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Old February 5th, 2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default 89 F150 V8, Manuel 4 Speed, Dead Transfer Case?????

Hi Guys, I am new to 4x4 World and need some help. I was driving home tonight and stop to help pull a guy out of a ditch, (I live in Oklahoma and we just got hammered by a Blizzard.) I was already in 4H, and shifted to 4L with no problems and proceeded to pull him out with no problems. However when I shifted back into 4H, to go home, I noticed the truck was making a light clunking sound under my feet, I shifted back into 4L and the sound was very noticeable and I could feel in the shifter while driving. I put pack back into 4H and proceeded to limb it home (still making the noise, not as loud, can not feel it in the shifter). Once I got home, I played with it out in the driveway and it still there. I checked the U-joints, and they donít have any slop, and when I put the Track and Transfer case into Neutral and spun the front driveshaft shaft I head some noise in the Transfer Case, is this normal (not clunking)? I am 90% certain that I need a new Transfer case, unless you guys think otherwise. Please Note: The truck runs normal in 2H and the 4 wheel drive still works, its just makes the clunking sound. I have located some used Transfer Cases online in the 300-400$ and have question about compatibility. Can 5 speed Transfer Case be a direct swap for 4 speed. Does it matter if came out of a Bronco or F250? Is there anything else I should be looking for? Would I be better off pulling it and having it rebuilt? Does anyone know how much it cost to have one rebuilt, if I pull it (I thank its a BW1356, will pull numbers tomorrow.)

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If you want to replace it, the thing to watch for is making sure the tcase has the correct spline input/output shafts, (I think it's 31 spline count for the 89 f150 with the 8.8 and dana 44 ttb), and whether it will bolt up directly to your transmission, or you'll have to buy additional parts. Although really, you'd probably be better off buying another bw1356 out of your local u-pull-it junkyard than getting one online or rebuilding your old one, because the bw1356 was used in all ford trucks with the e4od, regardless of engine size. Plus, it's very easy to see what kind of tcase it is with that handy-dandy ident tag on the back of each one.
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