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Transfer case actuator motor running issue

Cannot lock in 4x4 as the servo motor has running problem

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SOURCE: 4x4 Problems

sorry lost here ,never seen one but if transmission shaft is turning to front diff then the problem is their,could be anyting from a sheared diff pinion to a broken planet wheel or possible evan a snapped half shaft or the spline on the end of the half shaft has worn and rounded off

Posted on Nov 05, 2008

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SOURCE: 4x4 wont engage front wheels

check switch or sensor on transfer case

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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SOURCE: 1993 chevy 1500 4x4 pickup no power to front actuator

check all wire conections also replace the actuator on the front axle but check for power there first if you have power replace that switch as well .

Posted on Aug 27, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a 1990 K1500 4X4 Chevy pickup that wont

I had the same problem on my 90 K1500, it was the 4 wheel drive actuator unit itself. Bout it at the local parts store for 30 bucks and installed it in 10 minutes or less - and vavoom! 4 X 4 back in business.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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SOURCE: front end will not lock in in 4x4 transfer case is

Ok, this is probably going to sound greek if you have no automotive experiance, so here goes:

There are 2 possibilities I can think of at the moment depending on your 4wd system, however there are several things that can cause this

If you have a Push button 4wd (you push a button or turn a knob) the system engages using actuators or sylinoids meening you turn the 4wd on, the switch sends power to the selector option (high and low) and the 4wd light on the dash. the selector determines where the actuator/silenoid engages (either high or low) in the transfer case. However the actuator or silenoid can be faulty and yet the system will say 4wd is on because the switches still sending power to the 4x4 light

The next setup is the manual linkage set up, and given the year of your kia I doubt you have this setup However I am going to go through it anyway.

With a maual linkage setup you engage the trasfer case maualy using the 4wd shifter. Ironically on newer manual shift 4wd systems the dash light is still triggered electrically by location of the shifter not what is going on in the transfer case (Ah a flaw in the design) So if you linkage is loose/bent/damaged or somehow disconnected your 4wd wont engage but the light will still show that it is! Hope this helps

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

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The first thing to check is the 4x4fuse if it is bad replace it.
Next check the switch on the transfercase connect a continuity tester to the switch and shift the transfercase into 4x4 the stitch should close, if it dose not replace it ifthe switch is functioning properly replace actuator on front axle

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My four wheel drive doesnt work on 97 jimmy but clickes when i push the button?


there is a vacuum actuator under the battery it could be leaking vacuum. There is also an electric actuator on some models found in the same place. There is a cable that runs from the actuator to the front differential that locks it in. Make sure you have vacuum and the actuator is pulling the cable when 4x4 is engaged. hope this info helps.

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when this light is flashing it means the the actuator for the Transfer case has a problem or the transfer case is locked up, the only way to determine the cause is to remove and test the motor and see if it operates, the electric motor driven actuator is under the truck attached to the transfer case at rear of transmission.

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Denali slips in and out of 4x4


How may buttons for the 4X4 two , three , or four ? Do the lights flash ? Any messages - service four wheel drive system ? Which transfer case does it have ?

Transfer Case - NVG 246-NP8 (Two Speed Automatic)
The transfer case shift control module uses the VIN information for calculations that are required for the different calibrations used based on axle ratio, transmission, tire size, and engine. The system does not know which calibration to use without this information.
Transfer Case Encoder Motor
The transfer case encoder motor consists of a permanent magnet (PM) DC motor and gear reduction assembly. It is located on the left hand side (drivers side) of the transfer case. When activated it turns the sector shaft of the transfer case (clockwise or counter clockwise) to shift the transfer case. The encoder motor is controlled with a pulse width modulated (PWM) circuit within the transfer case shift control module. This circuit consists of a driver on both the Motor Feed A and Motor Feed B circuits. The encoder motor is bi-directional to allow the motor to shift the transfer case from 2HI or 4HI to NEUTRAL and 4LO positions.
Transfer Case Encoder
The encoder is mounted to the transfer case encoder motor assembly and is replaced as an assembly. The encoder converts the sector shaft position (representing a mode or range) into electrical signals inputs to the transfer case shift control module. The module can detect what position the transfer case is in by monitoring the 4 encoder channels (P, A, B, and C). These inputs translates into AUTO 4WD, 2H, 4H, NEUTRAL, and 4L or in transition between gears.
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The transfer case motor lock is used to provide a 2H, 4H, and 4L lock-up feature. When the lock circuit is energized, the transfer case encoder motor is allowed to turn. When the transfer case is placed 2H, 4H, or 4L the motor lock circuit has no power provided to it and the lock is applied. This assures that the transfer case remains in the current gear position. When AUTO 4WD is selected the motor lock remains applied until an adaptive mode (torque is applied to the front propshaft) is required. During an adaptive mode the motor lock circuit is energized and the motor lock is released, enabling the encoder motor to turn and apply torque to the front propshaft.


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The first thing to do before assuming it's a loose wire would be to have it checked for codes , auto zone , advance etc... can not check this codes .
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DTC C0315 Motor Ground Circuit Open
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DTC C0324 T-Case Lock Circuit High
DTC C0327 Encoder Circuit Malfunction
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DTC C0362 4LO Discrete Output Circuit High
DTC C0367 Front Axle Control Circuit High
DTC C0374 General System Malfunction
DTC C0376 Front/Rear Shaft Speed Mismatch
DTC C0387 Unable to Perform Shift
DTC C0550 ECU Malfunction
DTC C0611 VIN Information Error

If you know nothing about this , your best bet would be to take it to a qualified repair shop .

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