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Why does my transfer case pop out of gear when I am in four wheel drive?

My Ford F250 won't stay in four wheel drive. It wants to pop out into four low or into neutral and when it does I have a hard time getting back into any gear. the linkage feels loose but I don't know how it is suppose to feel.

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  • Kevin Slone
    Kevin Slone May 16, 2014

    Is there a diagram of the linkage, so I can see how it is suppose to work?

  • Nuuan Jun 16, 2014

    Sounds like it is not shifting completely into gear. Does this have a manual shifter or is it push button? if its manual you can disconenct the shifter and from under the truck shift the linkage into 4 high and drive it to see if it stays into gear. if it does the linkage to your shifter is out of adjustment. If it still occurs then there is a problem with teh internal shift forks in teh transfer case.

  • Nuuan Jun 16, 2014

    As far as using 4 low, my first question is why are you even in 4 low? That gear is for pulling heavy loads, not something that anyone would ever use normally, that is unless you wish to wrap a chain around your ex-wife's house and pull the whole thing off its foundation!

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Have you checked the engine and transmission mounts?? If these are loose they could easily shift causing the linkage to kick it into another gear.

Most of these I have seen were Electronically shifted, if that is the case you might have a sensor problem in the cab, or a wiring issue.

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If it is electronic, the shift motor on the column n could have died, check your mounts, and at 19 years old a rebuilt transfer case may be in order. That is about 20% beyond their life span. The gears have worn down over time and will not lock in 4x4.

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