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Old 06-06-2019, 12:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I finally got my redline oil in stock and decided to change the oil in the transfercase. I opened the dill hole then the drain hole and maybe 30 drop cane out of it. I was like oh ho I guess I should of checked it before I bought the car, had lots of metal on the plug. So I filled it with shock proof and am hoping for the best. But I have to admit I’m a little worried about there being no oil in the transfercase.
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So I finally got my redline oil in stock and decided to change the oil in the transfercase. I opened the dill hole then the drain hole and maybe 30 drop cane out of it. I was like oh ho I guess I should of checked it before I bought the car, had lots of metal on the plug. So I filled it with shock proof and am hoping for the best. But I have to admit Im a little worried about there being no oil in the transfercase.
With metal shavings you already have chewed up parts. With only 30 drops of lube it must have a leak. Your TC will fail at some point. Should you desire to send it off to be rebuilt, consider Chris. He is a vendor on this site and does outstanding work.

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Was the car level (up on 4 jack stands or a lift)?

There is only about .3L that goes into the transfer case (so, not a lot); and, if the car is picked up from the front only, a good portion of it could be in the tail shaft section.

If the car was level, then I would definitely be concerned; however, if the car was up at an angle then you may be a little over concerned.
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It was only lifted in the front but since there wasn’t much oil I did pull the jack stands and lowered it so it was level and nothing came out after that so ya I am concerned, however I’m not hearing any malice and it drives perfect still and I do plan on getting the transmission and transfercase rebuilt in the near future so hopefully it will hold up until I get all the money for it.
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Until the rebuild, just keep an eye for puddles under the car and for oil soaking around the transfer case anytime you're under the car. If it has a leak, it doesn't take much for it to all leak out since there is so little in there to begin with. And, overfilling isn't much of an option since it will all bubble out the breather hole at the top when the oil heats up and expands (which could cause you some confusion thinking you have a leak when you don't). If I was you, I'd get it rebuilt as soon as possible to make sure it is good and give yourself the piece of mind that you can trust it. If it fails and/or runs out of oil, it will lock up while driving, causing the rear wheels to lock up and potentially wreck the car as well as destroy the VCU in the transmission. If you do some research on the transfer case recall from several years ago, there are some horror stories of this happening to folks while driving; and, unfortunately, these are no longer covered by Mitsubishi so you'd be out any and all damages associated with a transfer case failure.

But, doom and gloom aside, be sure to keep the oil full and you can go for a good long while, you'd just have to figure out how frequently to check it is all.
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With metal shavings on your TC drain plug damage has already occurred. It's good you are going to have it rebuilt ASAP.

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