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03 escape AWD operating procedure?

I test drove a 2003 Escape Limited with 92000 miles. I was instructed to put the car in neutral, turn the switch from auto to AWD to test the AWD system. I could tell it engaged, but the loud "cluck" noise when it engaged is worrisome to me. 1. Is this noise typical and nothing to worry about? 2. Is it standard procedure to put the car in neutral to change from 2WD to AWD? Thanks.

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