4 wheel drive on a 96 ford explorer

ford
explorer

#1

my 4wheel drive seems to be stuck in 4wheel cause my front drive shaft is turning and the twist button 4wheel drive is in the off position is there a way to get underneath it and take it out of 4wheel drive my self until i can get it home from work and take off the front drive shaft?


#2

The likely case is your automatic hubs are not freeing up.

Sometime backing up straight disengages them. I would not “remove” a drive shaft as it would be easier to address the hubs themselves. When I owned a 4wd truck I left my manual hubs locked in the winter.

There is no harm in spinning the axle if the transfer case is not engaged except for a slight MPG loss.

If you make a sharp turn does it feel like it is grabbing? If yes it is stuck in 4wd, if no drive on until you get it fixed.


#3

yes it feels like it is grabbing and when i take off at first it makes a popping noise right at the front of the front driveshaft the faster i go the faster the popping noise gets and when i get to about 40mph it stops popping i drove it 40 miles to work today no noise on interstate then when i pulled into the parking garage it started popping more then it was and grabbing and actually felt like it was holding the car back from moving forward and one point