Ok so i just got my jeep, its a 97, 5spd, 4.0, no SYE. Has a 4" lift with a t-case drop. When i go it seems as though the 4wd worked. well it just snowed and i realized that it was not engaging. so here is whats happening, i put it in 4 hi (indicator comes on)and the fronts do not engage. then i get a sound like gears now meshing (like a clutch grinding) and i have to take it out of 4wd. I tried 4 lo. felt like the front engaged, by made a few banging noises and i had to take it out of 4wd.
got home. lifted the front tires off the ground rears on the ground. in 2hi, could turn the tires. when i would turn one, the driveshaft turned but the other tire didnt. when i turned the the driveshaft, both tires turned in the same direction. so i am guessing a shaft isnt broken.
in 4hi, driveshaft was turning with the front tires, did the same with the truck in neutral or in gear. in 4lo, could not turn the tires with it in gear. in neutral i could ( i think).
my buddy thinks that it could be the t-case linkage not being adjusted properly after the t-case drop. I didnt measure the drop but it looks to be at least a 1" spacer. could it just be an adjustment? if it is any timps on how to adjust it properly? or am i looking at a rebuild. I mean, i do need to install a sye, but wasnt planning to at this point. just would mean no winch yet. in 2hi, the jeep drives perfectly.
thanks for any advice guys.