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Old 04-13-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
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Have a 2011 Jeep with automatic transmission. Transfer case lever is extremely hard to shift from 2 w/d to neutral or 4 w/d.
Just got the Jeep used. My first jeep experience.
Any idea what the problem might be?
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:00 PM   #2
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Mine is the same, and a lot of the time I have to move the jeep a bit to be able to shift or move the 4 wheel drive lever. My DW has a terrible time doing it when unhooking and hooking up. I try to work it as many times as I can when I think about it and when hooking up and unhooking use it, even down into low range. This is a shifting lever that does not get used to much and tends to be stiff I think from lack of use.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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Shifting transfer case with transmission in neutral?
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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While moving slightly forward, do not apply the brakes, allow the vehicle to coast. While still moving put transmission in Neutral, and move transfer case to neutral. Now the vehicle will probably be stopped, you should be able to easily move the transfer case easily into 4LO / 4HI or 2H. After you do it a couple of times you'll have it down. Enjoy the Jeep, the best tow cars ever!
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I forgot to mention. When hooking up to your motorhome, pull up into position then with the transmission still in gear, turn off the motor. You will only be able to go one detent back on the ignition switch, which will be the position for towing. Now put the transfer case in Neutral and your transmission in Park, your now ready to tow.
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I forgot to mention. When hooking up to your motorhome, pull up into position then with the transmission still in gear, turn off the motor. You will only be able to go one detent back on the ignition switch, which will be the position for towing.
Depends on the year. Post-2008 or 2009 Jeep took out the steering wheel lock, so you tow with the key completely removed. If it's an automatic transmission, it should be in Park to tow. For a manual, it should be in the highest gear. That's assuming a transfer case with Neutral, of course. I don't think Jeeps can be towed at all without that.

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All JK model wranglers (2007-present) have a nylon grommet on the transfer case shift linkage. They are prone to break if you force the shift lever, then you are dead in the water as the transfer case will not shift into gear. You can crawl under the jeep and maybe sometimes shift it into gear. This part cost $.75 from you local friendly jeep dealer. That's 75 cents. Many jeepers carry a whole handful in their glove box. I don't but I should, but I alway shift the transfer case while moving at 1 or 2 mph. Never had a problem yet and mine is a 2011 with 25K on the clock. But I rarely use four wheel so don't shift it much. But I need to pick up one of the 75 cent bushings as this is a well documented problem on the Wrangler Forum in the JK forums section.
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Thanks for the input. Will get a few of the groments just in case.
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They really are NOT designed to be shifted unless the vehicle is moving (ever so slowly).
It makes all the difference in the world.
There are several ways to get it done.
Here is how you can get it done "without moving" I am sure you are asking about shifting it while you are hooking it up to be towed by the RV.
1 while pulling up behind the RV Straight shift into 4H. Then set the parking brake good and shift the trans into neutral. Then if it still resist a case shift wait till you have it all hitched up, release the parking brake and try to go to neutral again. It should work then.
Do NOT FORGET to tow with trans in gear and case in Neutral.

The real reason for it to not shift is that it won't shift into 4H unless both gears in the case (for front axle drive and the rear drive) and lined up. It must shift into 4H before you can shift into neutral. If they are not lined up no shift. Same as when you want to leave 4H to 2H if there is pressure on the shift ring it will not kick out of 4H(NO matter shift handle position.) till both gears line up and pressure is gone.
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Thanks for the input.
Picked up a couple bushing today at the dealer just incase.
Still working on the procedure for shifting.
Would like to get it down pat so the DW can do it.
A step by step description would help if you have the time.
Again, thanks
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Seems to be 2 similar posts back to back here???
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Both our '07 and our current '12 were/are stick shifts. I don't take the transfer case out of gear until the tow bar is hooked up and I've been able to back the Jeep the few inches it will take to 'lock' at least one side of the tow bar. Most of the time the transfer case will easily move back into nuetral but if not, just letting the clutch up a bit will usually do it. Same with putting it back into gear.

By the way, the Jeep Wrangler steering locks didn't disappear until sometime mid-year 2008. If you end up with an '08 you'll want to check to see if the steering wheel is locked with the key out of the ignition - or not.
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I have an automatic transmission.
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What sequence do you go through to shift the trans case and auto transmission?
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