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11 Apr 2019 05:15 #205854 by Piet
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Hi again :)

My apologies for all the questions, but I am kind of new to this (as in never had a car with this many problems before...)

A while ago the transfer case of my 1998 automatic transmission started slipping. If I ease up on the gas I can fully avoid it slipping, but with more than 2 people in the car it is not that great...

I already asked the garage to look for a new t-case, but I am a bit afraid it will be (again) costly. What they tell me is that these parts are hard to come by, thus expensive. Now the question is, is there the possibility of getting a new chain (I could only find one for the pushbutton t-case)? Or is it possible to fit a newer electric t-case? Even the gear sets to refurbish the t-case/lower the gear ratio that I found do not seem to have the chain, which seems a bit weird to me (having had road bikes for years, where you always change chains and gears at the same time).

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11 Apr 2019 05:51 #205856 by Lambert
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The older transfer box is gear driven not chain and noted for being robust. They are also fairly common relatively cheap and very easy to swap. What symptoms are you experiencing when it's slipping?

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11 Apr 2019 05:57 #205857 by Piet
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When I apply torque I hear a series of loud "bangs" and I can feel the car stutter. This also happens when going uphill.

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11 Apr 2019 06:04 #205859 by Lambert
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Sounds about right but like I say the boxes are quite cheap and plentiful and very easy to swap. Certainly for a fully equipped garage with a ramp.

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11 Apr 2019 06:05 #205860 by Riccy
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yep thats transfer box chain going. often described as a machine gun noise.

You should be able to get a used transfer box, though the automatic ones are less common. Try James Priestly (member j999pre on here), or CAM suzuki (ebay usually).

Failing that a new chain will be much cheaper than a new transfer box, though it may have other damage inside your box from the existing chain slipping.

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11 Apr 2019 06:11 #205861 by Lambert
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I thought that the chain driven ones came in in 2005 with the push button?

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11 Apr 2019 06:13 #205862 by Riccy
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SJ boxes are gear driven, but all Jimnys are chain as far as i know. This is why the SJ boxes are always considered stronger, or so I am lead to believe :laugh:

Perfectly amenable to be corrected on this however!

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11 Apr 2019 06:16 - 11 Apr 2019 06:16 #205863 by Lambert
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Ah yeah sj durr stupid sleep deprivation. You're right.

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11 Apr 2019 10:24 #205876 by mlines
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Yep - all Jimnys (using the UK naming convention!) are chain driven.

A new chain is around £350 but as said, if its attacked the gears it is driven by then its really time for a new box.

Used ones are quite cheap but you do run the risk of getting one with the same problem. I see that in general they are around the £100 mark but look out for people who have them lying their sheds for a quick sale (I cleared my collection out a couple of years ago for £40 per box)

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