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      03-04-2023, 01:05 PM   #1
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Can you drive with dead transfer case?

My 2008 328xi has a dead transfer case, the brake light, abs light and traction light all came on. I drove it for a week like that until I took it to the shop. They said itís going to be 2,800$ to fix. Im obviously not paying that since the car isnít even worth that. Could I still drive the car for a bit? My mechanic told me not to drive it as it could ďlock upĒ on me. Is there anything I could do to safely drive it? I could absolutely care less if itís RWD only now.
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      03-04-2023, 01:52 PM   #2
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Pay for x-delete and disable it. It "might" get rid of the lights. I know when my TC motor took a shit, the lights would come on and even when I had it in 2WD, lights still came on.

My TC motor made a nasty grinding sound before it died completely.
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      03-05-2023, 07:53 AM   #3
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How do you know it’s the transfer case?
The lights alone could be from a myriad of other causes…
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      04-26-2023, 01:37 PM   #4
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It depends on what's dead on it.

Mine was shuddering pretty badly on my previous wagon, which was an xDrive, and unplugging the actuator made it driveable for a while in RWD. I had no traction control though and I'm not sure if ABS was functional either.
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