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The 4 wheel drive doesn't work in my 89 Ford Bronco

Button on the dash does not engage 4x4. It just makes a clicking sound in the glovebox area

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The sound is not coming from the glove compartment, it is coming from the panel behind the drivers seat, that's where the relays and computer are located.
The relays click and apply power to a transfer case motor.
The motor attempts to turn a shaft that engages the front drive shaft.
When the computer thinks the shaft has NOT turned it tries again.
It will try three times then quit, figuring the shaft has not turned.

Get someone to crawl under the vehicle and engage the 4WD (just turn on the ignition- do not start the engine) See if they can hear the motor attempt to turn the shaft, it will make a clicking sound.
If not the connections or the motor may be bad.

I have found the most probable cause is the relays on the control board.
If you are technically adept --
you can remove the small side panel from behind the drivers seat and remove the control board. (remove the power plugs first)
Clean the relay contacts and bend them a little to give them more 'wipe' to keep them clean longer.
Put it back in and turn on the ignition.
Then push the RESET button on the side of the board.
Try the in / out 4WD a couple of times. If it doesn't work turn off the ignition, turn it back on and push the reset button again.

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  • 1schwinn Jan 17, 2011

    You are wrong. The sound is behind the glove box just as the person originally said. We are talking about a full size bronco, mine is an 89 with a 302 motor. The sound is a click right behind the glove box. You can feel the tap when something is trying to engage it seems. Not sure what the heck you are referring to about relays behind the driver's seat. All I have behind my seat is the back seat and carpet. So back to the orig ? ,,,,what the heck is making the tap click sound behind the glove box?

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Ok, I don't have a solution but a question..... I own a 1988 Bronco II. There is a button for a 2 wheel and a button for a 4x4 up above front windshield by visors
It says to push the 4x4 button to engage the 4 wheel drive. but it won't ingage. What am i doing wrong??? Please I hope someone can help. I have looked in the Ford Ranger/ Bronco II Chilton manuel. I do not find information. PLease help..
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