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My 2000 xterra will not fully engage into 4wd. I can feel it shift, but the front wheels will not lock...

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Sounds like you lost the chain in the transfer case

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When was the last time you shifted to 4WD?

If you do not use 4wd too often then try this old trick.

Next time you're going off road try to do the shift to 4WD,shift to reverse and drive in reverse for 6-12 feet.
(no gas //1 mph //SLOWLY)

Driving backward for few feet help the gear pickup the lubrication and let the gear sync up better.

Check your Xterra gearbox lube schedule.






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