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Unread 08-15-2006, 02:16 PM   #1
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How do I get out of 4 wheel drive?

This is my first post to this forum so please help a newbie out.
I have a 2004 Rocky Mtn. edition w/ automatic and I had to use 4-wheel drive for the first time since I bought it back in December in order to get out of the sand here at the beach. I droped the gear shift back to 2 Hi once I got out but the indicator light says I am still in "part time" mode. This happened once before when I bought it and the dealership some how disengaged it for me without me being present to see how to do it. Can anyone tell me if I should ignore it or seek professional help. This is obviously my first 4-wheel drive vehicle. What should I do. I don't need to be in 4-wheel drive when I am just running around town.

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Unread 08-15-2006, 04:57 PM   #2
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Move the lever back into 2hi. You can do this in neutral or on the fly. I always try to shift in neutral though. You might have to move the lever in towards your leg then push the lever down. The sooner you get it out the the less gas you will waste.
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Unread 08-15-2006, 05:10 PM   #3
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If your driving on paved roads in 4 part time then I would be very concerned about your trnsfercase It could be bound up. Try backing up, put the transmission in "N" and then shift the transfercase to 2HI.
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Unread 08-15-2006, 07:31 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Morgansmorgue
This is my first post to this forum so please help a newbie out.
I have a 2004 Rocky Mtn. edition w/ automatic and I had to use 4-wheel drive for the first time since I bought it back in December in order to get out of the sand here at the beach. I droped the gear shift back to 2 Hi once I got out but the indicator light says I am still in "part time" mode. This happened once before when I bought it and the dealership some how disengaged it for me without me being present to see how to do it. Can anyone tell me if I should ignore it or seek professional help. This is obviously my first 4-wheel drive vehicle. What should I do. I don't need to be in 4-wheel drive when I am just running around town.
If the lever is in 2-Hi then it is in 2-Hi.

The indicator lamp is just controlled by the transfer case position sensor, which has been know to go bad. Don't pay attention to the indicator lamp, just the position of the lever.

I'm not sure on the cost of the position sensor, but it is easy to replace. Top, back left of the transfer case.
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Unread 08-16-2006, 03:30 AM   #5
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If you're ever in doubt, probably the easiest way to check to see if you are in 2HI is to get on some dirt and try to make a turn - if it turns wider than normal you're still in 4HI. NOTE: Please DONT do this on pavement, as it could potentially cause damage to the drive train. If you turn normally, then like Eddo said its probably the sensor and just another thing to take it to the dealer for
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Unread 08-16-2006, 07:42 AM   #6
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Just to expand on corwyyn statement. Also, if you where still in 4wd you would feel lots of binding and wheel hop when making sharp turns on pavement. If it still feels normal, then you are in 2wd.

What JoBo mentions is good if you are truly stuck in 4wd (i.e. the lever will not go back down into 2wd)

Im willing to bet it is just the transfer case position sensor. Its about as easy to replace as a spark plug. Just look at the back of the tranfercase on the drivers side and look for the plug with 4 wires. Actually if you just pull the plug off the sensor the 4wd light should go out.
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Unread 08-17-2006, 11:42 AM   #7
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Once I switched out one of the front wheels for the full size spare (was trying to diagnose a strange noise) and I got stuck in 4wd part time. Didn't think twice about the tires when I brought it to the dealer. Apparently the slightest size difference will screw up the 4wd. Put the other tire back on and its been fine since.
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Unread 08-19-2006, 09:21 PM   #8
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My 2004 Liberty has the same problem. I know the four wheel drive is not engaged, but the sensor indicates it is.

Where is a good place, other than the dealer to pick up a new sensor??
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