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Old 11-22-2013, 03:42 AM   #1
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New jeep, big problem

Just purchased a 98 wrangler 2.5 bout 2-3 weeks ago. Buddy of mine calls me "hey I'm stuck in a field bout 600 yards out come pull me out." What a better time to test the 4wd right? (It's been raining for 2 days here) So I get out there pop it in 4H, nothin.... Put it In 4L grinds and grinds and grinds. I had to pull back on the lever with a lot of force to get it to stay in 4L. I've owned jeeps and wranglers before so I know how to put it into 4wd. It's not a operator error. What else could it be?

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Check the shifter/TC connection underneath.

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Old 11-22-2013, 04:11 AM   #3
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Check the shifter/TC connection underneath.

You think it just needs adjusted?
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I still got him out btw
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:01 AM   #5
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We were out wheeling about a month ago. A Guy with a Tj was grinding hard trying to get the jeep in 4wd. He Was able to with a pair of pliers.
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as stated.. above there will be an adj screw towards the back of the rod. Make sure it is tight.. OR try moving its location a bit on the rod until you find the the best location. Its best access from rear drivers side of t-case.. just look up and you will see it.. Also could be an issue with the body mounted bracket as well.. in that location... will make better sense when you look at it.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:54 AM   #7
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as stated.. above there will be an adj screw towards the back of the rod. Make sure it is tight.. OR try moving its location a bit on the rod until you find the the best location. Its best access from rear drivers side of t-case.. just look up and you will see it.. Also could be an issue with the body mounted bracket as well.. in that location... will make better sense when you look at it.
I'll try to adjust it today. Not exactly sure how tho. I need to get an underbody wash first. there's mud every where.
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:37 PM   #8
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there's mud every where.
I don't mean any offense, but this is not a good sign. It is, sorry to say, a sign that you are not taking care of your Jeep. The first thing you should do, after mudding, is wash your underbelly. If you got muddy, the first thing you would do is shower, right?

I know. Its your Jeep, and why do I care?

Let's just say that I'm that kind of person, and I do care.
Plus, I love Jeeps, and I like them being taken care of.

We love Jeeps, we feel kinship to fellow Jeepers, and we want to look out for each other with good advice. Anyway, nice flex in your profile picture.
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I don't mean any offense, but this is not a good sign. It is, sorry to say, a sign that you are not taking care of your Jeep. The first thing you should do, after mudding, is wash your underbelly. If you got muddy, the first thing you would do is shower, right? I know. Its your Jeep, and why do I care? Let's just say that I'm that kind of person, and I do care. Plus, I love Jeeps, and I like them being taken care of. We love Jeeps, we feel kinship to fellow Jeepers, and we want to look out for each other with good advice. Anyway, nice flex in your profile picture.

Oh no man I agree completely!! I pulled him out last night at 5 am. So I didn't have time to last night obviously. But I just got done runnin it thru a touch less car wash twice then spent 15 bucks at the do it yourself wash also. It's clean now. Probably cleaner than when I bought it.
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I'll try to adjust it today. Not exactly sure how tho. I need to get an underbody wash first. there's mud every where.
Here is a little write-up I found on another forum for making the adjustment. It's pretty straight forward and once you see what's going on under there it will make a lot of sense.

SHIFT LINKAGE ADJUSTMENT
(1) Shift transfer case into 4L position. (make sure your shifter is fully in the 4L position)
(2) Raise vehicle.
(3) Loosen lock bolt on adjusting trunnion (Fig.
87).
(4) Be sure linkage rod slides freely in trunnion.
Clean rod and apply spray lube if necessary.
(5) Verify that transfer case range lever is fully
engaged in 4L position. (you can do this under the vehicle at the transfer case)
(6) Tighten adjusting trunnion lock bolt.
(7) Lower vehicle

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