Re: 98 wrangler transfer case noise
Gee Frango100, I guess I didn't. Thanks.
I rebuilt the engine, tranny and transfer case on this jeep a year ago. First time to ever rebuild a transfer case. So, I didn't remember the details exactly. For the record, the timing chain on the engine does have a tensioner, so I must have got them confused.
I did open both differentials and replace the fluid and inspect the gears. No metal flakes. This jeep is a high mileage vehicle (230k), so I suspect everything is worn out.
In 4th and 5th gear, I get a load whine with an intermittent chatter. I suspect the whine is the rear axle wheel bearings, which I will be changing in a few weeks. The chatter sounds like the chain slapping on the housing. It only happens under load and not when coasting. Also, it does not happen in 4WD.