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T-case chain adjustment

How do you adjust the tension on the chain in a Borg Warner 1354 Electrical T-case? i think the chain is slipping but i dont know how to tighten it and want to figure it out before i open it up (if you even have to do that)

here's a pic of the chain. it feels tight but it looks like there is a gap between the chain and the sprocket at the top. maybe thats the way its supposed to be, i dont know.
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not sure on that i bleave it has to be changed with a new one to tighten it mabe some one will chime in
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that would suck and be a poor design. all chains stretch no matter what, period.
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yeah they arnt the best in the world im on number 3 and my friend is on number 8
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is it in 4wd in that pic? i would put it in 4wd before looking at the tension. btw how could a chain slip? you would know it if it did. have you seen the size of the chain? its over an inch wide.
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it is in 4wd in that pic. maybe its not the chain but i dont know what else it could be since its so intermittent.

redrocket, how did you know you needed to replace the chain. i mean, how did you know to check it?
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When I had about 10,000 miles on my 02 Ranger, it had a symptom that the dealer diagnosed as a stretched and skipping chain. They replaced the chain at the direction of Ford to try to keep the cost of warranty repair down. I didn't agree with it but had no strong evidence to support my objection.

When the dealer was finished with it and said it was good to go, I took it for a test drive and it had the same jerky symptoms. I took it right back to the dealer and told them to save themselves, Ford and me more hassle in dealing with this issue and put a new transfer case in it (as they should have in the first place). I ended up getting what I wanted but I never did find out what was wrong with it, but it was not a skipping chain.

I have been told that chain skipping can be an issue with Rangers due to them getting stretched too much. I am pretty sure there is not adjustment. However, you may have another issue like I did.
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good to know. i have around 50k and 35's so i dont know if ford would cover the cost of a new T-case.
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