Question about Ford F-150
Stuck in low 4 wheel drive
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Encoder motor located on the transfer case is usually the problem. It is the motor that shifts the transfer case.
Posted on Sep 28, 2009
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ok here i go my 2000 Z71 4X4 you can hear all the clicking when pushing all the 4x4wheel drive buttons seams to be working fine but service engine light comes on. the code comes up on the machine shifter selinoide.the trans has been pumped out and has new filter twice and new fluid .and still does the same thing but when changed the fluid and filter the first 2 times changing it would work fine. but then mess right back up. but seems like its stuck in 2nd or third gear when trying to take of in drive the normal way sounds like its lugging like the front end half locked or something .but pull the shifter in low or 2nd it takes off fine but want shift in to drive and overdrive email@example.com thank for any help on this
Posted on Dec 07, 2008
Just to clarify, the "transmission" is not stuck in 4-Lo. It is the "transfer case" that is attached to the transmission that actually engages the 4-Hi and 4-Lo modes. To properly shift your vehicle into 4-Lo, you know that you have to shift the transmission into neutral and slow down to less than 5 mph. Once your vehicle slows down to this range, your can switch your transfer case into 4-Lo mode. Due to the inner workings of the transfer case, the actual shift into 4-Lo may take a few seconds to complete. This is normal and does not signify that there is an issue. All transfer cases that have 4-Lo mode will act this way regardless of the make or model. To make a long story short, to shift out of 4-Lo you must follow the same steps that you took to shift into 4-Lo, just in reverse order. Switch the transfer case to 4-Lo mode if it isn't already there. Slow down to less than 5 mph (your vehicle must be moving, though). Then, shift your car into 4-Hi or 2WD. Give your vehicle several seconds to complete the shift. The transfer case indicator light will flash until it is complete. When it does complete the shift into the new gear mode, you will most likely hear a "clunk" (the range sleeve inside the transfer case disengages from its mating spline) from under your car. Again, any transfer case with 4-Lo (regardless of make or model) will exhibit this same noise. This should help you get out of 4-Lo. It is good practice to shift your car into and out of 4-Lo at least a few times each year to keep all of the splines free of corrosion and build-up. Based on the age of your vehicle, your transfer case may also need a complete flush and some new transmission fluid. Hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 21, 2009
Pull the kick panel on the passenger side. there is a small box mounted there that is the computer that controls the actuator for the 4wd system. this is notorious for problems due in fact that the connector likes to pull out and away from the module. I had the same problem and the solution is simple.. take a long zip tie and get it between a few of the wires and around the module. tie it in and have a nice day.. it wont come off or try to pop out anymore and you should have no issues getting into 2wd, 4wd h, 4wd L.
Posted on Jun 21, 2009
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