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post #1 of 4 Old 07-19-2014, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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4x4 problem

Just bought a 90 xj and can't get it out of 4H(part time). The lever doesn't want to go down and I don't want to force it to hard. Idk if its a linkage problem or what I just need advice

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-20-2014, 07:39 AM
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Get all 4 wheels off the ground and then shift it.. Or try shifting while on dirt and barely rolling. Crawl under shift it by hand.. You might as well adjust the linkage while your at it.

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-20-2014, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by 1badXJ90 View Post
Just bought a 90 xj and can't get it out of 4H(part time). The lever doesn't want to go down and I don't want to force it to hard. Idk if its a linkage problem or what I just need advice
Here's the proper way to shift it.

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. The suggestions in ITALICS are mine.

"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".

To shift out of 4L, shift the transmission into neutral with the vehicle stopped, shift the transfer case lever to 2H, then to D if you have an automatic, or into first gear with a manual, and continue on.

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-21-2014, 02:51 PM
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Have you tried the "backing up a few dozen feet or so" trick?
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