Transfer cases that have been re-manufactured are the closest you can get to brand new. Transfer case cores are tested during the remanufacturing process, and only the highest-quality cores are re-manufactured. Many of the pieces that are subjected to the most wear are replaced with new ones. A remanufactured transfer case costs almost the same as a new one, depending on the make and model of your car. The 241DHD transfer case is an example of a remanufactured transfer case which undergoes these procedures and is as reliable and as good as new. In addition to the unit price, the work cost would usually range from $400 to $800.
In the manufacturing process, there are processes involved before the product is out and ready for purchase. These processes are:
- i) Disassembly
When a “core” (used) transfer case arrives at the re-manufacturing facility, it is cataloged and completely disassembled. All the components are present and correct.
- ii) Cleaning
After cataloging all the internal components, the old bits of the gasket are discarded, and parts such as the gears, case, and shafts are washed in a high-pressure parts washer.
After removing all the gunk, the pieces are carefully inspected for defects, imperfections, and adherence to OE tolerances. Parts that do not pass muster are either machined back to factory specifications or replaced.
- iv) Parts Replacement and Re-Assembly
In addition to all joints and rings, all components that do not meet the specifications are replaced on an assembly line. The inspection and replacement of the electrical parts, including solenoids and control units. Upgrades and new components are fitted, and the conveyor case is then rebuilt with the appropriate OEM torque and fasteners.
- v) Checks
After assembly, each re-assembled transmission case is placed on a machine and some driving simulations are carried out to test the operation and the quality of the transmission case. If any leaks or defective parts are discovered, the transfer case is re-produced.
Benefits of Remanufactured Transfer Cases
- i) Done in a Factory Setting
Remanufactured transfer cases are built in a factory’s assembly line. Technicians specialize in specific areas, and each transfer case undergoes numerous quality tests throughout the remanufacturing process. This ensures a high-quality product and extended service life.
- ii) Replaces More Parts
A remanufactured transfer case is thoroughly disassembled, cleaned, surfaces are machined to factory specification, updated parts are installed, and an entire list of components is replaced. By comparison, the typical rebuilt transfer case only receives new components if the original is worn out.
After a mechanic or repair shop rebuilds a transfer case, it is usually tested before being reinstalled in a vehicle. By contrast, remanufactured transfer cases are subjected to a rigorous battery of tests before they leave the factory.
A good remaining transfer case comes with a 3-year/unlimited mile Nationwide Warranty. Some are limited to specific shops and that can tie you to a particular geographic area hence you pay for repairs yourself. The average mileage is between 150,000 to 200,000 miles.
Transfer cases are usually remanufactured since the only ones that are new are those in new cars. Whenever there is a need to use a transfer case, manufacturers do not sell new ones, they rebuild the already manufactured and used cases. The remanufactured cases also have a warranty by the dealership. The remanufacturing process usually involves disassembly and reassembly of the transfer case after inspection, cleaning, reconditioning, and testing.