My husband recently was looking over my jeep, seeing if everything still worked. He ended up throwing it into 4 wheel drive and now we can't get it out. We have tried jacking up the front end to relieve tension on the drive train and moving the front tires back and forth while someone is trying to shift back into 2 high. We've tried replacing the oil in the transfer case. We have also tried driving it forward a ways then reversing and braking harder than normal. None of it has worked. Is there anything that my husband or I could do or will we have to take it to a local mechanic?
I think you have done about all that you can I would take it in and let a mech see what he can do with it. Something is stuck and will need repaired. Good luck Billymac
February, 17, 2012 AT 10:36 PM
IS THIS THING MECHANICALLY LOCKED IN WITH A FLOOR LEVER?
PROBABLY DOES NOT HAVE MANUAL LOCKING HUBS EITHER
OR IS IT "PUSH BUTTON" DONE ELECTRICALLY?
SORRY I'M NOT UP TO SNUFF WITH THE NEWER WRANGLERS
I'M A CJ KINDA GUY, I HAVE ANSWERED MOST OF THE CJ 5 AND 7 QUESTIONS FOR THAT PAST 2+ YEARS WHILE HERE. THEY ARE THE SOLE REASON I EVEN STARTED ANSWERING HERE
IF IT IS MANUAL, CRAWL UNDERNEATH WITH A FLASHLIGHT AND A SPRAY CAN OF PENETRATING OIL
SOAK THE BARS AND LINKAGES AS THE ENTER THE TRANSFER CASE
SEE IF YOU CAN COAST ON LEVEL GROUND (5 MPH OR LESS, OUT OF GEAR, CLUTCH PEDAL PUSHED IN) WHILE SORTA ROCKING THE LEVER FORWARD AND BACKWARDS. MAYBE QUICK "SNATCHES" INTO ANY OTHER POSITION
WE MAY REPEAT THE ABOVE LATER!
HERE'S A GOOD ONE TO TRY!
THE CJ MANUALS STRESS DRIVING IN 4X4 AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH ON AN UNIMPROVED SURFACE (GRASS/ DIRT---NOT PAVEMENT!) THEY WANT YOU TO RUN IT A MILE OR MORE--WHETHER YOU WANT/ NEED TO OR NOT!
THIS LUBRICATES THE TRANSFER CASE AND FRONT END, WHICH GO DRY OVER TIME.
DRIVE THAT PUPPY! AROUND THE YARD/ DIRT ROAD. THIS WILL LUBRICATE IT, IF IT HAS NOT BEEN DONE!
NOW LET'S DROP BACK INTO THE "COAST AND SNATCH" MODE WHILE COASTING
YOU MIGHT EVEN TRY BUMPING IT WITH A RUBBER MALLET OR SIMILAR DEVICE.
JUST DON'T HIT IT HARD HARD. DO NOT USE A AX HANDLE OR OTHER LEVER TO FORCE IT TO MOVE. THINGS WILL BEND. JEEP WON'T BE HAPPY! I HAVE SEEN THIS--NO SENDING ME PICS OF YOU DOING IT AND BENDING STUFF TOO!
I'M ALSO SEEDING A PIC OR TWO OF "MR. JEEP'S" TRANSMISSION AND TRANNY (MY '77 CJ5) MY OTHER JEEP "WILLY" WORKS VERY SIMILAR EXCEPT HE USES TWO LEVERS THAT OPERATE TWO RODS."MR. JEEP" USES ONE LEVER TO OPERATE TWO RODS.
YOURS MAY BE SIMILAR. ANOTHER NOTE IS. NO MATTER WHAT JEEP I ENGAGE---ONE ROD WILL NOT MOVE, UNTIL THE OTHER IS IN A CERTAIN POSITION. WITH "WILLY" IT TAKES A LITTLE GETTING USED TO TO PUSH THE CORRECT LEVER 1ST. INSTEAD OF TRIAL AND ERROR
WITH "MR. JEEP" INTERNAL BALLS IN THE TRANSFER CASE PREVENT ONE SHAFT FROM GETTING "OUT OF SYNC" WITH THE OTHER. IF YOU COULD SEE THIS DONE, OUT OTHER JEEP, IT WOULD SORTA BE LIKE THIS WHEN SHIFTING INTO 4X4 ACROSS THE TRAVEL. LEFT BAR FWD 1/2 AN INCH AND STOPS--THEN RIGHT BAR OUT 1/2 AN INCH AND STOPS--THEN LEFT BAR OUT ANOTHER 1/2 (JUST AN EXAMPLE) OF HOW THINGS MOVE WITH ONE PUSH FORWARD ON THE ONE LEVER. STUDY MY PICS
THE ORANGE "THINGEE" IS THE TRANSFER CASE, GREEN IS MY TRANNY
YOU WILL ALSO SEE HIDDEN LUBRICATION HOLES ON MY CJ TRANSFER CASE FOR THE BARS
IF THE PREVIOUS DOES NOT HELP, WE MIGHT GRADUATE INTO "GENTLY TAPPING" THE BARS ON THE TRANSFER CASE, FROM UNDERNEATH. NOT TO FORCE MOVEMENT. JUST TO BOUNCE THEM A LITTLE BIT."BASHING" THE BARS OUT OF SEQUENCE COULD TEAR SOME STUFF UP!
YOU JEEP WILL BE YOUR BUDDY FOREVER, IF YOU TAKE CARE OF HIM. MINE ARE 36 AND 66 YEARS YOUNG.I HAVE NEVER OWNED ANYTHING ELSE TO DRIVE SINCE 1981, THE TWO YOU SEE ARE #6 AND #7 FOR ME.
I DO HAVE MANY MORE PICS. I TOOK STEP BY STEP PICS OF REBUILDING MY TRANNY, AND USER FRIENDLY MODIFICATIONS I HAVE DONE TO BOTH OF MY PRESENT JEEPS