Question about 2003 Ford Explorer
Bushings on the links to the transmission are worn or missing. linkages may be out of adjustment, Bushings on the shifter itself may be bad.
Posted on May 25, 2015
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Go to the engine compartment where the relays are located with the fuses. Check or replace the 4 wheel auto engage relay , maybe is not working. Is very clearly mark, I believe is the top right one looking at the bost front front of vehicle to the back. There is a diagram drawing of each relay in the cover, so you can't go wrong.
Posted on Nov 05, 2008
I have a 94. Had the same problem last year. If it is the same as mine there is an actuator located on the front differential. When you pull the lever to put it in 4h this thing acts like a push rod and pushes the gears in place. It screws right in and there is a plug. I bought mine on-line for about 80 bucks. The car guy told me they do wear out becuse the get all the road grime and the part is gas filled. I'm not a mechanic but that is what I had to do.
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
SOURCE: 4 wheel drive doesnt work.
Has this Jeep been modified at all?
It sounds like the shifter cable was reinstalled backwards.
Specifically the 4-Low "Not Climbing Well". 4-Low should give you the best torque and hill climbing ability.
Do you feel any "Binding" in the steering wheel (difficult to turn)?
Remember a Jeep uses real driveshafts and differentials to give you 4WD - you cannot engage 4WD or 4-Low on dry hard surfaces. It needs a little bit of slip between the wheels for turns.
Check you're fluids too.
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
Four low is almost never used. I use it on very steep rocky or muddy trails in the woods or to pull someone out of mud or a ditch. Though some will shift standing still it is best do do this while rolling. Four high can be shifted at low speeds of 2 to about 35mph (higher also but not really good idea) Low can only be shifted between 2 to 10mph. If you find yourself stuck and unable to shift because you aren't rolling you can also turn the engine off, engage the transfer case and re-start. That avoids having the gears clashing together. Best rule is if it begins to grind, don't force it.
Posted on Jan 31, 2010
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