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Old 11-27-2015
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Stuck in 4x4 Hi

I have an '03 Ranger XLT with ca 155K miles on it. It's been running just fine.

After our first heavy snow yesterday, I switched to 4 Hi just after leaving driveway. This was the first time I've used 4 Hi in many weeks and first time since getting new tires on. Now it's stuck in 4 Hi.

Thanks for your input. Mike.
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Did you try backing up a few feet?

Are the 4WD lights working?

Are they flashing?
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Stuck in 4 Hi

Thanks....yes, tried backing up, rocking from D to R...nothing worked. Had to take it to the Ford dealer and found the shift motor is done for.
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Just for future reference, you can often tap on the shift motor and it will start working again, temporarily.

And shift into 4WD and back to 2WD once a month, you don't have to drive it, just shift it.

The shift motor has contacts inside that will lose connection if they sit a long while, making motor turn once a month keeps contacts cleaner and more likely to work when needed.
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Thanks, Ron! I'll make sure to do that periodically to keep the contacts contacting! Mike.
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nice info ..
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