Is transfer case the only way to operate in 2WD?


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Old 03-19-22, 11:39 AM
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Is transfer case the only way to operate in 2WD?

92' Ford Ranger XLT with 2.9 V6. Hey guys, I just want to confirm something. The transfer case bearings, gears, etc are always spinning in 2WD.....correct?

My transfer case has signs of wear at 492,000 miles. The electronic 4WD shift motor has been broke for years and I have no need for 4WD. It seems every expensive to buy a reman transfer case just for 2WD. I don't know of any parts approved for my make/model/year that could be a placeholder for the driveshaft in 2WD.
 
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Old 03-19-22, 01:58 PM
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You could disconnect the drive shaft between the transfer case and front axle.
 
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Old 03-19-22, 02:24 PM
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you could call some shops and get some estimates on getting the transfer case rebuilt, parts are likely not that expensive, bearings, chain, seals but quite a bit of labor so still may end up spending more than you want to on a vehicle that has that many miles who knows what else may break or wear out in the near future.
 
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Old 03-19-22, 04:43 PM
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I think the OP is asking about removing the transfer case and running without it.
That's is do-able but will at least require a longer rear driveshaft.
 
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Old 03-19-22, 05:06 PM
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PJMax is correct. I'm sure the transfer case has advanced wear for both 2WD or 4WD parts inside the case. It needs to be replaced with something. I wonder if I could rebuild the Borg Warner BW1354 transfer case mostly empty, with just shaft and bearings for 2WD operation? I think they sell kits or parts for this. Or I could see it it's cheaper for a repair shop to retrofit and balance a drive shaft from the transmission to the rear axle pinion flange.
 
 

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