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Old 09-14-2012
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Random 4WD Low Issue

Did a little searching on here but wasn't confident in which direction to start looking....

2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 4.0L OHV 5spd Auto

I was driving home from work and everything was working normal. I pulled into the gas station and shut the truck off. It was never engaged in 4 wheel drive at all. Came back out of the gas station, started the truck and as I was backing out I could tell instantly it was in 4WD Low. The dash 4WD light indicator does not come on now when I switch from 2wd to either 4wd high or low, which worked fine a few weeks ago. The indicator light would blink about 3 times every once in awhile as I was driving the rest of the way home from the gas station at 5-10mph today. I've tried switching it, putting it neutral with brake depressed and switching, backing up a good distance, and it's still stuck in 4wd low.

What might cause this to instantly happen? Any help on diagnosing would be greatly appreciated!

Last edited by cbmcd2680; 09-14-2012 at 05:05 PM. Reason: Add year of the truck
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The flashing lights means the computer has no idea what the transfer case is in. ie 2hi/4hi/4lo

Backing up will do nothing for your truck, that was for the older rangers.

Odds are the shift motor needs the be cleaned or replaced.

Servicing A Transfer Case Shift Motor

While you are in there you can see what the case is currently in and can shift back to 2hi if need be.
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