Re: 96 F-150 4WD help needed
you can shift from 2 wheel drive into 4x4 hi range and back out while driving because the gear ratio is the same but you must stop completely and be in nuetral to go down to low range and you will have to pull the lever slightly to the left as you pull back to get it to drop into low, this is a safety so you dont pull it into low while driving or failure would occur instantly.
in low range you will have a top speed of around 30-35 mph due to the low gear ratio.
this is used to pull stumps from the yard or i like to use it to pull chevys out of the snow.
after you engage the 4x4 and want to return to 2 wheel drive you should stop and back up about 15 feet to be sure that the locking hubs have released and gone back to 2 wheel drive mode.
the 96 models have an automatic locking hub which means you dont have to get out and lock hubs before you can use 4x4.
the transfer case and linkage is fairly strong and you dont have to worry about breaking it unless you try to go into low range while moving and then it will not like you any more and you will hear it start screaming at you in the form of grinding gears.
goodluck with the truck, any other questions just ask away !
i would rather push my Ford than drive your Chevy !