How to Disengage a Stuck Four-Wheel Drive Line

by Editorial Team

Four-wheel drive vehicles can become stuck in four-wheel mode due to improper lubrication or lack of use. This is a common problem and is usually not a very serious situation. It is important that you switch to two-wheel drive when you transition to a hard dry surface, as operating in four-wheel drive mode on the highway will decrease fuel efficiency and can lead to damage.

Step 1

Check to see if you have manual hubs and that they are in "free" mode.

Step 2

Put your vehicle into four-wheel high mode.

Step 3

Drive forward for about a quarter of a mile.

Step 4

Stop the vehicle and shift from four-wheel to two-wheel drive.

Step 5

Place the vehicle in reverse and drive backwards for 15 to 20 feet.

Step 6

Drive the vehicle forward slowly to allow the loosened shims to disengage.

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