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Old 05-20-2012, 08:18 AM   #1
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Question 4x4 help!

I'm a owner of a 2003 jeep tj sahara.
I want to know if there is something else I need to do other than just flip the 4x4 handle beside the shifter in order to use the 4x4 option on my jeep?

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Old 05-20-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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Just flip the lever. If you don't have an owner's manual, Jeep will sell you one. Have fun.

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Old 05-20-2012, 09:06 AM   #3
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You can shift on the fly into 4hi as long as your wheels are all travelling the same speed. So say you're on a snowy road, just pull the lever to engage 4hi. If you want to use 4 lo you should be rolling very, very slowly, disengage the transmission (neutral), then pull from 4 hi, through neutral, and follow the pattern into 4lo. It should be stressed to never use 4wd on dry pavement. There is some argument about if its alright to use in the rain, but it doesn't help much if any and i wouldn't chance it.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:22 PM   #4
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ok so if nothing happens when I lift the lever this means I was completely screwed over and my jeep has no 4x4 grrr i'm so pissed right now! I should of checked this out when I bought it!
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:27 PM   #5
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ok so if nothing happens when I lift the lever this means I was completely screwed over and my jeep has no 4x4 grrr i'm so pissed right now! I should of checked this out when I bought it!
Describe the sounds and things you feel when you pull it
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:29 PM   #6
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ok so if nothing happens when I lift the lever this means I was completely screwed over and my jeep has no 4x4 grrr i'm so pissed right now! I should of checked this out when I bought it!
Its probably the shifter linkage under the jeep. You might be able to reach it, but you will probably have to drop the skid plate while holding the transmission up with a stand or another jack. These linkages will become loose and then when you pull the lever, they just slip instead of actually moving anything. I have never done it or had a problem, but I know many have. A quick search on here for 4wd shifter linkage should help best of luck
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:17 PM   #7
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Give the lever a good sturdy yank while the Jeep is moving about 5pmh, you should feel it "pop" when it engages. If it grinds, you might only be half-way into the 4x4 position; release & reattempt, slightly firmer. Does the 4x4 light come on on the display?


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Describe the sounds and things you feel when you pull it
There could be a couple of relatively easy fixes causing the problem. Describe your situation carefully and thoroughly, someone here will likely know what it is and how to fix it.


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You can shift on the fly into 4hi as long as your wheels are all travelling the same speed. So say you're on a snowy road, just pull the lever to engage 4hi.
"shift on the fly" is not recommended over 45mph, iirc.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #8
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If the shifter slides up and down easily, then its slipping on the linkage to the transfer case. (You CAN engage 4x4 manually from underneath), but if you have someone (with the engine off and parking brake engaged) pull and push the lever up and down you can see it move without jackstands and removing the skid plate. The bolt holding the shift arm on mine had completely fallen out. Easy and cheap fix.... Just replaced the bolt and voila, 4x4. You may need to only tighten yours if it's still there.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:34 PM   #9
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Yep, the odds are very good the only problem with your TJ not shifting into 4x4 is its shifter mechanism is simply loose at the point it is supposed to be securely clamped to its shifter rod.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:03 PM   #10
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we will check that out thanks!

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