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Transfer Case Problems of Jeep Liberty



Jeep Liberty owners have reported 10 problems related to transfer case (under the power train category).

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Jeep Liberty 1
Failure Date: 10/06/2012

The plastic bushing in the transfer case shifter cable broke and the transfer case could not be shifted (4wd, neutral, 2wd). Ours got stuck in 2wd so we able to drive it. This could happen without warning and apparently often does. This is a problem if the unit gets stuck in neutral the vehicle could not be moved out of the way of oncoming objects or if 4wd is needed it may not be able to be shifted into 4wd. Apparently this same plastic bushing is at both ends of the shifter cable and is used in most other 4wd Jeeps. The problem is common enough that at lest one after market company is marketing a redesigned shifter cable that does not use the plastic bushings.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Jeep Liberty 2
Failure Date: 01/13/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Jeep Liberty. While driving 5 mph in snowy conditions, the vehicle was supposed to be in 4 wheel drive and began to skid. The vehicle failed to shift into 4 wheel drive, although the indicator was illuminated, which meant it was activated. The contact also heard a clunking sound. She took the vehicle to a repair shop and was informed that the link in the driveshaft failed, which caused the failure. The manufacturer informed her to send a receipt for the repair and they would consider reimbursement. The current mileage was 42,156 and failure mileage was approximately 42,150. Updated 3/5/09 * cn the water pump was replaced updated 03/13/09.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Jeep Liberty 3
Failure Date: 11/06/2007

Transmission had long delay between reverse and drive. Eventually got worse and would not go into gear. Dealer said transmission needed to be replaced. Also transfer case broken and jammed, not allowing vehicle to move. Had Liberty into see dealer week prior to case failing. Dealer said nothing wrong after I stated to them the Liberty felt like it was stuck in 4 wheel drive. Cost was $ 4200. 00 for replacement of trans and transfer case.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Jeep Liberty 4
Failure Date: 02/20/2007

- the contact called regarding the 2005 Chrysler Jeep Liberty. The contact received recall 06v288000. The contact was on a waiting list for the lower ball joint. The contact had been waiting for approximately 2 months. The contact had steering problems when the vehicle was in the four wheel drive mode. The current mileage was approximately 7400.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2002 Jeep Liberty 5
Failure Date: 08/15/2005

Trans case on my 2002 Liberty went with 37,000 miles on car called manufacturer who stated that since car was driven under 10 miles a day it was considered severe driving and since auto tran fluid not changed at 30000 it was a normal thing if I drove 50 miles a day on highway it was considered normal and based on their schedule the fluid never has to be changed Chrysler refused to listen said it was my problem.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Jeep Liberty 6
Failure Date: 08/06/2005

I stopped my 2005 Jeep Liberty in the driveway of my home and put the car in park removed the key and opened the door. The car started rolling backwards. The dealer has told me that the hole for the park slot in the transfer case was drilled too large, I feel if that happened to my car how many others have a hole too large, a child could be run over. There was no warning whatsoever.


car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2003 Jeep Liberty 7
Failure Date: 01/03/2005

While in four wheel drive the vehicle went out of control when the brakes were applied. Manufacturer was contacted, but the cause was undetermined. For approx 1 year there were 16 separate incidents that occurred while vehicle was in 4 wheel drive. At 25-45 mph vehicle spun out of control. Driving one direction vehicle spun to the opposite direction.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2003 Jeep Liberty 8
Failure Date: 01/02/2004

Ball joint failure three times. Emergency brake on five speed never has worked properly. Replace engine at 70,000. Now the card end joint for the four-wheel drive is not working correctly. My biggest complaint is the ball joint failure for the third time. This issue also causes chain reactions in the tires I have had three sets of tires wear uneven and I wrote the company the first time to complain and got no response. I use my Jeep to make my income and do not trust it any more. I do not recommend this vehicle to any one and will not pass it on to any family member.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2002 Jeep Liberty 9
Failure Date: 01/07/2003

Jeep 2002 Liberty sport 4wd when making right hand turn in 2wd or 4wd wheels bind/ turn andcar stops dead in tracks, sometimes hear thumping or metal sound. Acts like a intermittent transfer case problem. . . Car is in 2wd most of the time. . Sharp right turn well with-in turning radius of Jeep. . . Normal driving!.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2003 Jeep Liberty 10
Failure Date: 10/15/2002

2003 Jeep Liberty purchased in 2002 has had problem since purchase. The vehicle acts like it is in 4-w drive when it isn't. When attempting to make even gentle turns there are loud cracking sounds and grinding noises. This does not happen all of the time and will go many months without the problem. There have been multiple witnesses to the noise and the hopping of the car when attempting to make the turns. Hopping is most evident when attempting to pull into a parking spot even when making a wide turn to avoid a hard/tight turn into the space. The noise and hopping again occur when trying to pull out of the parking space. This happens in 4-w drive as well as when out of 4-w drive. I have reported this to the dealer who does not record my complaint but only states that I can pay for a check of the transmission if I want. They stated that it was common for Jeep Liberty vehicles to hop and make this noise when in 4-w drive. Now that my car is out of warranty it has gotten worse and the problem was never fixed. Please investigate this problem before someone is killed. I lost a son last year. I cannot afford to have my transmission, transfer case, etc. Repaired because I am struggling financially. Just recently the light has stayed on stating I am in part-time 4-w even though I am not. The perform service light has stayed on ever since the very first service on my vehicle in 2002. The dealer does not fix anything. During one service the vehicle bolts were left off and I was told that the car didn't really need those they were just to prevent rattling. They also charged me for a fuel and air filter during a service which was not put on my car. When taking my car to the firestone dealer the very next day to have tires put on they showed me my filters (still on the car) and told me to report it. The dealer is the lithia Chrysler Jeep dealer located at 3223 mill street in reno, nevada. They should be investigated as to unethical practices.