4 wheel drive won't engage on 2002 Ford Escape

We just had 16 inches of snow and I noticed that when the selector switch is in "AWD" or "4WD" the back wheels never turn. The indicator lights are working and the 4wd fuse is OK. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance. Brett

by in Hardy, VA on December 22, 2009
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1 answer 4 comments
ANSWER by , February 21, 2010
Hey Brett, I'm having a similar issue, what did you find was wrong with your Escape? Thanks for any help you can provide, High E
COMMENT by , February 22, 2010
I haven't had it fixed yet but my mechanic put the car on a lift and everything works fine, the AWD/4WD only fails under torque. He believes that there is a gear broken in the transfer case. Estimated repair cost: $1,500.00.
COMMENT by , February 22, 2010
Well that wasn't the answer I was hoping for, but I appreciate your help. I may have to live without 4 wheel drive for awhile. Thank you!
COMMENT by , January 06, 2011
this awd system is very sensitive,the clutch in the transfer case is wore out and a new transfer case for my ford dealer in upstate ny is 687.00 takes around 4 hours to replace.Replaced mine my self.
COMMENT by , January 07, 2011