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4x4 not disengaging properly, Cherokee.

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whitebomber

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4x4 not disengaging properly, Cherokee.
« on: June 18, 2009, 01:31:16 AM »
Thought I\'d run this by you experts!  On my 2000 Cherokee the 4wheel was working great now it won\'t disengage properly.

When I put it back to 2wheel the light goes off but it stays in 4wheel.  It will release if I stop and back up or sometimes if I stop quickly.

Any thoughts?

Offline Wingman

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Re: 4x4 not disengaging properly, Cherokee.
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009, 01:43:23 AM »
Linkage bent or slipping.  Did it offer resistance when you shifted in and out?  Does the shifter seem to seat properly in 2WD?

whitebomber

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Re: 4x4 not disengaging properly, Cherokee.
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2009, 03:12:12 PM »
Wingman, thanks for the reply.  When shifting 2w to 4w and back it\'s smooth and seats in properly, like nothing is wrong.  

I understand adjusting the linkage isn\'t too difficult, so maybe I\'ll give that a try...

Offline bear555

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Re: 4x4 not disengaging properly, Cherokee.
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2009, 04:16:11 PM »
I\'ve got a 242 (part time and full time) and i have the same problem some times. Basically if there is any axle to axle loading the transfer case stays in 4wd when i switch it to 2wd. Ive noticed that there is a different \"feel\" to the transfer case stick in the 2wd position like its got a little spring holding it from being fully in 2wd. Once its completely in 2wd it feels down all the way. If memory serves, its because the link between the stick and the gear is a spring.

My way of dealing with it was to be sure to be on a slippery surface when going back to 2wd,  gas it a bit and it unwinds the bind and the transfercase pops loose.

Offline MrMindless

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Re: 4x4 not disengaging properly, Cherokee.
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2009, 05:49:29 AM »
you should also be able to turn left and turn right.
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whitebomber

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Re: 4x4 not disengaging properly, Cherokee.
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2009, 03:24:09 PM »
Thought I\'d pass along what the problem was.  My tires in the front were newer and the back were maybe 50% tread.  Replaced the older tires and it works perfectly.  Much quieter too, when engaged.  My tire maintenance sucks, so I think I was screwing up our old 97 Grand Cherokee too!

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