4 wheel drive not working

Tiny
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  • 1997 FORD F-150
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I have an on the floor 4 wheel drive shift lever. I can not move it forward or back, it will move side to side. Can not engage any 4 wheel drive. Is this a totally manual shifting application or is there some type of electronic switch that controls this?

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 AT 2:39 AM

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Tiny
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WHAT ABOUT GENTLY ROCKING YOUR RIG FORWARD OR REVERSE WHILE ATTEMPTING TO MOVE YOUR LEVER?

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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 2:01 AM
Tiny
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Tried both forward and reverse, it won't move

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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 2:01 AM
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Is this model totally manual shift (no electronic or vacuum? I live in northern Wisconsin and maybe the linkage is frozen due to rust etc.

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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 2:01 AM
Tiny
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I DO NOT KNOW

IMMA JEEP CJ KINDA GUY

THEY ARE 100% RELIABLE MANUAL SHIFT

CRAWL YOUR HEAD UNDER AND LOOK!

THIS IS HOW A MANUAL CJ LOOKS (THIS IS WITH THE "HUMP" REMOVED, VIEWED FROM INSIDE)---LOOK FOR RODS---FROM THE LEVER GOING INTO THE TRANSFER CASE

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GO AHEAD AND TELL YOUR STORY IN GREAT DETAIL--HISTORY--WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, ETC

IF I'M LOST, I'LL BRING ANOTHER EXPERT OVER TO LOOK

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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 2:01 AM
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It has all of the same issues as the guys truck above. I do live in Ohio and it is RUSTY so I do have a feeling my linkage is froze up. The guy I got it from said that he always had to force it into 4wd so I'm hoping that he didn't bend anything.

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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 2:01 AM
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HAVE YOU HAD YOUR PAL WIGGLE THE SHIFTER WHILE YOU LOOK UNDERNEATH FOR ALL LINKAGES INVOLVED?

WHERE POSSIBLE MOVEMENT MIGHT BE GAINED, SPRAY STUFF DOWN WITH PENETRATING OIL

IF IT'S LOOKING REALLY BAD--SAND PAPER--SCRAPING--REPLACEMENT MIGHT BE WHAT IS NEEDED

NOT KNOWING MUCH ABOUT YOUR RIG'S SET-UP

YOU HAVE SEEN SOME OF MY JEEPS TRANSFER CASE

IT ALSO HAS A FEW GREASE FITTINGS(SHIFTER, ETC, 1ST PIC) AND OIL PORTS FOR THE SHIFT SHAFTS (2ND PIC)

. THEM SHIFT SHAFTS NEED TO RESEMBLE A "HYDRAULIC CYLINDER" NICE AND SHINY LIKE ON A TRACTOR! THEY MUST TRAVEL IN TIGHT TOLERANCE HOLES

SEE IF YOURS HAS LUBRICATION PLACES

KEEP US INFORMED ON PROGRESS

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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 2:01 AM
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I got under my truck and like I thought it was very rusted. So I sprayed it down with pb blaster and wait a few hours. Then tried it again and it went right into 4wd.

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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 2:01 AM
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MIGHT BE SOMETHING YOU SHOULD INCORPORATE INTO SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

SAY. EVERY OIL CHANGE, SOAK IT DOWN?

WAY BACK IN THE 70s AND 80s, THE CJ OWNERS MANUALS SAY TO FIND YOU A DIRT ROAD AND DRIVE IN 4 X 4, ONE MILE, ONCE A MONTH, TO KEEP EVERYTHING LUBRICATED

GLAD YOU GOT IT MOVING!

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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 2:01 AM
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I have an on the floor 4 wheel drive shift lever. I can not move it forward or back, it will move side to side. Can not engage any 4 wheel drive. Is this a totally manual shifting application or is there some type of electronic switch that controls this?

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