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My 2000 blazer won,t select 4wd hi/low or auto

Switch on dash when pressed on 4hi or auto only flashes you can hear transfere case engaging ,when pressed for 4wd low light flashing no power to front axle in all cases is front axle actuator vacum controlled?

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  • blazer21 Feb 07, 2009

    When I select on my electric switch to put it into four wheele hi or low or auto you cant hear the transfer case engage and it wont lock in and I am wondering if anyone knows how to fix this issue?

  • mirraco91 Mar 18, 2009

    I have a 2001 chevy blazer LT (i think), its 2 door, and i cant switch to 2wd high, but it will go to 4 wd lo or hi, and i can hear the transfer case making sounds when i press the 2 wd hi button

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    guge lights always showing 2H, 4L, N, it is different at times

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There is a vacuum solonoid on the firewall in the middle with 2 vac lines and a 2 wire plug
thats ur problem
push the button and smack it with the handle of a screwdriver should work

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Most likely it is a ripped vacuum actuator located under the batter tray. Oil tends to be sucked through the vacuum lines and into the actuator, in turn it ruins the actuator that normally pulls on the shift cable. Reccomend also replacing the vacuum switch on top of the transfer case that is the culprit of oil being sucked through the lines. Good luck!

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