Do you own either a 4-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive vehicle? If so, your vehicle is equipped with what’s called a transfer case. Also called a transfer gearbox or a transfer gearcase, a transfer case is essentially what allows your vehicle to be either 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Continue reading to find out some of the things that you should know about transfer cases so that you understand why they’re so important.
Where they’re located
The transfer case that sits inside of a 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle is situated right in between the transmission in the vehicle and the front and rear axles in it. Driveshafts are used to keep all of these components connected within your vehicle.
How they work
When you’re driving your vehicle, you’ll have the option to turn 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive on in most cases. When you have it turned on, your transfer case will be used to take all of the power that’s manufactured by your transmission and direct it towards your front and rear axles. Most of today’s transfer cases are chain-driven, but there are also some that utilize a bunch of complex gears to get the job done.
When you should replace them
The transfer case in your 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle isn’t going to last forever. You may need to replace it at some point in time, depending on how old your vehicle is. If you ever have trouble shifting gears in your vehicle or hear loud grinding noises emanating from the bottom of your vehicle, it could indicate an issue with your transfer case. You’ll need to consider replacing your transfer case right away.
Are you in need of a new transfer case for your high-performance vehicle? SCS Gearbox carries a variety of different types of transfer cases. Call 419-483-7278 to order a transfer case or to ask any questions that you might have about the transfer cases we have in stock.