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Old 04-12-2014, 02:20 PM
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Go to a dry parking lot, put it in 4-hi & take a tight turn very slowly!!
If 4wd is working, the truck will gradually come to a stop as things start to bind up.
If it doesn't, 4wd isn't engaging. If it does,Great!! just back up enough to un-bind the driveline & take it out of 4wd. Now you know everything works.

Btw, you souldn't be driving around in 4wd anyway!! it's only for dirt trails or getting unstuck!!
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:45 PM
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Go to a dry parking lot, put it in 4-hi & take a tight turn very slowly!!
If 4wd is working, the truck will gradually come to a stop as things start to bind up.
If it doesn't, 4wd isn't engaging. If it does,Great!! just back up enough to un-bind the driveline & take it out of 4wd. Now you know everything works.

Btw, you souldn't be driving around in 4wd anyway!! it's only for dirt trails or getting unstuck!!
I tried a variation of that on a concrete driveway, but I didn't try the "come to a stop" part, I'll give that a try.

And yea, I know, that's what started my problems. I'm well accustomed to the proper uses of 4wd, but it was one of those moments of stupidity and I realized it too late... Haha
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:47 PM
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Ahhhh, that would make sense... But that still wouldn't explain why the truck feels different in 4x4 than it used to.
What was your replacement transfer case out of?
You could have found one from an Exploder that has a viscous coupling.
In that case it wouldn't feel any different in 4wd or 2wd.

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I tried a variation of that on a concrete driveway, but I didn't try the "come to a stop" part, I'll give that a try.

And yea, I know, that's what started my problems. I'm well accustomed to the proper uses of 4wd, but it was one of those moments of stupidity and I realized it too late... Haha

I did the same thing with mine when I first got it, but luckily I didn't damage anything.
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:49 PM
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Compared to swapping the transfer case, what "difficulty level" would you put on that? It seems straight forward, but things can be deceiving.
I would say a 5 by yourself on a 10 scale. If you are familiar with your front suspension & if everything isn't rusted up it is fairly easy. Just take the tire off, wheel bearing, disconnect the tie rod, upper ball joint from the knuckle, pull the cv shaft (could find your problem at that point since the passenger cv had the long axle shaft) I think there is 3 or 4 bolts holding the front axle in and let it down popping the driver side cv out.
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:55 PM
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What was your replacement transfer case out of?
You could have found one from an Exploder that has a viscous coupling.
In that case it wouldn't feel any different in 4wd or 2wd.




I'm not sure what its out of. It, and the tranny it was bolted to, were just laying on the ground at the junkyard. Are you referring to the coupling on the front output shaft that connects to the front driveshaft?

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I would say a 5 by yourself on a 10 scale. If you are familiar with your front suspension & if everything isn't rusted up it is fairly easy. Just take the tire off, wheel bearing, disconnect the tie rod, upper ball joint from the knuckle, pull the cv shaft (could find your problem at that point since the passenger cv had the long axle shaft) I think there is 3 or 4 bolts holding the front axle in and let it down popping the driver side cv out.


That sounds like something I can handle in the driveway. Based upon the symptoms, is this some thing you would recommend doing?

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Just looking for opinions as I'm kinda stuck.. Haha
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:00 PM
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No, the viscous coupler is internal.
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:05 PM
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That sounds like something I can handle in the driveway. Based upon the symptoms, is this some thing you would recommend doing?

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Just looking for opinions as I'm kinda stuck.. Haha
Hard to say without being there. I would think you would hear some kind of grinding when engaging 4wd if something is broken in the diff or axle.
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:13 PM
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Ok, so I went and tried the "coming to a stop thing". Came to a complete stop, put it in 4x4, turned the wheel and let her idle forward. It slowed down significantly and you could feel the front end binding up. So looks like it's working, guess it was all in my head. Lol
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:14 PM
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Ok, so I went and tried the "coming to a stop thing". Came to a complete stop, put it in 4x4, turned the wheel and let her idle forward. It slowed down significantly and you could feel the front end binding up. So looks like it's working, guess it was all in my head. Lol

Looks like you lucked out!
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:27 PM
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Looks like you lucked out!
Eh, I still swapped the tcase. Haha But yea, things could've been a lot worse.

Thanks camodown and Tee Rev for all your help!
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:38 PM
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