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    Going from 4wd to 2wd

    Hello all, just bought a 2019 Wolverine X4 and I have a question about going from 4wd to 2wd. I can go into 4wd without issue. When I move the select from 4wd to 2wd I hear the mechanism do something but the indicator shows 4wd drive mode. Going forward doesn't help, however all I have to do is put it in reverse, give a little gas to move about 6 inches and it goes into 2wd like a charm. So my question is: is this normal or do I have an issue here?
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    This is normal and you'll notice the same from going from one mode to another. I used your method religiously but have fine-tuned my method to simply letting off the gas, then blipping the throttle hard for a fraction of a second and immediately letting off at low speed and usually it will transition smoothly without hanging up.
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    Can you transition from 2wd to 4wd on the move? I’m hearing different opinions

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    Owner's manual calls for coming to a full stop whether it be going from L/H/N/R or 2WD/4WD/DiffLock
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    Thanks for the info!!!
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    Reviving and old thread but just discovered the same issue with my new X4. Only have a couple of hours on it and am noticing the same thing. Fully stopped I switch from 2wd to 4wd and vice versa, I can hear a mechanism working when turning the rotary knob, but the icon on my display stays in 4wd all times. So you guys are saying this is normal and I need to "jig" it to get it to actually make the switch over??

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    I find that as long as I unload the drive train and steer straight it will usually pop back into 2wd without issue. Sometimes I have to stop and back up a couple of feet. Never had a problem shifting from 2wd to 4wd and back as long as the wheels are turning at the same speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsckey View Post
    I find that as long as I unload the drive train and steer straight it will usually pop back into 2wd without issue. Sometimes I have to stop and back up a couple of feet. Never had a problem shifting from 2wd to 4wd and back as long as the wheels are turning at the same speed.
    Thanks for the reply. Will have to see next time I take it out of the shop. Honestly having a hard time accepting that this is "normal" considering the manual makes no mention of anything being required except for turning the knob.
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    Try this: your rolling along, let off the throttle, switch to four wheel, watch the 4 by 4 light come on, get back on the throttle. Now your rolling along foot on the throttle, switch to 2wd, let off the throttle, watch the light go to 2wd, get back on the throttle. Diff lock. Come to a complete stop, switch to diff lock, turn the steering wheel back and forth till the light stops blinking, if it still doesn’t, back up a little and continue turning the wheel till it engages.
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    It's normal. It's because of how the 4 wd is designed to operate. As has been explained, just unload the driveline a little. While a small idiosincrisies to deal with, it's still the best system.
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