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97Expedition 4x4 will not switch out of 4L

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12/06/08 21:56
Edward Langhm

97Expedition 4x4 will not switch out of 4L

I switched my Expedition into 4 Wheel Drive Low. Now it will not switch back to 2 Whheel All Wheel or even 4 Wheel High. I've never used low before, is there a trick to switching out of low?
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08/13/10 19:14
April

I parked my 2004 Expedition (EB Edition) and it felt like someone bumped into the back of me. No one was there so I went into the store. I came out and when I went to take off...the car started jerking horribly. I got out and looked again, couldn't see anything. Noticed the 4x4low light lit up. I tried to disengage it and go back to 2H...nothing.

I looked on some sites and couldn't find much to help. Ford wanted to tow it in to a dealership...OF COURSE. My husband found THIS site and WHOOOHOOOO....he did exactly

FOOT ON BRAKE...Expedition IN NEUTRAL...SWITCH IT OFF....INCREDIBLE!!!

Thank you all for your input...without you taking the time to do this....we would have been screwed to put it nicely.

Good luck to everyone else.

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09/20/10 17:13
michelle

help single mom husband gone have 97 expedition 4x4 dont engage or work but 4x4 light came on last week then today od light flashing but driving fine whats up? help plz
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11/28/10 19:32
Chuck

I have a 97 Expedition the 4x4 wont work. All the fuses are good and so is the actuator. What do i need to do?
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12/07/10 16:24
cjaeck

I have a 1997 expedition 4x4 and the 4x4 does't work. I've taken the switch apart, cleaned it, and moved the three pronges closer to the contacts and still nothing?! I've checked the wiring underneath, the plugs, and tried rapping lightly on the motor (black unit on transfer case that looks like a starter) and all I get is drunk! Is there any other tests or something else I should look for, other than NA beer?
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12/08/10 16:38
paul hoover

expedition front end not locking in?? found out the hard way- replace solenoid (firewall on passenger side, (ford part)detach vacuum line at axle and blow out- replace. the original ones got water in them and don't allow vacuum to the axle (they lock in by vacuum) the after market ones have a plastic plate over them that don't allow them to get wet. hope this helps.
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12/20/10 15:35
cj

Where is the 4x4 controll module located on 1998 expedition?
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01/09/11 17:17
Hawk

It is a procedure issue. Gears stuck at 4x4 High, tried disconnecting battery, driving reverse, ... nothing worked. Brake/Neutral and switch worked for me. It took 4-5 seconds and it clicked bak to 2 WD. Thanks for all the above people who shared their experience. Exellent site.
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01/15/11 13:51
JB

97 Exp. Heard loud clung when switched to 4L. Would not switch back to anything. Stuck in 4L. No response from turning switch at all. Tried disconnected battery and driving backwards - did not work. Switch starting making a clicking noise, but would not shift. Put in Nuetral, held break, switched to 4H, heard loud clung again, and just like that it starting working normally. Thanks to everyone for their comments and help on this site!
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01/20/11 14:04
Jeff B

I have a 97 Ford Expedition, i was driving down the road in 2H, then all of a sudden the transfer case shifted into nuetral, i was able to get into 4 low, i thought it was the shift motor, i replace it, n i still cant shift it outta 4 low. Now before i replaced the motor, my O/D lite flashed, it went away after replacing the shift motor. I know the nuetral n foot on brake, it still doesnt shift into 4 high, AW4D or 2H. If I do shift it into those selections, after bout a minute of driving, the transfer case shifts into nuetral. I can't figure this out, n i went to school as a mechanic. Is it possible a new selector switch would be the problem? i havent checked the resistance on it yet. But any other suggestions would be helpful.
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01/20/11 16:42
Andres

i was wondering how exactly do you do that "foot on the brake " and put car in "N" .? Does the car have to be on ? ......ect.. please help i have a expedition 1997 if you want email me at shortywannaride@msn.com thanks....
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01/24/11 18:40
rufus

i have a 98 expedition and everything with the awd 4wl and high work, but driver side axle still seems to be engaged after putting it back into 2wd, the left axle will turn the 4wd shaft but the right side axle will not, my question is should the front driver side halfshaft disengage after being put into 2wd.

any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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02/02/11 23:24
fern

FOOT ON BRAKE......EXPEDITION IN NEUTRAL ''SWITCH OFF ''

GRATE SITE.

THANK.... YOU FOR THE HELP. :)

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02/08/11 04:55
Rob

HEY ANYBODY HAVING PROBLEMS WITH SHIFTING IN OR OUT OF FOUR LOW IT HAS TO BE IN NUETRAL IN ORDER TO GO IN OR OUT. DONT THINK THAT YOUR IN NUETRAL JUST BECAUSE YOUR INDICATER SAYS YOUR THERE. PUT IT IN REVERSE AND SEE IF YOUR BACK UP LIGHTS COME ON. IF THEY DONT ITS A GOOD CHANCE YOU NEED TO ADJUST YOUR SWITCH.WHICH IS ON THE SIDE OF THE TRANNY. YOUR SHIFTING LINKAGE CONNECTS TO IT. LOOSEN THE BOLTS THEN TURN IT BOTH DIRECTION AND SEE IF YOU CAN GET YOU REVERSE LIGHTS ON. IF THEY DO TIGHTEN IT BACK UP THEN PUT IN NUETRAL AND TRY SHIFTING IN OR OUT OF FOUR LOW. THIS WORKED FOR ME
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02/11/11 12:58
Steve

yep. Wife just called with same problem with 98 Ford Expedition. Stuck in 4L. Brake, Neutral, move to 2H. WORKED!
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02/14/11 19:26
terry

i got an 1997 ford expedition and all of our tires is locked and now we cant drive it what could be the problem
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02/14/11 20:10
chris1

1998 expedition stuck in 4lo cant get it out have tried the BREAK, NEUTRAL, SWITCH THING AND IT DID NOT HELP any hlp would be greatly apprecialed wife needs truck in the morning
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02/24/11 21:24
Randy

2001 expedition stuck in 4l foot on brake in neutrl, flipped switch to awd and unlocked thx guys for info.
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02/28/11 08:28
LJ

'98 Ford Expedition 5.4L 4x4..... I'm having a problem getting 4WD to engage .. .. .. period. I have checked all the fuses (all are new)and wiring harnesses (all seem to be in good shape and don't have any visible damage). My problem is no matter which form of 4WD is selected nothing engages and the indicator light does not illuminate. Anyone have any tips or thoughts on where to look next? Thanks in advance!

LJOHN71@hotmail.com with any suggestions please.

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03/27/11 16:45
Dusty

to get truck out of 4wheel low. place switch in 2wheel disconnect the battery for 30 secs then reconnect battery restart engine if still in 4 wheel drive turn switch to 4 wheel low then back to 2 wheel don't forget the truck goes into and out of wheel low easier in neutral may have to roll truck back and forth for it to disengage and or engage your 4 wheel drive
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03/28/11 20:13
nery vielmann

Guys.

I have a Expedition 97. I made all the above attempts and nothing worked until I did Reply #14 from etl360.

Thank you so much!!!!

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04/10/11 04:43
my second 4x4 ever

2000 expedition stuck in 4low foot on brake in neutral, flipped

switch to awd and unlocked thx guys for info.

so just maybe this isn't a problem with the system and its more

of the standard operating procedure for this equipment HMMMMMMMMM

kinda makes ya wonder don't it

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05/11/11 01:03
matthew kauffman

ok i went to the store the truck was working fine when i came out of the store and i back up and felt like i hit something but nothing, the 4x4 low is stuck into place and i can not get it out of gear, try holding the brake putting the truck in neutral and turn switch to 4H Nothing, Whats up?
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11/18/11 20:06
Texas
Thank author of this post/comment" 1998 ford expedition "

my wife and i left church lastnight and got in our truck and when we started it up it was in 4x4 low.

i have tryed the brave -N method and it did not work.

sure could use the help if possible.

im going to try to by a new switch and see wat happens.

ford dealer started telling me there can be several problems

in need of help....

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01/25/12 13:30
California
Thank author of this post/comment"Fixed!!"

I found this site on Google and you saved me a bunch of time and money! Thanks everyone! My dad's 97 EB Exp. was stuck in 4 Hi after a ski trip yesterday. Drove it back and tried the brake neutral shift and nothing. Checked fuses and none were blown. Finally tried disconnecting the negative like etl360 said to in his post and IT WORKED! I let it sit for 5 min before reconnecting it then fired it up with the 4wd shifter on 4HI, clicked thru Awd then to 2H! Thanks for the help everyone, great site!!!
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05/27/12 20:20
Homer Glen (Doh!)
Thank author of this post/comment"1998 Ford Explorer Stuck in 4 Wheel Drive Low"

PROBLEM: I switched my 1998 Ford Explorer into 4WD Low it got stuck in 4WD Low. When I turned the truck off and on, the dash lights for 4WD Hi and Low would both blink and go out and stay off. When I drove, it was clearly stuck in 4WD low and when I hit 25 MPH the O/D Off light would flash.

TRIED THIS FIRST: I stopped and put the truck in neutral and pushed in the parking brake and regular foot brake, and then switch to 4WD Hi. That should work. But that didn't work for me. I tried tapping the shift motor with a hammer, but that didn't work either. I then tried what etl630 put in his post (#14 dated 2/13/10), but that didnít work either. BUT, I did notice after trying etl360's steps several times that the 4WD Low light stayed on after I turned on the truck. I then realized the switch was not the problem, either the shift motor was bad or it was just plain stuck.

THE SOLUTION: Inspired by etl360 (who is my hero today), this is what I did. Park on level ground. Make sure the switch is on 4WD Low. Turn off the Truck. Open the driverís side door and leave it open. Open the hood and disconnect the negative terminal on the battery. Wait five seconds. Reconnect the Negative Terminal on the battery. Turn the key without turning on the Truck. Put the Truck in Neutral with your foot on the brake, then start the truck. (The switch should be on 4WD Lo this whole time.) Ideally, the dash light for 4WD lo will be on and stay on. If not, repeat all of the above steps in sequence Ė I had to do this about five times, before the truck recognized it was in 4WD Low and it didnít think there was a problem. If the truck thinks there is a problem, you wonít be able to shift it out of 4WD low. If the light for 4WD Lo stays lit, take the truck for a drive, but no faster than 25 MPH. Find a SMALL hill, with a SLOW speed limit and NO traffic. At the top of the hill, facing down hill, put the truck in Neutral and leave it in 4WD Low (it should have been in 4WD Low the whole time). Gravity should move you downhill. While going slowly downhill, turn the wheels hard left all the way, then hard right back and forth, like a NASCAR Driver, then for the last 20 feet go straight down hill. (Control your speed with the foot brake.) Then make sure you are at a complete stop. While in Neutral, push down the parking/emergency brake and also push the foot brake. Switch to 4WD Hi and wait 15 seconds. The dash light 4WD Lo should go out and the light for 4WD Hi should go on. Then switch the 4WD switch to Auto. The 4WD lights on the dash should be out. Then disengage the parking brake, switch to drive. Take the truck for a drive up to 25 MPH. Park it. Turn it off. Turn it on. The 4WD lights should stay off when you restart it and should not blink at all. Take it for a test drive over 30 MPH Ė but slow down immediately if its revving over 3500 RPM, or if the O/D Off light flashes, or if the 4WD lights flash, or anything else seems out of whack. If all seems normal, then GREAT. If not, then the shift motor might need replacing Ė or there could be something else wrong. This worked for me. It took about 2 hours to figure it out and about 5 minutes to fix it. It cost zero dollars and I didnít have to replace a thing or take anything apart, other than disconnecting and reconnecting the battery. Luckily, I live on a street with a hill and no traffic.

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