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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-15-2002, 11:25 AM
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I just recently bought a 98 dodge ram 1500, 5.2v-8, manual tran.,44k miles, with a 4" lift kit on it and 35" tires. It needed a little bit of work, new clutch, new hub bearing, brake pads and a few seals. nothing major , so I thought. One of the things the dealer did was re-seal the tranfer case, differential, and tranmission. The day after I picked up the vehicle(paid almost$1200) the transfer case broke. There are after market drive shafts on the front and rear. I brought it back to the dealer to have it fixed. I am not very mechanically inclined and do not know or understand alot about these things. I am wondering a few things...
Is this a common problem when vehicles are lifted, because of the added stress?
Is this likely to keep happening?
I am told that this broke because with the lift kit the angles change and that causes something to bind and that is why it broke, is that likely?
the transfer case is the original I believe, so why did it break just a day and a half after it was all apart and re-sealed, just dumb luck?
any info would be greatly appreciated.


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I don't think a 4" lift is going to put that much stress on driveline/steering angles, or cause binding, the only reserve I have to saying this, is that I don't know if they have a slip yoke and maybe its pulled out a little. Was this a large dealer? I've never heard of a dealer selling something that needed that kind of work, just seems like an invitation to dicker with them on the price.
Anyways, wait for the actual Dodge owners to kick in with answers and don't hold me to mine. Good Luck!

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The shafts would be fine and the rear could be lifted alot more and still retain the factory shaft. The transfer case is the nv231 and should be fine with 35" tires escepially bf goodrichs. The drive line angles I will doubt did any damage to the transfer case, I would guess the guy didn't fill it up with the 2.5 pints of tranny fluid. The hub bearings do go bad after a while but usually not with 44,000 on them but maybe for the age and the abuse I could see it. The seals go bad in the front since theres nothing stopping the mud from getting to the seal surface and wearing a groove into :-( the axle shafts and even at times water can get into the axle fluid since the seal stops gear oil from getting out and not stopping water from getting in since seals work only one way.
The only thing that usually needs attention with lift kits is the u-joints, the greater angle wears them out a little faster.


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