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So check this one out. My parents have been looking for an Escape ever since they drove mine, and they finally found one. It was a Craigslist thing, and they did get a really good price for an 03 XLT. I went with them to look at it, took it for a drive, and I was impressed with its great condition. New tires & rims (NOS, probably), tight brakes, etc. Needless to say, they decided to bring it home.

About two weeks after they bought it, it started making this strange grinding noise that was mild at first, but got much worse pretty quickly. I took it for a drive, and I couldn't figure out what the sound was, though it was definitely bad. My dad did a lot of troublshooting and testing with a stethoscope, which let him to the transfer case. He opened it up (not sure how exactly, I wasn't there) and found that it was full of GREASE. Heavy grease, not the gear oil that it should have. He ran his finger inside and it came out covered in metal shavings.

So first off, what a-holes those people were that sold it to them! :mad: This must have been a "band-aid it till it sells" kinda thing, because I doubt that grease would have held up long in there. Now we are trying to figure out howto fix this, and what its going to cost. My dad is an excellent mechanic, but this job looks like it might be too much without having a garage with a lift. Does anyone have any experience replacing a transfer case? Is this worth attempting ourselves?
 

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Sorry to hear about that. I've heard of that trick, among many, to quiet a death rattl on a car long enough to get it sold. You may want to go to a junk yard and see if you can pick one up there.
 

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Wow! Sorry about that!

Take a look in Problems And Solutions, 2001-2004 models. I posted threads for the transfer case removal, installation, alternator removal/installation, and for the driveshaft removal/installation, indexing, and balancing.

Please let me know if you need any other diagrams or instructions.
 

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Wow! Sorry about that!

Take a look in Problems And Solutions, 2001-2004 models. I posted threads for the transfer case removal, installation, alternator removal/installation, and for the driveshaft removal/installation, indexing, and balancing.

Please let me know if you need any other diagrams or instructions.
Thanks jpark for the instructions. It looks like it might be a long day, but I'm thinking that we can do this one in the driveway. Has anybody done this repair before?
 

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I don't know of anyone that has done this myself. I hope it's not too complicated or difficult.

If you need any help, please post back here, because I can look up and post just about anything from the DVD shop manuals.
 

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If it's any consolation, rogue traders operate over here too.
Afew years ago, a once highly respectable, if expensive, Land Rover specialist was prosecuted by trading Standards for selling "refurbished" Land Rovers which had sawdust in the transfer case / gearbox, to hide any unusual noises for the period of the warranty that the garage offered.
needless to say, their reputation is now mud around these parts :yahoo:
Hope you can deal with the problems that the Escape has provided for you, and can achieve many miles of troublefree motoring
 
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