When you hear mysterious sounds from your Land Rover transfer case, for most people it is time to consult with your favorite mechanic. If you are lucky your noise can be fixed with a quick flush of the fluid, but for most it will be the sign of a failing transfer case. You are about to make some tough and potentially expensive decisions. The purpose of this page is to provide you with a description of your options so you will be better equipped to make an informed decision.
There are two significant parts of the decision you are about to make; a) The quality of the parts you purchase and perhaps more importantly, b) the knowledge of the mechanic you use to install the parts. Our experience has been that the cost of the parts will vary from $2,000 to $4,000 and the time for a mechanic to install your parts will be from 5 to 10 hours. As you choose your technician do not forget to consider his experience, tools, and labor rate.
Your choices for a Land Rover transfer case will include the following:
1. Purchase a used Land Rover transfer case from a salvage vehicle.
2. Purchase a remanufactured Land Rover transfer case.
3. Purchase a new Land Rover transfer case.
The costs and issues involved with each of these choices are discussed below.
Purchasing a used Land Rover transfer case from a salvage vehicle
Within the US there is a large network of salvage yards that can provide almost any part you can imagine. Various sites such as Carparts.com can provide a ready source to a specific part and its location. The major consideration with this decision is the indeterminable wear and tear on the used part you purchase. Be careful that you are not just replacing your problem with another.
Purchase a remanufactured Land Rover transfer case
There are few Land Rover transfer case remanufacturers that can provide a product to meet factory specifications and warranty it for 12 months. Centurion Differential USA was created just to fill that need and provide a fair and professional level of service to the Land Rover Owner. Our remanufactured Land Rover transfer casess have all new internal parts. We would recommend that your mechanic contact us directly and we will coordinate the project with him.
Our fully re-manufactured transfer cases are better than original for the following reasons;
The units are completely stripped, cleaned, and machined where necessary. They include new gears and seals. The new gears are stronger, longer lasting and run quieter than the original gears. All bearings and seals are new high quality products. First, and of the utmost importance, these are high grade bearings, not made in China are units include an 12 month, 12k mile manufacturer warranty
To compare remanufactured priced to new prices here is your link if you need a remanufactured transfer case for a 2005 LR3 HSE with a list price of around $3,000.
Purchase a new Land Rover transfer case
This option is the most expensive choice, but for those of you that can afford it you should consider this path. List price is around $4,000.