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Unread 07-06-2010, 11:51 AM   #1
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4 wheel drive lever wont engage

Well after having my 2010 Rubicon for a week, I pulled it in the yard and wanted to see how the sway bar disconnect, 4L and lockers worked. I put it in N, pulled my 4WD selector from 2 to 4HI and it moved back slightly then just went all floppy in the gate....nada....nothing....just 2WD. Called the dealer and waiting for them to get back to me to bring it back in. I hope this isnt an indicator of Quality.....overall I love the thing!

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Unread 07-06-2010, 12:01 PM   #2
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That's an easy fix..slide up under it and have someone move the lever..you'll see where the cable has popped off..just clip it back on
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Unread 07-06-2010, 12:07 PM   #3
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Thank you! I figured it was something simple like that. I never had that happen on my other Jeeps and wasn't sure if I should mess with it or not since I only have a couple hundred miles on it.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 12:25 PM   #4
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That's an easy fix..slide up under it and have someone move the lever..you'll see where the cable has popped off..just clip it back on
yup same thing happened to me. I bought an extra one of those clips (83 cents or something like that) incase it ever happens again.

Edit: found my old thread, complete with pictures - check it out
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Unread 07-06-2010, 01:03 PM   #5
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Common issue. Let the dealer fix it. When mine happened they replaced the whole cable.

I have only had this happen once and have been in and out of 4WD several times since, so I wouldn't expect it to be a routine thing.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 01:34 PM   #6
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First do not go directly from 4 hi to 4 lo. Second, read your owner's manual so that you know the proper procedure for engaging 4 lo. You can't just throw the lever back. The purpose of the plastic bushing is to prevent damage from people doing just that.

You need to have the transmission in neutral and the vehicle rolling slightly, no more than 2-3 mph. The lever will easily slide into 4 lo.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 02:06 PM   #7
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First do not go directly from 4 hi to 4 lo. Second, read your owner's manual so that you know the proper procedure for engaging 4 lo. You can't just throw the lever back. The purpose of the plastic bushing is to prevent damage from people doing just that.

You need to have the transmission in neutral and the vehicle rolling slightly, no more than 2-3 mph. The lever will easily slide into 4 lo.

It wasn't a case of "throwing the lever back". I did read the owners manual and I was in my yard, at a full stop in neutral going from 2wd to 4WD hi. I do understand that there are no syncros and you should be rolling slow going to LO....never made it that far...LOL
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Unread 07-06-2010, 02:39 PM   #8
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This is good to know that thr cable can pop off. Sort of wished they did not change it from how it was on the YJs and TJs.
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Heey i got a 1998 jeep grand charoke an the lever wont move in to 4 well drive its like its stuck in 2 idk what to do
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Unread 11-25-2013, 10:09 AM   #10
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Heey i got a 1998 jeep grand charoke an the lever wont move in to 4 well drive its like its stuck in 2 idk what to do
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Unread 11-25-2013, 10:29 AM   #11
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First do not go directly from 4 hi to 4 lo. Second, read your owner's manual so that you know the proper procedure for engaging 4 lo. You can't just throw the lever back. The purpose of the plastic bushing is to prevent damage from people doing just that.

You need to have the transmission in neutral and the vehicle rolling slightly, no more than 2-3 mph. The lever will easily slide into 4 lo.
You do not have to be moving. I typically am stopped when I go into 4lo. If the gears are not quite lined up I move forward or back a little bit and try again. And you cant just throw the lever back from 4hi anyway. There is a stop that prevents this.
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Unread 11-25-2013, 11:10 AM   #12
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You do not have to be moving. I typically am stopped when I go into 4lo. If the gears are not quite lined up I move forward or back a little bit and try again. And you cant just throw the lever back from 4hi anyway. There is a stop that prevents this.
The manual does recommend that you be rolling slightly to shift into 4 low. You can often shift it when stopped but its a pain l rock it around when it needs it.
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The plastic bushing isn't designed to prevent damage, as suggested above.
It's no more than a poorly designed bushing/retainer.

It's possible to do lots of damage before the bushing fails.
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The manual does recommend that you be rolling slightly to shift into 4 low. You can often shift it when stopped but its a pain l rock it around when it needs it.
Iím always stopped when I shift into 4low and have for the most part never had a problem. I can count on one hand when I ever had to move the Jeep slightly to aid in engaging low and still have a couple of fingers left. That includes my dearly departed í08 JK too.
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Unread 11-25-2013, 12:20 PM   #15
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I’m always stopped when I shift into 4low and have for the most part never had a problem. I can count on one hand when I ever had to move the Jeep slightly to aid in engaging low and still have a couple of fingers left. That includes my dearly departed ’08 JK too.
Mine doesn't shift that well when I'm completely stopped. I'd say more often then not I have to move it slightly to shift into 4 low. Weird.
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