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Four wheel drive doesn't work

Front wheel drive works 4x4 lite comes on in dash but rear wheels will not spin when front does rear drive shaft is ok problem seams to be in transfer case.

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Its the actuator or a fuse or wiring.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014

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SOURCE: 4x4 lights on dash come on,transferr case kicks

Sounds like the selinoid on the transfer case is not fully ingaged.....?

Posted on Dec 20, 2009

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SOURCE: I need to know what to do to get the 4x4 to work.

what year is it? chances are it is between a 1997 and 2003? if you look on the front differential (front axle) when the round cover on the front is, there is a vacuum solenoid. have someone start the vehicle and you can watch as they switch into and out of 4x4 make sure the arm on the vacuum solenoid is moving. if it is, the engagement fork inside the front diff is broken. if it is not, you have a bad vacuum solenoid or no vacuum applied. pull vacuum hose and check with vacuum gauge as vehicle is put into and taken out of 4x4

Posted on May 07, 2009

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SOURCE: 1994 Ford F-150 4x4 transfer case won't shift out

Vacuum Leak by the auto/man hubs??? Just a starting point....... Does it sound like something is happening when you use the switch?

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