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1999 Ford Expedition 4x4

My SUV is stuck in 4 low and I can not seem to get it out I have tryed putting it in neutral and then switching the button but nothing I have also tryed putting it in reverse and then switching still nothing is there anything that I can try without spending a fortune on servicing the truck?

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I had that same problem the motor that runs the shifting goes one way and gets stuck you have to go under neath and find the shift motor and tap it softly with a hammer or if your some what mechanicaly inclined take it off and lube it up this ussally happens when the 4x4 dont get used often

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