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Having seen the teeny spot the front output on the transfer case was making on the ground, I neglected my rig for far too long (years). Too many other things going on in life. The transfer case starting thunking the other day, so I parked it. Performed the front drive output seal upgrade.........and then put almost a full fill of fluid in the TC. Too little too late. The rear output has a lot of play in it. I am suspecting the supporting bearing(s) went dry and it ate itself up.

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62k miles on a barely used rig that's been more a toy than anything and I need a TC.

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Having seen the teeny spot the front output on the transfer case was making on the ground, I neglected my rig for far too long (years). Too many other things going on in life. The transfer case starting thunking the other day, so I parked it. Performed the front drive output seal upgrade.........and then put almost a full fill of fluid in the TC. Too little too late. The rear output has a lot of play in it. I am suspecting the supporting bearing(s) went dry and it ate itself up.



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62k miles on a barely used rig that's been more a toy than anything and I need a TC.



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Dang it... This really makes me want to change out ALL the fluids on my truck. Scary to think about...

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Dang it... This really makes me want to change out ALL the fluids on my truck. Scary to think about...

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It's ironic, I am up on maintenance on our Dodges we tow heavy with and our tractors. My one pleasure vehicle I ignored, all I had to do was check that level periodically and not assume that tiny spot meant tiny leak rate.

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It's ironic, I am up on maintenance on our Dodges we tow heavy with and our tractors. My one pleasure vehicle I ignored, all I had to do was check that level periodically and not assume that tiny spot meant tiny leak rate.
Well my weekend begins tonight. Which means fluid level checks and PMs start tomorrow morning. Fun fun fun. No to find a How-to for TC maintenance. Lol.

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@mk3racer is selling a transfer case.

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Dang it... This really makes me want to change out ALL the fluids on my truck. Scary to think about...
Not a bad idea, honestly. The diffs and TC are simple, and you could always just do a drain and fill on the transmission if the fluid looks good, or go with a PMF.

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Is the tc just a fill plug and drain plug set up?
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Yes, fill plug and drain plug.


Thankfully transfer cases are cheap and there are a lot of them out there.
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Is the tc just a fill plug and drain plug set up?
yes remove fill plug first to make sure you can actually get it out / back in.
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Just did all of the fluids end of December. Way easier than expected with a fluid pump. Unfortunately my front seal just went out so I am having to deal with that. Piece of mind is good to have.
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Ouch. Mine is leaking also and I've been dawdling putting the new seal on because I hate doing vehicle work in winter. Heck a new seal, flange, and nut are in a box on my tool chest.

Last few times I've checked, it's taken around a quart to refill and only holds a little over 2. Leaking more and faster than I figured. Hoped it was like the rear diff, drips all the time but you open the fill plug and it's still spilling out the top.

Maybe this weekend, thanks for the scare.
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