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1996 Ford Explorer front end makes noises after putting it in 4wd lo and red lining the engine, whats wrong with it?

My dad and I were at the beach and he backed it down to the water line and tried to get out. He tried to use 4wd auto but nothing happend then he put the transmission in to neutral then the transfer case into 4wd lo put in 1 and red lined the engine and got out. Now according to him the front-end makes funny noises. ( it on blad 33in.x12.50in. boggers ) also it might be a 95' its the new body style

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You have to be in park or be in drive or moving slowly to
engage 4 wd

You can not have the trans in neutral to use 4wd or have the
transfer in neutral to shift trans

Either combo you grind gears in trans or transfer

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

  • Zachary Fraenza Dec 13, 2012

    It's got tires all the same size and it goes into and out of 4wd and I've never herd the noises myself.



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