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While driving my 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee today it slipped into Neutral on the Left Hand Shifter which has 2 settings: 4 wheel all the time (Quadratrac), (Neutral), and of course 4 wheel low... I checked the Transmission fluid and it is at full (Max), on the dipstick... does anyone have or heard of a solution (sensible), for this potentially inconvenient problem (I was driving on a California freeway when it happened, and had to somehow coaxe the car to the side before even realising what the situation/cause/remedy was... Any help is much appreciated... Thankyou!

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I think I'd check the condition of the motor mounts.

A broken mount will allow the engine / transmission assembly to try and move around the rotational center line of the engine.

If, as I suspect, this 4 wheel drive selector is controlled by a cable, the movement could pull the cable and thereby move the position of the shift lever.

If memory serves me correctly, a broken mount on the drivers side of the block will allow the drivers side of the engine to raise up, when accelerating in drive. Since the 4 wheel lever is mounted on the drivers side of the transmission, this would pull the cable and possibly create the problem you've described.

I hope this is some small measure of help with your problem.

Good luck!!

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