how does the 4-wheel drive work?

Asked by Tawsd Jun 18, 2009 at 11:15 AM about the 1981 Jeep Wagoneer

Question type: General

I bought an 1981 Jeep wagoneer. How does the four wheel lever work. I push all the way don , is it im 4-w low? pull up one notch 2-w drive? all the way back?

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Interesting! My wife purchased a 1981 wagoneer to restore. After three months of doing some fixing and upgrading I decided to see how the FWD worked. I succeded by placing the transmission in nuetral and with my foot on the brake (just did) and pulled back. It worked. First tries sounded like I was grinding geers. So Monday I am going to call the Jeep mechanic in town.

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sherman here at vehicle center grand wagoneers, 41 years of wagonneera! you have the hub system, without posi, so, 1st lock your hubs by rotating clockwise, open the glove box and rotate your vacuum switch to 4x4, (might be under the dash a/c , coast forward at 3 mph and apply pressure to the floor laver; you can call me at 626-2881541, also i have an 81 wagoneer for a parts car if you need parts.

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hello i was woundering if maby you could help me i bought a 76 jeep wagoneer it ran great then 3 days after getting it i lost power wile driving i replaced battery altanator and fues ran good for about 3 more days then the battery seamed to be dead so i charged it and 2 days later it did the same thang so i put in a togel switch and hard wired it another 3 days went by and dead agin do you have any ideas what might be draning my power? please e mail me at would be great thank you for your time and help have a great day

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Hello i just bought a 1988 jeep grand wagoneer and dont know how to get it out of 4 wheel drive low... someone please contact me at (480)709-0613 PLEASE HELP

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I just bought a 87 Wagoneer and when I switch to 4x4 nothing happens, no light on dash, no difference, no noise, where should I look first?

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Hello Jeep world. I have recently been fortunate enough to acquire a 1977 Jeep Cherokee Cheif S from the original owner with 39k original miles. No rust other than the normal fender give away where the debris would get stuck. The paint is sunshine yellow. A truly amazing find and I’m so stoked to get it to a perfect rating. So my question : so the original owner has the hubs added on the quadratrc when he bought it. So when I lock the hubs and engage the low reduction lever to place to wheels in four wheel drive. It won’t engage, I have the service and owners manuals. So there is clearly something I’m over looking. As I am very familiar with classic cars. I just can’t seem to put my finger on it. Any info quality info would really help. Thank you Jeep world

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