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Old 04-20-2005, 09:19 AM
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The transfer Case on my 87 Wagoneer cracked while I was driving to work today. I'm assuming it's the NP228/229. I heard a thunk like I ran over a woodchuck and pulled over and noticed a steady drip of fluid from the transfer case. I crawled under the jeep and ran my hand over the top of the transfer case and flet what I think is a crack. The fluid is leaking from the top of the case. Can I continue to drive the jeep with the busted case provided I don't shift into 4wd? Recommendations for finding a replacement transfer case would be great. Hmmmm...I guess I am postponing my Colorado trip. Thanks, Jones
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Old 04-20-2005, 09:39 AM
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I drove mine for a while like that before I figured out what it was. I would be concerned with what caused the crack too. If it is cracked on the top, it should only leak down so far and then stop. maybe while driving from slinging parts I would think. Is it on the front cover?? I have one for parts if interested.
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th 228 was only offered in 86. probably a 229. but, that's beside the point. this would be a good time to replace it with a 208 part time case. it's a direct bolt in. but, you will need a longer rear driveshaft from a 80 thru 83 cherokee...also depending on the engine set up.
front locking hubs are not required. but, it would take some wear and tear off the front axle.
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JB Weld, works great for a temp fix.
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Old 04-21-2005, 05:13 AM
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I think the same thing happened to me last week! But, I can't figure out where the #$#@ crack is. It sounded like I hit something under the car, and then I noticed the leaking.

Any easy way to find that crack?
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Old 04-21-2005, 09:54 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I felt along the top of the case and noticed a raised sharp section of the case about 1-2 inches long. I will try JB weld as a temporary measure until I figure out what to do next. I did notice that the rear main seal is slightly leaking. Maybe time to deal with slightly slipping transmission as well. I need to figure out what I can sell on Ebay to raise funds for my Jeep fix-er-up project. Thanks all, Jones
And it is okay to drive the Wagoneer with the crack? Street Driving that is.
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