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2004 buick rainier front axle will not engage

When i am in a small amount of snow the rear wheels will spin but the front wheels will not spin

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Known for this it is a solenoid in the transmission about 1500-2000 to fix it

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

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    Billy Green Oct 24, 2013

    this is more than likely your encoder motor. It is located on your transfer case. If you are mechanicly enclined you can change it your self. Otherwise if a shop wants more that $500.00 they are ripping you off.



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I have the same car. Mine is automatic. What is yours?

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1/ Is the FWD on the dash panel lit up? This will tell you that only the front wheels are engaged without power to the rear wheels. The manual tells you if you have a flat tire in your car, you have to make it into a FWD by inserting a fuse in your fuse box. Check and see if the circuitry isn't shorting out your awd which is making it fwd.

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