Quick background, 1998 Ford explorer (185 000 Kms) XLT auto V6 SOHC 4.0L Located in Australia Was in low gear (4x4) slowly reversing (with trailer), up my garage driveway on loose gravel. Got up the top stopped the car and could not disengage low gear. Removed trailer and drove off slowly to try and disengage low, went to a section I could reverse but could not disengage (low 4x4 light on dash). Slowly drove the car back to the house and felt like it was in low gear. I have search this issue online so have tried all the normal tricks disconnect battery, drove backwards in an "S" etc. Decided to remove the shift motor and manually move the shift rod. This is where it gets annoying. On level ground, turned the knob on the dash to "auto" but the light on the dash stayed on "Low". Disconnected the battery and put explorer into neutral. Disconnected the shift motor wire hanrness. Left for 20min reconnected the battery and put the key to "ON". The "low 4x4"display disappeared, when I turned the 4x4 knob to high the display came on as "High". Went back to "auto" and the "high" display went away. Unfortunatly when I put the knob back to "Low", the display light "low" appeared but when I turned the knob back to either auto or high it remained displayed on low. During all this there was no normal clunking sound. Went back and disconnected the battery and removed the shift motor from the transfer case. The transfer case is a Borg Warner so it has a LOW, N and HIGH. To my surprise the shift rod was pointing towards the High (not the expected low). The shift rod was able to move freely between the high and neutral but not into the Low (did not roll the explorer back to put it into low). Reconnected the shift motor wire harness and the battery (shift motor still off), put the key to on. The low 4x4 light was on but the knob was on auto. Moving the knob did nothing as the display light remained on low, also the shift motor did not move. So Im not sure if either the transfer case has died or the shift motor has died, does anyone have any ideas??????? Any feedback would be appreciated Currently I've reconnected everything but disconnected the shift motor wire harness, have the 4x4 knob in auto and the low light display off. Is it OK ie will not cause any harm, to drive the explorer with the shift motor electrically disconnected? I know 4x4 will not work but do need to drive the explorer (kid taxi). Thank you for reading the novel of a thread.