Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Auto Repair Manuals

I'm feeling kinda ripped-off. Recently I bought a Haynes Repair Manual that covers the Jeep pickup I bought last summer. After getting it home and removing the plastic shrink wrap, I looked over my purchase. The reason I bought the manual is that I need info on how to repair and maintain the Quadra-Trac transfer case on the Jeep. The only how-to on the transfer case was on how to adjust the linkages to the transfer case and how check out and repair the vacuum switch on other Jeeps. It also has some info on replacing some seals and the speedometer gear. As for the info I wanted on the inner workings of the transfer case, it said, "Overhauling a transfer case is difficult job for the do-it-yourselfer. It involves the disassembly and reassembly of many small parts. Numerous clearances must be precisely measured and, if necessary, changed with select fit spacers and snap-rings." Then it says to either remove and replace or take it to a transmission shop for overhaul. Like I'm going to take the truck to a transmission shop when I only paid $400 for the truck. (I found an invoice in the glove compartment from the 90's for a transmission shop to replace the transfer case with a used one. Total for used transfer case and labor was over $400.)

The repair manual I bought.

I got more info on the transfer case from JPMagazine on-line. I learned that I don't need a special Jeep tool to determine when the chain from transmission to transfer case needs replacing. Drain case and open inspection port, push chain up with screwdriver, if it moves more than a half inch, replace.

I have bought several Haynes Repair Manuals, for Ranger pickups, for Escorts, for my F-150, for Dodge Shadow and one for Datsun 200SX. I also have other repair manuals, a Chilton for 1979 Plymouth Volaire (or as we call it, LT's revenge, I didn't know how much my father-in-law hated me until he gave me that car), one that covers cars from 1972 to 1979. A couple of Motors Repair Manuals, one covers cars from 1964 to 1970 and one that covers 1980 to 1986. Years ago I picked up a Jeep shop manual for Jeepster Commando at a yard sale.

I think what is frustrating me is my inability to find the info I need to fix the truck. I know I need to replace the chain, but I would like to know more about the inner workings of the transfer case. Also a vacuum line diagram for the transfer case controls would be nice.


  1. i always went to the library and checked out their motor manuals..ha

  2. Granny is right, nothing beats a Motors Manual.


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