If your leak is minimal, and you keep it filled RELIGIOUSLY You may buy a little time, but it really needs to repaired soon
But if you fail, on your end of the bargain. Like mhpautos said, Destruction and $$$. Not to mention DANGER!
Recently my Transfer Case Output shaft Locked Up (We believe that over use of silicone gasket, may have plugged the oil holes) But it was really hard to tell (I did not assemble this Transfer Case)
IT WAS DEFINITELY DUE TO LACK OF OIL!
I was doing 55 MPH (had been doing 70 MPH) When suddenly it GROANED for maybe 1/2 a second, then both rear wheels locked up. While the tires were a 'hollerin', I was sliding sideways, pulling 10 "Gs"---Why "Mr. Jeep" didn't do half gainers and somersaults, is beyond me. (I guess it was my "Cat Like Reflexes"!)
Had to have a new case, along with the Output assembly, The sudden lock-up torqued the whole case and cracked it, and basically the bearing welded itself to the shaft.I Cried Only, when no one was lookin'! Somewhat hard to find parts, and Could have been really expensive, I'm good when operating under pressure and was able to repair it all myself, with some sympathy, I got by less than $400, I'm sure at a shop it would have been over $2000
Here's some pics--disaster thru ready to go back in!----The Bearing and Race spun (together), the shaft turned blue. The entire tail-housing was ruined. Along with the case.
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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 AT 5:36 AM