Anyone who owns a four-wheel drive or an all-wheel vehicle should know how important the transfer case is on these vehicles. This is the part of the drivetrain that transfers power to the front and rear axles of the vehicle.
Issues with a transfer case usually aren’t found right away. This means that it could take years for vehicle owners to realize there was something amiss with the transfer case of the vehicle they purchased.
How do you know a transfer case is malfunctioning?
There are a few common signs that a transfer case is failing. You may notice a puddle below the transfer case. You may have trouble shifting into AWD or 4WD in the vehicle. If you’re able to get the vehicle to remain in AWD or 4WD, you may hear an unusual humming, grinding or growling from the area of the transfer case. The warning light might also light up to alert you that it’s time to service the AWD or 4WD.
When can a bad transfer case signal you bought a lemon?
A transfer case should last the life of the vehicle; however, some people are finding that this isn’t the case. If the vehicle is still under a warranty, you might be able to make a lemon law claim if the transfer case is malfunctioning. Some manufacturers, such as General Motors, are notorious for transfer case defects, but typically opt to deny the problem.
Working with someone who’s familiar with federal and California state lemon laws can help you to learn your options so you can pursue a resolution to the issue. Just be sure to act quickly so you’re within the time limits of these cases.