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Can't budge ford F150 4WD shifter

I just bought a used 1994 F150 today w/4WD. I locked the hubs (manual hubs on this one) and tried to shift into 4WD just to test it. But the shifter won't budge. I don't want to try and force it but not sure if it should be jammed hard or what?
The truck is an automatic with the 4WD on the floor. Is it shot as far as 4WD or is it just stuck and should I try and force it to move? I was afraid to push it and end up getting it stuck in something I don't want it to be in. Thanks if any one has any ideas on this, I hate to take it somewhere and pay a fortune to just find out its no good.

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    Stuck In 4Wd

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I actually just had this same problem on my 1997 F250. I decided to try and force it though and snapped it off like an idiot before I realized what the problem was. If you go under your truck, you will see where the 4x4 lever engages the linkage. About 3/4" off the bottom of the lever, you will see there is a 1/2" nub that sits inside a track. Occasionally this nub will "pop" itself outside that track and need to be worked back in"i used a screwdriver and just pryed it back in". This must be a common issue, because mine was out of the track, and when I went to the junkyard to replace, 4 out of 7 were the same way. I ended up getting one and just popped the nub back in and it has shifted with ease for 3 years now. If I confused ya at all, email me at debackersinc@gmail.com and ill send ya some pics.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

  • Ray Ashton Feb 24, 2014

    what is the Ford shifting part number that was broken?

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I have a 1996 F250 w/locking hubs(auto trans.) and your problem is probably the same as mine. The 4WD shifter linkage assy. is made from aluminum and is not made to withstand a lot of salt and water without binding up. It's a common problem for the shifter linkage mounting assy. to bind up with aluminum "rust" and not be able to shift. What usually happens is what happened to mine... you shove the shifter with your foot and break the shifter block. If you are lucky, you can get one from a junkyard for mebe $50.00 and I was quoted $226.00 from my local ford dealership for just the part. It's not too dificult to replace the part. There is only one bolt mounting it but the bolt will probably be frozen in like the shifter pivot arm. It took me a while to free up the bolt on mine. If you do the installation, use a 6 POINT box wrench to avoid rounding the bolt when taking it apart and smear the pivot part and the mounting bolt with "neverseize" brake lubricant. I work on a lot of old cars and neverseize(or antiseize as it's now known as) is what I put on ALL the nuts and bolts that I put back on. The bolt is a 1" with a T55 TORX bit center though the TORX bit will probably bust before the bolt frees up. Hope i've been helpful.
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What is the ford part # please?

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Try going 5 mph in drive .. slip into neutral .. coast ... while coasting grab the 4x4 gear shift and select the range you want ... mine was stuck also and still sometimes sticks ... this trick works EVERYTIME

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They are built funny alumnium to metal take it off and let it soke in brake frre dont force it they are hard to fined and exspensive to replace work it free than coat with never siese

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    what is the part # please?

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If it's jammed up that bad i seriously doubt it can be resolved without having to take the assembly apart. how ever don't take it to a dealer. your better off going to an independant shop your labor cost will be alot less

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