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Old 02-09-2011, 06:57 PM
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Default Severe Southern Storm - Transfer Case actin' up..

So down here in NW Arkansas we have literally gotten 18" of snow, with 2 - 2.5' drifts in less than 12 hours. heres a few pics..





That snow scraper is 22" in length from top to bottom for reference!

So naturally as I was getting around this morning, I kicked her in 4wd low to get out of my driveway as it has a decently steep 30 degree slope to her. Once i got up to the top, the truck REFUSED to get out of 4-low. And being the TC I didn't want to force anything that didn't need to forced, ie bending levers/linkage/etc. My question is, what is the linkage type on an '04 QC 4x4? Could heavy snow clog/jam/lock-up the lever connecting to the TC? I really have no knowledge of what would cause this problem..I ended up parking the truck and letting it sit for another 30 minutes and once i got back to the truck after letting it sit it came right out of 4-low with no fight at all (making me think that some of the snow had come loose..). Seeing as we have close to 2.5' snow drifts i can't really climb up under the truck to see what's going on. Any idear's fellas and gals?
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Were you stopped when you tried shifting out of 4 lo? I'm thinking the driveline was a little bound up which makes range shifting difficult, if not impossible.
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Were you stopped when you tried shifting out of 4 lo? I'm thinking the driveline was a little bound up which makes range shifting difficult, if not impossible.
yes, i had came to stop and then it wouldn't let me shift out. Thats what i was thinking, the TC case has never given me any fits which makes me think that the 2.5 foot snow drifts are binding things up. haha. Just good to hear another confirming opinion on the matter! Thanks RamTech!
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No problem. I've found that the best way to shift ranges is to be rolling at about walking speed with the trans in neutral and then pull the lever down into 4 low.
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Is that not rough on the TC? Like to be moving? B/c the driveline would still be rotating the TC output shaft. Or does it not matter since the trans is in Neutral? As you can tell, I have never owned a 4x4 before. haha.
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man thats alot of snow good luck with everything
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man thats alot of snow good luck with everything
Man I appreciate it. It's been an interesting day to say the least. Haha.
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I use 4 low all the time on my snowy commute. I agree that rolling along (about 2 to 3 MPH) and flipping it into and out of 4 low is the way to go. It doesn't want to engage when you are at a stand still from my experience. The Owners Manual also says to be rolling.

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I use 4 low all the time on my snowy commute. I agree that rolling along (about 2 to 3 MPH) and flipping it into and out of 4 low is the way to go. It doesn't want to engage when you are at a stand still from my experience. The Owners Manual also says to be rolling.

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I had no idea that it was in the Owners manual. crap. haha. thanks you guys.
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Is that not rough on the TC? Like to be moving? B/c the driveline would still be rotating the TC output shaft. Or does it not matter since the trans is in Neutral? As you can tell, I have never owned a 4x4 before. haha.
If you think about how the case is built, it makes sense. Picture two splined hubs, an inner and an outer that have to engage. If you're stopped and they're lined up spline to spline, they can't engage.
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