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Transfer case actuator removal on a 2003 Taco - I searched...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by DC92T, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Nov 8, 2018 at 1:22 PM
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    DC92T

    DC92T [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Suspension lift, towing package with air bags rolling on 33" BFG A/T's
    I've been reading for an hour.

    I removed the 3 12mm bolts that hold my ACC onto the transfer case, it moves back a bit and stays locked on the shaft.

    It's getting cold, I keep working on this and none of the books I buy help. The internet is great, but I just cannot find the answer. It's about to get dark, I should have asked 3 days ago but it is what it is...

    Thanks for any help...
     
  2. Nov 8, 2018 at 4:06 PM
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    I really did search and continue... Looks like I will find a "pinion gear I must remove?? And timing it back in is critical...

    Hope I can do it and I'll continue to search.

    Actuator is still on there, all 3 plastic housing bolt heads snapped off... And I tried prying this cap off, someone has touched it, the cover is all beat up with some cracks.

    Got this at 68k miles, never had a problem. Until dad drove it in 4WD on tar for a day.

    Looks like I have to time a pinion gear, but I haven't found clear procedures online yet...



    I don't want to take it apart any further until I get a confirmation...
     
  3. Nov 11, 2018 at 9:48 AM
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    It's apart, how do I re-time this gear guys??

    Thanks for any help...
     
  4. Dec 2, 2018 at 12:01 PM
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    It's apart, how do I put it back together and make sure the timing is correct? This really is no different than changing a timing chain and or timing belt. Nothing tells the crank, cam and distributor where to go. You havre to set it correctly...I can't believe guys are just buying a near 1000$ part and popping it in, when in reality, it's normally just a cleaning, soldering and re installation.

    I am very surprised no one has done this? or I just cannot find it anywhere.

    Regardless of the front diff actuator, the transfer case actuator or the rear diff posi actuator. They all have a "home" position as well as a fully "engaged" position. If it's wrong, well, just like a timing chain being off a tooth, it won't work.

    Where are the dots? The alignment notches? Someone HAS to know this like the back of their hand...
     
  5. Dec 2, 2018 at 12:14 PM
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    Check one of your other threads.
     

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