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Old 07-21-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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Xfer case towed in 4H!

Anyone ever had a problem with the xfer case hopping out of N and into 4H? I know I double checked it, but after arriving at my destination, my xfer unit is shot I know the insurance company will fight this deal... Anyone? It's an '09 4 Dr. Rubicon...

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Old 07-21-2012, 12:35 PM   #2
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And... anyone else done this and knows pricing on repair???

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Old 07-21-2012, 01:33 PM   #3
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so you got your jeep towed and it was in 4wd high?
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:52 PM   #4
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towed

Towed it with my RV....
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:34 AM   #5
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Is it an auto or manual? Also, how fast we're you driving I'm your camper because mknow the TJ's can go upto 55mph in 4H but not sure about the JK. Also, how is the transfer case shot? Does it not transfer power at all?
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:08 PM   #6
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I have never heard of this happening in the 9 yrs. that I have been with the Rubicon Owners of CA. Very strange. The Rubicon Owners club members prefer to flat tow their vehicles due to less wear on tires and drivetrain. I am sorry that this happened to you.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:29 PM   #7
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It is an auto and I ran aboit 62-63 MPH. Some folks have been talking aboit a grommet at the end of a cable linkage oit of the transfer unit stick??? I admit I am no mechanic. That is why I don't want to talk to the insurance guy without some additional knpwledge.....
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They said the grommet os a 30 cent part....
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:38 PM   #9
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Did you have shifter and transfer in neutral? Or just transfer?
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:16 PM   #10
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Transfer in N and shifter in P... per the manual and the way I've always done it for 3 years....
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:26 PM   #11
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So it won't even shift into gear?? 2H, 4H, 4L??
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:54 PM   #12
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Sounds like your bushing that keeps the cable attached to the transfer case broke. You probably were in neutral the whole time.
So now your jeep won't move and the shifter just flops back and forth?
It's because your transfer case is in neutral and your linkage is broke. Cheap part easy fix.

You couldn't tow in park and 4 hi no matter what.
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:14 AM   #13
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if it had shifted into 4hi, while the transmission was in park you would've felt a jerk and probably heard a bang/pop when the parking pawl in the tranny broke and ruined the transmission
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Was just wondering how you did it. I agree with these guys. did you try shifting the linkage by hand at all?
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:45 AM   #15
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Won't go into gear at all... but I havn't tried to monkey with it too much. The shifter (transfer case) is completely disengaged. The more I learn, the more I think it's the cable grommet! Thanms everyome for all the imput!
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:11 PM   #16
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The last word

Grommet. $78.00 at the dealership. Checking into drivetrain warrantee, but I am just so damn happy it wasn't $2,400. Now... What if it happens when I am way out in the middle of nowhere? is there a hillbilly repair I can do until I get back to the road????
Thanks again to everyone for your kind advice, input and support!

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:42 PM   #17
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Just happend to me. I also have an 09. Popped the grommet at the shifter and also lost the retainer clip at the end of the TC linkage.
Haven't got it fixed yet. It broke in neutral.
To get going again into 2wd, I took a 3 ft peice of cord with a very small loop on the end. Place the loop on the post of the TC lever if the linkage eyelette is off, if it is on you may need a larger loop to go over it. Anyway run the rest of the cord foreward along the drive shaft to where you have enough room to yank the cord. Pulling the lever all the way foreward is 2wd. 4hi is the position before, straight up is Neutral. If you need 4lo there's enough room to get your hand up there and push the lever all the way toward the rear. It's tight quarters around the transfer case lever. Drive shaft, skid plate and HOT exhaust pipes (got a nasty burn on my hand from that) hinder your ability to get the lever moved. Some people say the moved it with channel locks, but I had no luck with them. 3ft peice of cord now standard emerg equipment.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:42 PM   #18
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Last question: Should thos be covered by my "lifetime drivetrain warranty"??????
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:30 PM   #19
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Okay, en route to pick it up. Will let you know aboit warrany! Thanks again, EVERYONE! for your info and support!

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