K so, the linkage that connects the 4x4 shifter to shift the transfer case into the multiple 4x4 options into gear has broke. I have searched all over the internet and called the auto parts store and nobody seams to know what the linkage is called. I can't put it into 4 wheel unless I crawl under the car and turn the lever on the transfer case manually. The shifter on the inside of the car is just limp. Help me out guys! Thanks.
Working on the question had a friend of mine with same problem hes getting me all the part number you guys need he was able to fix his but all the parts where dealer only so give a few days and i should have sumthing for ya
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Can you supply more information? year and model of vehicle, does it have an actual shifter lever or buttons? and what are all the available options to shift into?
If you have a honest mechanical manual 4x4 that you reach down to the floor and shift into 4x4 with a lever, and 4x4 doesnt work you got problems with your transfer case or you got some bent or missing linkages.
if you have a push button system for 4x4, then you could have a number of problems, bad actuator motor, bad wiring, etc.
the transfer case shifter linkage may be loose or binding. Check the shift fork for signs of cracks or wear. Damaged internal gears or viscous coupler prevent the transfer case from shifting into "4-low" or "4-high" drives. and in evry 15000 miles need to change oil.
Mine did the same thing so I removed the center console and then the boot around transfer case shifter and the shifter it self. This is when I discovered a broken linkage that had wedged itself between the 4L & 4H shafts in the transfer case. I removed the broken parts and reassembled and it will shift between 2H & 4H but not 4L until the broken plastic linkage is replaced. Found your post while lookin for the replacement part so I thought I would try to help. Good Luck
You can try several things. You can stop the vehicle as if you are going into low range and shift the high range 2h, 4h, etc.. Ford advertises the Electric button type as "shift on the fly" but does not say the gears are synchronized to do that with manual engagement.
Change the lube this time to see if the lube is Milky. There have been floods, otherwise the case is sealed whether you park it or drive it. You still could have rust on the shift linkage. You need to move the linkage as you spray it. Then the offbeat chance something was bent from offroading. A Salvage Yard is a wonderful place to learn how a car is built. You may see their part looks different than yours.
I take it you have the manual t-case shifter on the floor. If so check all your linkages from the shifter to the t-case, if all appears well, simply disconnect the linkage from the t-case and see if it moves if it does your problem is in the shift mechanism in the t-case. if it still wont move even while disconnected clean and lube the linkage. If this still doesn't do the trick. replace your linkage