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post #1 of 3 Old 03-24-2003, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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If gears are shot, can you use 4wd gears?

So, a hypothetical question here, and no flames please... I'm embarrassed to not know this, or have forgotten this, but...

Say you'd driven your Jeep a lot. In fact so much that the transmission was almost completely shot... as in first, second, third gears working intermittently if at all.

And say you needed to have that transmission replaced.

Can you go unlock the hubs and put it in 4wd and have anything good happen by driving it to the shop nearby in a 4wd gear rather than relying on the main gears?

Step-by-step procedures appreciated if so... and please, stop all that laughing!

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You could do that but it wouldn't help anything. The four wheel drive in your Jeep comes from the transfer case which is attached to your transmission. The power of the motor goes first through the transmission then through the transfer case and then to your axles. Putting the transfer case into 4wd won't help a bad transmission.

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Thanks Sam... the Jeep's at over 200k so am thankful the rest of it still works (beautifully, actually)... engine still has some life.

Will try driving it to the mechanics perhaps on a quiet Sunday morning... and at least, he's nearby.

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