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When we bought my wife's jeep I checked the 4wd and it did fine. Since then I added a 2.5" inch lift and 35's... Yesterday I washed it and decided to check it and make sure it still worked. From what I have read today I did it wrong. I put it in neutral and went to 4hi went to drive it worked. Stopped went back to neutral and went to 4lo went to drive it worked. Stopped went back to neutral and could not get it out of 4lo after a few minutes of trying different ways it went. I don't remember what I did but I didn't want to try it again.. Could I have possible broke the cable or what was I doing wrong other than being at a dead stop.... I'm new to 4wd's also its a 08 2dr 3.8 automatic
 

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I know what you mean. Its a bit frustrating but seems to be the norm. I just hope that the next time I need 4Lo, I can rock it or drift a bit. I've also heard of breaking some kind of seal when trying to force it.
 

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You didn't break the cable.....but you might have snapped the bushing where it meets the t-case shifter.

X-2 on "working" it a little.
 

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Will I visually be able to see the bushing? Also is it something I can replace or is it something I need to have the dealership do? If I go to 4lo then drive forward a little can I put it back to 2hi or does it need to be in neutral?
 

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when going to 4l i always need to be moving 1-2mph. Once in a while i get lucky and can shift from a stop but maybe once every 500x. lol. so good rule of thumb..shift out of 4l while going forward a little but.
 

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If the lever doesn't budge...just roll slowly and finagle it a bit till it works. If the lever is all loosey-goosey....you've trashed the pathetic plastic bushing on the end of the shifter cable. If the bushing is wasted, don't bother replacing it. Use some brass bushing, eclips, whatever and fix the bastyd the right way so you don't have to do it all over again. There are write-ups here (and everywhere) on various ways to do it.

My junk STILL grinds a bit every time I shift it into 4lo, no matter how I do it. Just part of the quality and charm.
 

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Will I visually be able to see the bushing? Also is it something I can replace or is it something I need to have the dealership do? If I go to 4lo then drive forward a little can I put it back to 2hi or does it need to be in neutral?
If it is the bushing, your 4WD shift selector will flop around like it's no longer connected to anything - VERY loose - and will require zero effort to move from 2WD to 4HI to N to 4LO. If that's the case, you can fix it with zipties.

I did this on mine almost a year or so back and it still shifts like a champ.


EDIT: Just re-read your post. Sounds like you were just having a little difficulty getting your gears to mesh up well enough to disengage. Happens all the time.
 
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