Low range difficulty

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 22:17
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Have a 1996 80 Series Standard LC and am having trouble engaging Low range. 4WD gear shift goes easily into high range 4WD and everything is Ok there but then more often than not will not budge when I try and go through to Low range. Seems there is something solid preventing the gear shift from moving. (ie will not shift out of high range into low). Goes back to 2Wd OK.
Have tried it standing still,and moving slowly both forward and in reverse. Haven't done anything out of the ordinary lately that might have damaged it
Any suggestions???
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Reply By: Brian - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 22:46

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 22:46
Try either pushing the gear stick(4WD) down or moving it to the left or right before trying to pull it back. Should show you how to do it in the manual or sticker on glove box of visor.

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Follow Up By: Member - NewMan (VIC) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 13:42

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 13:42
I have the exact same Model and you have to pull the lever up to get into Nuetral (sp?) and low range.

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 06:46

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 06:46
Hi Terry:

Had a similar problem myself recently in the Flinders, and found that the boot had somehow wedged itself into the gate. Had to put the boot up and cut the offending bits away to get low range. That, plus half a can of WD40 got it working fine.

There is another possibility, and you will find the "fix" for that at the Landcruiser Owner's Technical site.

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Reply By: Well 55 - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 07:34

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 07:34
There is not a lot of room around the hole in the floor pan. Your gearbox mounts could be getting a bit soft on one side and the lever hits against the floor.

Pull the boot off and have a look when you are putting it into low range.
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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 11:32

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 11:32
I have exactly the same problem at the minute on the same vehicle. Thought I'd fixed it once and got stuck as the minute I needed it in the field it failed on me again.
Looking forward to testing these reply's and thanks
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Reply By: Member - Barry W (VIC) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 13:31

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 13:31
Hi Terry
Had a similar problem up Cape York a couple of years back, could select everything
but Low range. couldn't find fault for awhile turned out to be the bolt holding gear lever to selecting arm was loose tightened it up fixed problem, untill a few more bone jarring Klm's later same problem, fixed it this time with a nylock nut had no further problems till my 80 series was stolen 2 weeks ago.
Hope this helps
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Reply By: Kiwi Ray - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 14:30

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 14:30
The small bolt that secures the lever is prone to coming loose
Suggest drilling head of bolt and use some locking wire
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Reply By: Wazza (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 16:26

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 16:26
Hi Terry,

I followed the suggested tech page from LCOOL for my '93 80 series.

Mine was really stiff (transfer lever that is). Took the passenger seat out, carpet pulled back, both inner and outer rubber boots removed and finally the linkages from the tranfer cases undone. Bolting the shifter back into place, this means you can move the tranfer lever independand of the linkages. It was still really tight.

I had to get a 3 foot bar for leverage and filled the lever well with WD40 while moving the lever back and forth for about 20 minutes. It was better by about 50%. I replaced the lower boot and then filled it to the brim with WD40, took about a quarter of a can. The next day it was fantastic and easy to move.

A few pictures of the event at:


Hope this helps if you have to go this far !!!

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Follow Up By: Wazza (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 16:28

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 16:28
Wrap the lever with a heap of electrical tape first to stop it getting scratched. You can see the D-shackle which was the right size to keep the 19mm RHS and transfer lever together, then a bunch of wire wrapped around the top. Not pretty, but it worked.
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