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Unread 05-13-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
eduardostewart
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4wd linkage

hi guys, this is only my second thread and i appreciate all the insight.

i have a 98 wrangler that i want to adjust the bar/trunnion. it pops out of 4hi and seems to be staying in 4lo when i take her on the trails.

seems the bar is stuck, im assuming corroded together with the nut/tightener so i cant adjust it. can i pop that bar off so i can take it to get a better hold in things to twist them and break them free? they dont seem to be really rusted and formed together buy just enough to be held.

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Unread 05-14-2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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Unread 05-14-2012, 10:09 PM   #3
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You can pop that bar off but you might need new bushings. Those little plastic bushings can be found at most auto parts stores (or dealer). I found them in the "help" section and they were packaged in a set of different sizes for different apps. Then you can spray or soak the bar down with whatever you think might work. ATF with Diesel/kerosene or ATF with Acetone either of them mixed 50/50 are good mixes for a penetrate.
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Unread 05-18-2012, 03:07 PM   #4
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i just wanted to follow up for anyone searching as i do. i was able to pry off the linkage bar with an average weed pruner thing you cam get about anywhere. then i swapped between soaking it in bags of PBlaster and then a mix of atf/acetone. within half an hour i was able twist it with two sets of pliers pn either end. im leaving it sit some more know and the travel is getting a lot better. next, to put it back on!
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Unread 05-19-2012, 02:17 AM   #5
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That tool works good for a lot of things and you found one of them out. They are good for prying on door panel clips, trim clips etc too. Anyway that thing is rusted pretty good, must be from up north. I dont see things like that rust like that too much here in OK. Maybe paint it or something in case you need to mess with it again in the future. Did you find new bushings for the ends?
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Unread 05-20-2012, 12:28 AM   #6
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thats right, im up in PA. after soaking it and lubing and sliding/twisting i was able to really get it to move. popped it back on, made sure the lever was in 4lo and made sure the actual lever connected to the transfer case was in 4lo and connected ut accordingly. went jeepin today and worked great.
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