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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-05-2000, 12:42 AM
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T-case stuck in N - won\'t go into any other gear!

I've got a mate who's stuck 2000 miles from home with his T-case stuck in neutral! Anyone know what it could be?

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Re: T-case stuck in N - won\'t go into any other gear!


Yes, this is a very common problem. The "shifter sheet" needs to be replaced. Tell him he can fix it for now, by taking the shifter knob off then the rubber boot, then another rubber boot on top of the shifter, then use a long screw driver to remove the locking plate that holds the shifter in place, by pushing down and turning the plate counter-clock-wise, then pull the shifter out and aline the 2 notches in the shift forks. Then reassemble it,,,should be fine to get it home, but then you need to get a new shifter sheet.

There are plenty of post on here "how to do it".

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Had the same problem, and I'm not the only one. What happens when the "sheet" (which is really a rubber washer, not a sheet) wears out is that the shifter drops down a little, just enough that it is not engaging the two side "pins" in the housing that keep it alligned. Now when you try to shift, it is twisting slightly, just enough to try and move both selector rods in the T-case simultaneously, which they won't do, hence you get stuck in Neutral.

The advice give above works. Get the stick out and move the rods manually.

Or try this. As he attempts to shift, he should hold the lever up a little, and make sure that he doesn't allow it to rotate. He mey have to actually try to rotate it a little in the opposite direction to get it to turn enough to engage only one rod.

Tell him to relax, it is not a big problem.
Otherwise, no amount of pulling and pushing on it is going to get it to shift, don't fight it, fix it.

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This worked for me,push the lever all the way to the right and it might make the lever pop out.Mines been doin it ever since I got it and I can still get it free by doin this.No garantees with this though[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

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Re: T-case stuck in N - thanks for the info!

Thanks guys! I'll let ya' know how he went!

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Re: T-case stuck in N - won\'t go into any other gear!

I just bought an 87 Sami and had the engine rebuilt. I have tried to put it in 4WD. The lever moves but it will not go into 4WlL or 4WH. I suppose it is in 2WH because the truck will drive. Am I correct and is this the same type of problem listed above in this question? Also, I have read that to tow this vehicle, you must put it into 2nd gear and the xfer case in neutral and not tow it over 55MPH. Is this correct oer can I tow it faster?

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I thought that I would start towing mine,but after much pondering about it Im not going to until I can get a full size trailer.Id rather not burn out the xfer and tranny.

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hey mud slide i flat towed mine about 2000 mi. last year.i didn't know about the hazards but it didn't hurt anything.i had it in netural in the t case and neutral in the trans.and that is the only time it has ever been 85 mph.so i don't know how worried i would be about it.lol mike

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Remove the transfer case shifter. The Haynes repair manual
will show how. Basically remove upper rubber boot by
removing 4 screws under the carpet. Carpet stays. Remove
lower boot. Remove retaining collar by pushing down with 2
long screwdrivers and turning the collar less than 1/4 turn.
Remove shifter and reinstall it in the notch of the right
hand shift rod. Now the transfer case is still in 2 wheel
drive and indicating 2 wheel drive. To keep it from locking
up again need to shim up shifter so the flat end rides in
the shift rods notches. The factory uses a part called a
sheet for this part number 29541-80051, but many things will
work. I use a sink drain vinyl slip washer, that I remove
the outer taper from the slip washer so it fits the hole.
Cost 10 cents for the slip washer or 13 dollars for the
sheet.

Buy the sheet from dealer or petroworks

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Don't need to aline the notches just put the shifter into the right hand shiftrod notch. For a trail fix use a screw on cap from a 1 gallon plastic milk jug. Hint the cap needs a hole before inserting it into the transmission.

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