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Ford Explorer 2003 shift motor

Hello, My truck wont go into 4x4. I checked the fuses all good. I checked for voltage to the shift motor, no voltage found. whats next?

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There is a module behind the glove box try unplugging it and reconnect it if that doesn't work it might need a new module

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