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Old 05-31-2011, 08:51 AM   #1
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1997 Jeep Wrangler 4WD Shift Instructions

I just bought a 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport with an automatic transmission.

It did not come with an owners manual and I would like to know the proper shifting instructions from shifting to 4H and back to 2H and 2H to 4L and visa-versa.

Any help would be appreciated.

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4h to 2h can be done on the fly but generally under 20 mph. to go into 4l you have to be coasting about 2-3mph put trans in neutral then put t case in 4l then wait for it to engage. you should hear it. then put trans back in d or r. i think if you pull hard you can do it standing still but for 4l its not how your supposed to do it.

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4h to 2h can be done on the fly but generally under 20 mph. to go into 4l you have to be coasting about 2-3mph put trans in neutral then put t case in 4l then wait for it to engage. you should hear it. then put trans back in d or r. i think if you pull hard you can do it standing still but for 4l its not how your supposed to do it.
Okay, so 2H to 4H and 4H to 2H is on the fly under 20mph = correct?

Now from 2H or 4H to 4L, think I got that, how about going back into 2H or 4H?
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Okay, so 2H to 4H and 4H to 2H is on the fly under 20mph = correct?

Now from 2H or 4H to 4L, think I got that, how about going back into 2H or 4H?
you can technically go 4h - 2h whenever it's just my technique to only do it under 20mph if possible. to go out of 4l into 4h or 2h just do the same thing in reverse
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2H <--> 4H
You can do this while moving at speeds up to 55 MPH. Ease off the throttle, move the shift lever, observe the 4WD indicator (see that it turns on or off), then get back on the gas and away you go. It is advised to only make this shift while you are moving in a straight line.

2H/4H <--> 4L
For this shift, your transmission must be in Neutral and you must be moving under 3 MPH or stopped entirely (though it is typically easier to make the shift if the Jeep is barely rolling). Try to make one complete motion through N and into the desired setting; don't stop in N if you can help it. (A very short crunch noise can be expected and is not anything to worry about.) Once you are in the desired mode, put the transmission into gear and off you go.

Remember: 4WD is for loose, slippery surfaces only--sand, gravel, mud, grass, snow, etc. Never use 4WD on paved road surfaces.
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