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Old 12-17-2018, 05:22 PM
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Help I made a dumb choice and parked on a snow berm today in my zj. To get up the snow mound I put it into full time 4wd well I noticed while leaving after I returned the lever back to 2wd this pesky t-case is still in 4 full time even though even the little screen in front of it says 2. I've done a few things, I stoped in an empty parking-lot went all the way back into 4 low, went back and forth a few times, stoped, put the t-case into neutral, and tried to go back and forth nothing happened of corse so it came out of 4 low just fine, I did the same thing for the other options on the case but failed to get it out of full time, even jacked the front up when I got home to try and force down by grabbing a wheel and rocking it forward and back, nothing. any ideas?

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Linkage adjustment and lubrication?
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Linkage adjustment and lubrication?
Thanks for the suggestion, it probably wouldn't hurt. I did get it back into RWD earlier. the problem is that damn NP242 t-case, the "shift on the fly" nature of the design seems to really be an important aspect of getting it back to RWD. I had to go about 50 on a paved road up hill, pull the handle all the way back to 4WD full time and slam it back forward, and I wasn't easy on it either. probably didn't help that its been rebuilt twice by yours truly.
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Sometimes it takes a while to get back into 2wd, or you can back up a few feet.
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Did you look at the frame socket for the shift linkage torque arm to make sure the bushing hasn't come out of it's socket? Sitting on a snow pile could have put pressure on it and popped it out.
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Old 12-18-2018, 03:55 PM
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Sometimes it takes a while to get back into 2wd, or you can back up a few feet.
Not to be rude, but thats the first thing I tryed
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Did you look at the frame socket for the shift linkage torque arm to make sure the bushing hasn't come out of it's socket? Sitting on a snow pile could have put pressure on it and popped it out.
Yes I did, I got home and played with it as long as I could withstand the cold ground. The underlying problem is as much as I hate to admit it living in the mecca of offroading. it gets far less use than it once did years ago. don't want to break it after rebuilding it a second time
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Here's how the factory suggests you shift the transfer case and I've been doing this since these things were new and I worked at the dealership. Quoted from the owner's manual. The suggestions in CAPS are mine.

"To engage, shift the transfer case lever from 2H to 4H while the vehicle is moving at any legal speed". I LET OFF THE GAS, THROW THE LEVER, TAP THE GAS AND LET OFF.

4L position: " To engage, slow the vehicle to 2-3 MPH , shift the transmission to Neutral, then shift the transfer lever to the right and pull firmly rearward to 4L".

TO SHIFT OUT OF 4L, SHIFT THE TRANSMISSION INTO NEUTRAL WITH THE VEHICLE STOPPED, SHIFT THE TRANSFER CASE LEVER TO 2H, THEN THE TRANS TO D IF YOU HAVE AN AUTOMATIC, OR INTO FIRST GEAR WITH A MANUAL, AND CONTINUE ON.

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TO SHIFT OUT OF 4L, SHIFT THE TRANSMISSION INTO NEUTRAL WITH THE VEHICLE STOPPED, SHIFT THE TRANSFER CASE LEVER TO 2H, THEN THE TRANS TO D IF YOU HAVE AN AUTOMATIC, OR INTO FIRST GEAR WITH A MANUAL, AND CONTINUE ON.

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Thanks for the information. I wasn't stuck in 4 low however, I only went to 4 low in an attempt to get it out of 4 high FULL TIME, and it came right back out of 4 low just fine, it was the 4 high full time back to standard 2
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