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SimplyAubs 02-17-2011 04:06 PM

Transfer case vs transmission? Grinding noise
Hello all!

I've had my 2004 TJ (automatic) since 2005 and have never had a problem. I love it! However, 2 days ago it started making a "grinding" noise...almost like there was something underneath that it was dragging. A few hours later, I put it in reverse and it did go in reverse, but the grinding/dragging noise was loud. I put it in drive and it didn't was like the wheels were locked up. So I put it back in park, then drive again and it started moving, but with the sound. It was so loud I decided not to drive it out of the parking lot.

I took it to a service center down the street (didn't want to drive too far) and they could not properly diagnose the problem. They said either the transmission or transfer case. They priced me over $2,000 for a rebuilt transfer case, but are not entirely sure if that is the problem. They said when they put it in 4wd the noise got louder.

Has anyone had this problem? Or heard of this problem? The transmission has not been "slipping" and I have been using 4wd lately due to snow.

Any ideas?

(Sorry for the lengthy post...just want to include details that might help.)

Ibuildembig 02-17-2011 04:14 PM

Sounds like it case isn't fully engaged....try moving the stick back and forth a few times and see if that cures it....


wmpiehl 02-17-2011 06:52 PM

Yeah, crawl under your jeep and make sure the t-case isn't between gears. Do you have a lift on you jeep?

Also, $2000.00 is way too much for a t-case rebuild. If you did mess up your t-case you can find one on craigslist for under $500

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