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Transfer case lever "jammed". 4

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  • lawrysager1 Dec 31, 2010

    No, not on dry pavement; she'd put it in 4x4 to turn at the bottom of a snowy driveway, drove a few feet and was unable to move the lever out of 4wd..still in the snow but back in her track. I have tried to move it (the lever) while goosing it on our slippery lane with no success....? The 4x did actually disengage as it's apparently in 2wd now...it's just that the lever won't move. I don't want to drive it much as I'm afraid I may have a gear tooth-on-tooth situation that'll split the aluminum case.

  • lawrysager1 Dec 31, 2010

    Linkage was my first thought, of course, and, altho' I couldn't feel any linkage earlier, I got a floor jack under the front right and got under OK only to find that linkage, per se, is lacking...on this model the lever does go thru a ring of some sort (with about a 14mm nut visible at the back) directly down into the transfer case that is housed with tranny in a single unit...no rods or external parts to manipulate that I can feel or see.

  • lawrysager1 Dec 31, 2010

    Yeah, kinda figured as much...If there's any good news it's that I haven't heard any scary snap crackle or pop noises as I've tried to muscle it around! Haven't found a repair manual locally so I guess we'll ask around for a good tranny guy (more than 50 years driving and I've only needed a tranny shop once - for an old Buick Dynaflow!). Thanks a lot, pal, I appreciate your efforts and quick response...have really great New Year...and a safe t'night!

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Try releasing the 4x4 lever on a slippery surface vs dry pavement. When it was realized the 4x4 would not disengage, was it while driving it in 4x4 on dry pavement?

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  • GetMeOttaHere Dec 31, 2010

    Understood, the next thing I would do is get under the truck and inspect the linkage. it came out of 4x4, but the linkage tends to state otherwise. You may have to jack it up to relieve the pressure, then try to disengage. Hopefully the mode fork or mode fork spring did not break.

  • GetMeOttaHere Dec 31, 2010

    it has to be the mode fork that is jammed and it is an internal issue. At this point, the vehicle is not in 4wd, otherwise you would not be able to drive it on dry pavement as we know. The only other option is to either take it apart, or drive it some, and move the lever up or down while corning. I don't have much else to give you.

  • GetMeOttaHere Dec 31, 2010

    Sorry I could not get this issue resolved easily. Thank you and have a Happy new year too.

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I have a Suzuki Jimmy manual 4x4 year 2002 can I flat tow it on a Aframe behind a motorhome


welcome to USA forum
the country with not ONE< JIMNY,
but i can answer
there are 4 ways to tow this is but 1.
backwards towing is best way or drop rear drive shaft (ask)
flat tow 101:
the Jimny is SJ413 here,called Samurai.
the transfer case sets this rule (most rear device)
that rules is dont flat tow it, more that 200 miles
the rear bearing has no lube actions towed
here is the near same transmissions.

and rules (of xfr case)
ill quote my 2001 Vitara, (same setup.)

Follow these steps:
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Shift your automatic transmission into PARK (P), or
your manual transmission to SECOND (2).
3. With the ignition key in the ON position, move the
transfer case to NEUTRAL and make sure the 4WD
light on the instrument panel cluster is off. See
"Four-Wheel Drive" in the Index.
4. Turn the ignition key to ACC to unlock the
steering wheel.
5. Release the parking brake
If you tow your four-wheel-drive vehicle from
the front, make sure to move the transfer case
into NEUTRAL or your vehicle could be badly
damaged and the damage would not be covered
by your warranty.
Stop towing every 200 miles (300 km) and start the
engine. Leave the transfer case shift lever in
NEUTRAL. Shift your automatic transmission to
DRIVE (D); leave a manual transmission in
SECOND (2) with the clutch engaged. Run the engine at
medium speed for one minute to circulate oil in the
transfer case. Turn the ignition key to ACC. Now, you
can continue towing your vehicle.
The front wheels transmit shocks during towing.
The steering column may not be strong enough to
withstand the shocks. Always unlock the steering
wheel before towing.
Make sure that the towing speed does not
exceed 50 mph (80 km/h), or your vehicle could
be badly damaged
end direct quote operators guide .....
got that?

not how the 5speed box is in 2nd.
this is to keep it from spinning, and its rear bearing damaged.
there are 2 bearings to worry the rear 5sp and rear transfer case.

on ours, we use an electric oil'er pump added to transfer case.
unlimited tow. (wires power feed from RV via coupler.)
or the drives shaft decoupling device, (not cheap)
or we drop the rear, of prop shaft, and tie up the rear up high
so it cant drop nor let it fall of rear of transfer cases
we use bunji cords, for up,
and then pull the front,
if the prop shaft falls out, you will lose GL4 gear lube out rear
of the transfer case. it falls out so very easy, off that spine.
there are all ways flat,
done them all.,

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How do you adjust linkage for transfer case


SHIFT LINKAGE ADJUSTMENT
(1) Shift transfer case into 4L position. (make sure your shifter is fully in the 4L position)
(2) Raise vehicle.
(3) Loosen lock bolt on adjusting trunnion (Fig.
87).
(4) Be sure linkage rod slides freely in trunnion.
Clean rod and apply spray lube if necessary.
(5) Verify that transfer case range lever is fully
engaged in 4L position. (you can do this under the vehicle at the transfer case)
(6) Tighten adjusting trunnion lock bolt.
(7) Lower vehicle

Basically, you are just ensuring that the position you put the lever inside the vehicle is the same position that the transfer case lever is in and then tightening the locking bolt.

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