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Old 09-04-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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How hard to pull shifter to 4wd?

So today I tried to go into 4H for the first time ever. I was on pavement, which is bad, but I just wanted to accomplish it then switch back to 2WD.

In a '13 automatic, I slowed down to a roll and left it in drive. I tried to pull the gear lever back to 4HI but it wouldn't budge. Out of fear, I didn't pull any harder.

Do I just need to pull harder?

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Old 09-04-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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I wouldn't think it should be that hard to do.

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Old 09-04-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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It should be just a steady pull into 4H you don't have to be crawling when I have done it I have been going in and out of 4H on some sandy beach roads, my guess would be 10lbs of pulling force and making sure you are below 55 mph
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:03 PM   #4
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Does the shifter slowly slide in to 4H or is it a sudden movement?

Haha, I just want to make sure I'm feeling the right thing here.

Which is a statement that can be taken completely out of context.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:06 PM   #5
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Its brand new. Pop the trans into neutral first.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:07 PM   #6
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Its brand new. Pop the trans into neutral first.
X2 have it rolling slow too.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:09 PM   #7
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Just for tring have it running and in neutral and see how it shifts. if it shifts fine then you know how hard to pull , place in drive and repeat. Should be about he same. Now drive a few feet and repeat while in drive if it is hard roll only a few inches and try again. I think you will fine there is a sweet spot when pulling it.. Just have to get it right.. No PUN intended.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:37 PM   #8
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ease off the gas pedal as well - mine shifts better if my foot is off the gas. it shouldn't take a lot of pull. compared to my previous FJ my JK is very easy to shift into 4H.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:48 PM   #9
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My JKU transfer case shift is difficult to pull it in to 4 H also. Have to be rolling forward in neutral. Seems too hard for this but it is what it is I guess. Shifting to 4 L is the same thing, might be the engineering design.
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I had the same issue (2013 JKU) when it was new. I was worried I was going to break the shifter handle off! I put it in Neutral and/or rolled it a little for the first few times, but now she'll shift on the fly without issues.
Be gentle with her for the first time. She's tight when she's new!
*Maybe dinner and a little pillow talk first... LOL
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I had the same issue (2013 JKU) when it was new. I was worried I was going to break the shifter handle off! I put it in Neutral and/or rolled it a little for the first few times, but now she'll shift on the fly without issues.
Be gentle with her for the first time. She's tight when she's new!
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lol. I just put my new Drake's on and had a hell of a time getting the old knobs off. So when I finally got done I decided to shift mine into 4hi for the first time. It was very tight and I thought "great I messed it up". Moved the jeep around a little bit and shifted in an out a couple of times and now all is smooth Click image for larger version

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Old 09-04-2013, 08:44 PM   #12
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I have a 2014 JKU with a manual tranny. First time it put up a fight to shift into 4H. After that first time, it's been what I consider normal.

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Old 09-04-2013, 11:03 PM   #13
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I bought my 08JK with 15000 on it, and it had never been in 4x4 anything.

It was a little stiff at first, but after a few weeks I learned how to nudge & wiggle it just right. I wouldn't force it, there can be plastic cable connector issue.

Once you get the feel for it and actual use 4H a bit it will become easier to shift.

You'll struggle at first but will find a way.

I had to be in N at first and rolling about 5mph and wigglewigglewiggle.....there is a place that becomes more obvious as you learn to recognize it.
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:36 PM   #14
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Hello ya'll. Thanks for keeping me optimistic. I went off roading today and shifted back and forth 2h-4h like a knife through butter. I loved it!
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Its called shift on the fly for a reason. You can shift into 4h up to 55 mph. It will shift easier in drive moving .Putting it into neutral for the shift to 4h will make it harder.Now going into 4L you want to put it in neutral rolling slowly and then shift.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:55 AM   #16
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I'm really really lovin my new Jeep, but that 4WD selector knob on my F150 sure was easy to turn ;-)

Only got my Jeep late May. Have only tried the 4WD once just to make sure it works. It was what I considered "stiff and unnerving" to say the least. Luckily fall is just around the corner and hunting season will definitely bring up a few occasions to use the 4WD shifter and loosen it up.

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