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Is it possible that I may have messed up the transfer case in my Nissan Pathfinder by using a tow dolly and trandporting it from NC to Va?

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Yes there is a good chance, if you put the transfer case in neutral. It would have been ok to tow, but to tow it with the transfer case in gear and transmission in neutral would have damaged your transfer case. There would not have been enough oil circulation in your transfer case if you have towed it, casing some type of damage. You might get luck and service your transfer case and see if there is any improvements, but most likely the bearing in the case needs to be replaced and or the chain.
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Posted on May 31, 2010

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Yes it can, when towing a distance it is recommended you remove the drive shaft

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