How Much Does a Transfer Case Repair Cost?
The transfer case is a gearbox that is part of a four-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive, and other multiple powered axle vehicles. It is responsible for sending power from the engine to both the front and the rear axles, and it transmits shifting power from one to the other depending on the conditions of the road.
These parts will eventually wear out, and you will have to make repairs. When this oil leaks, it can no longer act as a lubricant and serious damage can occur to the transfer case.
How much does it cost?
- On average, the labor costs can be estimated between $100 and $500, and parts, such as the oil and gears, are priced between $28 and $63. If the transfer case has to be replaced, it may range from $950 to $1,700. Since this can be a three-hour job, most shops will charge about $75 to $150 per hour, plus the cost of parts. With so many makes and models on the market, if you want to know how much the part will cost for your car, visit car-part.com to see what mechanics are paying. Remember that most shops will add a surcharge to this part and won’t charge what they paid.
- The costs will depend on the car’s make and model; if the transfer case will be a rebuild or brand new; and the mechanic you take it to.
- If the transfer case fluid needs to be replaced, the costs will be within the $90 to $160 range. This will depend on the car and mechanic you choose. Refer to the table below for simple repairs that only require a leak detection and transfer case fluid exchange.
|Make and Model||Price Range Average|
|Chevy Silverado||$88 to $160|
|Ford F150||$50 to $80|
|Chevy Silverado 2500HD||$80 to $130|
|Chevy Tahoe||$80 to $150|
|Chevy S10||$60 to $110|
|GMC Sierra||$80 to $140|
|GMC Yukon||$80 to $140|
|Cadillac Escalade||$90 to $150|
What is going to be included?
- This is usually a three-hour job if the transfer case needs to be replaced or repaired. If the fluid needs to be replaced, this should take less than one hour.
- During the repair process, the mechanic will check the condition of the fluid and he or she will look for any signs of leaks. If there are leaks, it will then be up to the mechanic’s discretion to either repair the transfer case or recommend a new or rebuild. If the fluid is dirty or brown in color, it will be drained and replaced with a clean fluid.
- If the part will be a rebuild, it should come with a limited warranty, which is usually around 12 months/12,000 miles.
Tips to know
- Transfer case fluid must be replaced at least every 30,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends.
- With every maintenance check, the entire transfer case should be inspected for leaks, especially if the transfer case fluid is low. Periodically, the transfer case will be drained and will be replaced with new fluid.
- The lubricant should be changed more often if you use your vehicle to carry heavy loads or if you drive in wet environments such as crossing through streams, mud or snow.
- A transfer case may need to be replaced if the fluid is dirty, the car is unable to change gears of the “service 4WD” light turns on.
How can I save money?
- If you feel comfortable purchasing a used transfer case, this can save you more than 80 percent. For example, an auto expert on JustAnswer.com noted you can pay $200 for a used part instead of more than $1,500+