Hey all. I haven't posted for at least a year but I'm glad to be back here... Had a question, as I usually do...
I have a 2000 4.0L TJ Sport. Last year, I had the engine completely replaced after the head gasket blew. Since then, and maybe I only noticed it then, I've been hearing a chunking, grinding sound when I turned a sharp right, in 2 or 4 wheel drive.
My mechanic, a friend of mine, never really had the time to take a really good look, but on a couple occasions, he fixed a few things that needed to be done anyway, that he was "sure" would fix the issue: fixed the exhaust hangers, replaced the passenger side front wheel hub, but none of them got rid of the issue.
So yesterday we finally got it up in the hoist, and I stuck it in first and we got the wheels moving. I turned the wheels all the way to the right, and there it was - "cha-chunk-cha-chunk-cha-chunk".
So he says my transfer case is pooched, but that I should be able to get a good new one from rockauto.com for relatively cheap. I checked, and for my model, the "assembly" for a transfer case is $900-$1200, but an overhault kit is only $100. Has anyone had to replace or rebuild this thing? Any tips on what I should look into first?