It means it was on it way to destruction due to heat and stress due to the gear oil leaking out. Hopefully you caught it early enough, and it's hopeful that you didn't see any larger chunks of the gears...Yes there was very small gear particles. What does that mean?
That transfer case doesn't have much life left to it if metal came out and it has been running dry. Unfortunately, when the transfer case goes, you are quite literally dead in the middle of the road. Most failures happen when starting from a dead stop. Think 3 or 4 lane highway traffic jam and it happens when you're in a middle lane. Not a pretty sight.Yes there was very small gear particles. What does that mean?
How many ounces did you have to add the first time you checked it? And how much during your checks thereafter?I had noticed a small weep of oil on the transfer case earlier, and had been checking the oil level on a regular basis; it had not been run dry.
Agreed, it wasn't an issue with low fluid.The transfer cases often seep just enough to alarm people, but the reports here indicate that if they're under warranty and have the transfer case pulled and re-sealed, many of them start seeping again anyway.How many ounces did you have to add the first time you checked it? And how much during your checks thereafter?
Just curios, because it sounds like in your case it may have not been an issue with the fluid being allowed to get too low... It only holds 10 ounces (5/8 pint).