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Need Jeep Help

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by NewInTown, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. NewInTown

    NewInTown Clackamas Member

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    Not sure if this is the most appropriate board in the forum for this post- I apologize if it's not. I am in need of some help. I need to replace the transfer case in my 98 grand Cherokee 5.9. I have the case but need someone to make the swap. Looking for someone I can trust or a shop that won't charge me a fortune for a few hours work. Thanks in advance if you can help.
     
  2. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    You might look at Jeepforum.com. Lots of info over there.
     
  3. PDXGS

    PDXGS Aloha... yes, Aloha, Oregon Member

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    It's a bit of a drive from you but Leonard's Off Road in Hillsboro are fantastic.
    I don't own a Jeep anymore but I took mine there for modification and service several times and was always impressed.
     
  4. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The only place I would recommend is the Trans-Medic near SE 202nd and Burnside, The owner is the most honest and forthright mechanic I have ever met. I take all of my business to him.
    My brother took his 2000 GMC 4 wheel pickup to him for the same job as your Jeep.
    The replacement transfer case that was sold to my brother from a third party was the wrong one and didn't work right.
    The Trans-Medic's owner "Korry' installed it, it didn't work any better than the original and removed it free of charge.
    He then figured out what the problem was with the original transfer case and repaired it (bad wire harness connections).
    You will not be disappointed.

    Trans-Medic Transmission
    2250 NW Birdsdale Ave.
    Gresham, OR 97030
     
  5. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Holbrook Specialties in Gladstone does great work. I have and International Scout and have used them for a few small parts. My Dad has had a transmission rebuilt by them for my Mom's Scout and another club member has used them as well. Great service and knowledgeable people. Leonard's is a good option too but a bit or a drive.
     
  6. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    It won't let me edit my other post but....

    Holbrook's
    115 Arlington Gladstone
    503-655-4747
     
  7. powermad

    powermad Portland Active Member

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    Can the swap be done there or do you have to do the repair off site?
    My Motor, labor time guide only goes to 1993, 2.9 hrs R&R for the t-case on a stock rig.
    When I do side work that is what I use to base my time on.
     
  8. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I can 2nd the recommendations For Trans-Medic and Holbrooks. You will not find anyone more up front and honest than either of them.
    What transfer case do you have. NP231, NP242, NP247 or NP249?
    What are the symptoms that lead you to believe that you need to replace the transfer case?
     
  9. NewInTown

    NewInTown Clackamas Member

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    I have the 249, and my VC ha gone bad, you can hear it. I need to do the switch for this reason. Putting in the 242 will give me an option for two wheel drive- amazing convienence and should help with mpg as my jeep has the 5.9 V8. Thank you all very much for the suggestions!
     
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    fry pacific north west Active Member

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    "The Good Guys Automotive" in Clackamas Or. They are past witchita pub in the Emmert Complex behind aamco. Pat is a Jeep guy and i thin he has a good 249 for a grand sitting there for spare. 503-788-6355
     
  11. fry

    fry pacific north west Active Member

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    just talked to Pat and he said he did have a 249. he was still at the shop tonight putting Emmerts 61 vette street rod back together. Pat is a great tech and is honest.
     
  12. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If the option of full time 4 wheel drive (all wheel drive) isn't important to you, consider putting an NP231 in it. Straight ol 2wheel, 4 wheel, 4 wheel low.
     
  13. NewInTown

    NewInTown Clackamas Member

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    I already have the 242, in great condition and gives me all the options I'm looking for. I'm in Clackamas so I will reach out to "the good guys" and see what they would charge me for the swap, thank you guys very much.
     
  14. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    Not to add anything but commiseration...
    I did an oil change this weekend on my cherokee only to not pay attention and partially drain my ATF. (Nothing like waking up pissed off, and THEN doing that.)
    It got better though, the guy who did my oil change with a tune up before I moved out here to WA torqued that filter on. I had to go at it with a screwdriver through it, then I had to walk to two different places to get a tool to take the thing off. Then, I find out that my oil filter adapter is bleeding like a stuck hog. Oh, and so is the brand new drain plug... I wonder why. I bet that clown over torqued the old drain plug and stripped out the threads....

    I wanted to shoot my jeep. SO that 30 minute oil change in the garage took about 3 hours to get the jeep working again. (Rolling in the various attempts, walking to different stores, etc.) Best part, now I get to find a place that will be able to do the oil filter adapter fix for me.
     
  15. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    Does your book have an entry for removal and replacement of the o-rings in the oil filter adapter on a 1992 jeep cherokee? 4.0l?