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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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4WD strange issues?

1995 XJ Cherokee. 4.0 Automatic. 4WD No Lift Kit, everything is stock!

Getting in and out of 4WD is quite strange. Maybe linkage? I hope?
When the guy sold me it, he showed me how to get in and out. I found it strange.
To get it into 4WD, he pulled the handle clear back to almost to 4low, just past the neutral position to get it into 4 high, and then slid the handle down to the 4high position. And it went in! Okay, worked fine.
To get it out of 4WD.
I pushed the handle down to 2WD and it wouldn't come out.
He reached over, and pulled it up high almost to the neutral position again, and "Slammed it hard" down into 2WD position, and told me to back up a few feet. And she came right out.
Now I don't ever recall having to "slam it hard" on any other vehicle to get it out of 4WD. Could this be the linkage wacked out? Or is my transfer case bad? I sure hope this is a linkage issue.
As a side note. In 4Wd, no noise, and very smooth.

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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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Have a buddy help and adjust the linkage. Be careful and not run each other over but it helps to have someone topside to shift and you feel the positions of the linkage. May also need new plastic shift fork guides if hr has in fact been too lazy to correct problem and had slammed it to get the hears in and out. Try the free adjustments first and if it doesn't help get a rebuild kit. If you plan to lift and wheel the xj I would save up for a stock front cv shaft(junkyard one rebuilt works good) and get a sye in it when you tear it down.

Look into other upgrades as well at junkyard (my favorite source of upgrades) Chevy 231c has 6 gear planetary instead of the jeeps 3 gear planetary.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:37 PM   #3
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Have a buddy help and adjust the linkage. Be careful and not run each other over but it helps to have someone topside to shift and you feel the positions of the linkage. May also need new plastic shift fork guides if hr has in fact been too lazy to correct problem and had slammed it to get the hears in and out. Try the free adjustments first and if it doesn't help get a rebuild kit. If you plan to lift and wheel the xj I would save up for a stock front cv shaft(junkyard one rebuilt works good) and get a sye in it when you tear it down.
Thanks. I was thinking linkage adjustment. I never did one one on these. So I will climb under and look around. I really have no one to help me on something like this, so it will be trial and error for me. At least the T Case seems fine. i just want to to work right.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:46 PM   #4
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Heck if I need cheap help a case of beer is cheap and usually neighbors don't mind working for beer. Especially when all they have to do is sit and drink it on a soft seat.

If no help is available put the shifter on floor all the way forward and loosen the pinch bolt and then make sure the shifter is adjusted to where you can get 2hi without the shifter hitting floor in front. Its a good baseline for smaller tuning after.

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Here's how the factory suggests you shift the transfer case and I've been doing this since these things were new and I worked at the dealership. Quoted from the owner's manual.

"To engage, shift the transfer case lever from 2H to 4H while the vehicle is moving at any legal speed". I let off the gas, throw the lever, and then tap the gas and let off.

4L position: " To engage, slow the vehicle to 2-3 MPH , shift the transmission to Neutral, then shift the transfer lever to the right and pull firmly rearward to 4L".
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^- This!

You do not need to "slam in" when doing mode changes, but you do need to do it firmly. Go too easy and slow and you only get grinding. As for doing those weird tricks, sounds like the linkage adjustment is out of whack. Also, you may have a problem with the bushings between the Z- linkage arm that sits between the uniframe and the linkage bracket. It is a common failure point and causes very weird shift locations between modes.

Additionally, especially the 242 is know for being a little stubborn getting it out of 4wd. In many cases, you need to slightly tap on the gas or brake pedal after shifting it to 2wd. Occasionally it won't come out of 4wd before you back up a little. 231s do this to some extent as well, but not as much as the 242s..
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