1981 How to shift into 4 wheel drive after I turn the front lockers to 4

Asked by Jan 26, 2016 at 03:38 PM about the 1981 Jeep CJ5

Question type: General

I can't shift my 1981 Jeep into four wheel drive?
Manual transmission (old school 4 speed)
What are the proper steps?

3 Answers

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Stop, put the clutch in or put the trans in neutral and shift the transfer case into 4 high or 4 low. If it won't go, move the Jeep a couple of feet and try again. Slipping the clutch a little can also help. It helps to have a strong right arm!

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Correct. Exactly what Full of Regrets says. Obviously you don't want to force the gears too hard and bend anything or jam gears, just take it easy. If it won't go into gear, you (might) have a linkage problem or worse, a synchro ring gone bad. Have fun!

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Mine will drop in smoother when i'm rolling at less than walking speed. Also don't lock hubs until 4whl is engaged .

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