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Old 03-27-2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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Question 4 Low will not engage

I have a 1998 ford Explorer that will not go into 4 low. I can get it into 4 high, and I am pretty sure the wheels are engaging also. Light comes on. but when I twist the dial to 4 Low, No low range light , no clunk, and no 4 low. [and yes im stopped, in neutral etc....]

Any Ideas? Everything else seems to be working fine. This truck has never had any 4x4 issues before. i was hoping maybe there was just a fuse or a relay that may have failed. or even hopefully just switch I can remove and test. I am pretty sure this is an electrical issue not a mechanical one. But I have no idea.


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Old 03-27-2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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Are you doing this?

Shifting from 4WD AUTO or 4WD HIGH to 4WD LOW
1. Bring the vehicle to a stop.
2. Depress the brake.
3. Place the gearshift in N (Neutral)
(automatic transmission) or depress
the clutch (manual transmission).
4. Move the 4WD control to the
4WD LOW position.




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Old 03-27-2012, 07:35 PM   #3
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....not what i am looking for....
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:40 PM   #4
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....not what i am looking for....
Gonenuke is asking whether or not you're following the proper procedure because if you don't, the system will not engage LO range. Without knowing this, we don't know if whether the user is at fault, or the system. So why don't you answer his question so we can proceed onto the next step of diagnosis?




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Old 03-27-2012, 07:58 PM   #5
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:07 PM   #6
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Oh fantastic...




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Old 03-27-2012, 08:28 PM   #7
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swap to a manual




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I've got the same problem, did anybody come up with an answer???
And yes I followed the manual!
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:39 AM   #9
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Check the shift encoder and the wiring harness / connections.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:56 AM   #10
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I pulled the shifter motor assembly, the transfer case went to neutral, I could move it to low or neutral but it wouldn't move to high to get the motor back on. It was in neutral, vehicle woudn't move,I switched to low on the tcase vehicle would move but I still can't get the motor assembly to move to get it back together.
Now I can't get the tcase to move from low.
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You can't get the t-case to move from LO range probably because there's "weight" on the drivetrain (and therefore the gears in the t-case). So to remove this weight, put chocks a few inches in front of and behind one of the wheels. Then have some1 rock the vehicle back and forth while you try to force the t-case out of LO range. Alternatively, you can disconnect the rear driveshaft and rotate the output flange while at the same time you try to force the t-case out of LO range.




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Thanks, I'll give that a try. Should there not be some kind of reaction fron the shifter motor when I move the switch on the dash. I'm getting nothing.
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I believe it should move, but you may have to ground it against the case.
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I got the tcase shifter to move to high, put the shifter motar assembly back on but I am showing still in 4low and it feels like it is in 4wd.
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If everything is back together mechanically, try disconnecting the battery for 5 minutes to try to force-reset the system.




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Well I disconnected the battery over lunch hour, no longer in 4 low. Took it for a drive seems fine but now won't go into 4 low.
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Do you need LO range? Because after going through what you just did, if I were you, LO range is not exactly a friend at this point - engage it only if you absolutely positively need it (life and death situation here). You can engage 4HI but stay out 4LO.




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Thats not a problem at this point, as it won't go in 4 low at all!
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