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1998 Jeep wrangler s/spot stuck in 4 wheel drive

I was 4 wheeling and when I tried to take it out of 4 wheel drive it feels like there is nothing engaging, it just shifts from low to high with a real loose feeling. 4 wheel drive is on. Going in reverse does nothing nor does trying to shift in neutral

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This sounds like the linkage could have fallen or broken off. Have someone move the 4wd shifter while you look under the vehicle.

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