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Well, he had our first try at towing our '17 JKU behind our motorhome and I've got a question: how the heck do we shift the transfer case out of neutral? I'm afraid I'm going to bend, or break, the shift lever! The manual says that it should be shifted before starting the engine, but the only way I could shift it was to start the engine and listen to the gear grinding - what am I doing wrong?
 

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When done towing release the tension on the tow bar, then try to shift the transfer case. If it will not shift start the engine, shut it off and try again. If still no joy you will have to rock the vehicle to see if you can move the shifter, do not force anything - it will eventually go into gear.
 

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If you can park on a mild grade, let the Jeep coast slowly while gently pushing the transfer case into 4 hi. It sometimes goes right in for me and other times I have to get it rolling.
 

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Thanks guys - I'll give it a try next week when we move to another RV park! Sounds like I've just got to move the Jeep an inch or two to move the gears around a bit?
 

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The jeep doesn't even have to be moving. This video is on an automatic, but the idea works on a manual as well. Just bounce the clutch instead of the tranny shift lever.


The whole idea is just to spin things up a little until a better mesh is found



 

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thanks, Bob - that video helps a LOT! I'll try it out next week!
 

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thanks, Bob - that video helps a LOT! I'll try it out next week!

Yeah, it's a great video. I don't even bother with the driving forward stuff anymore. I switch at a dead stop all the time now. It's just a matter of spinning the gears with a bounce, waiting till they stop and giving it a try. Keep doing it and sooner or later the gears will stop at a meshing point at which time the lever will drop right in. No grinding, no forcing....
 
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