TCase decided to pop a hole in itself and here is the crazy part, no noise, still moved under her own power, not sure what to think!
Spoke to Team SRT last Friday morning, case number assigned and I got it towed into the the dealer later that day.
A little back story on how I found out about this...
Neighbor knocked on my door and said there was a puddle of oil under the Jeep. I had gotten home maybe 10 minutes prior and there was nothing that led me to believe anything was wrong. I thought maybe the oil filter leak that so many had spoken of somehow started with mine. As soon as I walked out and saw the trail up the driveway and the puddle under the Jeep with a reddish tinge of the fluid, I knew tranny or tcase.
I live less than an 1/8 of a mile from an intersection and on the way home, when the light turned green I launched, she got up and moved out like always, no noise, quick spin of the front right that was grabbed by the traction control as always, got up to about 35, let off... braked, turned and backed her in. No indication of anything wrong at all... at a loss as to what would have happened to cause this.
Using my off road Jeep experience, this to me sounds like shock loading of the tcase chain. Not enough to break it, just enough to have is smack the case and cause damage to it. Guess we'll see what they find out.
I must say that Team SRT has been OUTSTANDING in assisting me with this problem. I cannot say enough about how great it is to have them as a resource. Kudos to SRT and Ralph for this service, it is GREATLY APPRECIATED!
I spoke to the service adviser Tuesday morning and my hunch was right. It appears that the chain had enough slack in it to "whip" the bottom of the tcase where it makes the turn around the front output shaft. They have ordered a replacement tcase from Detroit and hope to have it in by weeks end.
Now my concern switches over to something that a few of the high HP guys in WK1's had which was chain slack from launching. A little more power and 500 extra pounds could have an affect on the chain for sure, yet this is the same tcase they are using on the Ram 1500's with the addition of a low range and that rig weighs up to 7000lbs.
I guess only time will tell whether or not this was a freak incident.