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4X4 low

I have heard of these trucks getting stuck in 4X4 low. I have a 2000 Ranger 4.0L suto with the electronic transfer case. Im thinking about using my 4X4 low just to exercise it. Any thoughts?
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it has to be in neutral with brake pressed to go into 4wd low. same with taking it out.
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And if you get "binding" you just drive the opposite way that you were going. For example, if you get stuck in mud, put her into 4 low and then back out of the mud. If your drivetrain binds(it'll feel like you're bogging down) then you would just go forward a bit.

4low works fine, as zach said, neutral and brake applied.

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You electronic transfer case guys....what are we going to do with you?

But I think getting stuck in 4lo is pretty rare, I've only heard about it once or twice. Just do what they said^ and you'll be alright.
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You electronic transfer case guys....what are we going to do with you?

mine works just fine, always has.
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electronic is fine, just not as reliable. vaccuum transfer case is crap!
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But I think getting stuck in 4lo is pretty rare, I've only heard about it once or twice.
i got stuck in 4low. took me about 5 min to get it out
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For future reference, is there a way to manually shift the transfer case from under the truck (or anywhere else ) if the electric shift motor ever craps out on me?
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with a hammer, or maybe some voltage would work. I hear if the tcase is crappin out on ya(not the switch) sometimes a soft rubber mallet can knock it back into function.



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The transfer case shouldn't be the problem. The problem I had was there was no signal between the switch and transfer case.
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I was always concerned that the electronic transfer case shifter would fail me in my 89 Ranger. The only time it did not work is once when I forgot to reconnect the connector to the push button switch after doing some work under the dash. I had it for almost 200,000 miles without any problems with the shifter, transfer case or the auto hubs. It saw plenty of tough off-road stuff without extreme abuse.

I think it is a good idea to put it into 4WD low every once in a while just to know if it is working or not. It is more fun to do this if you are off-road and need to put it in 4WD low.
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Ok thats good to hear. Ill be sure to try out low ranger here shortly to see how it works. Thanks guys
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