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1996 S10 4x4 4x4 does not engage manual shift for transfer case

I can not get the 4x4 to engage. I can shift to neutral and when shifting back to 4x4 high or 2x4 I hear the grinding so I know it works. the light comes on but it never locks into four wheel what is the problem? the tranmission on the pickup is automatic.
I pulled and replace both the tranmission fuse and the 4x4 fuse and that was not the problem.

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  • lyradjones Dec 29, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 1996 Silverado. The 4-high light just keeps blinking no matter how far I drive forward or reverse. The same thing happens when I move the gear selector to neutral and try to engage 4-low. I can hear a clunking sound coming from underneath the truck whenever I try and shift to 4X4, but the front wheels just won't engage.

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I figured I'd write a followup in case it helps somebody else.

Per @ccn7's information I did some troubleshooting and determined that the problem was the thermal linear actuator (TLA) [GM# 26013495). I ordered an aftermarket replacement (600-100) from Amazon.com cheaper than I could get wholesale from a parts store.

It worked except that I had to remove the electrical connector from the new unit and attach the connector from the old unit. Apparently the one I ordered is for trucks manufactured before 01-02-1996. Instead, I should have ordered the newer design (600-101) and my connector would have fit. (Or so I'm lead to believe.)

I've also discovered that you can get a replacement kit that eliminates the TLA altogether. It's more expensive and more work to install, but apparently it provides additional benefits over the standard TLA. Google Posi-lok if you're interested.

Thanks for stearing me in the right direction ccn7!

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Sounds to me like the selanoid that locks in the front axels in is not working. might be a place to start. easy chk. unplug it and take it out put 12 volts to it and see if it moves. you can also chk. to see if you got power to that plug. test with testlight. hope this helps.

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Just taking a stab in the dark..your transfer case is more then likely the culprit.

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Pulling the switch will not cause the transfer case to go back to a default position, the switch has a resistance level for each mode, and needs that value to operate the shift motor.

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1. Check the fuses for the shift motor
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Shifting into NEUTRAL
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Set the parking brake.
Start the vehicle or turn the ignition to RUN.
Connect the vehicle to the towing vehicle.
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Shift the transfer case to 2HI.
Simultaneously press and hold the 2HI and 4LO buttons for 10 seconds. The red NEUTRAL light will come on when the transfer case shift to NEUTRAL is complete.
Shift the transmission to REVERSE (R) for one second, then shift the transmission to DRIVE (D) for one second, or FIRST (1) for vehicles equipped with a manual transmission.
Turn the ignition to LOCK.
Place the transmission shift lever in PARK (P), or FIRST (1) for vehicles with a manual transmission.
Release the parking brake prior to towing.

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To shift out of NEUTRAL:

Set the parking brake and apply the regular brake pedal.
Shift the transmission to NEUTRAL (N) and turn the ignition to RUN with the engine off.
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NEUTRAL: Shift the vehicle's transfer case to NEUTRAL only when towing your vehicle.
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1. Set the parking brake.
2. Start the vehicle.
3. Connect the vehicle to the towing vehicle.
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