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Unread 10-31-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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4WD won't engage in 2008 6 speed manual trans.

Just happened today to daughter's jeep. Had it in 4WD earlier this summer, no problems. It's never been off road. She's had the jeep for 4 years. The shifter slips in like butter. No light either. Please tell me it's a linkage thing.

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Unread 10-31-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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If the lever is floppy, one of the plastic bushings has broken, allowing the cable to disconnect from the lever in the console, or the lever on the t-case.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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agree with ronjenx.....probably one of the plastic bushings. $3.00 at dealership. by extras. check the one in linkage by transfer case first. if its not that one you will have to remove center console. If you need to do this, easiest way i found to remove shifter knobs is to put wrench at bottom and one good whack with hammer should remove
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Unread 10-31-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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Yep sounds like a broke bushing. Mine broke in my 07 leaving me stuck in 4lo. Had to crawl underneath to shift it by hand. I bought an aftermarket linkage than replaces the factory plastic one with a metal one. Now I dont have to worry about it breaking again. Cant remember the name of the company. Precision Adapters or something like that.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 10:18 PM   #5
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Please tell me it's a linkage thing.
Get under it and put your eyes on the linkage......

You've got a better chance of figuring out the cause than we do.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 04:04 AM   #6
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Or it could be the stupid little orange clip that holds the cable into the bracket under the jeep. That is the one that broke on my 08 not the ones that were previously mentioned. Easy fix and 2 bucks later. Here is a photo of it
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Unread 11-01-2013, 04:05 AM   #7
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I carry 2 extras in the glove box now due to it braking when I needed it
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Unread 11-01-2013, 04:38 AM   #8
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That doesn't look like the plastic bushing on my 2012. I was going to post a picture of the brass one I made to replace it, but my IPhone picture are too big for this site.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 06:14 AM   #9
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Thank you for your replies. Good to hear it doesn't sound like a major expense, and glad she discovered it before the snow flies. I'll let her know your replies and set her mind at ease, and encourage her to join the Jeepforum. It's always been a big help to me with my old '97's problems.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 08:19 AM   #10
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YUP, there are several points of linkage failure-


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Or it could be the stupid little orange clip that holds the cable into the bracket under the jeep. That is the one that broke on my 08 not the ones that were previously mentioned. Easy fix and 2 bucks later. Here is a photo of it
This is one and a good picture so you should have a couple extras in the glovebox along with

The nylon bushing that holds the cable conn AT THE XFER CASE SHIFT LEVER-Pt#1-68064273AA, these are about $.60 cents ea !

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Unread 11-01-2013, 09:16 AM   #11
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Okay Pastime I joined....Thank you everyone for the info, very helpful and will save me some $$$
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Unread 11-01-2013, 01:06 PM   #12
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Okay Pastime I joined....Thank you everyone for the info, very helpful and will save me some $$$
Welcome to the forum.

Good to hear that your problem is a simple fix as far as costs goes. When you get a chance please fill out your profile, it does come in handy when others are trying to help you. Look forward to seeing you around.
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Unread 11-02-2013, 05:46 PM   #13
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You guys are awesome. Thanks for the help.
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