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Old 09-01-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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Transfer Case Issue

I flat towed my 2008 Jeep Wrangler and forgot to put the transfer case in neutral. It is a manual transmission, which was I'm neutral at the time, and I pulled it about150 miles. Nothing seems to be wrong, it drives OK. Can someone tell me what damage I may have done and how to check for it?
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I don't know what it might have done but you may want to change fluid in transfer case and the transmission to see if its burnt or discolored and look for any metal in oil. Also check the seals to make sure they didn't overheat. This may give you a starting point I hope everything is ok.
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It is pretty much a "it is damaged" or "it isn't damaged" kind of thing as the T-case will just overheat and damage the insides, and in most cases crack and smoke as you are pulling it. (ask me how I know this!) If it works, it should be ok. Changing the oil is prudent as it surely got pretty hot.
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Likely no damage with the relatively short distance towed. If all is working ok, I think you are ok.
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Thanks for all the posts. I spoke to my mechanic and he echoed the same as many of you. Looks like I dodged a bullet here. Definately a big lesson learned.
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Thanks for all the posts. I spoke to my mechanic and he echoed the same as many of you. Looks like I dodged a bullet here. Definately a big lesson learned.
FWIW I have a printed check list I follow so as to prevent the ooops. I don't use it as a do list. I do every thing, then check it. As I check it, I touch it. Any interruptions and I start over. This technique comes from long experience operating expensive equipment.

My worst fear is to move the MH wheels and have the towed wheels stay stationary.
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