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Unread 01-13-2013, 01:17 AM   #1
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Hard to disengage 4x4

This is my first XJ, so I don't know if it's normal, but it's a pain in the *** to get the damn thing in and out of 4x4. I really have to yank it to get it out and once it says its in 2wd, it takes some knocking about to get it to actually go back into 2wd. Normal for old XJs?

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Unread 01-13-2013, 01:35 AM   #2
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How are you engaging/disengaging it? From a standstill tap the gas just enough to roll a little, shift into Neutral (trans, not transfercase) take both feet off the peddles and pull the transfer case shifter into 4wd. Same thing to get back into 2wd.

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Unread 01-14-2013, 06:52 PM   #3
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4Hi should engage w/o effort.
4Lo you need to be rolling slowly with transmission in neutral and no driveline tension (as is, not stuck half way up a hill climb...)
Disengaging 4Lo sometimes helps to have transmission in neutral and some people say it helps to back up a few feet after shifting out.

You might have bent or mis-adjusted linkage, or maybe different sized tires (or one set is worn more than the other)?
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Unread 01-14-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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Here's how the factory wants you to do 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.

"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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