NP203 Rebuild Cost, Diagnosis???
Took it to a shop last week, they put it on the lift and gave me a quote. This is a breakdown for the rebuild of an NP203.
Labor: $150 on bench, $250 in vehicle.
Parts: About $200 for the rebuild kit (bearings, seals, etc), it sounds like the chain is the main problem and that's about $120.
Total: Probably about $600.
I've looked everywhere for a replacement, but in this area since hurricane Ivan it's hard to find anything. Let me know what you think. I'm curious and have no reference for the cost of the rebuild. Also, I've rebuilt and installed engines, etc, but never rebuilt a transmission. Is this job worth the headache?
I guess while I'm here I'll run the symptoms by everyone, too. It's a 2wd converted 203. After I installed my new hubs (they were broken when I bought the truck), when I would shift into 4wd with the hubs locked, it would make a high-pitched whine and kind of felt like it was slipping out of gear. It did this the one other time I shifted into 4wd (I was scared of the sound). I'm about to move to Montana, so recently I took it to a local guy to check it out, we couldn't induce the whine and the shifter on the 4wd side wasn't engaging. Took it to the recommended shop, they put it on the lift, locked it, and decided that it was something internal in the t-case because it made a jangly noise while manually turning the front drivshaft. Other than the 4wd problem the truck drives perfectly in 2wd.
Sorry this post got so lengthy, but let me know what you think. Thanks in advance.