Reasons Behind Volvo Transfer Case Failure From the Best in San Jose

Volvos are associated with luxury and power. They provide amazing performance and offer safety, longevity, and durability. Volvos are reliable cars to own and are usually very dependable, but some drivers have had issues with transfer case failure.

Just like every other vehicle on the road, Volvos need to be well-maintained to prevent failures. If your car has four-wheel or all-wheel drive, it has a transfer case. When the transfer case experiences failure, your vehicle will no longer be able to function properly.

What is a transfer case?

A transfer case is part of the drivetrain and is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the wheels. The transfer case adjusts for differences and provides the correct amount of power to each axle. It is responsible for allowing your car to effectively maneuver over rough terrain such as gravel, dirt, and snow. When the component fails, there will be an obvious decline in performance and it may affect the drivability of the car.

Reasons for Transfer Case failure

Several things can lead to transfer case failure. Over time, parts fail and need to be replaced. If your Volvo has high mileage, it is at risk for failure. Also, if the shaft seal fails, it is unable to keep the hydraulic fluid from leaking out of the transfer case. The fluid is vital for gear-shifting and transmission functions such as switching your car into AWD.

Symptoms of a Transfer Case failure

There are several common symptoms that you may experience, if your Volvo experiences a transfer case failure.

Grinding Noises

If the hydraulic fluid is low, the transfer case will not be able to function properly. The fluid allows for it to operate smoothly. A lack of lubrication will lead to grinding noises.


The gasket in the transfer case can dry out or crack and lead to a leak. Puddles and drips may be noticeable and should be addressed by a certified Volvo mechanic right away.

Gear Shifting Issues

If the fluid has leaked out of the transfer case, it causes a loss of pressure. This pressure loss makes it difficult for your transmission to switch gears.

Car Goes in and out of 4WD

Fluid loss can cause your Volvo's parts to wear out prematurely. When the parts fail, this can cause your vehicle to go in and out of 4WD unexpectedly.

Preventing Transfer Case failure

The best way to prevent transfer case failure is by having regular maintenance performed. Before you ever encounter a problem, allow us to make regular checkups so we can find any issues before they become costly problems. By following your Volvo's maintenance schedule, you can help ensure that your vehicle will run for many years to come.

Diagnosing and fixing your Transfer Case

At Fast lane European, our technicians are here to help you with any issue that your Volvo may be experiencing. If you believe that you are having issues with your transfer case, don't put off having it fixed. Give us a call to schedule an appointment before you experience complete failure.

It is a misconception that you have to take your car to a dealership to have it serviced or repaired. This is not the case. We are proud to offer the same dealership-quality service without the exuberantly high prices.

Our mechanics are highly knowledgeable in European cars and have the equipment, software, and factory training needed to diagnose and fix your vehicle right the first time.

Below are some of the services that we offer for many of the popular Volvo models:

  • Routine maintenance
  • Systems inspections
  • Power steering diagnosis and repair
  • Alignment
  • Emergency repairs

Free Second Opinion

If you need to have your Volvo serviced, we offer free second opinions. Just bring in your written recommendation for another repair facility and we will perform a visual inspection to either confirm or deny it.

Book Your Appointment Today

If you require service on your Volvo or need maintenance performed, call Fast Lane European. We service Volvos,Minis, and BMWs. We are located at 3585 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA. Stop by and see us today or call to schedule your appointment at 408-985-1000.