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Old 08-17-2014, 11:54 AM
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with access to a lift this job is 1/2 to 2/3 of one day

we once installed a ford transfer case in the airport parking lot in New Orleans .....4 of us just off the plane from from Alaska ......kids bought over two jacks/4 stands and oil/tools ......took 2 hrs......!

I've seen many actuators installed in 30 mins....the dealer shop hrs have no reality basis

also ....dyall need the actuator motor or just the gear
Thanks again for all the links and info, swamp.

With regard to the actuator, I thought all that sometimes goes bad is the gear (which costs only about $30), but I'll leave that to people who know more than I do. One question though - once the transfer case is opened up, is it straightforward to access and replace the actuator gear?
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:01 PM
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gear etc

another good generic transfer case tear down for you



you are correct about the gear ......it's quite easy to replace ....lots of good vids etc on diy.....here's an 05 X5 generic .....nearly identical to yours

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=3xEJbpVupuw

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Old 08-17-2014, 12:14 PM
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a good x3 actuator vid

some good pointers in this but he didn't know about the replacement plastic gear ....shows the value of this fest

also shoudda pointed out that the actuator with the pesky gear is planted on the outside of the transfer case so it's very very easy to pop off if the case is out of the X or if it's still on the vehicle and you lower the support as he does in the video


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Old 08-17-2014, 12:17 PM
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a good actuator plastic gear company

this is the known quantity nylon / carbon fiber reinforced gear .....yer pays yer money and yer takes yer chances !.....there are other makes on flea baby etc.....but best be sure of what you buy


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Old 08-17-2014, 06:03 PM
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transfer case top bolts

some good vid of the top bolts that are hidden from view when you're under the X

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Old 08-29-2014, 08:56 PM
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Duplicate post!

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Old 08-29-2014, 08:56 PM
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Just had the chain, the actuator motor gear and fluid replaced, and am glad to report that the dreaded clunk is GONE! According to my indy who did the job, the chain was loose, but the old gear seemed OK.

A BIG THANKS to Swamp for all the info and tips!!
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:23 AM
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here's wishin

a darn good outcome ....here's wishing you another 50,000 miles with no problems !
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