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Unread 11-17-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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ISSUE RESOLVED : replace transfer case switch.



About 2 month's ago I was in the hospital for 2 weeks and they notified me that there was gonna be work in the parking lot.. well I wasn't able to move it so they towed it up on a flatbed totally locked out from my car they dragged it onto the flatbed.. well something happened my 4x4 part time light is lit up in the console when its in 2 wheel drive.. I fixed it once by putting it in reverse and going back about 100' .. well today is a rainy day and I had to drive in my yard so I put it in 4x4.. well I turned it back to 2 wheel drive and the part time light is still lit up in the console.. any ideas? It says I'm in 4x4 when its in 2wheel.. I hope them dragging my car onto a flatbed didn't break anything..

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Unread 11-17-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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About 2 month's ago I was in the hospital for 2 weeks and they notified me that there was gonna be work in the parking lot.. well I wasn't able to move it so they towed it up on a flatbed totally locked out from my car they dragged it onto the flatbed.. well something happened my 4x4 part time light is lit up in the console when its in 2 wheel drive.. I fixed it once by putting it in reverse and going back about 100' .. well today is a rainy day and I had to drive in my yard so I put it in 4x4.. well I turned it back to 2 wheel drive and the part time light is still lit up in the console.. any ideas? It says I'm in 4x4 when its in 2wheel.. I hope them dragging my car onto a flatbed didn't break anything..
Glad you're back out of the hospital

Personally I would be giving the towing company - and the hospital maintenance supervisor - a piece of my mind. Yanking your your KJ up on a flatbed while in Park is just wrong.

As far as your dash indicator...The transfer case selector switch is a known problem and will give you false readings. Since the KJ gear selector is mechanical vs electronic there is no danger of your T-case being in the wrong slot (unless the cable breaks.) Here is a How-To on changing out the switch - the posts toward the end describe how to do it from the top through the console instead of from below.

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Unread 11-18-2013, 05:47 AM   #3
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Thanks Bob.. ya they didn't even ask for permission to move it they just did..

Ic the part ur talking about it cost $95.. bummer. Wonder if I can change it without dropping the transfer case..
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Unread 11-18-2013, 06:05 AM   #4
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Thanks Bob.. ya they didn't even ask for permission to move it they just did.. Ic the part ur talking about it cost $95.. bummer. Wonder if I can change it without dropping the transfer case..
Oh yea, there's no need to drop the T-case. You can just come in from the top by removing the console. Some have come in from below to remove the switch and didn't drop the T-case. It's actually a fairly straightforward repair once you see where the switch is and figure out a way to get a wrench on it.

Keep shopping around for the switch - I've seen it for around $60 from various suppliers. Try RockAuto.com.

Bob

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Unread 11-18-2013, 07:09 AM   #5
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Thanks Bob!!
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Unread 11-18-2013, 07:29 AM   #6
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U know what that's a great idea to pull the console. Saves me from gettn covered in oil .... just hope I can pop off the console with out breaking any attachments.. hmm

$58 at rock auto thanks!
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Unread 11-18-2013, 08:16 AM   #7
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I ordered the transfer case switch.. will let u guys know if changing it fixes it!
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Unread 11-20-2013, 06:34 PM   #8
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I can't find it I took off the console and everything.. Help..
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Unread 11-20-2013, 07:05 PM   #9
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OK I didn't totally take out the central console BC of worrying of breaking any plastic clips.. help me. Thanks.
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Unread 11-20-2013, 08:36 PM   #10
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I need to remove the 4x4 leaver leather boot if I take a flathead to it will it come loose or am I just break it by taking it off BC it says it needs to come off. :/
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Unread 11-20-2013, 10:16 PM   #11
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Unsnap the leather just below the handle, on mine I was able to just pull and work it loose. It just clips into place.
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Unread 11-22-2013, 01:24 PM   #12
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OK will try.
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Unread 11-23-2013, 12:50 PM   #13
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OK just want to let u know I changed.. remove console the remove leather strap on 4x4 handle pry it off slowly and carefully after u get that off the place u need to be is right at the 4x4 switch un bolt the 4 or 5 nuts holding the switch onto the frame after u do that pull up and the transfer case switch is right there.. I don't think u can take it out with a wrench.. just no room to turn... so I bought a huge socket and turned it out
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Unread 11-23-2013, 12:50 PM   #14
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Also it fixes the issue by changing the transfer case switch..
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Unread 11-23-2013, 02:05 PM   #15
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Also I used a 3" extension with a 1 1/2" socket worked perfect fit right on the transfer switch..
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