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4x4 button sticking

When I try to turn on the 4x4, it doesn't always work. We have manual hubs.

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  • lynnette995 Apr 15, 2009

    Hey ranger crazzy I liked the thought of this solution it seemed easy, fast & cheap however, I don't have a box behind my seat with wires running out of it. Would it be somewhere else?

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Hello there.Im assuming you have a push button 4 wheel drive,if so you have a bad electric shift motor on the transfercase,faulty shift button or your transfercase is worn and the elec. motor is having trouble shifting it in 4 wheel drive.Hope this helps.John.

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If you have push button 4x4 just go behind the drivers seat there is a box with wires going into it and a red light on top that is the 4x4 control box there i a white reset button on top hit that a few times and i should work you may have to do this once and awhile.

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