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Just got back from first time towing my "new" '88 Samurai. I towed with a tow bar and both in neutral. Everything worked until I got home after traveling 2,500 miles. I can't get it to shift out of neutral in the transfer case. The tranny gears are ok. I just learned why you need to leave the trans in 2nd??? Did I burn up the bearings in the transfer case??
 

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Probably just a worn out shifter sheet (bushing).
Take a look here to replace it.
T-Case fix
Using the instructions, you can pop the shifter out and re-center the linkage using a large, flat bladed screwdriver.
This is a common issue with worn out t-case bushings.
 

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I will try that first then I assume that if it doesn't fix the problem the I need to pull the transfer case and open it up? Is it possible to freeze up the gears or bearings if I didn't have the trans in 2nd? The last day towing I put on about 600 miles with both in nuetral. Thanks Billjohn for your reply!
 

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You were right! The bushing is gone and I was able to move the notched shaft onto
2H. The bummer is the guys in Utah have the bushing on backorder, hopefully back in stock in a week. Thanks again!!! I'm glad God forgives too!
 

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Thanks again! Just placed the order. The check engine light was also on then starts flashing. Is there anything I check or do I have to take it in?
 

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My just turned 100K during the tow so I didn't see that happen so I hope your right and its a service reminder. How do you reset? THANKS!!!!
 

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Reach under the dash to the right of the steering column.
Find a vertical brace with a two position switch on it. Just flip the switch to the opposite direction to reset.
This is what we call the $300 oil change switch.
It calls you into the dealership to get the light checked on a regular interval so they can sell you an overpriced maint. check and change your oil...
Then they just flip the switch.
:eek:
 

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That vendor has been like that for years... sorry. Here are a few places to try:

Low Range Offroad - T-case fix

Petroworks - T-case parts

Hello! Anyone have a x-fer case shifter sheet/bushing sitting around that hasn't been installed yet? If so can I get some dimensions from it? I've got the OD, just need the height and the width of the top and inner lips to determine the radius needed for the ball part of the shifter.
My kid is going to look at a '86 tin top that has the x-fer case stuck in neutral and I was going to try turning one out of some polyurethane I have laying around to got it home. At least I hope that's all it needs!
 
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