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Transfer case motor circuit has short draining battery

Removed neg. battery lead and checked DC amps between lead and battery. Was able to determine that transfer case motor circuit is intermittenly drawing current. I can hear the transfer motor "click" everytime I get amps to the circuit. I pulled the fuse on the circuit and havn't had any issues since but obviously I am without 4 wheel drive now. My gut feeling tells me to replace the transfer case motor but would like to further troubleshoot. Any suggestions on how to narrow it down from here? I have had trouble with it switching in and out of 4 wheel a couple times but second attempt normally proved to be successful. Thanks for any help!

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    same for a 94 mazda b4000?

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    no crank no start problem

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Check the automatic ride control .defective circuit and or range switch on electric shift transfer case.

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SOURCE: Battery drains from intermitten short with transfer case motor

try replacing the "Actuator switch".

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