How To Install Replace 4x4 Transfer Case Shift Motor Ford Explorer Mercury Mountaineer 95-01 1AAuto




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Brenda Witt: Thanks so much! I replaced the shift motor on my '97 Ranger. The wiring was less complicated (the plug had fewer wires & I only had to move one over), but without the instruction regarding the red clip I would have been scratching my head for sure.

For anyone else dealing with this shift motor failing, check out www.therangerstation.com, they have a great article about it.

brandon hubbard: I have a 1996 Isuzu rodeo and the transfer case shift knob is in 2 high but the transfer case keeps shifting itself into 4 high by itself. What would cause that? I couldn't find any videos for my vehicle.

MrMrpierce: MY 2000 AWD 5.0 MOUNTAINEER DOESN'T LOOK ANYTHING LIKE THAT, NOTHING LIKE THAT AT ALL

Kent Towne: If you haven't checked the 1aauto.com website, do it now.  The prices are better than what I get through my local parts store with online discounts.

Lawrence Olson: Clear concise and well shot.

Richard Carrera: OK, I got the ’97 Explorer home in just 4WD Low as indicated by the 4WD Low light on the dash and the low speed.  I drove it around the yard and switched the transfer case knob back and forth between auto, high, and low.  Got the 4WD Low light to go out but now it won’t go into gear and has a slight grinding noise when I attempt to both put it in gear and in park.  The issue started when I was driving it as if there was a gear stripped or something pulled out of place or not going into place correctly.  Could this be a shift cable issue, a transfer case motor issue, a (gulp) a genuine transmission rebuild?  If it is a shift cable issue, can I get one from you or do I have to go to the dealer?

ibajs2: My 4x4 was not engaging. Vacuum good, switch seemed okay too but no dash light and no 4x4. I read on a forum to tap lightly on the shift motor since they sometimes bind up and since my truck is in storage for half the year, this made sense. Sure enough 5 taps later I flip the switch and am good to go - what a quick and easy fix (and with my favourite tool!)

Richard Carrera: If the TC on a '97 Explorer with a SOHC V6 automatic transmission is stuck in 4WD low, is the shift motor to blame? I have a '99 with a good transfer case that I thought about swapping into the '97 with a $150 labor charge from the transmission shop. However, if a bad motor is why the '97 won't shift out of 4WD low, then I would rather replace the motor myself for the cost of the motor, about $80 to $100. This not only saves upfront cost but also leaves me with a new part for a common problem. Can I fix the 4WD low problem with a new motor?

Kory Kneeland: Thanks so much! I replaced the shift motor on my '97 Ranger. The wiring was less complicated (the plug had fewer wires & I only had to move one over), but without the instruction regarding the red clip I would have been scratching my head for sure.

For anyone else dealing with this shift motor failing, check out www.therangerstation.com, they have a great article about it.

jeff darnell: Do you have any videos diagnosing this shift motor? I have a 2002 explorer and the motor looks identical except without the giant body mount in front of it. my 4x4 no longer works and was all of a sudden, no lights on the dash, no blown fuses. Thats why im figuring it may be this, any way to test it?

Jack Kramer: I messed up transferring the "light green" sensor wires which go into the new pin at positions number 3 and number 7 and do not know which goes where.  Tried to look at your movement but you went to fast.  The rear sensor has the light blue wire and goes into position "2." -- so into which position would the "light green" wire bundled with the blue wired/rear sensor insert into...   thanks.  positioning diagram can be found here: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=251534

GregN: Thanks so much. It sure made it easier than guessing.  I took 4 or 5 photos of the wires just to be safe in case I got the sequence wrong and drew a diagram.The tight fit made it a real pain. I cut the wires going to the old motor and got it out of the way. I did have to use a 1 1/2"  extension for the bolts and a special squeeze ratchet to get the top bolt.

jd69NC: Quick question...I have a 2001 Explorer with the 4x4 selector switch.  The selector lights no longer flash during engine start but, they illuminate on the dash when turned.  I also hear a clunking noise on the drivers side that sounds like the axles engaging.  Here's the problem, Winter Storm Pax hit and I needed 4x4 and found out that it was not engaging (rear tires spun, front tires did nothing).  Different sites have posted the issues are with the switch, module, and/or transfer case motor.  Can you advise which of these 3 might be my culprit?

joe patton: My 2001 Sport trac seems like its not in 4x4 and no lights on the dash , my switch turns but i think a can rotate all the way around i think the switch is bad..  how can I test it to see if its working? or what can be the issue? Or where I can get a new switch at ? 

1A Auto Parts: It sounds like there may not be power to the switch. You may want to check the fuse and any relays that may be on the same circuit. Hope this helps you out. 1aauto.com 888-844-3393

Joshua Griffin: I have a 92 ford explorer, when i try to engage 4WD or even 4WLow nothing happens at all. The light on the dash doesn't even turn on. Would that be a bad transfer case motor or maybe somthing else?

1A Auto Parts: If might be an issue with the actuator. 1aauto.com 888-844-3393

Popeye78382: My '03 Explorer Sport will shift to 4x4 easy enough but when I want to go back to 4x2 I have to turn the selector to 4x2, stop the truck, back up just a little bit and then it goes into 2WD. Shift motor gone bad or can it be adjusted?

1A Auto Parts: Usually the 4WD won't stay engaged or it may get stuck in 4WD if it goes bad. 1aauto.com 888-844-3393

1A Auto Parts: Yes there is, we carry new ones on our website 1aauto.com 888-844-3393

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