Reverse and shift into neutral

by | Jan 27, 2020 | Faith, Local or Human Interest | 9 comments |

Truck2WD4H4LAt the bottom of the mountain, I flipped the truck gear switch to the right—from 2WD to 4WD—pulled the parking brake, and ran across the access road to pick up the mail. When I climbed back into the cab, I noticed two new warning lights on the dash: 4Low and VDC off. Huh?

I always changed into 4WD before heading up the mountain road. But sometimes I flipped the switch while driving the access road. Had I flipped the switch to the right twice, and therefore into 4Low? Apparently.

So. How to get back into 4WD? I flipped the 2WD-4WD switch to the left and pushed the VDC button to turn it back on. Nothing.

MountainRoadJan2020The truck was stuck in 4Low. I shifted into drive and, in constant prayer, crawled up the mountain. A neighbor, walking alongside the road, waved, and I waved back but didn’t dare stop. After pulling into the garage, I breathed a sigh of relief.

“Thank you, Lord!”


I consulted the owner’s manual. The Vehicle Dynamic Control section stated: “The VDC system is automatically reset to on when the ignition switch is placed in the off position then back to the on position.” Nope.

An internet search turned up these discussion board answers to Wilmer’s 2014 post: “My 4 wheel drive is stuck in 4 low.”

BoholMark advised: “Drive in reverse as you switch back to 4Wheel high.”

TransAm77 added: “If that doesn’t work, try starting the truck put the transmission gear selector in neutral.”

Brenda wrote: “Thank you! I tried everything and then I read your post to put it in neutral and then push the 2d button and it finally went out of low 4w drive. What a relief!!”



Last Wednesday, while getting dressed to go out to lunch with Keith, I took my watch, rings, and earrings out of the bathroom drawer, as usual, and put them on the counter, none too carefully. I heard a “clink” sound of something dropping and found one pearl earring on the floor. I checked to see if everything else was there. Watch, earring, earring, engagement ring… My wedding ring was missing.

I searched the countertop and floor. Nothing. I checked the heating-ac vent and sink trap. Nope. On the verge of panic, my brain switched into 4Low.

“Drive in reverse,” I said to myself. “If that doesn’t work, try putting yourself in neutral.”

WatchRingsEarringsJan2020I stepped back, put my brain in neutral, and prayed. My wedding ring couldn’t have gone far, and it hadn’t. I found the gold band hiding under a dental floss dispenser on top of my hand mirror.

What a relief!

“Thank you, Lord!”



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  1. seekingdivineperspective

    It’s amazing how far a dropped ring or earring can bounce. Glad you found it.
    Yep, all those little life emergencies usually end in “Thank You Lord!” in one way or another. Have a blessed week.

    • Carole Duff

      Thank you, and a blessed week to you, too! -C.D.

  2. Gary Fultz

    My truck does that as well. My brain however has a tougher tome getting back into drive.

  3. bigskybuckeye

    So true Carole! Sometimes we need to reverse and travel in low gear to relocate where we are going in life. Your analogy with four-wheel drive paints an accurate image for me. God’s peace!

  4. Sue Love

    Prayer works miracles! We need to ask God about the little things in life, like how to find something that went missing, and not just pray about the big stuff, for our Lord cares about every aspect of our lives. Good post! I enjoyed reading it! I was happy with you that you found your wedding ring.

    I once had my diamond knocked out of my engagement ring by the agitator in my washing machine. I removed all the clothing, one piece at a time, looking for it. After everything was removed my husband spotted it down at the bottom getting ready to fall into a hole. So he had me get out some gum and chew it and then he used that to grab a hold of the diamond and to lift it to safety. That was a long while ago, but i am pretty sure I was praying for it to be found. And, I know I was thanking the Lord when it was rescued. And, I think it ended up being one of those real life parables to teach a biblical lesson, too. 🙂

    • Carole Duff

      So glad you and your husband were able to retrieve the diamond. Though little, it represents something big—and bigger still the lesson about prayer.

      • Sue Love

        Amen! Thank you, Carole.


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