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My 97 ford explorer AWD limited works great until the transfer case heats up. Then you cant turn sharp and the tires bark and chirp when turning

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That is not good at all

With out jumping ahead here
Check the fluid level in the transfer case

If you have clutches in there, and I'am
guessing you do,I personally would just pull
the transfer out and open it up.

You most likely do not have that knowledge
or have the tools

I think the clutches are burnt up
Why, I don't know,but it has to be rebuilt and
move on

Posted on Mar 15, 2011


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