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95 Explorer has intermittent problem engaging 4WD

When I flip the 4WD switch in my 95 Explorer, the light sometimes comes on, sometimes doesn't. If I'm in 4WD Low it sometimes won't switch to 4WD Auto, for example. If I play with the switch for awhile, it eventually gets into the drive type I want, but it can take a lot of fiddling.
BTW, the light on the dash seems to be accurate. If it's on, I am in that drive mode. If it's off, I'm definitely in 2WD.
If I leave it in, say, 4WD Auto, it will stay there. That is to say that the light doesn't randomly go off.

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Have you ever had the 4X4 transfer case serviced with new fluid? If not try that first.

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SOURCE: 2004 ford crown vic. intermittant probs with low/high beam.

I finally bit the bullet and took it into the dealer. It was indeed the Light Control Module (LCM). The dealer said there was not a service bulletin issued on this problem but when I asked the service manager to talk to the Ford rep about assisting with this safety issue, it took all of ten seconds for him to come back on the line and say that they would fix the whole thing for $100. (My car is not under warranty and the LCM alone is $480). Not sure exactly what happened behind the scenes but it appears Ford would rather fix this than have an issue made of it. (This is a privately owned car that does have wigwags and other emergency lighting equipment installed. These were not a factor).

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SOURCE: Ford explorer stuck in low 4wheel drive

put it back into 2 wheel drive, then reverse 10 or 15 feet, this should unlock the hubs.

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SOURCE: 98 explorer - 4wd and 4wd low light both blink 5-6

the transfer case motor is defective.

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SOURCE: 2002 Ford Explorer 4WD. 4WD is inopertive.

put a ground strap from your transfer case to your transmission. also with someone listening under the car with the key on but not running put your foot on the brake, shift to neutral and turn the selecter to 4x4 low and see if you can hear the actuater respond

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SOURCE: 4x4 lights flash, will not engage into 4wd

This is called the selector motor and you may be correct this is a common problem with these trucks the selector motor goes bad and will not engage the correct gear setting you select.

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Stop completely, clutch in or neutral for automatics, step on brake pedal, engage 4wd, select gear. Sometimes the engage switch is connect to the brake also. I have to step onthe brake to get into 4Low on my 1993 Explorer.
Next step is to check for loose wires under the transmission. If the plug came out the trans wont know to get into 4wd.
Lastly, if you are handy, get a chiltons or othr manual and remove and clean the 4wd module.
If none of these work then the module is probably burned out, replace or take to a shop for replacement.
Hope this helps you get it fixed.

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possible solution is to take out your dash control panel which has 2 screws . pull it out the radio and all will come out and check the wirer behind the switch. see if it is louse or disconnected also you could need a new switch

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This was a weakness of the Montero Sport models. If you google Montero Sport 4WD light flashing you will find lots of information. The best troubleshooting article I have found is here: http://4wd.blogeasy.com/article.view.run?articleID=318776 This article is about the Pajero, but the Montero Sport uses the same platform so this article applies.

The Montero Sport uses several switches and vacuum modules to put the system in and out of 4WD. If any of these malfunction, the light may flash continuously, flash intermittently, fail to come on, and it can trigger the anti-lock brake light to come on. In brief, if the 4WD shift lever is engaged, but the transfer case doesn't engage, the sensors show a mismatch and will cause the light to act funny including triggering the vehicle's anti-lock break light. These SUV's need to be shifted into 4WD regularly to keep the switches and mechanisms working correctly.

Try this before you even think about a visit to the $$$$$ Mitsubishi Dealer:
Shift the 4WD lever between 4WD High, Low and 2WD at least 100 times. Often, this will free the mechanisms and resolve the problem. It worked for me after three years of trying everything else including the dealer replacing switches, etc. If this does fix it for you, just be sure to shift the vehicle in and out of 4WD several times at least one a week and this will keep the mechanisms lubricated and functioning correctly. If that doesn't work, try the above link (article). Good luck!

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