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Old 10-24-2011, 12:26 AM   #1
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How to put Jeep in 4lo?

Hello,

I recently bought a jeep and totally forgot to check if the 4wd worked or not. I pulled the 4wd lever up and the light comes on in the dash. However, I can't keep pulling the lever to get into 4lo. It seems to be stuck at 4hi. Between 4hi and 4lo, there's also an N, but I don't think I can engage that either.

Any tips? Am I doing something wrong?

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Old 10-24-2011, 12:35 AM   #2
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Put your transmission in neutral, then shift into 4Lo.

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Old 10-24-2011, 12:43 AM   #3
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"N'' is neutral.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:02 AM   #4
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You also need to be stoped or going maxium 3mph to go from 4H - N - 4L
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:14 AM   #5
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like xj says. I think you can do it with the engine off as well. But make sure the transmission is in neutral or it will grind gears that make you pee a little
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:29 AM   #6
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You need to pull the shifter to the right a little to get to neutral and 4lo. Look at the shifter and follow the z that's on the pattern.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:23 AM   #7
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What devildogdoc said
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:28 AM   #8
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hey guys!

thanks for the helpful replies!!

Quick question: What does the neutral on the 4wd shifter mean (between 4hi and 4lo)?
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:43 AM   #9
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I believe it means your tcase is in neutral and you won't get power to the axles
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:10 AM   #10
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Gixxerphil is correct, The ''N'' symbol means your transfere case is in neutral so neither axle is engaged by the trasmission. It's for towing your jeep behide another car to prevent your transmission from jumping into gear and tearing gears up. And just fallow the pattern on the handle going about 1-3 mph and you might hear some grinding but it ok you'll find the sweet spot
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:33 PM   #11
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and you might hear some grinding but it ok you'll find the sweet spot


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From the Owner Manual for a 2004 Wrangler with "Command Trac" or "Rock Trac" if so equipped. This Owner Manual is available online at jeep.com.
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Operating Instructions/Precautions
The transfer case provides four mode positions — two (rear) wheel drive high range, four wheel drive high range, neutral, and four wheel drive low range.
This transfer case is intended to be driven in the two wheel drive (2H) position for normal street and highway conditions such as dry hard surfaced roads.
In the events when additional traction is required, the transfer case 4H and 4L positions can be used to lock the front and rear driveshafts together and force the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same speed. This is accomplished by simply moving the shift lever to these positions. The 4H and 4L positions are intended for loose, slippery road surfaces only. Driving in the 4H and 4L positions on dry hard surfaced roads may cause increased tire wear and damage to the driveline components.
The 4WD indicator light, located in the instrument panel, alerts the driver that the vehicle is in four wheel drive and that the front and rear driveshafts are locked together.
This light illuminates when the transfer case is shifted to either the 4H or 4L positions.
170 STARTING AND OPERATING
NOTE: Do not attempt to make a shift while only the front or rear wheels are spinning. The transfer case is not equipped with a synchronizer and therefore the front and
rear driveshafts speeds must be equal for the shift to take place. Shifting while only the front or rear wheels are spinning can cause damage to the transfer case.
When operating your vehicle in 4L, the engine speed is approximately three times that of the 2H or 4H positions at a given road speed. Take care not to overspeed the engine and do not exceed 25 mph (40 km/h).
Proper operation of four wheel drive vehicles depends on tires of equal size, type, and circumference on each wheel. Any difference will adversely affect shifting and
cause damage to the transfer case.
Because four wheel drive provides improved traction, there is a tendency to exceed safe turning and stopping speeds. Do not go faster than road conditions permit.
WARNING!
You or others could be injured if you leave the vehicle unattended with the transfer case in the N (Neutral) position without first fully engaging the parking brake. The transfer case N (Neutral) position disengages both the front and rear driveshafts from
the powertrain and will allow the vehicle to move regardless of the transmission position. The parking brake should always be applied when the driver is not in the vehicle.
Shift Positions
For additional information on the appropriate use of each transfer case mode position, see the information below:
2H Position
Rear Wheel Drive High Range — Normal street and
highway driving. Dry hard surfaced roads.
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4H Position
Four Wheel Drive High Range—Locks the front and rear driveshafts together. Forces the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same speed. Additional traction for loose, slippery road surfaces.
N (Neutral) Position
Neutral—Disengages both the front and rear driveshafts from the powertrain. To be used for flat towing behind another vehicle. Refer to “Recreational Towing” in Section
5 of this manual.
4L Position
Four Wheel Drive Low Range—Locks the front and rear driveshafts together. Forces the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same speed. Additional traction and maximum
pulling power for loose, slippery road surfaces only. Do not exceed 25 mph (40 km/h).
Shifting Procedure
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 55 mph (88 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.
4H to 4L or 4L to 4H
With the vehicle rolling at 2 to 3 mph (3 to 5 km/h), shift an automatic transmission to N (Neutral) or depress the clutch pedal on a manual transmission. While the vehicle is coasting at 2 to 3 mph (3 to 5 km/h), shift the transfer case lever firmly to the desired position. Do not pause in transfer case N (Neutral).
NOTE: Pausing in transfer case N (Neutral) in vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission may require shutting the engine OFF to avoid gear clash while completing the shift. If difficulty occurs, shift the automatic transmission to N (Neutral), hold foot on brake, and turn the engine OFF. Make shift to desired mode.
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NOTE: Shifting into or out of 4L is possible with the vehicle completely stopped, however, difficulty may occur due to the mating teeth not being properly aligned.
Several attempts may be required for clutch teeth alignment and shift completion to occur. The preferred method is with the vehicle rolling at 2 to 3 mph (3 to 5
km/h). Avoid attempting to engage or disengage 4L with the vehicle moving faster than 2 to 3 mph (3 to 5 km/h).

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