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My four wheel drive shifter will not engage I have a 1998 jeep grand cherokee laredo

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    Mike F May 11, 2010

    Does your jeep have the ability to be two wheel drive? what Im asking is does your shifter give you the option for 2HI and then 4wd, or is it always in all wheel drive and then you have the option for 4Lo? How are you currently trying to engage the shifter, I'm asking because their is a certain sequence you must go through to engage the options your shifter gives you.

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Assuming that you have had your vehicle for some time and have used the 4x4 option sucessfully before the problem arose, the most common thing I've seen with these is either frozen linkage(from rust, especially if not used very much), linkage not adjusted properly,or low fluid level in the transfer case. Spray all the linkage with a good solvent, and check fluid.Most units work best when rolling at about 10-15mph while attempting to engage. If you can't get it to engage, then you may have a more serious problem. Any grinding, or just not engaging?

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