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1994 ford explorer 4 wheel drive not working

My 1994 explorer will not turn the 4 wheel drive on.i have the pushbotton 4 wheel drive and it will not turn on.the switch is getting power but i cannot hear the 4 wheel drive engaging

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    it is same problem

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    same problem



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Go to the engine compartment where the relays are located with the fuses. Check or replace the 4 wheel auto engage relay , maybe is not working. Is very clearly mark, I believe is the top right one looking at the bost front front of vehicle to the back. There is a diagram drawing of each relay in the cover, so you can't go wrong.

Posted on Nov 05, 2008


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