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How to replace transfer case shift motor

How do i replace the transfer case shift motor on my 1997 expedition?

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    2000 Expedition. Same symptoms.

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    2001 f150 will not shift to 4low


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I have a 1999 f-150. It does not shift into 4WD (hi or low). I checked the fuses and they are ok. I think I may need a new shift motor. Is there a way to test the old motor or should I just replace it? Are there any special instructions for changing the shift motor?

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