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If you live in an area where there's constant ice and snow, you need to be extra cautious every time you're on the road. One way to do this is to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle. You see, this particular system provides works by powering up all the four wheels of the vehicle at the same time. This makes it safer to drive even in tricky conditions. The transfer case motor is an important part of a 4-wheel drivetrain because it's in charge of connecting the front and rear axles to the transmission. If your vehicle has a busted transfer case, you won't be able to maximize the full potential of your ride. To fix this, look into your system right away. Here's a general guide that you can follow to get started.

2-wheel vs. 4-wheel

Depending on the vehicle that you own, you can choose the drivetrain that you want to use either manually or electronically using a shifter. This option is more common on trucks and off-road vehicles. Most all-wheel drive sports cars, on the other hand, are stuck with the 4-wheel drive setting.

Gears vs. Chains

The transfer case motor of your ride can either use gears or chains to transfer power from the transmission to the drive shaft. Gears are more commonly found in heavy trucks while chains are more common in newer and lighter vehicles.

Replacing the Transfer Case Motor

Replacing the motor is no walk in the park, so make sure that all your tools are ready before you start the job.

Step 1: Before you begin, make sure that your car is parked on a flat-level surface with the parking bakes engaged. After that, use wheel chocks to secure the wheels on the passenger side of the car.

Step 2: When the car is secure, place a jack on the driver's side of the vehicle and use it to raise the car. Once it's raised, support the vehicle using jack stands by placing them beneath the frame rail, near the front side of the vehicle and the control arm, and near the rear.

Step 3: Next, roll under your vehicle until your head is near the transmission that's in front of the transfer case motor. Make sure that you have your working tools set up beforehand to make the task easier.

Step 4: After that, get a wrench and start to remove the retaining bolts of the front driveshaft. Get the driveshaft off the yoke of the transfer case by prying it out using a flathead screwdriver.

Step 5: Then, using a socket, get the wiring harness off of the transfer case motor. After that, unbolt the motor from the transfer case and pry it off with the screwdriver.

Step 6: As soon as the old motor is removed, position the new one and make sure that it follows the exact position of the busted motor. You might need to shift the transfer case using pliers to match the new motor.

Step 7: Reattach all the other components that you remove earlier and test the vehicle to see if it works.