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Old 07-02-2011, 07:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic 4x4 Problems?

My uncle just gave me his Jeep cherokee classic for graduation. Its a 2000 and only has 95k miles. The only problem is when you put it in 4 wheel drive it wont move. He claims that he took to a mechanic and they said it would be very expensive to fix. My dad works construction and some of his friends who work on the vehicles at his work said that there might not be that big of a problem with it. Is there anything that could have just unplugged something or messed it up where it could be easily fixed? (He never put it in 4x4 unless it snowed so it was driven almost always in 2 wheel drive) Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What does it "feel" like when you put it in 4wd??

If it shifts with no resistance or clunking -it may have disconnected from the shift lever/transfer case...

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Could also be that the shift linkage is out of adjustment and only going into neutral, instead of 4x4? Have someone move the shift linkage while you are watching it from under the jeep (Be sure that the jeep is solidly on jack stands!) You may see a point of slippage in the linkage or a worn bushing, etc.

What model transfer case is it? There is a red tag on the back of the t-case with a model number on it. It most likely will be a 231, but it may be a 242. A 242 is more prone to having an issue like this, if it is shifted into "Full time" 4x4, and certain parts are broken or stripped, it may not drive. In "Part Time" 4x4, they both are locked into the rear output shaft and should drive.

If it is indeed broken, a junk yard transfer case probably won't be too expensive, especially if you have one of the Pick-your-part type yards where you live. Also keep an eye on Craigslist, recycler, or the for sale section here on Pirate 4x4, as people are swapping the stock t-cases out for aftermarket ones or parting out a wrecked jeep. They are fairly easy to install, too.
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