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Jeep stuck in 4 wd and transfer case shifter moves about freely

I wanted to shift out of 4 wd low, and when I tried I found that the shifter that controls 4 high 4 low and 2 high just limply moved about. I limped my jeep to a service station and had it towed to the nearest dealer. It's a 2008 wrangler unlimited 4 door rubicon with less than 600 miles on it. Same bushing issue you described broke twice for me. Once while in neutral so i was really stuck. Mechanic came out and laughed about how unrelaible the bushing assembly is that Chrysler knows but does not have a fix yet.

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OK, simple problem, and a quick fix...  (And I consider changing my own oil to be the extent of my automotive education.)  I had this happen today.  A little online research from the jeep community showed me the external cable that connects your 4WD knob with the arm on the transfer case is held on that arm with a plastic clip that is fond of disappearing.  
When the jeep cooled down, I crawled under, found the cable end hanging freely, and simply set it back on the arm.  With no clip it will pop off again, but it allowed me to shift back to 2WD and roll home.  I understand a zip tie will keep it in place until you get a 3/16 nut of some sort.  (Can't be more specific about the nut yet, I'm waiting for more info.)  
It was a relief to find out that I didn't need to have anything done with the transfer case, etc...  If you show the dealer the problem, I'm told they often want to replace the whole cable, as the clip comes as part of the whole.  Waste of time and $$$, and I canceled the appointment with the dealership when I learned the simplicity of the problem.  

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