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Jeep stuck in low four wheel drive

My jeep got accidentally put into low four wheel drive, and now I cant disengage, I tried to drive in reverse and shift it but that did not work.

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  • Anonymous Sep 01, 2008

    I have a 97 grand cherokee with the same problem. I tried knocking the grear lose in the transfer case and even tried driving backwards and no go.

    To fix it it cost 350.00 which I dont have so what I wound up doing because the Jeep burns more gas with it in 4wheel. Answer is I took off the drive shaft that connects the front two wheels to the trans case. This method is a little weird but it drive faster on highway and doesn't burn that much gas anymore. Problem fixed..

  • christhrem Sep 01, 2008

    nah i tried to shift it in reverse, in forward, with and without my foot on the brake an none of them worked. I tried it many times too.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    cant shift out of two wheel drive into four

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    cannot shift into four wheel low comes up with service four wheel drive on screen

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Stuck in 4 wheel



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Put the transmission in neutral, emergency brake off, foot off the brake pedal, now try shifting out of 4 wheel drive low. If that doesn't work, drive forward, and again do the above, trans. in neutral, roll to a stop, foot off brake, try to disengage. What you're probably experiencing is called drive shaft 'wind up', and it is very difficult to disengage, but do the above and it should shift out of 4 low. countrycurt0

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  • spiceyweasel Feb 07, 2011

    Have you checked to see if your gear oil level is okay? Mine shows being in 2WD and was NEVER in 4Low, but it's acting like it's in it. It bucks in corners and reverse. Upon inspection, I saw evidence of oil loss from the transfer case and had to tighten several bolts before adding fluid. I would suggest taking the transfer case apart, draining and cleaning it's interior thoroughly, then reassembling and filling it with the proper oil to the specified level. If it still will not shift out of 4WD, then you can drop the axle, if nothing else.


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Its recommended not to drive your Jeep without the driveshaft for too long. Jeeps are torque balanced and by removing the shaft more torque is sent to the rear shaft and can cause damage to a few areas of your drivetrain.

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  • Mikeymush Jan 20, 2013

    its recommended not to drive your Jeep without the driveshaft for too long. Jeeps are torque balanced and by removing the shaft more torque is sent to the rear shaft and can cause damage to a few areas of your drivetrain.


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With my jeep you have to be ib neutral to shift out of 4wheel low.

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