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Old 11-16-2015, 11:59 AM   #1
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Disengaging Liberty 4 wd drive system

I just got my new to me 2004 Jeep Liberty set up for towing with the Blue Ox tow bar and took the rig out for a "shakedown" cruise before leaving for Florida. I noticed after unhooking the Liberty and disengaging the 4wd, the Jeep feels as though it is still in 4 wd until it is driven a short distance. Is this normal or am I missing a procedure when disengaging the 4 wd system? It is an automatic transmission. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


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Old 11-16-2015, 12:49 PM   #2
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Jeep Liberty

Have experienced the same condition on occasion with my '03 Jeep Liberty. Immediately after disconnecting from the coach, we pull forward just a bit and then put it in reverse - seems to solve the issue.

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Old 11-17-2015, 07:59 AM   #3
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Thanks, Red T. I will give it a try next time I disconnect.

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Old 11-24-2015, 02:25 AM   #4
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The system should never go into 4X4 in the first place.

Depress brake pedal.
2. Shift transmission into N (Neutral).
3. Shift transfer case lever into N (Neutral).
4. Start engine.
5. Shift automatic transmission into D (Drive) or manual
transmission into any forward gear.
6. Release brake pedal and ensure that there is no vehicle
7. Shut the engine OFF and place the ignition key into
the unlocked OFF position.
8. Shift automatic transmission into P (Park) or ensure
manual transmission is in any forward gear.
9. Apply parking brake.
10. Attach vehicle to the tow vehicle with tow bar.
11. Release parking brake.
Transmission damage may occur if the automatic
transmission is shifted into P (Park) with the transfer
case in N (Neutral) and the engine running.With the
transfer case in N (Neutral) ensure that the engine is
OFF prior to shifting the transmission into P (Park)
(refer to steps 7 8 above).

This is the procedure from your Owners manual.
If you follow this it will never actually go into 4X4 because the engine is OFF when you start the procedure.
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