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Problem Shifting Transfer Case to N or 4Low
I'm running a '96 F-250 with the 7.3 Liter Powerstroke Diesel. I have a manual transfer case shifter, one of the shifters that you have to push toward the floor to get from 4H to N or 4L. The problem is that the shifter will NOT move down at all to clear the low spot on the bracket that is necessary to get it into N or 4L. It can shift between 2H and 4H just fine. I recently bought the truck, so I believe that it may have seized up due to lack of use.
I already removed the boot from the floor. I see that there is a boot up towards where the shift handle bolts on, and one at the bottom. I figure it's spring loaded so as to require the downward push, and the springs are under those boots. Apparently, on mine, everything's rusted together under those boots. I can provide pictures, if that would help anybody solve my problem.
I want to take the piece that the shift handle bolts onto out, but I cannot seem to figure out how to remove the keepers on the linkages. If anybody could let me know how to take them off, that'd be great. They're round on the end, so I can't just unbolt them.
I realize that I'm new here, but please help me solve this problem. Like I said before, I can provide pictures of any of this, if necessary. Thank you in advance for any help. I can also provide more information about the vehicle or the problem, if necessary.