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Old 11-16-2008, 11:50 AM   #1
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Four wheel drive not working

First post. Was out and about a little while ago and decided to put my 97 TJ in four wheel drive since it was snowing and I haven't used it for a while. Pulled into four high and nothing happened. No indicator light and didn't feel it shift. Any thoughts on whats wrong? Thanks.

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First check the shifter linkage at the t-case.

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First check the shifter linkage at the t-case.
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Odds are that the linkage has popped out of the plastic grommet that holds it from the shifter to the tcase.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for the thoughts guys, I'll check the linkage. What would be the worst case senario?
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Thanks for the thoughts guys, I'll check the linkage. What would be the worst case senario?
Worst case scenario in my mind would be the shift fork being broken in your TCase. However that is HIGHLY unlikely as it would've caused other damage as well.

Linkage is your most likely culprit.
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How difficult/costly is it to fix the linkage?
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:52 PM   #7
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How difficult/costly is it to fix the linkage?
Shouldn't be more than a couple bucks and a few minutes time to replace the grommet if it's hosed up.
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:52 PM   #8
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Well you slid under it and rehook the linkage. Fix is free but maybe 25 mins of work well COLD work. Not to steal your thread but my light doesn't come on but it shifts into 4hi and 4lo. Not that i want it on but was just funny! It can stay off for that matter always!
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:16 AM   #9
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OK, I guess I was asking this question because I tore my garage down and will not build my new one until spring. My repair options are cold snowing driveway or pay somebody, which seems like the thing to do at the time unless the job is real simple. Thanks guys!
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ok umm best advice!! Instead of paying somebody go buy some carhart overalls insulated, then a nice warm insulated jacket then you have extremely warm gear for winter along with you get to fix your truck in the cold! I would offer to help you but I am in IL.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:47 AM   #11
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I've worked outdoors for over thirty years and have all the Carharts anyone could ever want. Just old and lazy at this time of year anymore. More dollars then sense sometimes, I guess.
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haha true- I am 22 and do construction so I work outside well most the time. Been doing it this last week, well it is not getting any warmer either!!!! I love my carharts tho!! Ehh it will probably be round 100 bucks with parts if you go to the dealer a smaller shop round 65-70.
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When you're thirty years older and still working in the cold your bones will understand the dollars and sense comment. Remember that Grasshopper! (Sorry couldn't resist)
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When you're thirty years older and still working in the cold your bones will understand the dollars and sense comment. Remember that Grasshopper! (Sorry couldn't resist)
haha no worries- the only 2 things I can't wait for when i get to your age is people think your crazy so hitting on young beautiful don't mind and those damn naps you can take during the day!!
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:43 AM   #15
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question for ya...

Don't they make a plate that goes on to help with the linkage issue? I only had a problem with it either not going into 4WD or slipping out since I put the lift kit on. Anyone know what the plate is actually called? thanks
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What lift do you have?
suspension?
body lift?
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Not sure what the plate is called katahdinri, but I have a similar problem. Not to steal this thread but wheelin this weekend my rig kept popping out of four low,( I had to hold the handle the whole time, which made it annoying/challenging ) I know it has something to do with the lift, and have not had a chance to crawl underneath to see what's going on. Anyone know the solution to this problem?
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Anyone happen to have a photo of the linkage underneath, maybe someone with a 4" lift?

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