Could it be that the the linkage is not QUITE letting the little shift lever on the T-case click into 2WD mode?
I thought that too, but after messing with it found that it shifts fine with use of the tc selector, but that the gearing seems to be binding and keeping it from reaching 2 wheel mode.
the 242 tc doesnt shift out of 4 wheel right when you take it out. You have to get it up to second gear and then it will shift out. At least thats what happened to mine
Alright, thanks. That may come in handy when I take it on the next road test. I'm supposed to be able to switch in and out of 4 wheel to 2 wheel at any speed. Until it gets fixed though I guess I'll be hauling around a hyd. jack in case I need to lift a tire. lol
One of the Other Jeep sites there was a thing about how the shift fork on the 242 over time would stick
What they said was while driving then put the jeep in GEAR N then shift to 2wd Blip the gas and put it back in drive.
my stayed in 4FT for almost a week before i tried that also when shifting to 2wd my handle would click only could be felt through the transfer case knob tho.
I found this interesting and did a search. I found a writeup done by Mike Strawbridge about it. It says: "One common operating problem with the 242 transfer case is that it will stick in 4wd even if the lever is moved to 2wd. Internally, moving the lever loads a spring which then applies force to move the selector fork. If the gears are loaded with torque, the spring will not have enough energy to move the sleeve off the gears. Once torque is removed from the gears, the spring will then move the fork and slide the sleeve of the gears.
Momentarily lifting your foot off the gas will often unload the gears enough to allow the spring pressure to move the fork. On some high mileage units, a wear groove will form on the sleeve or gear causing it to stick longer and may require a couple of changes from loaded to unloaded to get the sleeve to release form the gear.
All great info that has me better equipped to handle this rather than feeling completely lost like I was. Dang....thinking it was locked in Part-Time, I made the 2 mile trip back home by driving down the side of the highway rather than ON it...
I was being cautious trying to avoid damage to the TC.
Right now though, my priority has shifted to the radiator leak. I can't do jack til I can keep the engine from overheating. sheeesh!
Fellas - thanks a bunch!!!