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4th position on 4WD switch (2016 Colorado)

Hey guys,
Trying to find what should be a simple answer, but have not been able to get a consistent answer from dealers, etc.
I have a 2016 Colorado Z71. Knob on left selects 2WD, 4WDH & 4WDL. There is a fourth position on the knob with only a dot to identify. The position is a "rocker switch" type position, in that you can twist the knob into that position, but it does not stay in that position. This tells me that I am setting something, but as there is no feedback on the instrument panel, etc. I am not sure what this position does, if anything. This would be a one spring loaded turn past 4WDL.

Is there anybody out there who can educate me?

Much thanks!

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Are you including the 'N' (Neutral) position? That's what I have after 4WDL. I don't think mine is spring loaded though.

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Are you including the 'N' (Neutral) position? That's what I have after 4WDL. I don't think mine is spring loaded though.
Should be, from the silly owner's manual, from the 2015 Canyon.

Shifting Into N (Neutral)
To shift:
1. Park the vehicle on a level
surface.
2. Set the parking brake and press
and hold the brake pedal. See
Parking Brake on page 9-41.
3. Start the vehicle or turn the
ignition to ON/RUN.
4. Shift the transmission to
N (Neutral).
5. Shift the transfer case to 2 WD.
6. Turn the transfer case knob
clockwise to N (Neutral) until it
stops and hold it there until the
N (Neutral) light starts blinking.
This will take at least
10 seconds. Then slowly release
the dial to the 4 Lo position. The
N (Neutral) light will come on
when the transfer case shift to
N (Neutral) is complete.

7. With the engine running, verify
that the transfer case is in
N (Neutral) by shifting the
transmission to R (Reverse),
then shift the transmission to
D (Drive). There should be no
movement of the vehicle while
shifting the transmission.
8. Turn the engine off, and the
ignition to ACC/ACCESSORY.

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Are you including the 'N' (Neutral) position? That's what I have after 4WDL. I don't think mine is spring loaded though.

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Should be, from the silly owner's manual, from the 2015 Canyon.
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Yep that's what I get for thinking without looking again. I double checked and obviously it's a momentary switch (spring loaded). But, it is N for sure. To the OP: hate to say it but might want to check the owners manual for more info such as this. Especially might want to read up before trying to shift into or out of N.
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Yep that's what I get for thinking without looking again. I double checked and obviously it's a momentary switch (spring loaded). But, it is N for sure. To the OP: hate to say it but might want to check the owners manual for more info such as this. Especially might want to read up before trying to shift into or out of N.
I would have never realized how difficult it is to shift into Neutral. On my Wrangler, shift the transmission into NEUTRAL, then grab the big old transfer case lever and pull it back to NEUTRAL.

Progress, ain't it wonderful.

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Thanks guys! Don't know why I could not find this in my owner's manual! Appreciate the clarification!
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For the uninformed, why would I need to shift the 4x4 system to neutral? TY .

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For the uninformed, why would I need to shift the 4x4 system to neutral? TY .
The simplest of reasons is to tow behind a motor home.

Also, if you have 4WD and need to be towed for service, you could do this and tow with rear wheels on ground if flat tow truck not available.

NOTE: YOU CANNOT TOW THE 2WD TRUCKS WITH REAR WHEELS ON GROUND FOR ANY DISTANCE WITHOUT DAMAGE TO AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION.

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