Transfer Case Problems in popular cars



Transfer Case problem is a common vehicle problem that happens to most car brands and models. The following is a sample list of Transfer Case problems reported in most popular vehicles.

car   Transfer Case problem of Chevrolet Silverado 2500

The vehicle involved is a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd. Vehicle was in 4 wheel drive, when the whole truck shuttered, I lost the drive capabilities of the truck then stopped and looked underneath vehicle to find fluid coming out of the transfer case. In my case this happened on a residential street, if it would have happened on highway it could have resulted in a very bad accident. Please contact me on a possible recall for the transfer case. The failure date was Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Chevrolet Tahoe

The vehicle was a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. When releasing the emergency brake I heard a loud snapping noise. I noticed that the release lever was very lose and my emergency brake had not fully disengaged. I had just picked my kids up from school when this happened. I was still able to drive at a slow speed with an annoying chime going off since the break had not fully disengaged. My husband being a mechanic looked at the release lever when he pulled on it the lever along with the bicycle brake wire came off. I could not believe gm used such a cheap wire. This wire had snapped and started unraveling. If I would have pressed on the emergency brake again I would not have been able to drive. We ordered a new oem part that my husband will be putting in. This is on top of all the the other repairs that have been made on our Tahoe last year our transfer case went while I was driving 72000 miles on the SUV. The transfer case had to change along with having our transmission rebuilt. Our stability control message was going on and off. I haven't seen this message for awhile now. Only one light is working on the steering wheel these lights burnt out on our third year of ownership. A year ago while driving my kids to school the truck completely shut down no warning just shut down. I had to put it in park to restart it. I called the dealership close by they said they had never heard of this happening but next time it happens bring it in. This was our first brand new car purchase back in 2005, we own two other cars that were pre-owned both BMW they are over 20 years old and we have not had half the problems we have seen with our Tahoe. This will be our last american made vehicle we will purchase BMW, mercedes, or Toyota will be our next family vehicle. We will not purchase another gm. Quality and dependability is definitely not a priority. This problem occurred on Mar. 26, 2014.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Chrysler Pacifica

The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Chrysler Pacifica awd is 2A8GF68XX7_. Currently my Chrysler Pacifica touring awd has 31,008 miles on it. I have had the following problems September 11, 2008 at 2660 miles, rocker arm, valve replaced 4. 0 liter. Cracked black plastic upper radiator panel. October 27, 2011 multiple complaints to dealership about the vehicle acting like it wanted to accelerate on its own. July 14, 2012 miles: 22,574 front/rear differential shows a need for immediate attention. February 12. 2013, showed rear differential leaking. September 27, 2013, miles 29. 120 shows problem with rear differential. January 1, 2014 miles: 31,006 vehicle towed to dealership and was diagnostic for a drive shaft assembly needed, part#5157008ae. Second opinion given by master ase technician give on 01-14-2014, miles: 31,008, states transfer case/ptu is cracked and fluid is leaking. Recommendations: transfer case/ptu and rear driveshaft assembly needs to be replaced with a new and improved type unit because research show this is a known problem with this vehicle. This transfer case problem happened on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Chrysler Town & Country

The car is a 1999 Chrysler town and country. The VIN of the car is 1C4GT54L7X_. Transfer case blew out after a spare tire was installed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, and consumer was informed that all wheel drive vehicles was not designed to be driven with a spare tire. Please provide any further information. It was July 25, 2002 when this transfer case issue happened.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Dodge Durango

At random times, including while sitting in the driveway, the transfer case on my 2006 Dodge Durango awd will engage the 4wd. It can happen while sitting in the driveway when you insert the key and before you start the engine. It also makes the clicking sound as if it is engaging when you unlock the doors (possible electrical problem?) it can also happen when driving while turning a corner, such as the sharp corners in a drive-thru. The effect is such that one wheel locks up as if one front wheel has the emergency brake on. When going straight there is no issue. I have researched on the internet and found forums where others are having the same exact problem. The problem is that it is random and intermittent, and difficult to reproduce at the dealership. Often their response is to simply replace one or more of the three main components without verifying that is the issue. This can be quite expensive for the owner and frustrating after spending large sums of money and the issue remains unsolved. I feel it is a safety issue because an inexperienced driver might have this issue in a drive-thru, and to overcome the lack of movement after pressing the gas pedal, they may rev the engine. This might overcompensate and cause the vehicle to dart forward into another car, or even into the building as the wheels are turned to go around the corner. If the 4wd disengages at the revving of the engine, this could also cause the vehicle to suddenly accelerate into another vehicle, pedestrian, or building. This transfer case issue occurred 05/18/2012.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Dodge Ram 2500

Driving down the road 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 hd, with the 5. 7 hemi, the 4wd and 4lo light flashes and tries to enguage into 4x4. Even when the truck is in the driveway, and motor is off key out of ignition u can still hear the transfer case motor clicking in and out of 4wd. I am not the first to report this problem there is a whole form of people having this problem. Took it to a trans shop they think it may be the actuator but said they cannot guarantee thats it. $500 to do that job. Whats going on here? I googled it and see many people have the same problem but know fixes. It was Tuesday, April 22, 2014 when this transfer case issue happened.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Ford Escape

The car involved was a 2008 Ford Escape. When I start my car the power steering wont work. I have to shut the car off and restart it and it will work. I noticed my Escape was leaking fluid took it to the Ford dealer it was the transfer case. After 2500. Its fixed and it should be a recall on both as there are numerous complaints on both of these. It was 04/10/2013 when this transfer case issue occurred.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Ford Explorer

The car is a 2007 Ford Explorer. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1FMEU74E77_. In 9/2013 the vehicle was taken to the dealership for a metallic sound that occurred while it was turning or coasting. Diagnosis was that the 4x4 module was commanding the transfer case to engage when not commanded. The dealership received an improperly recommended module from Ford. They ended up using a sport trac module. This stopped the noise but caused the traction light to come on. We were advised to replace the anti-lock brake module. In 2/2014 we replaced the anti-lock brake module. On 3/25/2014 the transmission lost reverse and first gear and needs to be replaced. Ford will not admit the wrong part was used and caused the transmission to go. This problem occurred on Mar. 25, 2014.

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car   Transfer Case problem of GMC Yukon

The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this GMC Yukon xl is 3GKFK16Z65_. 2005 GMC Yukon. Consumer writes in regards to various electronic problems including service air bag indicator. The consumer stated he experienced chronic problems with speedometer, starting problems, wheel hub and traction control sensor. Also, the transfer case was replaced. This problem occurred on April 1, 2014.

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car   Transfer Case problem of GMC Sierra

The vehicle was a 2004 GMC Sierra. The manual shift on the fly system (msof) with new venture gears automatic transfer case is defectively designed. A metal anti-rattle clip works it way through the case housing, causing all fluid to leak out of the transfer case. The clutches then burn out rendering the transfer case useless. The result is no 4 wheel drive (no power to front wheels) when shift on the fly is pressed, leaving driver sliding on snow or ice--which happened to me in a near wreck. I recovered from the slide and got the vehicle home and then to a repair shop (once the snow melted) for a new transfer case (repair ongoing). Drivers may rely on the 4wd in inclement weather to certain conditions and be injured when the 4wd does not engage due to the defective transfer case. It was Thursday, March 1, 2012 when this transfer case issue occurred.. Read more...

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car   Transfer Case problem of Honda Pilot

The vehicle involved was a 2007 Honda Pilot. Honda 2007 cr-v ex 4wd purchased from white plains Honda, NY on 11/22/06 brand new vehicle, 3 weeks old, 500 miles major failure of rear 4wd differential assembly - complete replacement required customer observed groaning noise occurs at rear of vehicle whenever tight radius turns are made at low speed such as turning in/out of parking spaces. Problem occurs regardless whether vehicle is cold or warm. Problem must have been pre-existing in showroom and is likely to be a production line defect. Honda service tech unable to remedy. Complete replacement of defective assembly ordered. Honda service tech claimed that car is able to be driven, however customer is very concerned that vehicle may not respond safely or underperform its design capability when most urgently needed such as during emergency maneuvers while trying to evade a hazardous condition. On the 2007 model cr-v car automatically engages 4wd in response to differential sensed. Vehicle operator does not have capability to manually activate/deactivate 4wd function. Winter driving conditions are now in effect for the driving region where car is registered and failure to properly engage 4wd during slippery conditions could cause loss of control of vehicle. Customer is a safe driver with a spotless record and in 30 years of driving has never had an accident either as a driver or passenger. *note: dialog box options for vehicle info on 'complaint type' pages following do not offer the specific model for this complaint. For purposes of continuing registration of complaint, Honda Pilot entered in place of cr-v. This transfer case problem happened on Dec. 9, 2006.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Honda Passport

The car involved is a 1999 Honda Passport. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 4S6CM58W5X_. The transfer case experienced an internal failure which resulted in loud noises coming fron the engine compartment. Nlm. It was January 11, 2000 when this transfer case issue occurred.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Hyundai Santa Fe

The vehicle was a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe. This is my latest issue with my 2012 Santa Fe (the previous being a bad transfer case which made it sputter, a bad 4wd coupling assembly which made it clunk while turning & a bad transmission range shaft which caused it to not start occasionally). . . It now just turns off while driving. Happened twice in the past few weeks. The first time, 2/5/14, I was turning across 2 lanes of cross traffic around 20 mph and it just turned off and drifted! at first I didn't even realize what happened. . . Thank goodness I wasn't hit by oncoming traffic! on 2/22/14 it happened again as we were driving down a hill coming to a stop! fortunately the brakes still worked but again it just turned off with no warning. . . Both times there was sufficient gas in the vehicle and it started right back up. It is going to the shop this week, but I really feel like I got a lemon of a vehicle! I owned 3 other Hyundais previously and never any problem and now it is constant!!! I don't want this vehicle as I do not feel safe in it at all but the dealership says that there's no way to get out of this lease!. This transfer case problem happened on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Hyundai Santa Fe

The vehicle involved is a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The VIN of the car is KM8SC73D63_. Leak in the transfer case. The failure date was 05/25/08.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Infiniti G37

2009 Infiniti G37. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle transfer case problems. The consumer stated for the second time in one year, a problem developed with the transfer case. The dealership indicated, they did not know how the problem developed, or why it occurred again. The consumer was informed the parts were not available in the us and wouldn't become available until mid October. This transfer case problem happened on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Infiniti QX4

The car involved was a 1998 Infiniti Qx4. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Infiniti Qx4 is JNRAR05Y5W_. Mechanical breakdown of transfer case. Earlier report (service bulletin number itb99049filed with NHTSA documented a whining noise from transfer case. The failure date was 05/27/03.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Jeep Grand Cherokee

The vehicle is a 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1J8HR58T99_. Jeep shifted to neutral upon startup and rolled downhill in park. (Jan. 2013) note there is a recall on this issue Chrysler/Jeep "n23". I had not had the recall service performed. I scheduled the recall service, which was done at bosak Jeep, merrillville in, in February 2013. The service is a software update to the final drive control module (fdcm). The reason for this complaint is to state that the software update performed eliminates specific functionality from the vehicle, namely 4-wheel drive low range and neutral modes (Jeep being towed/transfer case disconnect). The elimination of these functionalities is creating a "black market" of owners who are swapping out the updated fdcms with pre-updated ones; and has initiated discussion of persons "hacking" the fdcm code to regain the functionalities. This transfer case problem happened on Jan. 28, 2014.. Read more...

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car   Transfer Case problem of Jeep Commander

The owner has a 2007 Jeep Commander 4x4. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the 4wd warning indicator illuminated intermittently as the transmission failed to operate in 4wd. The failure occurred after the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 13v175000 (electrical system , power train). The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the transfer case actuator was replaced at the owner's expense. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000. This issue happened on Thu., Sep. 5, 2013.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Kia Motor Sorento

The car was a 2004 Kia Motor Sorento. We purchased our sorrento used (approx 65k miles)about 3 years ago. Since then, we've had to replace the gas tank ($1500) among other things. This year has been absurd: had to replace the radiator, water pump, computer system (2 months, $4700), brakes ($750) and 2 batteries. 2-3 months ago, we noticed a clunking/chunking sound that grew steadily worse. It sounded as if the 4wd was engaging and disengaging every 3 seconds and felt very unsafe at high speeds. I took it to kia of cobb county and was just given a quote Friday for a new transfer case, drive shaft, "rear end chunk" (all the service rep could tell me) and 4 new tires. Quote for this work ($9767). The transfer case alone was around $5700. This vehicle now has 112k miles and is less than 10 years old. The blue book value is (was) around $5-6000 and we're told it'll take $10,000 to fix it? I called kia's corporate office to ask if this was to be expected at kia. I was told that our vehicle was not under warranty. I said, " I'm just asking if there's anyone at kia headquarters who believes in their product and wants to protect the kia name and you just keep apologizing. " the rep responded, "I'm sorry, sir. " we've found multiple complaints online from kia owners reporting similar issues (chunking, transfer case, etc). When does this become. A recall issue? a safety issue?. This transfer case issue occurred Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Kia Motor Sorento

The vehicle was a 2011 Kia Motor Sorento. Reversed car from my driveway. Felt as if I had crashed into something (heard loud grinding sound). Put the car into drive and came to stop. Upon pressing the brakes, felt as if the abs had engaged and gripped all four wheels. Heard loud grinding sound and car jolted (as brakes were pressed). I had my five year old and three old sons with me; they screamed from the jolt. I slowly released the breaks and applied the breaks again, and same thing occurred only with less force. Turned off the car and called for towing. Also, a howling whining noise is heard inside the car. The dealership had it for two weeks, and under the guidance of the field engineer they replaced the transfer case. The howling/whining noise continues. The dealership really tried to resolve the issue. The manager herself test drove the car and also heard the whining/howling sound. I did contact the manufacturer, but frankly felt disappointed. I had asked if anyone has called in with similar complaints and was not given an answer. I feel unsafe and very anxious about driving the car. They dealership stated the breaks were fine, and that no error code was detected. I was not given a definitive answer as to what caused the breaks to behave this way or what is the howling noise that is occurring. This is the third major issue we had with this car. I have an awd vehicle and the current recall only covers the 2wd issue (that also has this howling sound). I have read numerous other complaints in which other 2011 awd Sorentos are having similar issues. Please investigate; someone could be seriously hurt or worse. This transfer case issue occurred February 27, 2013.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Land Rover Range Rover

The car was a 2004 Land Rover Range Rover. The VIN of the problem Range Rover is SALME11444_. Bought this vehicle for wife brand new for $80,000. First 38,000 miles best car ever owned. Then the landslide began. First bad vibration front end we pay $1,300 for wheel bearings. The transmission cooler rusted out. Our fault salty roads $1,100. 00 next the radiator goes $1,800 on us. By now 72,000 miles on it. Keep in mind my wife only uses to goto grocery store and pick kids up from school. God forbid we ever took it off road or thru the plains of africa. Now the biggy starts engine surging for no reason, vibration in steering wheel. Yes tires are new and balanced. Then the notorious transmission failsafe. Limpmode. Safety mode. How about sucker mode. Take it to dealer and they say need new transmission. I freak and second mechanic there looks at it and said its the transfer case motor $3,100. Oh yea that would be on us as well. So I say I'll tell you what put it in writing, that for sure this is the problem and if fixed all my transmission problems go away and if they don't its on you guys until its fixed. Yes you know what they said. I mean what happened to honesty and integrity. Love your neighbor as yourself. Stand by your work. Look I knew going into this car it was high maintenance but it does not even have 100,000 miles on it. Never fixed. Somedays it acts up all day other times once or twice it limps very sporadic. Pretty much a weatherby car. Whether or not it will act up or not. Ashamed to sell it and give someone else the problems. Tried telling people about problems and they said they would give me $7,000 carmax would not touch it actually refused to appraises it even though it was the cleanest they have seen. Issue the auction had a lemon flag on all the rangerovers with 70,000 miles or more. Nice!. This problem occurred on 04/12/2010.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Land Rover Discovery

Own a 2003 Land Rover Discovery. Was driving when vechicle started to vibrate and drive rough - immediately after that, a noise was heard coming from underneath the vechicle. The car immediately stopped while the engine was still running and would not move. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic. They found that the front drive shaft "double spicer had broke at the transfer case mounting point and would need a new drive shaft. The vehicle was repaired. A case was filed with Land Rover - however, I am also documenting this as a saftey concern so that others could be aware of this danger behavior of the vehicle stopping immediately without warning in the middle of the highway. This could have been very fatal if vehicle would have been driven during a high traffic period. This incident was also very frighting for myself and the kids that were in the car with me and I am praying that Land Rover take this safety issue very serious and issue a recall for all of their Land Rover models (not just the range rover) before someone get seriously hurt from this abnormal failure. This issue happened on Sun., Apr. 15, 2012.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Lexus RX330

The vehicle was a 2005 Lexus Rx330. My vehicle is a 2005 Lexus RX 330. I purchased it certified pre-owned in 2007. I was coming off the highway and stopped at a light. As I proceeded to take a left hand turn the car started making a loud noise. It was jumping and shifting from side to side. Luckily I was able to control it and pull into a nearby gas station. I couldn't drive it and had it towed to the nearest Lexus service center. I was then told that the transfer case on the front differential went. They opened up the case box and metal shavings fell out! I guess there was no transfer case fluid! shouldn't a maintenance required light pop on or a warning? if I had continued on the highway rather than get off the exit, it would have ended badly! the back end of the car completely locked on me. I don't understand why there was no warning light. How am I supposed to know that the transfer case is running out of fluid? the service department said this is not normal. They want to charge me $2700 for the part and $1500 for labor! I ended up having the car towed back to my house until I can figure out what to do. I have a serious issue with the fact that there was no warning and had I been traveling on the highway at a higher rate of speed, I could have flipped the car and ended up in the hospital or dead. I would really like for Lexus/Toyota to do something about this!. This issue happened on Mar. 16, 2013.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Lexus RX300

The vehicle having this issue was a 2000 Lexus Rx300. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Lexus Rx300 is JT6HF10UXY_. After a few weeks of feeling occasional slippage in the drive train of my 2000 Rx300 (118k miles), I had my local mechanic check it out. He drove tested it, checked all fluid levels, visually inspected the transmission, transfer case, u-joints etc and couldn't find a problem. Today with no further notice, the transmission fully broke - lurching, clunking, and after pulling over total slippage. I had it towed to a transmission shop where I'm waiting for an evaluation of the situation. If this had happened on a busy highway, I could have caused a severe accident, as there was no acceleration causing a very unsafe and dangerous situation. This transfer case problem happened on Monday, Jul. 31, 2006.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Lincoln MKX

My Lincoln Mkx was having unusual loss of power issues while driving for some time. In mid-September, I discovered a thick, black fluid leaking from the car. On inspection by a mechanic, the problem was with the transfer case and a complete replacement of the transfer case was required. On further research, I discovered that this is a common problem, known to Ford/Lincoln mechanics, with the 2007 and 2008 models of the Lincoln Mkx and Ford edge. I understand the problem was corrected with later models. It was 09/19/2012 when this transfer case issue occurred.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Lincoln MKZ

The car is a 2007 Lincoln Mkz. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 3LNHM28T07_. The Lincoln was taken to a Ford dealer for a whinning noise and smell of natural gas when car is cold. Dealer indicated it was noise from scored rotors. On January 18,2012 sound grew worse and sounded like parts were grinding. Took to a dealer and the dealer indicated the transfer case was failing, parts were disentegrating in case (called it a plu). The recommendation was not to drive because dangerous if fails and could also require new transmission. The failure date was Friday, December 2, 2011.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Mazda Tribute

The vehicle is a 2006 Mazda Tribute. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Mazda Tribute is 4F2YZ96176_. Not sure, but think there is a leak at the transfer case. It smells when sitting for a few moments, there is no oil leaks. This transfer case problem happened on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Mazda CX9

The vehicle involved is a 2012 Mazda cx-9. As I was driving home, the vehicle began to slow down and soon came to a complete stop, even as I continued to press the accelerator pedal, all as the engine continued to run. At the same time, I noticed a burning oil odor. This sudden deceleration and stop occurred in the middle lane of a major chicago-area toll road on a cold and rainy Friday evening. A police officer who arrived at the scene was unable to push my car out of danger with his car. Fortunately, the car was towed away to a Mazda dealer before an accident occurred. The dealership technician confirmed the problem and found that the transfer case had overheated, lost all its fluid, and seized. The transfer case was replaced under warranty. The failure of the transfer case and subsequent sudden deceleration put me in grave danger, and such a failure is unforgivable for such a new vehicle. I feel that had the traffic on the evening of the incident not been as heavy, and thus slow as it was, I very well may have been rear-ended by another motorist. I urge the NHTSA to closely track any other incidents concerning seized transfer cases in Mazda cx-9s--this is potentially a very dangerous defect. This transfer case issue occurred Fri., Jan. 10, 2014.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Mercedes Benz E350

The car involved is a 2006 Mercedes Benz E350. The vehicle involved is a 2006 mercedes E350. While driving approximately 5 mph in reverse the driver heard a grinding noise. The grinding noise was also present when making turns at approximately 25 mph. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated the transfer case had to be flushed. The failure continued and the transfer case was flushed three times. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated there was a manufacturers recall but the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 33,000. It was Sat., May. 1, 2010 when this transfer case issue happened.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Mercedes Benz ML430

The vehicle is a 1999 Mercedes Benz Ml430. While driving in reverse and forward at 25 mph, the contact heard a clicking sound underneath the center of the vehicle. He assumed something was loose under the vehicle and drove to the dealer. The dealer noticed that the front driveshaft bearing was loose. After repairing the shaft, the dealer discovered that the transfer case was also causing the issue. The contact feels that the manufacturer should repair the vehicle because the owner's manual does not state anything about repairing the transfer case. The vehicle is currently being repaired. The current mileage was 115,000 and failure mileage was 85,000. Updated 04/13/09. The consumer had to pay$ 3850 for a new transfer case. Updated 06/15/09. It was Saturday, March 21, 2009 when this transfer case issue happened.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Mercury Mountaineer

The VIN of the car is 4M2ZU86E92_. Tl-the reporting person's vehicle is a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated the while backing up and turning left or right the rear end would stutter. This failure has progressed into a load screching noise when the vehicle is in drive or reverse. The failure has progressed over a period of four months. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated the transfer case needed to be replaced to repair the vehicle. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Rg. This transfer case issue occurred February 3, 2014.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Mercury Mountaineer

The VIN of the problem Mountaineer is 4M2ZU86K84_. The vehicle involved is a 2004 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that while attempting to change the wheel drive, the vehicle failed to utilize the forward wheel drive. In addition, the vehicle began exhibiting several failures simultaneously. The power steering assist failed, the gear shifter failed, and the transmission was causing the vehicle to jerk abnormally. Also, the power windows had become inoperable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection. The contact was informed that the transfer case and transmission needed to be replaced. The additional failures were not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000. This transfer case issue occurred Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Mitsubishi 3000GT

The owner has a 1991 Mitsubishi 3000gt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 75 mph, all four wheels seized. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that a defect in the transfer case had caused the problem. The contact was informed that the vehicle would not be repaired under NHTSA campaign number 02v143001(power train) because the defect was repaired by the previous owner. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 112,000. This transfer case issue occurred Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Mitsubishi Eclipse

The vehicle was a 1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse. The contact stated that while driving 68 mph, he heard a loud noise. He pulled over on the side of the road when he noticed smoke coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The dealer advised that they needed to have the transfer case and the transmission replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised the contact that the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 98v069001 (power train) was closed and there was nothing they could do to assist the contact. The failure mileage was 180,000 and the current mileage was 253,000. This issue happened on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Nissan Murano

The car is a 2007 Nissan Murano. The VIN of this vehicle was JN8AZ08W97_. Trouble accelerating accompanied by loud screeching noise, followed by loud clunking. Diagnosed as transfer case severely cracked at 79000 miles. 2 Nissan dealers agreed this was a defective part with history of problems, but not recalled, and only warranteed to 60,000 miles. Ridiculous. About a 3300$ repair. This problem occurred on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Nissan Frontier

Tl- the vehicle was a 2010 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle continuously made a loud clanking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who indicated that the u-joints failed and needed to be replaced in order to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired after having the u-joints replaced on two separate occasions. The contact also indicated that there was a leak in the transfer case. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 41,000. Rk. It was 06/17/13 when this transfer case issue occurred.

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car   Transfer Case problem of SAAB 9-7x

The car was a 2007 SAAB 9-7x. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 5S3ET13M67_. When turning vehicle jumps and bumps and makes a whining noise. Feels like car is riding on gravel and freezes and holds like all 4 wheels are grabbing and does not want to roll (crow hopping). Repairs are over $2,000. 00. Dealership says it is the transfer case however after the rear end service was completed problem still remained. Problem was misdiagnosed and they said they had repaired the rear pinion bearing which I received a full refund for as this did nothing to solve the problem. This issue happened on 07/15/2012.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Saturn VUE

The car involved is a 2003 Saturn Vue. Consumer states vehicle has almost rolled over on several instances due to the 4-wheel drive function not engaging when road conditions necessitate.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Saturn VUE

Vehicle identification number (VIN): 5GZCZ43D83_. 2003 Saturn Vue failed to start. The vehicle made squeaking noises when the consumer made a right turn, in addition to various other rumblings. The consumer experienced problems with the rotors, bearings and transmission. A special wheel bearing had to be ordered as well as a special side cover and hardware for the transmission. The coolant switch was defective. The rear wipers would stick. The gas gauge would only read 3/4 full. The air condition stopped working and the hot and cold knob did not go all the to cool. The starter was replaced which was the reason the vehicle wasn't starting. The transfer case seal was replaced. This problem occurred on Monday, November 17, 2003.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Subaru Outback

The car involved is a 2006 Subaru Outback. When driving our Subaru 2006 2. 5i Outback wagon (4-speed auto w/sport shift) in winter road conditions, we have had multiple instances where the rear of the car begins to float or do Mini-fishtails. It feels like the rear wheels are alternately pushing the car back and forth or like there are wind gusts hitting the car. The floating has a rhythmic feel and may continue for many miles until the road conditions change. When the car is floating, you sense that any change (steering, gas or braking) will cause you to lose control of the vehicle. And while we have not had an accident yet, it is a truly scary driving sensation and only a matter of time before this causes a serious accident. The only solution I have found is to ease up on gas until you find a speed (usually under 40 mph) where the floating is less pronounced. This is our 9th Subaru and we have 18 years experience driving Subaru awd vehicles on minnesota winter roads. None of our former cars, up through the 2004 Outback, ever behaved in the manner. Please note, not all winter road conditions seem to trigger the problem. I have most frequently experienced the floating when on asphalt road surfaces that are icy or covered in compacted snow or slush. I have had it occur on completely straight roads under steady throttle while traveling under 45 mph. When it occurs, I have always been driving at safe speeds and have noted that other vehicles were passing by at much higher speeds and seemed comfortable and confident with the road conditions. The most serious incident occurred after we had new michelin tires put on and the dealer had completed an alignment. No other parts have been replaced. Please note, this is a Subaru. Your database of vins comes up with the keystone RV manufacturer. This is not correct. This transfer case problem happened on 12/26/2007.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Subaru Outback

The vehicle involved is a 2002 Subaru Outback. While driving 65 mph, the contact heard a grinding sound coming from outside the vehicle. A local mechanic stated that the bearings in the transfer case failed. The vehicle was diagnosed by the mechanic; however, the failure recurred three months later. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 60,000 and failure mileage was 55,000. It was Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2007 when this transfer case issue happened.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Suzuki Grand Vitara

The car was a 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara. Iat first I thought it was a wheel bearing after having a mechanic lift the car I noticed the crossmember for the transmission hanging, after close inspection of the crossmember seem ther were no drain holes for water to exit the mount. And maybe defective metal used to produce the part caused premature failure of the part luckily I found the problem as this part is supposed to support the weight of the transmission and keep the alignment of the engine to transmission , to drive shafts, to the rear end , transfer case drive line to the fron wheels. A total filure may cause drive shafts to break possibly catapulting the car, not to mention the excellerated ware and tear on all parts that are engineered to to high tolerances to line up. This 4x4 vehicle has 79, thousand highway miles, no off roading . It was 12/17/11 when this transfer case issue occurred.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Suzuki XL7

The vehicle was a 2006 Suzuki xl-7. The car had a crash. The VIN of this Xl7 is JS3TX92V66_. April 21st 2008 we had taken my vehicle to medved in wheat ridge, CO. Where they had did a diagnostic test and they had decided that they would replace the sensors, 4-low switch, and transfer case module. They had kept the vehicle until may 2nd, 2008. Mid may 2008. July 25th 2008 I drove the vehicle back down to medved because Suzuki America declined a tow, the reason for this was the same problem as above, this time they were able to recover codes from the diagnostic test they ran, they then decided that they would replace the actuator switch and sensors, my vehicle was kept in the shop until July 31st ,2008. September 3rd ,2008 I called medved and requested a tow to their shop because the vehicle was stuck in 4-low again, they sent a man to leadville for the SUV that afternoon and took it to medved. The service department had discovered corrosion at the connectors on the right footwall area of the dash. They had then replaced the main harness on the vehicle. East bound on I-70, I had just passed the exit for edwards when the 4-low kicked on for a third time that morning, I couldn't get control of the car, the brakes locked up and started making a weird sound, I then hit a guardrail on the right hand side of the interstate then flew across 2 lanes and hit the guardrail on the left side of the interstate. I called 911 (approx 8:59 am) and reported the accident because no one had stopped to see if I was alright (the air bags didn't deploy), I was then transported to the vail hospital for the injuries that had occurred during the accident. Please call me or e mail me I do have more info for you but it wont fit in this square 7192933068. This transfer case issue occurred Dec. 19, 2008.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Toyota Tundra

The car involved is a 2007 Toyota Tundra. After trying to switch my truck into 4 wheel drive lo, the 4 wheel lo light & symbol would flash and never engage. I tried many times, making sure the vehicle was on a level surface, at a compete stop with emergency brake engaged, shifting from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel hi and then place the vehicle in neutral, with my foot on the brake and tried to switch into 4 wheel lo. . . . Nothing, it will not engage. It will however shift back to 4 wheel hi and back to 2 wheel drive. Please keep in mind, I only use 4 wheel drive hi, during snow storms in nh and only use 4 wheel lo to drive up my driveway, in very deep snow amounts (16"-20" depths). After finding this very disappointing problem, I scheduled an appointment with our local Toyota dealer. They had the vehicle for the day and was able to replicate the same problem. According to the tech and service manger, it was determined that the 4 wheel drive actuator has failed, thus requiring the replacement of the transfer case, actuator and a computer program? any ways this was a Toyota service bulletin which referred this remedy fix and at the cost of (drum roll please) $5,200. 00 are you kidding me! I'm an ex auto mechanic and perform a majority of my scheduled service and go to Toyota for other maintenance repairs and or service, in fact my entire family vehicle history can be found at this dealership proving our due diligent vehicle up keep and loyalty. Now don't take this the wrong way, this nh Toyota dealership has been great and help us with many other expensive repairs and I'm not blaming them. I point the blame at the Toyota corporation, for not stepping up to make this repair as a priority, after all my family has owned (10) Toyota vehicles over the past 20 years and all of them have reached the 150k - 180k miles without this problem occurring. It was 02/20/14 when this transfer case issue occurred.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Toyota Sienna

The car involved is a 2004 Toyota Sienna. Driving in passing lane of interstate 70 mph, very loud crashing noises from undercarriage that continued as long as car was moving forward. Tow truck driver said power train (drive line he called it) had come off. Mechanic identified cause as transfer case seizing up, probably because of some internal part coming loose. Right front wheel also seized up. Damage to van is catastrophic - it's totaled. Miraculously I was able to pull off to shoulder without crashing. This issue happened on January 21, 2014.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Volkswagen Tiguan

The car involved is a 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan. On 5/3/12 @ 12,000 miles, I was slowing @ a yield (10mph) and my transfer case fell on my drive shaft breaking it and the heat shield. Vw fixed it and said it could have happened at factory because a piece was missing that caused the transfer bolts to back out of the case. I complained I wanted a new car and jill, the regional case mgr for vw customer relations wouldn't approve of it. Once that was fixed, 5/30/12 my tire pressure light came on and my right rear tire blew. Went to change the tire and the piece to take the hubcap off wasn't in the car. Vw replaced the tire free of charge because of all the trouble I've had with it. Jill said they weren't going to replace the car. On 6/7/12 my tire pressure gauge came on again and I immediately pulled over and checked tire pressure. 38 on both right tires, 37 on front left and 36 on rear left. I absolutely do not feel comfortable with this car any longer. I paid cash for this car and now I am left driving something I fear. This transfer case issue occurred Monday, May 3, 2010.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Volkswagen Tiguan

The car was a 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan. On 5/3/12 @ 12,000 miles, I was slowing @ a yield (10mph) and my transfer case fell on my drive shaft breaking it and the heat shield. Vw fixed it and said it could have happened at factory because a piece was missing that caused the transfer bolts to back out of the case. I complained I wanted a new car and jill, the regional case mgr for vw customer relations wouldn't approve of it. Once that was fixed, 5/30/12 my tire pressure light came on and my right rear tire blew. Went to change the tire and the piece to take the hubcap off wasn't in the car. Vw replaced the tire free of charge because of all the trouble I've had with it. Jill said they weren't going to replace the car. On 6/7/12 my tire pressure gauge came on again and I immediately pulled over and checked tire pressure. 38 on both right tires, 37 on front left and 36 on rear left. I absolutely do not feel comfortable with this car any longer. I paid cash for this car and now I am left driving something I fear. This transfer case issue occurred May. 3, 2010.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Volvo XC90

The VIN of this Xc90 is YV1CM59295_. The owner has a 2005 Volvo Xc90. While stopped at a traffic stop, the vehicle began to shake back and forth uncontrollably. The contact applied pressure to the brake pedal in order for the vehicle to stop shaking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician advised that the four wheel drive motor was not engaging and would have to be replaced. The four wheel drive warning light was not indicating that there was a failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000. It was Tuesday, December 21, 2010 when this transfer case issue happened.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Volvo XC90

Angle iron failed in Volvo Xc90. This issue happened on 01/06/08.

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car   Transfer Case problem of BMW X5

Vehicle identification number (VIN): 5UXFB33523_. Tl- the vehicle involved is a 2003 BMW X5. The contact stated while traveling at any speed, the vehicle jerked violently without warning intermittently on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop who diagnosed that the transfer case needed to be repaired. The vehicle was to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000. Dyd. This problem occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

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car   Transfer Case problem of BMW 328

The vehicle involved is a 2007 BMW 328xi. I was driving home on the highway during a rainstorm when the 4x4, breaks warning came on. The handling immediately was affected. I didnt feel the traction I was used to and breaking became dangerous. I wanted to pull over but the breaks made the car stop too abruptly, causing me to skid on the wet road. Had the highway been busier I'm sure I would've been in a serious accident. I consider myself very lucky. I took my car to a local mechanic. I was told that it was the transfer case actuator gear. It's plastic and the intense heat causes it to fail. I was told this problem is very common. . . . So much that the replacements are made of of a different composite and more heat resistant. My question is why do I have to pay for a gear that is recognized as faulty. If the replacements are better than the original then obviously BMW recognizes that too. This is becoming way to common for BMW not to react. This issue happened on Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Buick Rainier

I would like to start by saying I love my 2006 Buick Rainier and do not want this experience to break my commitment to gm products. My problems began when my Rainier started having problems turning at low speeds and backing up. My 2006 Rainier only has a little over 56,000 miles, so as you can see my SUV has very little wear and has had all the regular schedule maintenances. I did experience the bumping noise periodically which I understand now is a precursor to the transfer case going out. I have written to gm about the problem with the transfer case to see if there was any way they could provide assistance with this problem as it has caused a financial hardship with the replacement of the transfer case costing a little over $2400. Gm responded that there wasn't anything they could do about the matter. The service dealer has been very gracious with me and working with me to arrange payments each month, however, as with any business they are a business and must continue on. I have seen on the edmonds car blog that there are almost 300 entries of this very same problem with the transfer case going out in this particular vehicle. I am pleading with you to investigate this issue as it isn't only about the financial hardship it has caused me but mainly the safety issue it could have caused when I couldn't turn or back up appropriately which I could not when the transfer case went out. I purchased my Rainier originally because I had a trailblazer ltz and saw how the Rainier was a better kind of version or more luxury version of the trailblazer ltz. I am beginning to wish I had kept my trailblazer of almost 200k miles to my Rainier of only 56k miles. Your assistance in this matter is greatly anticipated and appreciated. This transfer case problem happened on Friday, June 14, 2013.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Buick Rainier

The vehicle involved is a 2007 Buick Rainier. Tl-consumer has a 2007 Buick rainer. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the rear end of vehicle jerks and the stable track system illuminates. The vehicle was taken to dealer for diagnosis where they stated the output shaft on transfer case and slip yoke need to be replace. The vehicle was repaired but the problem persist. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 59,507. St. It was Aug. 3, 2012 when this transfer case issue happened.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Cadillac SRX

The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1GYDE63A54_. The reporting person's vehicle is a 2004 Cadillac Srx. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to respond to acceleration attempts and made a series of popping noises. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the transfer case needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 81,000. This transfer case issue occurred Friday, October 14, 2011.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Cadillac Escalade

Consumer owns a 2000 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that the vehicle would exhibit a loud grinding noise when driving in reverse and would then slip into neutral. The grinding noise would also be a result of the 4-wheel drive slipping into 2-wheel drive while the vehicle was in drive. The dealer stated that there was a failure in the transfer case. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 73,000. It was December 26, 2011 when this transfer case issue happened.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Jaguar X-type

The vehicle involved was a 2006 Jaguar X-type. Was driving approximately 30mph on my way to the dealer for scheduled oil change and without any warning the car started making a grinding noise and stopped. It would not move forward or reverse. Managed to get the car to the side of the road and called the dealer for assistance. Upon inspection the dealer told me the car needed a transmission and transfer case because the internal gears were fragmented. It was 03/20/14 when this transfer case issue occurred.

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car   Transfer Case problem of Jaguar X-type

The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Jaguar X-type is SAJWA51C85_. The reporting person's vehicle is a 2005 Jaguar X-type. The contact stated that while placing the gear into reverse, she noticed a knocking noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the transfer case would have to be replaced. After the repair the failure continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000. This transfer case issue occurred October 15, 2012.

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