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4x4 not shifting into high

My 1994 jimmy will go into 4x4 low, but will not go in to 4x4 high. the light selector for the hi/lo sitch also blinks and both lightsstay lit. even when in 4x4 low sometimes. any help out there

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  • coracommande Jan 29, 2009

    if it shifts ino 4x4 lo and back to 2hi, that would mean the motor still works right? do you think it could be the switch or control module? or is th electric transfer case motor control the selection?

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    hi i got a question my 94 gmc jimmy 4x4 wont go into 4 wheel drive do where would i find a vacumm diagram to the 4x4 or what can i do

  • rivercityaut May 04, 2009

    yes have the same problem goes into low but not high light stay lit all that good stuff so whats a good solution or something i can try to fix this

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I have changed the transfer case motor & 4x4 selector switch an 4x4 high still wont work.

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Hi how are you doing? just had same problem with by gmc i replaced the transfurcase motor and it works fine. the electric motor moves the shifter in your transfurcase from 4hi to 4lo and 2hi.there is only 3 things that operate your 4x4 the switch the motor and the control modgual.

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    Raymond l Vincent Jr Jan 29, 2009

    hi the motor moves into two positions the signal from the switch tells wich position for the motor to move.it is only moving into one position.

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