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2004 Chevy Silverado Z71 stuck in 4 low

My truck has had the service 4WD light on for some time now, I haven't been able to shift into 4 wd, but the other day I got stuck and was able to shift into 4 low but now cannot get it to shift back. I have tried the disconnecting the battery trick and that didn't do it. Any suggestions.

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    I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM, BUT NOW THE LIGHTS ARE OFF & i CAN'T CHANGE IT AL ALL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

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I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. CHANGED SWITCH AND THE SAME THING. I START THE TRUCK AND IS IN 4 HI. THEN HIT AUTO AND THEN 2WD THEN IT SHUTS OFF. AND SERVICE LIGHT COMES ON. STAYS IN 2WD. I CAN HEAR ACTUATOR WHEN TRUCK KEY IS TURNED AND CHANGE WHEN BUTTONS ARE PUSHED. I READ IT COULD BE GROUND UNDER DRIVER SIDE BAD. NEEDED TO BE CLEANED. I WILL TRY TOMORROW

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    I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. CHANGED SWITCH AND THE SAME THING. I START THE TRUCK AND IS IN 4 HI. THEN HIT AUTO AND THEN 2WD THEN IT SHUTS OFF. AND SERVICE LIGHT COMES ON. STAYS IN 2WD. I CAN HEAR ACTUATOR WHEN TRUCK KEY IS TURNED AND CHANGE WHEN BUTTONS ARE PUSHED. I READ IT COULD BE GROUND UNDER DRIVER SIDE BAD. NEEDED TO BE CLEANED. I WILL TRY TOMORROW

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The encoger circuit is bad it is a flat electric clocking moter held to the transfer case by 3 15 mm bolt search for a used one this is an expensive part this is a common problem

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The 4wd switch has gone bad it sounds like. if the light flashes that should be the problem. try buying a used one from salvage yard. it

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MINE DOES THE SAME. I have to shut off engine and start again then press 4x4 button immediatley and it works.....

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

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That was a good suggestion by Molson. Also, if you have been doing a lot of heavy hauling, have them check the strainer, which could be a problem as well.

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WHAT SURFACE are you driving on,...????? ICE , pavement?
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are you driving on pavement , ICE, snow or dirt.
my wild guess, is this is Cebby. and is not a Jeep
and is PART TIME 4WD and is not AWD
if you drive on pavement that is not covered in ice or snow
that is wrong, the manual explains that.
part time 4wd only works on ice or dirt.
more simply,. 1 tire must slip, that is be on something like ICE or dirt .
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and if you drive on pavement (dry) it will windup the drive line
and something breaks.
so REpost what you are driving on , the world is complex
dirt,sand,snow, granite, ice, mud, ?

im guessing, here is trac-lock. discussion....
http://www.fullsizechevy.com/forum/general-discussion/technical-maintenance/504267-2002-silverado-z71-4x4-not-working.html

here are the options, then
quote:
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end quote.
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mistake, the gears will be very hard to impossible to UN SHIFT
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