How to remove transfer case from transmission

Removing a transfer case from a transmission is a complex task that requires specific tools and knowledge of your vehicle's drivetrain system. The transfer case is a critical component of four-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles. Here are general steps to guide you through the process:

Materials you will need:

  1. Vehicle service manual

  2. Safety goggles

  3. Safety gloves

  4. Jack and jack stands (if necessary)

  5. Socket set and ratchet

  6. Wrenches (open-end or box-end)

  7. Transmission jack or suitable support

  8. Torque wrench (for reassembly)

  9. Penetrating oil (optional)


  1. Safety precautions: Ensure the vehicle is on a stable surface, the parking brake is engaged, and the wheels are chocked. If necessary, lift the vehicle and secure it on jack stands.

  2. Refer to the service manual: Consult the vehicle's service manual for detailed instructions specific to your make and model. Transfer case removal procedures can vary significantly among vehicles, and following the manufacturer's guidelines is crucial.

  3. Relieve tension and disconnect components: Depending on your vehicle, you may need to disconnect several components, including the front and rear driveshafts, electrical connections, shift linkage, and any mounting brackets or crossmembers that support the transfer case.

  4. Support the transmission: Use a transmission jack or suitable support to secure and stabilize the transmission, as you'll be removing a substantial component of the drivetrain.

  5. Remove the transfer case mounting bolts: Locate and remove the mounting bolts that secure the transfer case to the transmission housing. These bolts are often located around the perimeter of the transfer case. Use a socket set and wrenches to remove them.

  6. Separate the transfer case: Carefully separate the transfer case from the transmission housing. It may require some wiggling and maneuvering to release it from the transmission's input shaft.

  7. Inspect and replace (if necessary): Examine the transfer case for any signs of damage, wear, or issues. If the transfer case is being replaced, ensure the replacement is compatible with your vehicle.

  8. Reinstallation: To reinstall the transfer case, follow the reverse process, ensuring it is properly aligned with the transmission housing and secured with the appropriate mounting bolts. Torque the bolts to the manufacturer's specified torque using a torque wrench.

  9. Reconnect components: Reconnect all the components that were disconnected during the removal process, including the driveshafts, electrical connections, shift linkage, and any mounting brackets or crossmembers.

  10. Test the drivetrain: After reassembly, test the vehicle to ensure the drivetrain operates properly, including shifting into 4WD or AWD mode if applicable.

It's crucial to consult your vehicle's specific service manual for detailed instructions and torque specifications, as the process can vary among different vehicles. If you are not experienced with this type of work, it's highly recommended to seek the assistance of a qualified mechanic or technician to perform the task safely and accurately. Additionally, consider using penetrating oil on rusted or stubborn bolts to ease the removal process.