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Series 3 Can't select High range 2WD (stuck selector)

Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by FRAJ, May 17, 2019 at 7:50 PM.

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  1. FRAJ

    FRAJ New Member

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    I have seen similar posts with this issue, which suggests that the selector shafts get seized up and can be freed off by removing the little cover (3 bolts) and cleaning up / oiling. But before I start on that job, does anyone know why the selector would suddenly seize solid, after working the last few weeks? I admit it did feel a bit stiff, but other posts I read it seemed to seize through lack of use.
    Symptoms are: Left it in low range overnight, come morning I can't move the red lever back to high. However, I can move it IF I press the yellow knob at the same time, putting it in 4wd. It drives fine, the yellow pops back up when moving to low, the selector cover itself looks in good nick.
    I guess I can use it, since it has free wheeling hubs? And assume I only need to remove the drivers floor (plus all the legacy silicone sealant) to get to it?
    It's my first LR, only had it a few weeks.

    Thanks
     
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    Turboman Rural Activist

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    Bit hard to say without actually seeing it, but it could be that the linkages are fouling each other under the trans tunnel, possibly due to mud, rust, or a split pin fouling on something.
    Try getting under it and having a look, and removing the transmission tunnel if needed.
     
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    John S Well-Known Member

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    Your description just sounds rusted up. Easily said on line but it’s a common problem (me) m. I’d follow as posted advice to free up.
     
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    Colthebrummie Well-Known Member

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    It's rare to need to put it in low, unless towing up steep hills or perhaps doing some heavy duty off roading. How come you use low frequently?

    Col
     
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    rob1miles Well-Known Member

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    The high low lever and the yellow knob really need to be used every week to keep everything free and oily. The problem is that the 4wd is latched by a spring so if the stiffness gets above the spring force it just stops working. Oil evverything and move it all regualry.
     
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    I wouldn't use it in 4WD with the hubs disengaged, not meant to be good for them
     
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    I think this depends on your use of the vehicle. I use low range in mine a lot. And not for towing. ;)
     
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    The locking pin that goes up and down is a neat fit in the hole in housing, it can trap rust and jam when moved and as rob says it only has the spring force to push it back up , a good clean and oil should do it and check spring under yellow knob is ok
     
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    Found a small stone jamming mine once.
    The only reason not to drive in two wheel drive low is the rear drive train can be overloaded and something like a halfshaft may go, but driven carefully it's ok.
     
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    Thanks for the responses, very useful. I have had the floor up which was a job in itself with several layers of silicone in there. Didn't manage to get the cover off the selectors fully before I ran out of time (still got the 4wd pin in it) but the little I saw looked ok, ie not full of rust. Will have another play later hopefully.
    I have used the red lever about 8 time in my 1 month of ownership. I think the previous fella never touched it.
     
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