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1998 vitara 4wd lever won't move

Tried to select 4wd with the lever

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H there,

It's either related to your clutch (is it cable operated or hydraulic?) being out of adjustment or low fluid pressure, or you have a loose linkage.

I would investigate these 2 issues, before looking at the gearbox.

Also, have your vehicle checked for diagnostic codes in case it is an electrical issue.


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jammed to what (2H, 4H, 4L or neutral)??? just a hint?
driving on what.?
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H there,

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