What is a Transfer Case Fluid Changes service?
Lube Stop’s Transfer Case Fluid Changes service is the replacement of the transfer case fluid that your vehicle uses to cool and lubricate your transfer case. Your transfer case is the component of your vehicle that is responsible for transferring the power from transmission to front and rear axles. The location of your vehicle’s transfer case depends on your vehicle.
If your transfer case fluid is dirty or contaminated, it doesn’t circulate as well as it should. That’s why you have it changed or flushed.
Lube Stop provides this service as needed. To determine if it is needed, we look for signs that the fluid is dirty or contaminated. So, a visual inspection to detect pollutants or leaking is done. Following that, Lube Stop also inspects for leaking fluid, vibrations while driving, difficulty steering, grinding sounds, as well as the abnormal gas pedal behaviour. If they are present, we recommend replacing the fluid to the customer. If the customer agrees, then we proceed with the Transfer Case Fluid Changes or Flush service.
So, always bring any indicators of trouble to the attention of our Lube Stop technicians. These include signs of leaking fluid, vehicle vibrations, difficulty steering, and unusual grinding sounds. From there, we will trouble shoot and determine if you need to change or flush your fluid.
We do all this so you can enjoy the benefits of a reliable transfer case system.
What is Transfer Case Fluid For?
The location of transfer in your vehicle depends on the type of vehicle you drive. The transfer case transfers power from the transmission to both the front and rear axles. Transfer case components can vary from vehicle to vehicle. They can include gears, hydraulics, or chain drive. On some vehicles, such as four-wheel-drive trucks or vehicles intended for off-road use, this feature is controlled by the driver.
When checking and changing the transfer case fluid, the Lube Stop technicians first make certain the vehicle has cooled for at least 2 hours as to not handle hot fluids. They then set the parking brake and chock/block at least one wheel front and back. The drain and fill plugs are generally located facing the rear of the transfer case and vehicle. The lower plug is the drain and the plug located higher up is the fill. They remove the fill plug, then remove the drain plug. They allow the fluid to drain as long as possible to extract the maximum amount.
Once the fluid is completely drained, they reinstall the drain plug, leaving the fill plug out. If there is not enough room under your vehicle to get to the fill plug, they use a filler/extraction syringe. The transfer case does not have a dipstick to check the fluid levels. So, they “fill till they spill” using either the fluid bottle top or syringe.
After that, they reinstall the fluid fill plug and wipe any excess fluid from the transfer case.
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Why Do I Need a Transfer Case Fluid Changes service?
The Transfer Case Fluid Changes service is the replacement, changing or flushing of your vehicle’s transfer case fluid. You need to do this so that your vehicle can continue to rotate its wheels in the safest manner possible. Clean fluid helps your vehicle’s transfer case system deliver lots of benefits. For example, it allows for smooth steering, reduces internal heat, and a safe ride.
We do these fluid changes so that our customers can avoid problems with their car, truck, or SUV. The fluid is an important maintenance item responsible for ensuring your engine works well and your gears don’t seize causing your wheels to lock up. This is because when fluid is clean it does its job better. For example, it protects the vehicle from contaminants that can cause major damage to the entire transfer case system.
So, it is fair to conclude that dirty, contaminated transfer case fluid is NOT something you want to ignore.
That’s why we check the transfer case fluid every visit. We need to make sure that it is clean and functioning as it should. We understand that it costs a little in the short run to change this fluid out. But it saves a lot in the long run.
How Often Do I Need It?
The fluid should be checked each time you have service with Lube Stop. And, of course, we should check it anytime you have observed issues. Your owner’s manual will also advise you to do it at various intervals. Please check your manual.
Also, lean on us at Lube Stop for advice. We use a system of processes called Precision Based Recommendations to help investigate a vehicle’s overall condition. This system of inspection and trouble shooting helps us get a clearer picture of your car, truck, or SUV as it stands, today. That is because it removes the guess work. Learn more about this system below.
Can Lube Stop do the Trouble Shooting?
Lube Stop employs the best technicians and mechanics in this service area. These technicians are more than qualified to help inspect the issues and make recommendations to problem solve.
Which Towns and Cities are in our Fast Lube Service area?
Our lube shop & tire service area includes the following towns and cities listed below.
- Benalto, Alberta
- Bentley, Alberta
- Red Deer, Alberta
- Blackfalds, Alberta
- Penhold, Alberta
- Stettler, Alberta
- Innisfail, Alberta
- Leslieville, Alberta
- Rimbey, Alberta
- Bowden, Alberta
- Clive, Alberta
- Caroline, Alberta
- Bluffton, Alberta
- Ponoka, Alberta
- Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
- Olds, Alberta
- Wimborne, Alberta
- Delburne, Alberta
- Alix, Alberta
Context for these Services
Your vehicle uses an internal combustion engine. This engine uses the combustion of fuel to power almost everything. This is done when fuel alongside an air oxidizer and spark plugs creates a working fluid flow circuit inside a combustion chamber.
In your internal combustion engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and high-pressure gases produced by combustion applies direct force to some component of the engine. The force is applied typically to pistons, turbine blades, rotors and nozzles. This force moves the component over a distance, transforming chemical energy into useful work.
Typically, your combustion engine is fed with fossil fuels like natural gas or petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil. Your engine is the hub for many things, including those listed below.
- combustion chamber
- cylinder head
- set of spark plugs
- rocker arms
- fuel injectors
- connecting rods
- engine block
- timing system
- timing chain
All these work in unison to power all the other systems within your vehicle. Without a fully functioning engine, everything else suffers. So, let us at Lube Stop keep your engine functioning and everything else that relies on it.