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Unread 10-30-2012, 09:21 AM   #41
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Well, it kept leaking. It is really difficult to not jack up the oil seals putting the actuator back on. I understand why Toyota advises to take the whole thing apart.

Then, I broke one of the tabs on the actuator and gave up.

I bought a used transfer case and put that on.

Removing and reinstalling is actually quite easy, but difficult to maneuver since it is heavy. I built some supports out of 2x4 to help jack it up and the wrestled it into place. It is is just simple bolts and muscle to get it in and out.
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Unread 04-05-2015, 09:37 AM   #42
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Awesome, so the shop that told me they replaced the O-ring in 2 hours of labor really just slapped some RTV on it without even draining the transfer case to give it a chance to seal up. Which would explain why the leak is still there.

I think I might have a black cloud that follows me from shop to shop, because anytime anyone does ANYTHING for me the work absolutely sucks! Going back to all my own car work as soon as humanly possible.
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My turn on my '04 4WD.....crap. At least I got 17 yrs out of it but probably used much less than your guys as I just passed 112k miles. I'm stating to not enjoy 10+ yr old cars...and I have 4 of them
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Sorry to hear that.
My son and I replaced the the rubber o rings in the actuator in his 04 v8 4runner 2 1/2 years ago. We took the case apart. It was not hard but took some time to r&r the case. We still have no leaks from the actuator. We did nick the rear seal on the transmission during re-installation so it developed a trans oil leak. We had to drop the t-case again to replace that seal. Since then it has been leak free.

I believe we followed a write up from T4R.
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Sorry to hear that.
My son and I replaced the the rubber o rings in the actuator in his 04 v8 4runner 2 1/2 years ago. We took the case apart. It was not hard but took some time to r&r the case. We still have no leaks from the actuator. We did nick the rear seal on the transmission during re-installation so it developed a trans oil leak. We had to drop the t-case again to replace that seal. Since then it has been leak free.

I believe we followed a write up from T4R.
I'm leaning towards doing this with my neighbor who loves to wrench and help.

Think it's worth buying a transfer case rebuild kit and replacing all the other seals, gaskets and bearings while in there?
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I'm leaning towards doing this with my neighbor who loves to wrench and help.

Think it's worth buying a transfer case rebuild kit and replacing all the other seals, gaskets and bearings while in there?
At 112k miles I don't think the bearings would be anywhere near worn. I will have to check if we have notes as to what seals or gaskets we replaced. If it was part of the assembly we took apart we replaced the seal or gasket. I know we used the Toyota orange gasket sealant.

An extra set of hands is very useful.
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