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Old 12-09-2013, 09:55 AM
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Got a little stuck in the snow yesterday cleaning the driveway and vehicles off.

Went to put the Jeep into 4WD and the lever would not move so I can not put the Jeep into 4WD. Any ideas as to why this is happening?
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:55 AM
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The linkage from the operating lever to the transfer case can become stuck from corrosion and infrequent usage. A good rule of thumb is to lubricate the linkage every time the oil is changed and the vehicle is on the lift. I have experienced this with both Ford and Dodge pickups. Now that I live in Maine, I use four wheel drive a lot more often and don't have that problem. Another solution is to periodically shift in and out of four wheel drive while sitting in the driveway to break up any corrosion on the linkage.

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Old 12-09-2013, 11:35 AM
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Thank you for the reply. This sounds like a plausible explaination seeing as I have not used it much and live in an area where there is a lot of humid salty air.

Is there any lubricant out there in particular I should be using?

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Old 12-09-2013, 11:47 AM
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Most any type of penetrating oil like Kroil, WD40, Amsoil or similar. Some trucks and SUVs have grease fittings on the linkage. This is a common problem that is easily fixed. It is one of those out of sight, out of mind maintenance items until it gets stuck.

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I went under there, I think I got a bigger issue. Bad leak from the seal on the transfer case.
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I went under there, I think I got a bigger issue. Bad leak from the seal on the transfer case.
You could always put that new buggy permit on my car...
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:26 PM
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I went under there, I think I got a bigger issue. Bad leak from the seal on the transfer case.
You have limited options with a transfer case leak.

If you must use the jeep, make sure the transfer case has adequate lubrication before you drive and only a short distance. You may be able to replace the seal without removing the transfer case but that is probably wishful thinking.

If the transfer case needs to be removed, it gets more complicated and expensive. It also requires a lift and a transmission jack. Sometimes the leak is not just the seals. It can also be a fracture in the cast transfer case housing.

I recently replaced the transfer case on a Mercury Mountaineer that I use as my "take it anywhere" recon vehicle. There were multiple fractures from most likely hitting something. Rather than repair the unit, I bought a used one from a reputable auto salvage yard. It has less than 20K miles on it and cost less than one hundred dollars plus a drive to Bangor, Maine.

The job was filthy dirty and time consuming but relatively cheap. The old unit had about 125K miles so I guess you could consider this an upgrade. I've had "Montemerc" since new and this is the first non-routine repair.....no complaints.

An old-timer mechanic in Wyoming gave me a great piece of advice. He suggested periodically parking on a clean plastic tarp....even new vehicles. The idea is to find any/all leaks before they become expensive.....transmission, transfer case, engine, brake system, fuel system, differentials, cooling system, power steering, etc, etc.

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You could always put that new buggy permit on my car...
Uhhhh..... no. This permit will be on my Jeep and USED FREQUENTLY!!!
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I have been driving the jeep. It's stuck in 2WD. I had it at my mechanics shop 50 miles from home on Thursday, when he had it on the lift to change the oil, we looked at the linkage and it was not seized. Thats when we saw the oil all over. Dropping it off Monday before work so he can fix it. He's a really good guy, I would send my Mother to him. There are many reasons why I go 50 miles from home to have work done. I'm just hoping it is not too expensive.
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If it's too much, you can always go for a new Jeep at $70,235




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Yeah....... no.
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Hope its a quick & easy cheap fix. If you choose that Jeep will give you many more fun years on the sand.

As for the new Cherokee, saw one for the first time today not only is it very mini vanish looking, (probably due to operator error) it was spun out in the median this morning when it was in the 50's
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agreed, that's why I suggested he give up on the cherokee and go with the top of the line GC
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At 70K and brand new it's just not practical for me. I wouldn't want to get it dirty or God forbid scratch it. To me, my fun vehicle needs to be rugged and somewhat ragged, I can't have fun with it if I have to worry about messing it up. To me, a good jeep is a dirty jeep.
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We are slapping on a used transfer case tomorrow.
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