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Old 02-17-2014, 04:18 PM   #1
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4wd shifter

I'm sorry if this has been asked already I didn't see a post about it. Anyway my 2011 wouldn't shift from 4 high into 4 low I was at a dead stop in the driveway I didn't need it I just was (waiting on the gf) messing around when I realized with all my strength it wouldn't go in 4 low. Then it finally released & went it 4 low but at that point wouldn't go in 4 high. I'm not a mechanic does it need new/more/fresh oil, if so how do I go about checking it? Please help.

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Old 02-17-2014, 04:23 PM   #2
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Did you try while rolling? 5mph is best. You should be rolling when you shift transfer case. Dead stop shift is difficult and can cause problems.

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Old 02-17-2014, 04:48 PM   #3
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I didn't but I will, just curious what if its stuck in mud or snow is it still good to be on the gas as I shift it?
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:59 PM   #4
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Sometimes things don't line up perfectly at a dead standstill... That's why it's recommended to be rolling... If you do try to engage 4lo at a stop, remember to keep it in neutral and if it doesn't slide in, inch the vehicle a foot or so backward or forward, put it in neutral and try again... I almost always engage 4lo at a standstill and have only had it not go once... It happens though...
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:43 PM   #5
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Thanks guys clearly as this thread says I'm a newb.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:38 PM   #6
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The manual indicates 2-3 mph, but you can be stopped sometimes. Some you actually have to be moving and some seem to shift without a problem at a dead stop. Mine shifts into 4L very well when I'm stopped 90% of the time. The other 10% I have to be moving at least 2 mph.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:56 PM   #7
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Its a automatic but the general conscious is I'm doing it wrong. But I like everyones help.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:21 PM   #8
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4Lo has no synchros from or to 4Hi. You can shift into lo stopped, if everything is lets say "aligned". Otherwise it will grind or refuse. Hence why movement is suggested so the rotation helps the t-case find the "proper" positioning to engage, or so to speak.

Read up on transmission synchros if you are interested on this.
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:36 AM   #9
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Silly question... You ARE going right with the shifter before pulling down, right?
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:00 AM   #10
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Stop everything you are doing. Go to www.jeep.com, download your owner's manual and read the entire 4WD section. You should never try to force it into 4WD. There is a plastic grommet that connects your cable to the TC. It is meant to break to protect the TC if you try forcing it into gear.

If you are in 4H and are stuck, putting it in 4L isn't going to do anything to get you unstuck. 4L is just lower gearing. 4WD is 4WD.

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