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Getting the new wrangler auto out of 4wheel drive?

Can someone tell me how to get this sucker out of 4 wheel drive without shutting the vehicle off? I have to be doing something wrong im guessing, but i can put it in 4 wheel no prob, but when i try to take it out it grinds and gacks. I put it in neutral, but no luck. Is there something im missing?

Its a 97 tj with auto trans.
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Re: Getting the new wrangler auto out of 4wheel drive?

1. Hummm ....
2. Try reading This Thread...
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Re: Getting the new wrangler auto out of 4wheel drive?

None of that is the problem but thanks for pointing to that thread. Good info. I can just sit on one spot and engage the 4 wheel drive, but when I try to disengage it it grinds like trying to shift a gear that doesnt want to go in. I know this is not good! I end up shutting the jeep off to take it out of 4 wheel drive. I dont have the owners manual so I cant look up how to properly engage and disengage the 4 wheel drive with an auto transmission. I did figure out that I cant get into 4wheel low without being in neutral. [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]
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Re: Getting the new wrangler auto out of 4wheel drive?

1. Have you checked the fluid in the TC lately?
2. Possible worn shifting rails/forks in the TC?
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Re: Getting the new wrangler auto out of 4wheel dr

I with Leve Transfercase fluid!!!

I have a manual Trans. so I'm just blurting this out. I push the clutch to take the load off, and I feel everything smoothly disengage while rolling then it's back into gear. I know I shouldn't have to do that, but it makes me feel better.

Oh yea if I leave it in gear and have my foot on the gas I think the jeep stays in 4wd till I let off the gas.

I have a jeep manual, but not with me I will be happy to look it up for you tonight, but i'm sure there are tons of guys near their papers that can help.
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Re: Getting the new wrangler auto out of 4wheel dr

I think im going to have to chalk this one up to "im a dumb
a$$) Im still not 100% sure whats going on, but I took her to a dirt road today and drove slowly while taking it in and out of 4wheel drive. It worked great. Then I put it in neutral and put it into 4wheel low while coasting slowly. No problem. The problem im having is, and though I didnt realize it untill today always has been, getting it out of 4wheel low. Im starting to think it is binding but im not sure. It sure doesnt just pop from 4wheel low right into 4wheel high. Thats where the grinding has been the whole time. If I shut the thing off and let it roll a tad it pops right into gear and all the way out if thats what I want. Anyone else experience this?
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Your Jeep is fine, it's normal. You need to learn the Jeep TJ. You don't need to shut the Jeep off to switch between hi and low. There is a neutral between Hi and Low in the Transfercase. Make sure it's in your selected gear range before you give it gas. Watch your speeds. Hi and Low 4wd are drastically different gear sets. I stop when changing into and out of low because I hate grinding. Don't hit the gas with the TC in neutral, It grinds.



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Re: Getting the new wrangler auto out of 4wheel dr

Sounds like you are putting the trans in neutral while you shift your transfer case from low to high. The problem is that you get the transfer case stuck in neutral and the transmission output shaft is spinning with nothing to stop it.

Next time when shifting from low to high, stop, put the trans in neutral. Hold the brake and put the trans in park. Now, still holding the brake, shift the transfer case to high. You might have to do that to go from high to low too.
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Re: Getting the new wrangler auto out of 4wheel dr

Hey thanks allot you guys. I actualy called a Jeep dealer today and talked to the service dept. He told me that this particular transfer case is a "grind it till you find it" untill you get used to it. Im glad to see it is just me instead of a mechanical problem. I guess i'll be trying to get the hang of the thing over the next few weeks. I want to take a trip to the mountains to play now that I know its cool.
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Re: Getting the new wrangler auto out of 4wheel dr

</font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
grind it till you find it

[/ QUOTE ]1. I don't believe that for a second...
2. He's
a. Druming up business,
b. Too lazy to fix it...
c. Too dumb to fix it...
d. Can't be "bothered" with it...
3. I'd be making a few other calls...
4. But not back to that dealer...
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