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    Transfer Case Shifter Very Tight

    Still in the learning curve here on our '18 Wrangler Unlimited. Picked it up last week from a local dealer; it was used as a loaner for the dealership - only 4800 miles on it.

    Just tried shifting back and forth between the different modes, and it is extremely difficult to shift. Finally made it through all positions, and still very stiff. I'm assuming it's only a matter of not being used and needs to be exercised, no?

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    Were you in neutral? For 4LO were you inching along?


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    My 19 was very tight as well the first few times. Even inching along and such as described in the manual. Don't worry, it'll run in with wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRichaud View Post
    Still in the learning curve here on our '18 Wrangler Unlimited. Picked it up last week from a local dealer; it was used as a loaner for the dealership - only 4800 miles on it.

    Just tried shifting back and forth between the different modes, and it is extremely difficult to shift. Finally made it through all positions, and still very stiff. I'm assuming it's only a matter of not being used and needs to be exercised, no?
    Sounds normal to me.

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    Thanks for the quick responses.

    Tried it in neutral and in drive, sitting in the driveway. I noticed in the owner's manual that it said the transfer case sometimes needs to be warmed up before loosening. This was after a drive of about six miles. Temperature is in the 60s - will work on it a bit more and see if it loosens up.

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    It really does help to be moving some. Not much but if you can try shifting on a very slight incline and let the Jeep drift slightly it will help a lot while it's so new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMischief View Post
    My 19 was very tight as well the first few times. Even inching along and such as described in the manual. Don't worry, it'll run in with wear.
    Better hope itís still tight at 19. Even after the first few times.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJL View Post
    Better hope itís still tight at 19. Even after the first few times.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJL View Post
    Better hope itís still tight at 19. Even after the first few times.


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    You'll totally be fine after a while. Just make sure you're under 5mph when shifting into 4lo. I screwed up a couple times and its unplesant to say the least.

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