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98 Ford F150 4x4 wont engage

Have a 98 F150 XLT 4x4 ext cab 5.4 V8. Manual shift 4x4. 4x4 worked great last year, this year the front hubs will not engage. I lubed up the linkage between the manual shift lever and the transfer case so that it moves easily. However, still no engagement by the front hubs. The 4x4 light does not illuminate either. The light DOES illuminate however upon start of the engine like it should so I know the light works at least. Is there anything else I can check before tearing into the front hubs? Is there an electrical component on the transfer case that I can check? Are there any vacuum hoses in this system that I can check? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    I have the same problem on my 93.

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I copied something that you might use because it was handy I know its not going to be exactly for you but it might get you fixed. Let me know if it helps or NOT please. gl dc

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