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1997 toyota tacoma 4x4. My truck will shift into 4 wheel in the transfer case, but not to the front drivetrain. I also noticed that on the front drivetrain their is a sensor and a vacume controlled actuator. I'm not sure if this where the problem lies, but I do know that I'm good up to the transfer case but not beyond. Also the 4 wheel drive indicator light does not come on. Oh, and I have automatic lock outs. Has anybody any clues. I see no shorts or vacume leaks.

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