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Old 07-29-2012, 03:21 PM
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Stuck in Neutral

Ok I work alot in the summer and my wife desided to take my truck to the beach.
When she got there she put it in 2wd so she could sink the back wheels like i always do so its easier to get in and out of the back.
However insted of putting it in 4wd low and driving the truck out she put it in 4wd hi and tried to rock it out.
Now the truck is sitting there as though its in neutral.
It wont do anything, like the trans case is in neutral....

Any Ideas???
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:58 AM
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bump......
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:02 AM
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Any ideas? Would the 4x4 or trans case relay cause this? Is there a trans case relay? Is there a transmision relay?
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:31 AM
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when you say it seems to be in neutral, do you mean like it isn't trying to do anything? I guess I mean it sounds like it is just free reving?

Maybe the transfer case is stuck between Hi and Lo and the truck need to move a little to get it into one or the other. Know anyone who can hook to it and pull it up out?
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:56 AM
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Yeah the wife had it towed to the house last night. And yes it just revs in all gears like it is in neutral. What I compare it to is the old manual t cases where you had the Neutral position, When you put the manual shifter in neutral nothing worked....thats the way its acting.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:19 AM
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Sounds like input shaft.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:57 AM
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I can feel the trans shift into drive and reverse, the rpm's drop like normal. That means its not the input shaft....right? Could it then be the output shaft from trans to the tcase?

No chance its a relay or the shift motor stuck in neutral?
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:03 AM
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Dumb question but have you checked fluid level yet?
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Yeah I have checked the fluid.
So today.....I drained a quart of fluid from both the tcase and trans, both clean no burnt smell and no shavings or metal.
I checked all fuses and relays.
With ignition on I could feel the tcase motor function in all positions, in 2wd the front driveshaft turned free, 4x4 it would take up. With it in 4x4 I could turn either the front or rear driveshaft and the other would turn and all sounded good.
Started the truck and ran same tests tcase motor functioned right. Tested same as above.
When I shift into reverse or drive there is no clunking, its smooth and you can hear the rpms change.
Im getting ready to drop the drive shafts and tcase to see if I have a broke shaft unless anyone has any other ideas.
Are there any electical issues etc that could cause the tranny not to work?
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:20 PM
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The issue I see is, you are noting that you feel it go in gear which would indicate the trans is trying to function right.

If the trans is shifting into gear but nothing is happening, seems internal in the trans.

Try putting the shifter in 2nd. The trans will start in 2nd. See if you have anything that way.
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