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4WD not working properly

I have a 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara. 2WD works fine. When I put it in 4WD the light on the dash comes on, but the front wheels don't engage. Further, if I put it in 4WD low (on uphill snow in driveway recently), and it engages, but it takes a lot of gas to get it to move and as soon as I let off it stops all movement. It's as if I had the parking break on, but it's not. Thoughts?

I'm trying to determine if this is a transmission(which has been a bit clunky from time to time), 4WD/drivetrain, or some other issue.

Any information is greatly appreciated!!


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This is most commonly caused by the motor on the transfer case that engages the 4X4 either sticking or defective, sticking can be caused by dirty fluid, have u ever serviced the fluid in the transfer case, it should be done around 30,000 miles if u use the 4X4 allot.

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