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post #1 of 7 Old 10-10-2013, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Yet another Jeep newb thread...

I've done a lot of reading here so I haven't posted this without at least trying to answer my own questions first - please don't beat me. Also, feel free to skip to the end for the TL;DR version.

I just bought a new Jeep 2013 Sport 2 door. I've wanted a Jeep for 10 years and finally actually got one. Loving it but learning a few things the hard way. Mostly regarding the transfer case. Yes, lots of threads here on that!

Number One - The dealership gave me incorrect instructions (multiple times) on how to properly transfer between 2H, 4H, and 4L. Just put it in neutral before shifting to any of those positions is what I was told. I did this nearly a couple dozen times thinking it was just stiff because it was new before taking a more careful look at the manual and learning the proper way to do it on my own.

Number Two - I uh... again didn't read carefully regarding the operation of the vehicle in 4H. I drove it recently on slick pavement (wet, not snow, shame on me) and felt the drive train bind only when parking the park in a garaged area. Researching this I realize the mistake and have no intention of repeating it.

--- TL;DR ---

I did dumb things regarding the transfer case until I learned better on a fairly short-term basis and am experiencing no ill effects. Should I worry and is this something the dealership checks. I got the maintenance.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-10-2013, 09:47 AM
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tranfer from 2H to 4hi can be done at speeds less than 50MPH no need for neutral. 4 hi to 4 lo less than 2 mph and in neutral. owners manual covers this.

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-10-2013, 09:54 AM
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Just as chiefkp said. And you'll be fine, no worries. I had to do a few, "grind 'em till you find 'em" before I discovered the perfect speed to be rolling at to engage 4L.
Just a tip: If you are off-roading and "think" you may need 4L in the future, best to go ahead and engage it while you can, before you are stuck and cannot get the momentum to engage it.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-10-2013, 12:38 PM
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I wouldnít worry about it just donít do it again which of course youíre not. Like said you can shift on the fly with speeds up to 55mph but Iím sure the norm is probably a whole lot less, I know it is with me; stopped to say around 25-30 mph.

I usually drive in 2wd on the trail until 4wd is needed and the back again (2wd) when not, all in one fluid motion while driving. 4L is used only when needed (my style) and I always come to a complete stop and of course put it in neutral before shifting into or out of 4L.

Itís all an learning experience and thatís part of the fun when itís your first 4x4. I know it was for me with my first ever 4x4, an Ď86 CJ-7 many years ago.
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Don't feel bad. Once upon a time, I didn't know I had to put it neutral to go into 4L. I thought it was jammed. We live and learn.
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I always put my JKUR in 4hi as soon as leaving pavement--I never have to worry about shifting onto 4wd, ina hurry

There's a technique for shifting xfer case in to 4lo (easy), but thats for an auto and you don't say thats what you have

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