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  1. Hey everyone, I’ve got an 04 GX 470 that I recently did a t-case swap on. Long story short, the old case had the common problem of leaking at the o-ring seal and the thing was dry when I got it from the dealer. That, or they just didn’t refill the case when they drained it. Regardless, it damaged the case and I swapped it with a used one in my garage. However, now the center diff won’t lock on the new case. I’ve read around that if there’s oil in the actuator the thing can’t engage correctly. It’s also possible that it sat for a long time and froze. I still have the old functioning a
  2. Shoot! That’s about what the dealer quoted to rebuild it. I ended up buying a used one from Benzeen Auto and swapped it at home. About $1500 total. Works great ever since!
  3. Thank you, I think I’ll end up going that route! Just have to put up the cash.
  4. Hello everyone, I’m new GX owner, and unfortunately I kind of regret it... Long story short, I bought the vehicle from a used dealer, and it had a bad O-ring seal between the actuator and the T case. But, I did not discover this until about 400 miles later, I noticed grinding coming from the center console. I drained the T case and all that come out was a small about of oil and metal shavings. After filling it, it still made the grinding/ratcheting noise. The dealer owned up and fixed the leak, but told me not to worry about the noise. Fast forward about 3 months and the Lexus d
  5. Long story short... I picked up a 2004 GX470 from a used dealership with 122k. I drove if for about 2 weeks before I noticed a grinding noise coming from the T case. I decided to drain it and there was no oil— turned out to be an O-ring actuator leak. I refilled it with oil and it still made the new grinding/howling noise at speed (35mph+). The dealer bit the bullet and replaced the O-ring and told me that the noise was normal (which I know is not normal). I’m taking it to the local Lexus dealer b/c no smaller shops in my town rebuild these T-cases or install them. I’m worried that the dealer
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