I have an 88 f150 auto/auto hubs manual shift transfer case.I got stuck in deep snow.shifted to low range to get out.I cant get out of low range at all.The shifter moves as normal but is ineffective.Tried rolling back and forth..Removed all ice and snow from around shifter area.Everything looks normal.any ideas? Help!
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if this is shift on the fly 4x4(electronic shift),check all fuses first.Try lightly tapping on the 4x4 electric motor on the transfer case,if it changes,replace the 4x4 motor.Water and dirt get in the 4x4 motor,causing it to stick.
Ford has 2 types of 4x4 system engagement. One is a knob on the dash that you just turn to 4wheel drive high or low. The other system is the 4x4 transfer case shift on the transmission tunnel (hump) between the driver and passenger seats. To shift into 4 wheel drive high while driving, just let off the gas and shift transfer case into 4H position, and continue driving. To shift into 4 wheel drive Low, stop the vehicle completely, put transmission in neutral, shift transfer case into 4Low position, put trans. in gear, and start driving. I am assuming before doing the above, you have locked in ( turned the front hubs to 4 wheel drive position.) Any further questions, let me know.
My wife just recently had a similar problem. She got stuck in the mud and put our 2004 F150 in 4x4 Low to get out. She didn't. Had to have AAA pull her out. She then left a bit later and the truck was still in 4x4 Low even after switching to 2WD. She even tried going backwards to get it to switch. So she called me frantically because the car would not go over 10 mph w/o the RPMs getting way too high. I said I'd call her back. So I called our local Ford Repair shop and he gave me these instructions (loosely based on what the owner's manual says to do)
1. Start Vehicle
2. Switch to 4x4 Low
3. Put in Neutral
4. Switch to 4x4 High
5. Go in Reverse for a bit and then Forward a bit again
(You should now be in 4x4 High)
6. Put in Neutral
7. Switch to 2WD
You should now be good. If that didn't work, then try repeating step 5 after step 7.
Which reminds me. I really should call her back :)