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Unread 12-09-2011, 06:58 AM   #1
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242 SelecTrac Engage / Disengage Issue

Wow, its been a long while since I've been around! I suppose that can be good or bad, right?

Anyway, I'm having some trouble with the transfer case in my '97 Laredo.

Symptoms:
While moving, shift into 4wd-Full Time and the transfer case seems to work as it should. However, when I come to a stop, it feels like power is removed from the drivetrain (as if you had shifted to N or P from D with the brakes on) and then the transfer case begins making a grinding sound. The Jeep will not move until you shift back to 2wd; the grinding then disappears. Everything works flawlessly in 2wd and seems to work in 4wd-FT while moving.

I know that everything worked just a couple of months ago when I was testing it out prior to winter.

Ideas? My initial feeling is that the linkage has come out of proper adjustment.

Thanks and happy holidays!

- Brian

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Unread 12-09-2011, 07:27 AM   #2
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Exactly, adjust the linkage.

Has the fluid ever been changed?
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Unread 12-09-2011, 09:31 AM   #3
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The fluid has been changed but I think only once (265k current miles). I'm guilty of not changing the differential fluids regularly too.

I'll probably take it to my mechanic for the adjustment and fluid change. Although that does mean I'll miss out on the pleasure of laying on the wet, slush covered concrete... Oh the sacrifice!

- Brian
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