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Old 12-05-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Need help worh 4x4

What's up guys,
I'm new here, and I'm new to having a jeep.

With the snow coming up this weekend, I need some help here.

I have a 2011 2D jeep wrangler auto, and I need to know how to put it in 4x4.

Last week we had some bad weather, and I needed to put it in 4x4, and I could not get it to work.

I looked in my book, but it did not say anything about it.


And also, how long can I drive in 4x4 before the oil starts to heat up?

Again, sorry for the noob questions,
Thanks for the help

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There is a stick right next to the transmission stick. It will say 2h/4h/n/4l in that sequence from top to bottom. That is your transfer case stick. This is how i do it although stopping is not necessary. I stop, put the stick in neutral (i have a 6spd) and pull the transfer case stick towards you until it pops into 4h. You will see a light that says 4x4 or 4wd on the dash light up. Put trans back in gear and there you go. Follow same sequence when putting it back in 2wd or 4 lo. 4 lo is only for very rugged stuff when "crawling" is needed. You can drive 4wd as long as you like so long as you are not on dry pavement or the like. Too much traction in 4wd is bad and can harm components. In snow you are good to go though.

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What's up guys,
I'm new here, and I'm new to having a jeep.

With the snow coming up this weekend, I need some help here.

I have a 2011 2D jeep wrangler auto, and I need to know how to put it in 4x4.

Last week we had some bad weather, and I needed to put it in 4x4, and I could not get it to work.

I looked in my book, but it did not say anything about it.

And also, how long can I drive in 4x4 before the oil starts to heat up?

Again, sorry for the noob questions,
Thanks for the help
If the roads are covered with snow, simply pull the transfer case lever (to the left of your gear shifter) straight back firmly until it locks in 4H. You can do this at speeds up to 50 mph but I try not to over 40. Do NOT use 4wd on dry paved roads. You can shift on the fly back and forth from 4h to 2h as needed. Pulling the lever all the way back toward you engages 4low which should only be used in off road conditions at low speeds and should be engaged while stopped and in neutral.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:08 PM   #4
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What the above posts indicate. However, I would highly recommend to you to go to the Chrysler web site and download an owner's manual for you particular year JK and pay close attention to the 4wd section. You should actually read the whole manual since JK's are unique.
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Also regarding your oil heating up concern....you could drive all day in 4h on snowy roads, or 4low off road all day without issue.
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There is a stick right next to the transmission stick. It will say 2h/4h/n/4l in that sequence from top to bottom. That is your transfer case stick. This is how i do it although stopping is not necessary. I stop, put the stick in neutral (i have a 6spd) and pull the transfer case stick towards you until it pops into 4h. You will see a light that says 4x4 or 4wd on the dash light up. Put trans back in gear and there you go. Follow same sequence when putting it back in 2wd or 4 lo. 4 lo is only for very rugged stuff when "crawling" is needed. You can drive 4wd as long as you like so long as you are not on dry pavement or the like. Too much traction in 4wd is bad and can harm components. In snow you are good to go though.
Completely unnecessary to put the transmission in neutral when shifting into 4H. In fact it could be dangerous when shifting on the fly. 4L is completely different. The vehicle should be stopped or preferably rolling at no more than 3 to 4 MPH. OP, please do yourself a favor and learn the proper method by reading the 4WD section of the Wrangler owner's manual.
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Or 4hi offroad all day, gus.......

No reason to put it in neutral even on a stick, unless youre going to 4lo. Plus you could just put jn the clutch on a stick..

You have to be firm with the stick though, mine requires a bit of a smack
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Or 4hi offroad all day, gus.......
Yeah that too lol
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Completely unnecessary to put the transmission in neutral when shifting into 4H. In fact it could be dangerous when shifting on the fly. 4L is completely different. The vehicle should be stopped or preferably rolling at no more than 3 to 4 MPH. OP, please do yourself a favor and learn the proper method by reading the 4WD section of the Wrangler owner's manual.
"This is how i do it" is what i said. Also i dont shift on the fly. Like i also said.
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"This is how i do it" is what i said. Also i dont shift on the fly. Like i also said.
unneccessary wear on your brakes then.
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unneccessary wear on your brakes then.
From stopping?? Stopping to engage 4wd because thats how im comfortable doing it? Wth? Thats like saying stopping at a stop sign is unnecessary wear on your brakes. Bc when you think about there is no real reason to stop at a stop sign. Foregoing all legal matters and if no ther cars are coming its just a piece of metal on the side of the road right? Lmao im guessing you stall your jeep pulling into a parking spot so you dont wear your brakes any further....
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Completely unnecessary to put the transmission in neutral when shifting into 4H. In fact it could be dangerous when shifting on the fly. 4L is completely different.
That logic makes no sense to me. 4 LO is not magical or "Completely different" it is lower gearing so doing
Something in that doesn't make it automatically bad in 4Hi. They say you can shift into 4
Hi on the fly because a lot of on road drivers think that's a neat feature but I assure
You it is no more beneficial to the transfer
Case to have the input shaft to it turning at a high speed when you shift in.

I never shift into 4 high while moving if I have a choice.

More wear on your brakes? Really?
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That logic makes no sense to me. 4 LO is not magical or "Completely different" it is lower gearing so doing Something in that doesn't make it automatically bad in 4Hi. They say you can shift into 4 Hi on the fly because a lot of on road drivers think that's a neat feature but I assure You it is no more beneficial to the transfer Case to have the input shaft to it turning at a high speed when you shift in. I never shift into 4 high while moving if I have a choice. More wear on your brakes? Really?
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I dont think they'd tell you it's ok to shift into 4H on the fly (under a certain speed which IIRC is 50 mph) if it would damage something. Think of the warranty issues. Why would they put themselves in a position to have to replace t cases or whatever because people were doing what the manual says is ok to do?
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That logic makes no sense to me. 4 LO is not magical or "Completely different" it is lower gearing so doing
Something in that doesn't make it automatically bad in 4Hi. They say you can shift into 4
Hi on the fly because a lot of on road drivers think that's a neat feature but I assure
You it is no more beneficial to the transfer
Case to have the input shaft to it turning at a high speed when you shift in.

I never shift into 4 high while moving if I have a choice.

More wear on your brakes? Really?

I never said anything about brakes. As far as shifting into 4H as opposed to 4L, I suggest you learn something before spouting complete nonsense.
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Alright, thanks guys for the help.
Lol, I just did not want to brake anything :P
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That logic makes no sense to me. 4 LO is not magical or "Completely different" it is lower gearing so doing
Something in that doesn't make it automatically bad in 4Hi. They say you can shift into 4
Hi on the fly because a lot of on road drivers think that's a neat feature but I assure
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Case to have the input shaft to it turning at a high speed when you shift in.

I never shift into 4 high while moving if I have a choice.
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If your jeep is moving at all and in neutral, your driveshaft is spinning and your transmission output shaft is spinning at the same rate cuz they are linked through the T-case. Transmission in neutral doesn't stop that. The transfer case can shift while moving. It's actually better for it. There are syncros in High range(not low though). The jeep has to move for these to work best. It'll work without it but every once in a while the gears can't mesh. Imagine shifting a manual transmission with the vehicle off and no clutch: sometimes it just won't work and the gears don't mesh. That's why moving helps. 4low has no synchros which is why you have to move so slow
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I don't think that anyone has said anything about if it's a Rubicon and what to do when shifting into 4 low . With the 4 to 1 transfere case , shifting is a little diff. Any way , there is no way that the OP has a manual on his Jeep that does not include how to put his Jeep in 4 wd . I also can't believe that he has never put his Jeep in 4wd ! WOW !
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Oh, and I know it's off subject... But,
How do I tint my rear and side windows with my soft top?
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I don't think that anyone has said anything about if it's a Rubicon and what to do when shifting into 4 low . With the 4 to 1 transfere case , shifting is a little diff. Any way , there is no way that the OP has a manual on his Jeep that does not include how to put his Jeep in 4 wd . I also can't believe that he has never put his Jeep in 4wd ! WOW !
A Rubicon is no different as far as the procedure.
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Oh, and I know it's off subject... But,
How do I tint my rear and side windows with my soft top?
You don't. You buy them tinted.
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You don't. You buy them tinted.
Oh, lol ok.

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I don't think that anyone has said anything about if it's a Rubicon and what to do when shifting into 4 low . With the 4 to 1 transfere case , shifting is a little diff. Any way , there is no way that the OP has a manual on his Jeep that does not include how to put his Jeep in 4 wd . I also can't believe that he has never put his Jeep in 4wd ! WOW !
I agree. Wouldnt you test the system to make sure it works when you buy a jeep? Oh well, i have in laws that did that. And my mother in law thinks you can just leave it in 4hi all winter. Then why would there even be a switch?
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Actually putting a Rubicon in 4 wheel low , and putting a non Rubi. in low is a little different .
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Actually putting a Rubicon in 4 wheel low , and putting a non Rubi. in low is a little different .
The procedure is the same.
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If your jeep is moving at all and in neutral, your driveshaft is spinning and your transmission output shaft is spinning at the same rate cuz they are linked through the T-case. Transmission in neutral doesn't stop that. The transfer case can shift while moving. It's actually better for it. There are syncros in High range(not low though). The jeep has to move for these to work best. It'll work without it but every once in a while the gears can't mesh. Imagine shifting a manual transmission with the vehicle off and no clutch: sometimes it just won't work and the gears don't mesh. That's why moving helps. 4low has no synchros which is why you have to move so slow
I agree they are spinning at the same rate. But if you are stopped they aren't spinning at all. Which means lowering the # of moving
Parts inside the tcase. I also agree it can shift while moving and won't do damage - up to a certain rate of speed.
When it's icy in tx (like now) I will shift in and out while moving depending on speed.

What I'm saying is being stopped and shifting
In is not detrimental at all and you could argue it lessens the amount of wear, similar to saving the syncros in the transmission. I've done it hundreds of times in multiple wranglers over the years I promise your t case doesn't
Care. I can't remember a time I had to "creep" forward to get the 4hi to engage.

I've heard the same crap from people saying "coasting" in neutral is bad for the transmission and it really comes down to people not understanding how it works.

Daggo I didn't know you had a Phd in Transfer Case theory so please explain why this would be more "nonsense" that I'm spouting.
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What I'm saying is being stopped and shifting
In is not detrimental at all and you could argue it lessens the amount of wear, similar to saving the syncros in the transmission. I've done it hundreds of times in multiple wranglers over the years I promise your t case doesn't
Care.
Absolutely. I'll agree with you there. I've only ever had it miss once going into 4x4. What I have done is shifted the lever out of 4x4 but it stayed in 4x4 in the TC a few times. That's just how the linkage is set up. It won't hurt the transfer case at all, like you said. I just have better luck while moving

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