    GM Full-Size Trucks 1980-1987 Repair Guide

    The type of lubricant used in the transfer case varies with model year and type of transfer case. Refer to the list below for the type that applies to your truck.

    Conventional transfer cases require SAE 80W or SAE 80W-90 GL-5 gear lubricant.
    Full time systems use SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 engine oil.
    Conventional transfer cases require DEXRON®II transmission fluid.
    All transfer cases require DEXRON®II transmission fluid.
    All transfer cases except the K30/35 series require DEXRON®II transmission fluid.

    For fluid recommendations for the K30/35 transfer cases refer to the owner's manual.

    Fig. Model 208 Transfer Case

    Check the four wheel drive transfer case lubricant level every 4 months or 6,000 miles.
    1. With the truck parked on a level surface and the parking brake firmly applied, remove the filler plug from the rear of the transfer case (behind the transmission). Be careful not to take out the drain plug at the bottom.
    2. If lubricant trickles out, there is enough. If not, carefully insert a finger and check that the level is up to the edge of the hole, EXCEPT in full time four wheel drive cases should be 1 /2 in. below the hole.
    Lubricant may be added, if necessary, with a funnel and tube, or a squeeze bulb.

    Part Time Systems
    No intervals are specified for changing transfer case lubricant, but it is a good idea for trucks that are worked hard or driven in deep water.
    1. With the transfer case warmed up, park on a level surface and apply the parking brake.
    2. Slide a pan of a least 6 pts. capacity under the case drain plug.
    3. Remove the filler plug from the rear of the transfer case (behind the transmission). Remove the drain plug from the bottom.
    4. Wipe the area clean and replace the drain plug.
    5. Add lubricant with a suction gun or squeeze bulb. Conventional transfer cases require SAE 80W-90 GL-5 Gear Lubricant.
    6. When the lubricant level is up to the bottom of the filler hole, replace the plug.
    Full Time Four Wheel Drive
    The full time system requires oil changes at regular intervals, according to the amount and type of work done by the unit. Trucks used for normal on-off road work should have the transfer case oil changed at 24,000 mile intervals. When used for heavy duty work, trailer towing, snowplowing, and the like, the interval should be halved to 12,000 miles. If the truck is exposed to extremely dusty or muddy conditions, the oil should be changed at 1,000 mile intervals.
    The transfer case oil must be hot before changing. Drive the truck until the engine has reached normal operating temperature, and park on a level surface.
    1. Slide a pan of at least 8 pts. capacity under the case drain plug.
    2. Remove the filler plug.
    3. Remove the lowest bolt from the front output shaft rear bearing retainer cover, and allow the lubricant to drain. Be careful; the oil will be hot. There may be a drain plug. If so, remove that instead.
    4. Remove the six bolts on the left (driver's) side of the case which secure to P.T.O. (power take-off) cover. Remove this cover and allow the lubricant to drain out.
    5. Remove the speedometer driven gear from the upper left rear corner of the case.
    6. Use a suction gun to remove as much lubricant as possible from the case cover location and the speedometer gear location.
    7. Install the speedometer driven gear, the P.T.O. cover, and the lowest bolt or drain plug.
    8. Add approximately seven pints of oil through the filler plug opening. The proper oil to use is 10W-30 or 10W-40 engine oil.
    9. Check the fluid level and add sufficient oil to raise the level to 1 /2 in. below the filler plug opening. Replace the plug, and wipe the surfaces of the case and skid plate to remove any excess oil. Drive the truck and check for leaks.

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    Oct 16, 2009 | 1983 Chevrolet Silverado

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    Transfer case maintentance

    I assume you are looking for how often maintenance is required. Every 30,000 miles or 24 monthss requires a drain and refill.

    Specs: RECOMMENDED LUBRICANT AND FILL LEVEL Recommended lubricant for the NV231 transfer case is Mopart DexronII, or ATFPlus3, type7176. Approximate lubricant fill capacity is 1.2liters (2.5pints).The fill and drain plugs are both in the rear case.Correct fill level is to the bottom edge of the fill plug hole. Be sure the vehicle is level to ensure an accurate fluid level check.

    Aug 08, 2009 | 2000 Jeep Wrangler

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    What type of fluid goes in the transfer case on a 1997 gmc jimmy , I believe the transfer case is over full.

    The correct fluid for your transfer is dextron/mercon transmission fluid.To check the fluid level,jack up both ends of the vehicle and be sure to support with jack stands.Make sure vehicle is level.If you look at the rear of the transfer case,you will see two plugs,one lower than the other.Remove the lower plug and if fluid runs out it was overfilled,if nothing runs out,stick your pinky finger in the hole and feel for the fluid level.If it needs fluid,remove upper plug and pour in fluid until it runs out the bottom hole.Then replace plugs and lower vehicle

    Aug 06, 2009 | 1997 GMC Jimmy

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    Transfer case clunk 2000 chevy silverado 1500 4x4

    One thing to check, which is often the culprit in these situations is the U-joints. With the truck off, crawl under the vehicle and grab hold of the shaft leading into as well as the shaft going out of your transfer case, If htere is a lot of "slop in it, chance are it is in need of repair. Also I would check the oil level in the transfer case, in an attempt not to challenge you intelligence, there should be a plug located in the lower part about 2 inches from the bottom or so. it usually has a square hole that a 1/2" ratchet fits into. Pull the plug, and stick your pinky into the hole, you should be able to feel the lubricant just below the hole, if not it is in dire need of a filling. also check for metallic remnants in the fluid. this is a sign that things are not as they should be. In that case contact a repairman for a more thorough look.

    Jul 13, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

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