YOU CAN HEAR THE MOTOR INGAGE BUT I WAS STUCK IN THE SNOW AND THE FRONT WHEELS DONT SPIN IT IS A PUSH BUTTON 4 HIGH 4 LOW BOTH DO THE SAME THING FRONT WHEELS DONT SPIN TRUCK WAS SITTING FOR ABOUT 2 YEARS SPRAYED THE TRANSFER CASE MOTOR WITH PENETRATING OIL BUT STILL THE SAME THING
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it sounds like u are getting power [the clicking is the relay]ur next step would be to go under the truck and find the moter on the transfer case .have someone engage the 4x4 and listen for the moter working.if not uplug the harness and see if u have power there when ingage or disen gage the 4x4 .if u do then it is most likely the moter or the spline on the moter witch then u have to remove,to check
First off do you have manual hubs or auto hubs. is the stick on the floor or is it push button?? Kinda sounds like if it is manual hubs you have to lock in then they are not locking in to give that tire power, you can get new hubs from a parts store but i suggest you to get the WARN hubs do to they will last longer than stock hubs..
This could be the transfer case selector motor or the switch but testing will be needed, you would need to test for power at the actuator motor to see if its getting power and if you hear it moving.the other thing is the hubs, ford had vaccum operated hub or automatic they call them and the hubs freeze up and dont move to lock the front wheels.
The sound is not coming from the glove compartment, it is coming from the panel behind the drivers seat, that's where the relays and computer are located. The relays click and apply power to a transfer case motor. The motor attempts to turn a shaft that engages the front drive shaft. When the computer thinks the shaft has NOT turned it tries again. It will try three times then quit, figuring the shaft has not turned.
Get someone to crawl under the vehicle and engage the 4WD (just turn on the ignition- do not start the engine) See if they can hear the motor attempt to turn the shaft, it will make a clicking sound. If not the connections or the motor may be bad.
I have found the most probable cause is the relays on the control board. If you are technically adept -- you can remove the small side panel from behind the drivers seat and remove the control board. (remove the power plugs first) Clean the relay contacts and bend them a little to give them more 'wipe' to keep them clean longer. Put it back in and turn on the ignition. Then push the RESET button on the side of the board. Try the in / out 4WD a couple of times. If it doesn't work turn off the ignition, turn it back on and push the reset button again.