4WD Transfer Case Cost and Guide

What is a “New” 4WD Transfer Case?

“New” transfer cases can only be found in brand new cars rolling off the assembly line. From the metal case and gears, to the springs and seals, every component is freshly stamped, extruded, or otherwise created.

Car manufacturers do not sell or distribute these “new” transfer cases. All other transfer cases out there are either rebuilt, used or remanufactured. Even if you have a transfer case replaced under warranty by a dealership, it will be a remanufactured 4WD transfer case.

What is a Remanufactured 4WD Transfer Case?

A remanufactured transfer case refers to a 4WD / AWD case that has been completely disassembled and then re-assembled on an assembly line. Each component is inspected, cleaned, and reconditioned by a technician that specializes in that particular stage of the process.

All of the critical elements are tested to ensure that they meet original equipment (OE) tolerances and standards. Any part that doesn’t meet the original specifications is either machined until it does or replaced with a brand new part.

Once all of the components meet specification, they’re sent down an assembly line and the transfer case is reassembled. The reman case is then put on a machine which simulates real-world driving. This allows leaks and imperfections to be discovered and dealt with before the transfer case leaves the factory.

Another benefit of a remanufactured transfer case are the updates and upgrades it receives. Once a certain vehicle model has been in production for a few years, small issues with the design are discovered and solutions are implemented. It may be more robust friction materials, stronger seals, stiffer springs, or number of other things.

Everything from the metal thickness, to the rotational torque specs, are taken back to the exact same point as they were, when your transfer case left the factory the first time. A remanufactured transfer case can also be modified during this process, to correct for known issues that could adversely affect its long-term durability.

How Much Does a Remanufactured Transfer Case Cost?

On average, a remanufactured transfer case costs depending on the make and model of your vehicle. The cost of labor to install it is in addition to the price of the unit and will typically run between $400 and $800.

Transfer cases can be purchased through Autozone and Advance Auto Parts.

Remanufacturing Process – What is Involved?

  1. Disassembly
    When a “core” (i.e. used) transfer case first arrives at the remanufacturing facility, it’s catalogued and completely disassembled. All of the parts are accounted for.
  2. Cleaning
    Once all of the internal parts are catalogued, the old bits of gasket are thrown away, and parts like the gears, case and shafts are washed in a high-pressure parts washer.
  3. Inspection
    Once all of the gunk has been knocked off, the parts are thoroughly inspected for cracks, imperfections, and adherence to OE tolerances. Parts that don’t make the grade are either machined back to factory specs, or replaced.
  4. Replacing Parts & Re-Assembly
    All components that don’t meet specification get replaced on the assembly line, along with all seals, gaskets and o-rings. Electrical components such as solenoids and control units get inspected and replaced. Upgrades and updated components are installed, then the transfer case is re-assembled using the proper OEM torque specs and fasteners.
  5. Testing
    After assembly, each and every remanufactured transfer case is placed on a machine, and put through a series of driving simulations to test the operation, and quality of the transfer case. If any leaks or faulty parts are discovered, the transfer case is sent back through the remanufacturing process.

Benefits

Done in a Factory Setting

Remanufactured transfer cases are built in a factory, on an assembly line. Technicians specialize in specific areas, and each transfer caseundergoes numerous quality checks throughout the remanufacturing process. This ensures a higher quality product, and longer service life.

Replaces More Parts

A remanufactured transfer case is thoroughly disassembled, cleaned, surfaces are machined to factory specification, updated parts are installed, and an entire list of components are replaced. By comparison, the typical rebuilt transfer caseonly receives new components if the original is worn out.

Testing

When a mechanic or repair shop rebuilds a transfer case, it’s usually tested after it’s reinstalled in the vehicle. By contrast, remanufactured transfer case are subjected to a rigorous battery of tests before they ever leave the factory. Dyno machines and valve body testers are designed to expose problems before you get on the road, that way you won’t have to take your vehicle back to the mechanic because “something doesn’t feel right”.

Warranty – What is Covered?

One of the biggest advantages to buying a remanufactured transfer case is the warranty. A good quality reman transfer case will come with a 3-year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty. Anything less should make you question the quality.

Another feature that you should look for is the coverage area. In order to receive reimbursement, many transfer case warranties will limit you to specific shops, and that can often tie you to a particular geographic area. So if you have problems outside of the coverage area, you’ll be paying for the repairs yourself.

A good nationwide warranty will honor repair costs from a licensed shop, no matter where it’s located. And you want one that will cover both parts and labor. $50/hour is the average cost on transfer case repairs, so make sure your warranty will pay at least that amount.

How Long Does it Take?

Depending on the availability, your reman transfer case can usually be shipped to the repair shop within a few days of your order. Shipping should be free or less than $100. Expect the installation to take 1 to 2 days.

How Long Will it Last?

There is no set time or mileage. We’ve heard of transfer case where they only last 6,000 miles (rare) and others that have lasted over 300,000 miles. Your driving habits and how closely you follow recommended maintenance procedures are the deciding factors. That is why it’s so important to get a good warranty. If I had to give a number, the average would be 150,000 to 200,000 miles.

How to Buy a Remanufactured Transfer Case

1) Buying Locally

When you go to your local repair shop, they’ll order a remanufactured transfer case from a supplier, then mark up the price. So at the end of the day, you’ll be paying 15% to 30% more than the actual cost of the unit.

2) Buying Online or through an Auto Parts store

Buying a reman transfer case through a company online or through Autozone or Advance Auto parts is an option.

Transfer Case Identification – Assembly Number

Your “Assembly Number” on the transfer case helps us to identify the exact model you have. This is typically found towards the REAR of the transfer case (pointing to the rear of the vehicle) on the transfer case itself. Alternatively, they can be looked up by VIN#.

Searchable Transfer Case Assembly Number Table

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gerard
11 months ago

how do i tell if I have a trans
mission problem or transfer.case problem.?

David Ferris
1 year ago

There is a grinding noise a couple times it almost fetched up while driving.On the hoist at the garage There was a half moon crack from something that let go inside the case,thinking a bearing or snap ring or both

Last edited 1 year ago by David Ferris
Linda kile
1 year ago

Stuck i 3 low

Benjamin
1 year ago

It doesn’t have the round tag so I can’t figure out what transfer case I need that is compatible if I can’t find the same exact truck.

David Johnson
1 year ago

Transfer case makes grinding noise like broken drive shaft gears broke

Don
1 year ago
Reply to  David Johnson

Sounds like mine, repair costs are $3300.00

David Johnson
1 year ago

52105928AC

Philip
1 year ago

Leaking fluid from somewhere on transfer case. 2005 Silverado 2500 4×4

kevin
1 year ago

hello gmck2500 is a 95 7.4 with 241c was changed to a 246 C which had auto drive I believe and to my understanding there’s in electrical connection with the A and the B where it is not compatible to the 241 I am going back to a 241 but the yoke for the front differential is different than the one that is on there and I am asking how to Remove it to put on the one that I need and I have that on the transfer case that’s in there now Thank you very much for your help My main problem is the truck keeps dropping out of two wheel high it then would only go in four wheel high or four wheel low and has not been able to get out of four-wheel low at all Now there is a boot that is on the shifting linkage on the outside of the transmission that boot appears to build compression or pressure when it’s shifting one way and then when it’s released the pressure is released is this a possible issue with it Shifting the transfer case just something I noticed while taking apart GM transmission as well could you electrical connection be the source of the problem being that they are not compatible could it be the electrical to the actuator on the front differential I would appreciate any guidance or direction towards more reading and have a great day

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