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      05-23-2019, 02:32 AM   #1
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2008 328Xi broken transfer case

Car came to a complete halt all by itself the other day, super scary... My Mech says my transfer case is busted. He removed the front driveshaft and disconnected the actuator on the transfer case. Is this safe to drive like this? Should I bother replacing the transfer case. He wants 1600CAD to do the job with part cost included. Car has 291000kms.
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      05-23-2019, 09:44 AM   #2
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Yes safe to drive.

Should you bother replacing? - only you know if you need awd. IMO, your car is now better.
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      05-23-2019, 11:27 AM   #3
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Yes safe to drive.

Should you bother replacing? - only you know if you need awd. IMO, your car is now better.


The mech said I may hear noises at the transfer case area and should fix it asap because metal is floating around?? What do you guys think?
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Did he give any indication of what caused it to fail?

Have you had it serviced in the past or is it on its original fluid?
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Did he give any indication of what caused it to fail?

Have you had it serviced in the past or is it on its original fluid?
No visual indication. I had the fluid changed 1year ago.
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      05-23-2019, 03:58 PM   #6
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I had my transfer case start whining earlier this year in my 2008 328xi at 52k miles. My indy had a spare, so I just had him swap it out at the time since it was more cost effective to install the new one vs tearing down my old one and figuring out what was wrong and fixing it. Paid around $700 total for labor and parts. Ended up selling the car shortly thereafter, so I never got around to looking into it much.

Realizing this has no helpful info other than just another '08 328xi having the same issue. Granted it didn't fail completely, which I could have let happen without consequence as you found out. Wonder if xDelete would have been a better option for you vs pulling the drive shaft and everything.
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I've had a bit of a whining noise from my driveline for a while now. But as far as I can tell, it's the front diff bearing, which is a common failure point. Not overly concerned.

Strange. I didn't realize these things failed. I suppose it's likely not very common.
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I will be opening the faulty one when he's done replacing it. I would like to see what the weak point was.
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