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Old 11-21-2013, 10:59 AM   #1
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Shifting Transfer Case

I recently purchased a 2008 Wrangler with a automatic transmission. We tow the vehicle behind our motorhome. I follow the instructions to get the transfer case into Neutral and that works without problems.

The problem is getting the transfer case back into 4H and then to 2H. It is sometimes very frustrating.

Any hints of making this procedure easier?

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Old 11-21-2013, 11:53 AM   #2
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Smack it

Oh and remember it needs to go up the same path it came down.

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Old 11-21-2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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Sometimes with 4x4's especially if you have been running in 4 Lo, you need to shift into reverse and backup a foot or so to take the pressure off the transfer case (and then I usually shift the transmission into N) to get it back into 4 Hi. Shifting from 4 Hi to 2 Hi should be a firm shove of the lever forward. If it is getting stuck there then you may have a problem.

Oh yeah, one more thing. Make sure your wheels are pointing straight ahead. That also takes strain off the transfer case that can hang it up.
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In my own wrangler, I put the Auto transmission in neutral when using the 4WD shifter and 4WD shifts easy every time.
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:33 PM   #5
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After towing, I put the transmission in Neutral with the engine off. The hassle is getting it out of Neutral in 4H or 2H.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:26 PM   #6
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I don't know how I missed the part where you were towing behind an RV. Saw transfer case shifting issues and assumed 4-wheeling.

Anyway, found this article very interesting:

Jeep Parts, Jeep Accessories & Jeep Soft Tops From The Jeep Parts Experts - Quadratec

At the bottom it mentions that it might be easier to get the transfer case out of neutral if you start the engine first.
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In my own wrangler, I put the Auto transmission in neutral when using the 4WD shifter and 4WD shifts easy every time.
Required for 4lo, pointless for 4hi....you must not live where it snows much.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:25 PM   #8
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If you rock or move the vehicle in a straight line a little bit while putting some pressure on the shifter it should relieve some of the gear bind and help you shift. put transmission in neutral when doing so because when it does shift into gear you don't want the drivetrain to be locked in park-that could damage the tranny.
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:17 AM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestions!

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