Had a nice ice storm tonight and decided to put my wifes 2002 Ford Explorer Sport in 4X4 mode. Turned the switch and nothing happened. No light indication, and no transfer case engagement. What a time for no 4X4.....Any ideas as to what the problem may be ? Would appreciate any help you may give. Thank you in advance.....
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Re: 2002 Ford Expplorer Sport 4X4 Does not Enagage
Before I pulled anything off I would start checking fuses. More than likely the fuse you'll be looking for will be under the hood. But I'd go ahead and check all of the fuses just to be sure. ( A blown fuse will either be smokey looking, or you'll be able to see a broken piece of wire in the middle of it). If that is not the problem then more than likely a relay or the control computer for the 4x4 is messed up. Generally, if there is a mechanical problem with the transfer case, or the servo motor that changes it's gears, the 4x4 indicator lights will flash. Since they are not flashing I believe your problem is in the electrical system. If it is not a fuse, I recommend having a mechanic look at it. Merry Christmas!
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I'd say the linkage is a little bit off and the shifter is not quite putting the linkage in the park position. To confirm this you might try pushing and or pulling on the shifter a little bit as you trying to start the vehicle.
put a ground strap from your transfer case to your transmission. also with someone listening under the car with the key on but not running put your foot on the brake, shift to neutral and turn the selecter to 4x4 low and see if you can hear the actuater respond
the car is in whats called limp mode, it allows you to drive it to get it serviced.. most likely you have a shift soleniod that is bad.. you will need to get it to some one who can read the error codes..
sounds like you might have a bad transfer case solenoid which is activated when you hit the 4x4 button to engage the 4 wheel drive. I had the same trouble turned out to be that only takes about 1/2 hour or less to change. It is located under driver side just behind trans looks like a small round cylinder with about 3 wires, you may have to cut and splice them back but be sure to put color to color and either tape them with electrical tape or solder them and then tape them.