transmission will not engage when put into the gear but 4x4 all works

Asked by Apr 20, 2017 at 05:08 AM about the 1995 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When I got the car everything was great no
problems when they I got going down the road and
it felt like a pressure or something was releasing
from the vehicle going down the road when I went
to pull into a parking space something happened
you started whining and screaming sort of three
people standing outside the car said that my
starter was trying to engage it never happened
again then on my way home from visiting my
daughter it starts kicking in the rear end like
something in the rear end just trying to engage
days before my trip it looked like the driver side
rear driver side was leaning didn't think too much
of it just thought weird so the minute that it starts
kicking in the rear end of the vehicle I pull over I put
it into Park I turned it off turn the key halfway over
pulled it down into drive I could hear the locks on
the door engage so I put it in park and it released
the lot I thought telling me that the transmission
was reacting to the gear shifter so then I'll go to
Crank It Up and pretty down into drive and I don't
have any gears that will activate the transmission
and they all are screaming but when I Engage The
4x4 I can go down the road it'll put it in park it will
do everything I needed to do I was told it was the
linkage and because it was running so great some
people say flywheel drive shaft younger and get a
new car

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The vehicle drove great something happened going down the road it sounded like the radiator hose come off of it but it did not gave gas it went away a week later I'm driving no problems I come to a complete stop from drive into reverse the minute the car started going backwards it started making a grinding gear cracking noise I put it in park the noise stopped I'm coming home from the holiday and all the sudden out of nowhere the back into the car sounds like it's being kicked lifted almost like something's trying to engage so I pull over because it gets crazy I didn't want to tear my car up so once I get to the side of the road by pretty into Park it doesn't seem like it completely went into Park so I turned it off turn the key halfway over and pulled it back down into drive I heard the locks engage so I put it into Park and I heard the doors unlocked wait a few minutes crank it back up when to put it into drive and it is grinding in every gear it won't go forward it won't reverse it doesn't even feel like it's going into those low and Park but when you put it into neutral you can feel it so with that with me being at a complete stop engaged for the first time my 4x4 it was 4wd high the vehicle had lifted and straightened up a German stops to tell me I need to have it in 4 Low so he tells me how to put it into 4 low and in 4hi and 4lo it'll do everything I needed to do but I don't want to tear up the 4-wheel drive in it to get it home a hundred and thirty-seven Miles Away I was told it was the linkage I was told that it was a sensor and I was also told it had everything to do with the bolts on the steering column so please help me I'm just trying to get my only car home

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