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I tried to put the truck in 4WD Lo with transmission in neutral. i was able to get out of the snowpile no problem but, when I tried putting it back in 2HI with transmission in neutral I got a grinding noise. I paniced as the transmission wouldn't catch a gear.Finally it caught a gear but, when I read up on the owners manual it says truck needs to be rolling 2-3 mph to engage the 4wd, is that with transmission in gear or neutral coasting?I need to learn how to engage this thing properly.

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I tried to put the truck in 4WD Lo with transmission in neutral. i was able to get out of the snowpile no problem but, when I tried putting it back in 2HI with transmission in neutral I got a grinding noise. I paniced as the transmission wouldn't catch a gear. Finally it caught a gear but, when I read up on the owners manual it says truck needs to be rolling 2-3 mph to engage the 4wd, is that with transmission in gear or neutral coasting? I need to learn how to engage this thing properly.

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Most people seem to have to put the truck in neutral, turn the engine off, put it back into high range, then start it back up. I don't know why its like that but even my ford would do it with it in park :shrug:

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thats the great thing about a manual shift just mash the clutch and pull

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Then should I change it into 4WD lo with transmission in park and engine off?

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Trick is to pull it back fast and firm or hard but best if its done while in gear at a slow roll like stated above. once it gets to rolling in neutral then its best to shut it off and shift.

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Then should I change it into 4WD lo with transmission in park and engine off?

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In my Mom's 96 Dodge you can engage 4WD LO with a firm pull on the stick. But getting back in 2WD or 4WD HI is a bit tricky and takes practice. I'll roll along and shift the trans to Neutral and then with a quick motion push the transfer case into 4WD HI or 2WD. You might still get a bit of clatter but not bad...

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I paused the transfer case in neutral for a bit, I think that might have been why it grinded.

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I paused the transfer case in neutral for a bit, I think that might have been why it grinded.

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So, I should never pause is what you guys are saying? God I feel like a jack*ss! :doh:I'm gonna go the failproof way like ISX mentioned before, engage and disengage with transmission in park and engine off. That sounds like a much safer way.And just to think, all the hurt I caused her when I ground her gears... :cry:I hope she's okay...:pray:

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im sure everything is fine it would take a higher speed than that to do some permanet damage. just my :2cents:

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So, I should never pause is what you guys are saying?

That's how I do it. I can feel the gears meshing as it starts to free-wheel while it is in neutral but it never results in grinding.

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There's just so many ways of doing it I guess, that it's hard to say which is the preferred method. I still haven't even attempted engaging the 4WD since that night - too scared. :neutral:

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There's just so many ways of doing it I guess, that it's hard to say which is the preferred method. I still haven't even attempted engaging the 4WD since that night - too scared. :neutral:

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Nice!Then that is how I will do it. :)

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I got out of work this morning only to find out that it had snowed a good 3-4". Upon driving on my way home I was on the highway and caught a wide turn on a steep hill, causing my rear wheels to slip. I had to turn my steer tires in the direction the rear end was moving to avoid collision.Lucky me! I was forced to engage the 4WD on the truck, as much as I didn't want to, I had to.To my surprise, I engaged it with the truck off, transmission in neutral, and was on my way.Thanks to all of the members on here, I remembered what each and every single one of you had said. Had it not been for everyone on here, I probably would have made a big mistake and would probably still be out there right now towing her home, as this site is my only source of information.As for my next question (bare with me please, I know I ask a ton of questions)... would it be bad to park the truck with the transfer case in either the 4WD LO or 4WD HI when not in use?

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Won't hurt anything, You absolutely do not need to even slow down to pull it into 4 high as it is synchronized just like manual trannies. You created a road hazard if you pulled over and shut it down just to engage 4 hi. I just let off the throttle for a split second so the driveline isn't loaded and pull it in. You only need to go through the stop when going in and out of 4 lo.

I have run in 4wd for as long as a month straight couple thousand miles without taking it out of 4wd run down the interstate at 70-75 just the same as 2wd won't hurt a thing as long as its not on hard dry surfaces and the front and rear tires are the same size and inflation..

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Bear with my question as to why you would be using 4 lo in the first place?

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Won't hurt anything, You absolutely do not need to even slow down to pull it into 4 high as it is synchronized just like manual trannies. You created a road hazard if you pulled over and shut it down just to engage 4 hi. I just let off the throttle for a split second so the driveline isn't loaded and pull it in. You only need to go through the stop when going in and out of 4 lo.

I have run in 4wd for as long as a month straight couple thousand miles without taking it out of 4wd run down the interstate at 70-75 just the same as 2wd won't hurt a thing as long as its not on hard dry surfaces and the front and rear tires are the same size and inflation..

--- Update to the previous post...

Bear with my question as to why you would be using 4 lo in the first place?

100% right. I put my ford in and out of 2-4hi at 60mph. 4 Lo is a different story.. Make sure you follow what he said about: just let off the throttle for a split second so the driveline isn't loaded and pull it in, you don't exactly want to have it floored when you pull it in :lol:

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Well, I figured I might as well try them both since I've never driven the truck with any 4WD setting. I didn't drive the truck in the 4LO range since I couldn't go any faster, and noticed a big difference with the HI range.This is the first truck I've ever owned... I'm not familiar with 4WD.

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Well, I figured I might as well try them both since I've never driven the truck with any 4WD setting. I didn't drive the truck in the 4LO range since I couldn't go any faster, and noticed a big difference with the HI range. This is the first truck I've ever owned... I'm not familiar with 4WD.

Yeah there is nothing that says do this and this to put it in 4LO, well there is but even that grinds half the time so its always just a live and learn thing, everyone else with a 4wd went through the same stuff their first time.. But yeah 2-4hi is synchronized and everything, go in and out whenever you want as long as the engine isn't putting power to it (so let off the pedal for a second). 4 LO is interesting and yeah I just turn the truck off to remove all doubt.

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Thanks again!

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Well, I figured I might as well try them both since I've never driven the truck with any 4WD setting. I didn't drive the truck in the 4LO range since I couldn't go any faster, and noticed a big difference with the HI range. This is the first truck I've ever owned... I'm not familiar with 4WD.

AAHH I got ya going through a step one learning curve.:thumb1: Glad to help. Even if it grinds a little it will not hurt a thing unless you got one foot on the dash and you are trying to pull through the grind lol, have seen people try this before also. If ya can't find em grind em, I'll take a pound of that also..........Old jokes for people who like to grind gears.:lmao:

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LOL! That's a funny way of putting it. I guess I was left traumatized after I had borrowed my dad's Chevy Silverado to go to school a couple of years ago. He specifically told me how to put it on and take it off, but I was in such a hurry to leave that I missed a few parts. He's one of those "detail by detail" people and explains everything so calmly and pacifically. Anyway, I remember trying to put it in 2WD and pulled and pryed on the stick, and heard all kinds of grinding noises and a big "CLUNK". After that, I knew it was toast, and since then I was like "Never again will I drive a stinkin' 4WD truck". And here I am, seasoning and salting my words as I am now an owner of one. I get a lot of hell from him for that, still to this day. LOL:lmao:

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