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Old 05-17-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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question about shifting from 2high to 4high,neutral & 4low

On my 2011 JK I have noticed it's really tight and hard to shift. Is it because it's new or maybe there is a trick to it? It takes a lot of pull to engage.

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Mine was really tight too, but the 2hi to 4hi really loosened up quickly( I have to use 4hi just to get up my drive, so I use it at least once a day), and the shift to 4lo is still a little tricky, but the manual says to not pause in-between 4hi and 4lo, just one steady strong pull. This seems to make it easier.

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Mine was really tight too, but the 2hi to 4hi really loosened up quickly( I have to use 4hi just to get up my drive, so I use it at least once a day), and the shift to 4lo is still a little tricky, but the manual says to not pause in-between 4hi and 4lo, just one steady strong pull. This seems to make it easier.
Sounds like you have a fun drive way.. Good way to keep the car and hummer people out
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Sounds like you have a fun drive way.. Good way to keep the car and hummer people out
Haha, yup, and never a chance in H$&L I could( or would) drive a minivan!!

It's mainly just the steep hill and loose gravel, an experienced driver with front wheel drive can make it, but many less capable people can't, I can usually make it in rear wheel drive if ya hit it just right. 4wheel just helps to minimize the ruts and washouts. I got it, might as well use it!!
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mine was EXTREMELY hard to switch from 2hi to 4hi when I bought my jeep. after many uses it's loosened up and feels like it should
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4lo is not synchronized like the other gears. Works best for me to have it in neutral and barely rolling to shift.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:21 PM   #7
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4lo is not synchronized like the other gears. Works best for me to have it in neutral and barely rolling to shift.
I would get stuck in nuetral if I didn't go straight from hi to lo. But the slightly rolling does help ALOT. Hopefully it will continue to loosen up as I use lo more often.
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:39 PM   #8
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On my 2011 JK I have noticed it's really tight and hard to shift. Is it because it's new or maybe there is a trick to it? It takes a lot of pull to engage.
You need to be in neutral and keep you foot off the brake then move the 4 wheel shifter.
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:43 PM   #9
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Yeah mine is nearly impossible to shift from 4hi to lo and back to hi. It always gets stuck in N. Very annoying.
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Thanks,everyone for your input.You don't know unless you ask! I will be glad when this weather breaks.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:00 AM   #11
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4lo is not synchronized like the other gears. Works best for me to have it in neutral and barely rolling to shift.
this works bestttt
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( I have to use 4hi just to get up my drive, so I use it at least once a day).
Pics or it didn't happen.
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Pics or it didn't happen.
Haha, I'll get some this afternoon!!
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I found that when stopped and not able to roll and you want to shift hi to low then leave car in first gear, get the transfer case into neutral and if you cant get out of neutral let the clutch out and back in, try again, if still no go then let the clutch out just a little so the gearbox just starts to move (like you were riding the clutch on a very small incline) then it should just drop in. As mentioned there is no synchro on the transfer case so if the gears dont line up it wont go in.
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I found that when stopped and not able to roll and you want to shift hi to low then leave car in first gear, get the transfer case into neutral and if you cant get out of neutral let the clutch out and back in, try again, if still no go then let the clutch out just a little so the gearbox just starts to move (like you were riding the clutch on a very small incline) then it should just drop in. As mentioned there is no synchro on the transfer case so if the gears dont line up it wont go in.
That worked with my 6sp, but its kinda hard to let the clutch out on an auto!!! just gotta find more reasons to use it so i get more practice and break it in!!
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From 2hi to 4th is pretty much shift on the fly. 4hi to 4lo, you need to be rolling. Manual says 3 to 4 mph. So much easier this way.
And yes, one smooth pull. Don't pause in neutral.
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Pics or it didn't happen.
Sorry, forgot about the pics! Here is the driveway.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:29 PM   #18
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Sorry, forgot about the pics! Here is the driveway.
Is that steep or am I missing something, that looks like a normal car could handle. Just curious not trying to dog ya.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:42 PM   #19
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No no, the first 100 ft or so is decently steep, but the main problem is the large loose gravel.
If we use gravel that a 2wheel drive vehicle can make it up, it washes out real bad after rains, is we use large gravel, it never packs and a 2wheel drive vehicle at least has problems and usually can't make it up.
Wife and I have 4wd, so we use it so as not to tear it up and rut it up too bad.
It does look a little steeper in person, but not extreme by any means!

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