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Question Need to replace transfer case. Should I use salvage transfer case?

Went to my mechanic today to track down a vibration noise. He put the ears on the car and isolated the transfer case and also said it was leaking. The car has 110,000 miles on it. I only drive 6000 miles per year. Any recommendations on replacing with a salvage transfer case vs. new? Any place that sells good used or re-manufactured transfer cases? Please help
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How bad is the transfer case leaking? I had my fluid pulled and replaced for around $100. It is leaking, and I just plan on replacing the fluid every 2 years (recommendation of my mechanic and others). It is much cheaper than replacing/repairing the transfer case. Could probably have done it myself, but for what they charged it was worth it.

I am not an expert, but I would imagine it may make noise/vibrate from being low on fluid.
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Not certain how much it is leaking but I do not notice any fluid on the garage floor. The problem I notice is vibration at 40mph to 60mph. A harmonic hum/vibration is noted at around 55mph that is a slow wha, wha, wha, wha. New tire and alignment did not change.
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Filling my TC resolved the exact harmonic vibration you mentioned. I also have a slow leak from the TC. I just filled mine at 170k miles. Judging from how tight the plug was on, I seem to be the first one to crack it open. However, I know getting to the plug is more difficult on the wagon.
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Filling my TC resolved the exact harmonic vibration you mentioned. I also have a slow leak from the TC. I just filled mine at 170k miles. Judging from how tight the plug was on, I seem to be the first one to crack it open. However, I know getting to the plug is more difficult on the wagon.
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Did the harmonic vibration go away immediately or did it take a while with the new fluid in the transfer case? I just had mine changed today but no immediate change in the noise that I am suffering from.
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the bulk of it went away right after I filled it. However, there is still a very small hint of it. I assume it is from the front tire wear which resulted in the TC not being filled.
Also adding that I had been searching for the cause of this vibration for a while, but all the obvious things were ok (ie. wheel bearing, ball joints, control arm bushings...) Brand new tires and balance did not resolve either. Like you, mine also is most obvious between 40-60 MPH.
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the bulk of it went away right after I filled it. However, there is still a very small hint of it. I assume it is from the front tire wear which resulted in the TC not being filled.
Also adding that I had been searching for the cause of this vibration for a while, but all the obvious things were ok (ie. wheel bearing, ball joints, control arm bushings...) Brand new tires and balance did not resolve either. Like you, mine also is most obvious between 40-60 MPH.
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Any luck with the vibration? I have the same thing and it's been a tricky problem. I'm putting on new drive axles this weekend. Do you feel the vibration in the steering wheel? I do. Do you have original wheels? Does the vibration almost disappear as you go above say 70.

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No changes in vibration with change of fluid in TC. The last time I was at the MB dealer that discovered vibration of drive shaft but did not tear car apart to evaluate center bearing or if out of balance. They also noted a vibration in the right wheel. Maybe bearing as tire has been balanced. The vibration is noted in the steering wheel at about 40mph.
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Look for used parts on car-parts.com they are a network that auto dismanters nationwide subscribe to list parts available. If you get a used case consider replacing the seals before installing.
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Any luck with the vibration? I have the same thing and it's been a tricky problem. I'm putting on new drive axles this weekend. Do you feel the vibration in the steering wheel? I do. Do you have original wheels? Does the vibration almost disappear as you go above say 70.

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No, it still exists. I can't figure it out. It doesn't seem to be consistent. Sometimes it appears at a certain speed, other times it seems to be very smooth.
I have the original wheels. It is hard to pinpoint where it is coming from. You could certainly feel it in the steering wheel. Sometimes I don't feel it at all from 70-100mph, but sometimes I do. It seems most obvious around 60-65.

Please let us know how the new axles work out. I've heard some talk of high mileage axles developing a bit of play which could cause this, but I don't know if there is any truth to that..

-Robert

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