Low Range Off-Road T-Case Repair
Fixing The Shifter Sheet On A Suzuki Samurai Transfer Case
Editor: Eric Bewley Photo: E. Bewley
Molalla, OR – One of the most common problems with our Samurai as they age is the transfer case bushing failure that causes the transfer case to get stuck in neutral. Luckily, the fix for this is quite easy and can be done in a matter of minutes with common hand tools. So, after you got stuck in neutral on the trail, used a couple of screwdrivers to shift back into a range, and driven yourself home, give the folks at Low Range a call and pick up this simple affordable product and let your troubles melt away.
Our installation begins with the assumption that you’ve taken the shifter boot off and removed the shifter. We did this change out on the work bench but with a little bit of care, one can do this in the Samurai just as easily. The only tools needed are: A phillips and flat bladed screwdriver, a pick (dental pick), shop towels and some degreaser / cleaner.
1 – Nice photo of Low Range’s part. (Isn’t that nice?) 2 – With the shifter removed you can see the broken up shifter sheet. What happens is the ‘ball’ of the shifter begins to settle down and also can ‘wobble’ as this wears and the leverage off of the pins gets reduce to a point where the shifter can not move the shift forks far enough to change gears. 3 – Using a pick of some kind, carefully remove the junk. 4 – All the nastys removed. 5 – Clean shifter housing. Take care to spray cleaner on the towel first and then wipe to keep from filling the t-case with excess cleaner and chunks that might get blown off of the sidewalls and into the whole. 6 – Install the new Low Range shifter sheet. In a cool aerobatic way, it’ll twirl (or pivot if you will) around the locating pins and flop right into place. 7 – Ok, it’s in… Wasn’t that easy? Now, put your shifter back in and reinstall the t-case. You are ready to enjoy your Samurai on the trail again without the worry of getting stuck in neutral.
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