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Old 02-15-2012, 04:23 PM   #1
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Question HELP!!!! My 97 Wrangler Won't move in 2wd

Hi all, new here so I hope this is in the right place. I have a '97 jeep Wrangler SE. Just the other night I was on my way home when I heard a popping noise comming from what sounded like the tranny. About 2 miles from my house it stopped moving. Having had to rebuild the tranny several months before I thought that was the problem, however when I tried putting the jeep in 4wd it started moving allowing me to drive it home... So I was wondering what would cause the tranny to work in 4wd but not in 2wd. Could it possibly be the transfer case ? The rear end ? I am totally lost here so any advice would be greatly appreciated, By the way it is an automatic transmission. I don't know wht possessed me to buy an automatic. Thanks again

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Old 02-15-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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Well first off you might wanna check if your rear driveshaft is still there.

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Old 02-15-2012, 04:38 PM   #3
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Could the Transfer case linkage adjustment have slipped? Mine did this and would only drive in 4wd high. That linkage is a PITA.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:39 PM   #4
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check ur rear axle? that mighta shitted on you.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:41 PM   #5
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Well first off you might wanna check if your rear driveshaft is still there.
X2 hahaa!

Happened on my Land Rover Disco. I was like "hmmmn, it won't drive in 2wd but it will in 4wd and I hear this loud clunking. Looked underneath and was like DAYUM"...
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:43 PM   #6
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wait...if ur rear driveshaft is gone and you have it in 4wd. then essentially its a front wheel drive vehicle??
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wait...if ur rear driveshaft is gone and you have it in 4wd. then essentially its a front wheel drive vehicle??
indeed....I know a guy who drove his truck for about a week with no driveshaft....he was an idiot
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:17 PM   #8
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Well if the rear driveshaft is still there then it's probably something in the rear axle. Or right at the rear output of the trade. If it was the the tranny it wouldn't move in 2 or 4 wheel drive.
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Carefully.... away from other vehicles in case it lurches forward, have someone watch to see if the rear driveshaft is turning when you let the clutch out in 2 wheel drive? If it is then you know its rear end, super commom is the spider gears. Broken Axle shafts would have been a dead give away as it would have came out of the housing & left you 3 tires on the ground. U can damage the spiders sometimes without having the axle come out, or loose teeth off the ring and or pinion from age & previous abuse. If it works in 4 wheel its NOT the transmission since the transmission drives the transfer case. So its rear end issue or transfer case. Good luck - BTW its not hard to swap in a used rear end or transfer case, so consider buying used one, or rebuilt one before spending the big money having someone rebuild it for you. Swapping in & out is just nuts & bolts, setting gears & backlash bearing play & so on is for trained professionals. I recently swapped out housings & new brakes etc in a saturday.
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check your linkage on transfer case.
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Hi, Thanks all. Yes my rear drive shaft is still there. Also I removed the rear drive shaft and put the jeep in drive but the rear output wasn't turning. That's what made me think it might be something in the transfer case.... I'll keep looking but any ideas y'all could give would be greatly appreciated...
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it might be your flux capacitor
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Hi, Thanks all. Yes my rear drive shaft is still there. Also I removed the rear drive shaft and put the jeep in drive but the rear output wasn't turning. That's what made me think it might be something in the transfer case.... I'll keep looking but any ideas y'all could give would be greatly appreciated...
That is definitely a transfer case problem.

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