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I have a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is an all wheel drive but is 'stuck' in 4 wheel drive. All the tires are the same size; Is there any way to 'disengage' the 4wheel drive?

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Likely the viscous coupling in the transfer case is stuck. As far as I know, there isn't any way to free it other than replacing it.

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If the jeep is all wheel drive, it's 4wd all the time with some slippage done through the transfer case.

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I'm not absolutely sure on the tire size for the jeep itself, but I think they are 225/65/R15's. Not absolutely sure.

As for the noise, from your explanation, it sounds like the transfer case is under a heavy bind. Take it off of the road in some grass or dirt and then move it forward a few feet then simply hit reverse. Don't move much maybe an inch and it may release the bind. Once you get the bind off the transfer case, it should slip out of 4wd, unless there is damage in the case/shifter itself.

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Try those ideas, and see if you can get it out of 4WD. Definitely put four tires on the jeep that are all the same size. This will keep you from having excessive stress on the transfer case and gearing therein.

I hope this helps out buddy.

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