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Unread 03-08-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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hard shifting 4x4

i test drove a 2000 yesterday and when i shifted to 4 low the transfer case was grinding and wouldn't get in very easily and getting out of 4 low was even harder and it was grinding worse. also the gear indicator(park, reverse, drive, ect.) plate moved and wouldnt stay in place. could it be the indicator that causes the hard shifting, or a bad transfer case or neutral saftey switch? any suggestions

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Unread 03-08-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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Shifting into 4-low requires that the transmission be in Neutral and the Jeep is stopped or maybe rolling just a tiny bit (2-3 mph). Transfer cases that are not very often used in 4x4 can be a little reluctant to shift into and out of 4x4. Backing up a few feet after shifting out of 4x4 often helps. Sometimes, the 4x4 shifter lever needs to be adjusted for smooth 4x4 shifting.
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i kinda have the same ?. except when i try to put my jeep in 4hi, i need to go into neutral, and its still hard to get it in there. now 4lo is a whole different story. its nearly impossible to get it into 4lo. and also almost impossible to get it out of 4lo. is this just because 4wd has never been used before i bought it.(previous owner was a freeway driver type deal)
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Probably stiff from lack of use. Lubricate the 4x4 shifter mechanism. When was the T-case fluid last changed ? Make sure the fill plug will come out before you drain the T-case. Re-fill with Dexron-III/Mercon transmission fluid. The 4x4 shifter mechanism may need to be adjusted.
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Unread 06-10-2009, 02:38 PM   #5
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Probably stiff from lack of use. Lubricate the 4x4 shifter mechanism. When was the T-case fluid last changed ? Make sure the fill plug will come out before you drain the T-case. Re-fill with Dexron-III/Mercon transmission fluid. The 4x4 shifter mechanism may need to be adjusted.
i have recently changed the t-case fluid with dexron3 but its still shifting hard. not as hard as before but still hard. im thinking im just gna have to put it in and out of 4wd until it loosens up.
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Transfer cases that are not very often used in 4x4 can be a little reluctant to shift into and out of 4x4. Backing up a few feet after shifting out of 4x4 often helps.
So you shouldn't need to back up to get out of 4hi normally? Shouldn't even need to stop? Interesting, I have to back up to get out...
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