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4 wheel drive issues, appears to work in 4low but not 4 high

It is electronice push button to engage, started spinning going up a hill with about 2-3 inches of snow, stopped put pushed 4high still spinning the same, stopped pushed 4low and then it was clearly in 4 wheel drive. is it possible these electronic switches mess up or could it be something more expensive?

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Yes it is the switch. the switches are bad about going out in chevrolets which I am very familiar with. generally speaking if it goes into 4wd period it eliminates the actuator, and it also means t-case is functioning, it is just the selector switch.

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