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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-09-2001, 09:51 PM
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Difficult shifting the Transfer case.

When I attempt to shift the TC (Dana 300) sometimes it's extremely difficult, almost impossible. I then move a little forward, then backward then try again. It might shift into or out of 4wd like I want it to. Sometimes it doesn't. I nervous that I'm gonna need it shifted in or out of 4wd low to high and the thing will be stuck, then I'll be stuck! Any thoughts? Should I change the gear oil or do you think it's something more? Thanks.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-09-2001, 10:22 PM
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Re: Difficult shifting the Transfer case.

I don't know the solution, but I do have the same problem with mine. I have a 81 CJ-5 with the d300. Same symptoms, won't shift into 4wd sometimes unless you move it forward or backwards several times until it lines up just right. Is this a typical problem or am I in for major repairs?

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Re: Difficult shifting the Transfer case.

Mine does the same thing; twin sticks helped a little, but at times I still need to rock it around a little. Just one of the blessings of having a gear driven case.


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Re: Difficult shifting the Transfer case.

you might have worn down the part of your case that guides the shifter. lots of 300s have this problem but its very easy to fix. just throw on a twin stick shifter. mine cured right up.

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 07-09-2001, 11:12 PM
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Re: Difficult shifting the Transfer case.

This is a very common trait of the D300, it just gets bound up. Try unlocking the hubs before you shift out of 4WD, that sometimes helps. Mine, running on slickrock and locked both ends with a 4:1 sometimes is very difficult, almost impossible to shift, I just back up, go forward, find some loose sand, unlock the hubs, whatever it takes.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 07-10-2001, 12:02 PM
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Re: Difficult shifting the Transfer case.

man talk about good timing
i just installed my drivetrain on sunday and i have been having problems getting my t/case out of neutral. i figured it was cause of the funky offset linkage it has or the fact i cant start it yet.
thanks for the remedy, all.

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post #7 of (permalink) Old 07-10-2001, 12:18 PM
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Re: Difficult shifting the Transfer case.

I have the same problem as well. But instead of driving forward or backward, all I do is just let the clutch out a little bit, just enough so that it begins to grab the flywheel, and shove it into gear at the same time and it just pops right in.

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Re: Difficult shifting the Transfer case.

I shift my tcase with the tranny in neutral and the clutch pedal out. Usually it`ll pop right in, but don`t jam it. Back up about 10 feet to un-bind the drivetrain when shifting out of 4WD, especially low range. It`s always worked for me.

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