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Jeep liberty 4 wheel drive not engaging? - 2003 Jeep Liberty

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  • tml01746 Feb 23, 2009

    Can go to part time four and four low but as soon as traction breaks it grinds like hell.. Anyone know what to do?



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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: 2004 jeep liberty stuck in 4 wheel drive low -

a reluctant transfer case can sometimes be coaxed by shifting into reverse, backing up 10 feet, and then back to forward.

Posted on Feb 07, 2010

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Check the Vac, seloind on the front axel

Posted on Dec 21, 2008

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i just bought a used 97 CHEROKEE but i had the same problem, when i got to looking at it i found out the front driveshaft was shot, look at that, if its not it i would say its probably the transfer case especially with an older vehicle like that which is a very expenxive repair

Posted on Dec 21, 2008

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Sounds like the splines on your transfer case gear are ground down

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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When engaging the 4WD system, you are pulling the lever on the Transfer Case right? Not the transmission, it's a different gearbox.
There were several versions of transfer cases that used both full and part-time 4 wheel drive.
From your description this sounds like a part-time transfer case.
Going with that, it is somewhat normal to hear and feel a mild clunk when engaging 4WD high range, especially if you are at a complete stand-still or under full throttle.
Try engaging 4WD High while slowly rolling at idle - no throttle. It should pull in fairly smoothly.
Once 4WD is engaged it will literally LOCK the front and rear axles together. So do not do it on hard dry pavement.
These older style 4WD systems need a little "give" especially when turning. The engineers assume you are not engaging 4WD unless you are in a somewhat slippery scenario.
Many CV joints, axles, U-Joints, differentials, and transfer cases are damaged and broken by folks who don't understand this.
Reading the owners manual should provide a clearer description of what you've got.
Bear in mind that when you come out of 4WD it may not completely release, again due to hard pavement binding up the axles. You can try this: backing up 10-25 feet in a straight line, or getting one set of wheels on the shoulder or in some gravel. That should allow it to release the transfer case and go back to everyday 2WD high.
I hope this helps.

Posted on May 15, 2009

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Jeep Liberty 4 Wheel Drive won't engage

part time or awd ?
do no engage part time 4wd on dry pavement.!! only on ice or dirt.
do post what your tires are touching? dirt or pavement????????

if stuck in 4L , on dry pavement , pull over to side of road, dirt
then shift out. if no dirt anywhere? sand or gravel or grass.?
then jack up one wheel then deselect 4Low. back do 2WD
options for your car, (do post what you have)
qoute sales brochure:
Those going 4WD can enjoy the standard Command-Trac II, or opt for the Selec-Trac II, featuring full-time AWD, 4WD Lo and a rearward-biased torque split. (end quote)

how you drive both cars, varies greatly.
in your glove box is an operators guide , did you read that yet
under how to drive in 4wd or awd.??????????

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Can I engage and disengage the 4 wheel drive while I'm driving? At what speed?

You can engage from two wheel drive to four wheel drive at any reasonable speed though I find it's easier on the transfer case if you do that below 45mph. Lift you foot off the gas as you shift so the unit is not under stress. To engage 4 low, you should not be traveling faster than 5mph and then, only on slippery surfaces. When in that gear, it is not advisable to travel much faster than 25-30mph and never on dry ground.

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if you are driving on hard surface ( sealed roads) in 4wd then don't as if damages the drive train
what is happening is that there is a torque wind up from the front and rear wheels running at different distances and the cluck you hear is when at some point that torque is released and allows the selection to disengage or engage
4wd is for use in slipper conditions unless you have an AWD which will become 4WD when required by you after selection of the control

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