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Stuck in 4x4 low range

I was pulling another vehicle out of a ditch in the snow. I used 4x4 low range. After pulling the vehicle out it would not go back to 2 wheel drive or 4x4 high range

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My wife just recently had a similar problem. She got stuck in the mud and put our 2004 F150 in 4x4 Low to get out. She didn't. Had to have AAA pull her out. She then left a bit later and the truck was still in 4x4 Low even after switching to 2WD. She even tried going backwards to get it to switch. So she called me frantically because the car would not go over 10 mph w/o the RPMs getting way too high. I said I'd call her back. So I called our local Ford Repair shop and he gave me these instructions (loosely based on what the owner's manual says to do) 1. Start Vehicle 2. Switch to 4x4 Low 3. Put in Neutral 4. Switch to 4x4 High 5. Go in Reverse for a bit and then Forward a bit again (You should now be in 4x4 High) 6. Put in Neutral 7. Switch to 2WD You should now be good. If that didn't work, then try repeating step 5 after step 7. Which reminds me. I really should call her back :) (It worked)

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    Jeffery Watterson Oct 29, 2011

    How do you get 9 thumbs up?"Read the question"!!!!!!!!!(it would not go back to 2 wheel drive or 4x4 high range )He said it would not go in "any"of the 2 gears"!!!!!
    After 9 thumbs up,I'm not really sure of just how much everyone knows!!!!!!!!

  • steven dever Feb 10, 2014

    i agree with you. i don't think half of these people can read well enough to understand what they have read. Sorry.

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    Dakota Priest May 25, 2014

    @adamb070880 . Thank You, it worked. We went into the store and the truck was in 2 wheel high but when we came back out it was somehow in 4wheel low and wouldn't come out. I followed your instructions from the Form dealer and the truck went into 2wheel drive. For those of you who are not understanding what the question was the man was saying he couldn't get it to disengage from 4wheel low. I love how people who don't understand mechinical issues think they know what there talking about. So you people read the question again.

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Sounds like your transfer case is wound up. Put your truck in to reverse and back up and gently shift out of low on the transfer case. It will come out. Yoou transfer case is just bound up. This is common.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

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    Jeffery Watterson Oct 29, 2011

    Bill Richardson,
    Your answer was better,but didn't work on my 89 F-150 Manual,hubs,shifter,and ******.It was better than adamb070880 though!!

  • steven dever Feb 10, 2014

    i keep telling you it electronic shift. the hubs are internal. there are no locking hubs. i am going to take the motor that shifts the ranges off and manually shift it into 4x4 high range. then i can drive it to my mechanic. thanks everybody for your thoughts. you'll hear from me after i do this. the motor or a connection might be bad. i am sure nothing is wrong with the transfer case itself, it was just serviced with new synthetics, no leaks, no shifting noise, smooth as new. i had another ranger that this would happen to but this one is somewhat different and rarely does it ever happen.

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Look at the shift relays underhood driver side near the fender, isolated in a small relay box, look for them cliking and not buzzing, you can also try to replace them whit known good relay,

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