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Old 01-03-2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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Dis-engaged 4x4

I recently bought a used 2009 Unlimited X and after 1 1/2 months of 2 wheel use, I had the opportunity to finally put it in 4x4 on some icy mountain roads. Little did I know I had no 4x4. The 4x4 lever was not engaging. It was a lifeless, limp lever with no resistance or clicking. There was no light to say what mode it was in and it continued slipping and sliding all over the road. Pretty embarrassing being its a 4x4 o the decade.

And ideas why someone would have dis-engaged it? And worse, how easy or difficult it is to fix? Being I am the second owner, Jeep's worthless Drivetrain Warranty is void. Which is a load a crap in my book.

More than anything I'm venting my sheer frustration in my inability to utilize this great Jeep I was so stoked in buying.

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:33 AM   #3
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x2 probably the bushing. Most likely something simple.

Unless your transfer case is completely gone, shouldn't be that hard to fix.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:38 AM   #4
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I share your story almost exactly. Had the same problem. After doing some research on here someone else said they had the same issue and called the dealer. Also sharing the same story as them I called my dealer and he knew the issue before I finished the sentence. Very cheap bushing that connects the shifter to the cable.

Hope that's your issue, very cheap. I took the one torx screw off the side of the console and was able to get my hand under there to pop the new one on.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:48 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone. I'm going to see what I can find out tomorrow. It feels like a simple fix and I'm hoping its just that. Here's what my Jeep looks like. Imagine this not conquering a simple icy road.


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Old 01-03-2013, 03:25 PM   #6
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So I got underneath the Jeep and sure enough the bushing is gone and the linkage disconnected. On more issue is that once i was underneath, I had someone move the 4x4 shifter and the end of the cable didn't budge. This leads me to believe that the shifter isn't connected to the cable within the console inside.

Either of you, or anyone else, have experience with rectifying this problem also? Is it possible to remove the center console and fix the upper linkage?

Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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I was able to take out the one torx screw on the driver side of the console and get my hand in there to put the bushing on that side. With that one screw out you should be able to feel around and find the linkage.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:51 PM   #8
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Ok. Thanks Lancent! I appreciate the feedback.

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Old 01-03-2013, 04:22 PM   #9
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Here are some pictures just in case.

Step 1: Remove that one screw.
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Step 2: Use something to hold the console up. Its a very tight squeeze but I was able to do this in the dark.
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Step 3: Pop the bushing on, I found this a little difficult to do in such a tight area by hand so I was able to use a crescent wrench to pop the cable onto the bushing.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:34 PM   #10
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Very very nice. Thanks again. Most likely won't get parts or the time to fix it until next week. After that I'll update this thread with my experience. I may even work on a permanent solution. This looks promising: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/not...y-44382-2.html

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