I installed my lift about 2 months ago but never got around to adjusting the TC Linkage (As I read that most, if not all, people have to do after installing a lift that uses a transfer case linkage bracket). I've never had need for 4WD since the lift, but I did try going through 4H and 4L and noticed it wasn't quite right, so with winter on it's way I decided I'd try to adjust it today.
So anyway, as I read on one post, I had my brother sit inside and shift into 4L, I then loosed the bolt that holds the rod in place, shifted the rod through a bit, then re-tightened. Then all hell broke loose.
I pulled forward with it shifted into 4L, everything was find for about 30 feet..then a HUGE bang..now the TC is in neutral. So I freak out a bit and I'm fishing for anything..it wouldn't go back into 4L (tried rolling at 2-3mph, and tried it while stopped in neutral) and it took me a minute to get it into 4H..couldn't shift from 4H to 2H so I drive around the block, parked it and took another look.
Loosened the bolt again, put the 4WD lever back to the 4L position, tightened the bolt and tried it again. Same thing.
I'm losing my mind by this point, so now my brother goes under to do the bolt. I'm not sure what he did but it was working..for a minute..loud thud again. At this time, when I was trying to shift into 4H to drive it back home, it went down but it went into 4L some how
so here I am crawling back home..I'm in 4L, there's no dash light indicating I'm in any type of 4WD, if I pull back on the 4WD shifter it shifts me into neutral, if I push forward I get nothing.
Fast forward a lot of loosening and tightening that bolt and swearing and something even weirder happened. Went for another drive around the block (This is round 10 or so now) ended up riding home in 4L again..it rattled out of 4L into neutral..but it was as if 4L was still engaged. I was on a steep hill going down, the throttle gave me no response, but as I was rolling it was in the 4L crawl..
I'm not sure where I stand at this point, I've got it into 2H and I'm happy with that, as I can at least get back and forth to work without worrying for NOW..but when snow comes I'm screwed. I know a lot of people will be recommending that Novak shifter cable, and that's something I'll look into, but is it possible there's a problem within my TC as opposed to the linkage? I've never done the adjustment before, so it's possible that I could have some how screwed it up, but it seemed really straightforward with very little to screw up..yet somehow I managed
Does anyone have any advice when doing the TC linkage adjustment, or maybe any problems that you've personally ran into, like mine, that maybe you solved? I'd appreciate any input..I know there's really not much to say other than how to do it properly, since it's a pretty cut and dry job, but I'm hoping someone has had the same issue as me and maybe it was just a stupid mistake on my part.
As always, thanks for reading, you guys rock!