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98 4runner 4wd hi wont engage

I have the electronic 4wd with an auto tranny. When I click the 4wd hi engage button nothing happens. The first time this happened the 4wd light flashed and buzzed then turned off. when i shift manually into 4wlo it does engage that and i've tested it in the sand and all 4 wheels spin.

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