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My 1998 Ford F150 4x4 4.6 is stuck in 4h dash light is on dash switch is in 2wd

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  • Jay Williams Jr. Dec 30, 2012

    Is ther any way to test the solenoid to be sure?

  • Jay Williams Jr. Jan 01, 2013

    Thanks for your reply to my problem. what i'm finding though all the parts I'v found come with a plug you have to change is this a big deal how do you keep wires seperated?

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SOURCE: When I move the 2H-4H-4L selector switch on my

Most likely the controller module is bad, or the actuator for the front axle has gone bad.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010

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SOURCE: I have a 2003 Ford

it can be the actuator swith located at the transfer case . or it can be the hubs themselves. Ford recommends that the hubs be cleaned at least once a year or more if the 4 wheel is used often.They are not that hard to remove and clean.And lubricate. If you do use grease do not pack the grease inside the hub.Here is a site that may help .aa1car.com/library/2004/bf60414.htm . Add the http:// www dot. if this helps you vote an answer

Posted on Dec 20, 2008

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SOURCE: Ford focus brake lights stuck on when sidelights on

hi, i have sorted this problem on my 99 focus ghia.,check both your tail light bulbs.someone put the wrong bulb in and i had the exact same problems you described.the bulb for brake/tail light has two steel connecters and and all other bulbs have one.i put proper bulb in and the problem disappeared.now lights working perfect and sidelights dont come on now when i brake :)change both brake/tail bulbs on each side.1 euro will fix this problem.hope this helps.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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SOURCE: 1998 Ford Expedition XLT 4 wheel drive switch is frozen in 4H

solenoid switch that engages the 4WD more likely will need replacing. fairly cheap to fix replace.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009

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SOURCE: 1998 ford expedition the dash lever if set too

There is another recall for the cruise control. This time it is about transmission issues and wiring to brakes and electrical issues. This could be a free recall repair.

Posted on Dec 04, 2009

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