What does the transfer case do?
The transfer case is an important component the drivetrain of four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. Its purpose is to direct power from the transmission to all four wheels via the front and rear axles. Different driving modes and conditions will affect the way the transfer case works. For example, if your car is set to two-wheel drive mode, the transfer case will only send power to two wheels.
There are many different types of all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) configurations. Each one of these configurations will require its own unique transfer case. For this reason, repairing a faulty transfer case can often be problematic. Transfer cases require lubricant to function properly, and if the transfer case is not lubricated properly, excessive wear may occur. For this reason, it is important to look out for leaks and replace the fluid every 50,000 km.
Symptoms of a faulty transfer case:
Noise when transfer case is engaged – A worn or damaged transfer case can produce loud grinding noises. This is usually caused by a failing component, or a lack of lubricant. If it has been a long time since the transfer case fluid has been replaced, we recommend that you check it.
Causes of loud noises when turning
Difficulty shifting between 4WD and 2WD – Your vehicle may become stuck in one of these modes and struggle to shift correctly.
Fluid leaks – Sometimes, the transfer case can leak, causing oil puddles to appear under your car. As the transfer case leaks, it loses its ability to lubricate itself, resulting in overheating occurring.
Vehicle shifts by itself – Your car may jump in and out of four-wheel drive when it is engaged. This happens due to the transfer case struggling to provide all four wheels with energy.
Vibration or shuddering at high speeds – When the transfer case needs replacement, your vehicle may drive roughly at higher speeds and shake uncontrollably.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to consider replacing the transfer case. A transfer case replacement is a complex process that should be done by a qualified mechanic.
New Transfer Case Installation in Hamilton
Is your car in need of a new transfer case? If so, we can help! At Grimmer Motors, our team of experienced mechanics can perform a transfer case replacement on your four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle. This will allow power to be provided to all your wheels. We can also replace transfer case fluid, allowing the transfer case to remain correctly lubricated.
When you bring your vehicle to us for transfer case replacement, we’ll perform a thorough diagnostic test to determine the cause of the problem. We’ll then replace the transfer case with a new, high-quality part and test the system to ensure proper operation.
Don’t let a faulty transfer case cause problems with your 4WD vehicle’s ability to shift between 2WD and 4WD. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact us today to schedule an appointment for transfer case replacement in Hamilton. We’ll get your vehicle back to shifting smoothly and safely.
For transfer case repairs, replacement and services in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!