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Stuck in 4 wheel drive low

Due to the recent weather have been driving in 4 high on the hwy and 4 low on the icy backroads. This AM the 4 low would not disengage. Is there a trick of some sort...possibly frozen. I park outside.

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  • Bulldog4u Dec 22, 2008

    I also have a 98 Explorer, stuck in 4 wh low. Have tried in out of Neutral etc. Help!

  • jsullivan34 Dec 29, 2008

    I have a 99 explorer and on tue. we had some ice and i put it in 4X4 and it wont come out. Light goes off like it is but i can tell it its still locked when i turn the corners. I Have seen something about pulling the motor down where is this motor at? I am not the best with fixing cars so i dont want to mess anything up worse by me or driving it too long.

  • carrless May 11, 2010

    Have you been stopping the car and putting it in nuetral before going into and out of 4 low?

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Put it in revers and back up 20 or 30 feet then put the car in n then try to take 4 wheel drive off

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