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Old 09-30-2009, 06:27 AM   #1
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Hi everyone I'm new to this forum and I hope someone can help me. I put my 2008 wrangler unlimited in 4wd 4hi for the first time and when I went to try and get back to 2wd it won't move. I'm now stuck in 4wd. Can I still drive this jeep? Does anyone have any idea how to fix it? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 09-30-2009, 06:37 AM   #2
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Yup, it is a 60 cent plastic bushing that is most likely broken. If the shift lever feels like it is not connected to anything (it moves freely) that is the transfer case shifter, not the gear shift, then that bushing is broken. Mine got stuck in neutral. I went under the jeep and temporarily put the linkage back together and was able to shift it back into 2wd. I then drove it to the dealer where it was fixed under warranty. I purchased 3 spares and put them in the glove box. I am looking for chrysler to solve this problem more permanently. There are back yard mechanic fixes out there that are permanent but I want chrysler to fix mine.

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Old 09-30-2009, 12:59 PM   #3
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if it is stuck in 4hi and the lever wont move i would rock the jeep back and front and it should shift for you.
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:11 PM   #4
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OK, the lever won't move means the linkage is still intact. I would try moving on a flat surface at a decent pace like 10 mph and try applying force towards the dash to get it to move. I am told that it moves into and out of gear better when the vehicle is moving. I'm wondering if the gears won't move right now because of pressure built up by being in 4wd and having travelled some distance without the wheels able to slip as they would on wet or loose surfaces. While moving the jeep forward, you could try turning slight left or right while trying to move the shifter into 2wd.
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yea you really need to be moving to shift the transfer case. under 7mph (i think) in/out of 4 low and under 40mph (i think) for in/out of 2wd 4 hi. it says it all in the owners manual just impossible to find.
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:15 PM   #6
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yea you really need to be moving to shift the transfer case. under 7mph (i think) in/out of 4 low and under 40mph (i think) for in/out of 2wd 4 hi. it says it all in the owners manual just impossible to find.

Yes it was! Finally found it on Pages 289-292. It's easier going through the Index on the following link.....

Owner's Manual (Link)

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Old 09-30-2009, 07:31 PM   #7
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From the owner's manual:

2H to 4H or 4H to 2H
Shifting between 2H and 4H can be made with the
vehicle stopped or in motion. If the vehicle is in motion,
shifts can be made up to 50 mph (80 km/h). With the
vehicle in motion, the transfer case will engage/
disengage faster if you momentarily release the accelerator
pedal after completing the shift. Apply a constant
force when shifting the transfer case lever.
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Try shifting into neutral and doing it.
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OK, do we ever get a response to the original question so we know what the problem was?????????
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ill bet he got it moving again and wont be back untill he has another issue
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Hi y'all,

I'm new to this forum and found this forum to look up how to fix this EXACT SAME PROBLEM! Only I was in the middle of the Anza-Borrego desert when this happened. I hope I didn't screw anything up since I had to drive myself home. But I'm glad I found out what looks like the problem!
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ill bet he got it moving again and wont be back untill he has another issue
I dont know if that a good thing or a bad thing

Because when i started frequenting the Jeep forums thats when my wallet started to get lighter and empty...naaahh !!! just a coincidence
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Just thinking out loud here, but I've read about this recurring problem on many Forums, regarding the broken Plastic Bushing. Seems to be a major thorn in the side, when shifting the transfer case. It's almost like a roll of the dice, whether you're going to get stranded somewhere or not, when shifting into 4-Lo or 4-Hi. Has anyone figured out a Sure-Fire-Fix for this, other than carrying spare Bushings or Cotterpins around?

You know, it's funny (not comical funny, but strange, odd, hinky, etc....), but my wife has a 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover 4-Banger, which has AWD. Now, the car is in 2WD until you flip a Switch on the back of the Console, just to the right of the Emergency Brake. It has, "2WD", "AUTO", and "LOCK", positions on the switch.





Now, if something as simple as this small Switch can be made, why not a stronger piece of hardware to keep the Transfer Case Cable on our Jeeps more secure? I mean, "COM'ON! IT'S A JEEP! IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE IN 4WD!" Only, not "STUCK" in 4WD!

Anyone know if this issue is being worked on at Chrysler at all?

Thanks for any info you can provide!

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I noticed that the easiest way to switch to 4wd is with the gear in neutral position (mine is automatic) and the break pedal released. This way the shift is totally smooth. Otherwise I really have to struggle.
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I remember that on an auto XJ you need to have it in neutral to shift the transfer case out of neutral and low.

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