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Unread 08-09-2010, 10:18 AM   #1
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08 liberty stuck in 4WD

So I accidently spilled some water on my 4WD switch in the middle area by the gear shifter. Ever since that happened I noticed that the 4WD drive light came on and the service 4WD light came on. So basically my car was in 4WD even though my switch was in 2WD. I tried switching it back and forth but nothing. I know it was in 4WD cause I could feel the difference when I made turns. So I had to drive home from a concert that was 2 hours away with this thing in 4WD which 90% was on a highway going 75. but when I got home and turned the car off and then turned it back on everything was back to normal. So my question is do you think I could have messed anything up on the 4WD system driving the car like that. I tried to go easy on the turns cause I know thats not good for it when its not a slippery surface.

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Unread 08-09-2010, 10:33 AM   #2
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2 Hours is a long time driving in Part Time, but at least most of it was highway so it wasn't sharp turns. Its possible the Transfer Case could have been damaged, but if most was highway there's a much better change you didn't break anything.
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Unread 08-09-2010, 10:58 AM   #3
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You think I should take it to the dealership and have them look at it. I dont know how much they can do without opening anything up?
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Unread 08-09-2010, 11:03 AM   #4
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If the dealership will look at it for free(which i doubt) and your not covered under a warranty i would do it. If your under a warranty, telling them you drove on dry ground for that long will give them a good reason to try and void your warranty.
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Unread 08-09-2010, 11:36 AM   #5
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Its still under warranty for 6000 more miles. Everything seems good. I guess Ill just forget about it and hope that nothing happens in the upcomming years. Thank you for your help!
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Unread 08-09-2010, 12:42 PM   #6
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well the chain can b stretched and can/will slip eventually. there are rebuilt kits or remanufactured T-cases for our cars out there, will b much cheaper then servicing it at the dealer. should not take to replace it as well. i say 2 hours if u have another person to help
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Unread 08-09-2010, 08:07 PM   #7
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First off, what transfer case do you have? I have run my select-trac at 75-80 for hours,no problems.


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Unread 08-09-2010, 08:23 PM   #8
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I don't think I have select track it's 4 wheel lock
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Command Trac if its "Lock" and especially if you could feel something awkward when turning
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Unread 08-09-2010, 10:28 PM   #10
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Yup that's what it was
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Unread 08-09-2010, 11:00 PM   #11
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Spilling water on the switch makes this issue your fault,it is fraud if you try and get it warrantied and why parts and new vehicles are so expensive(fraudulent warranty claims).

Driving for that long and fast in part time 4wd has caused damage to your t-case,it may or may not last much longer,better change the fluid just to be safe but yo will have issues sooner or later.Even if going straight you still have binding going on since your front and rear diffs are geared just a tad different,turning or not turning has the same binding but you just feel it more when turning.
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Unread 08-10-2010, 06:00 AM   #12
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Spilling water on the switch makes this issue your fault,it is fraud if you try and get it warrantied and why parts and new vehicles are so expensive(fraudulent warranty claims).

Driving for that long and fast in part time 4wd has caused damage to your t-case,it may or may not last much longer,better change the fluid just to be safe but yo will have issues sooner or later.Even if going straight you still have binding going on since your front and rear diffs are geared just a tad different,turning or not turning has the same binding but you just feel it more when turning.
OMG, exactly what damage has he done to his TC and how do you know without seeing it? Chances are the water shorted out the switch and it wasn't even in 4WD. The binding/wheel hop that occurs from driving in 4wd on pavement will grenade your differential long before it harms the TC.
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Spilling water on the switch makes this issue your fault,it is fraud if you try and get it warrantied and why parts and new vehicles are so expensive(fraudulent warranty claims).

Driving for that long and fast in part time 4wd has caused damage to your t-case,it may or may not last much longer,better change the fluid just to be safe but yo will have issues sooner or later.Even if going straight you still have binding going on since your front and rear diffs are geared just a tad different,turning or not turning has the same binding but you just feel it more when turning.
First of all I never said I was going to try and get it warrantied. If you read my second response I was not going to do anything and just hope no major damage was done. but it was in four wheel the whole way home for sure
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Unread 08-11-2010, 12:56 PM   #14
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I SERIOUSLY doubt you hurt it. If you did, the vehicle wasn't made to be driven the way Jeeps are driven anyways.

I would take it in, tell them the problem, and leave it at that. It's a new vehicle for goodness sake.
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