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I have a 2003 chevy blazer LS, 2-door 4wd w/ vortec engine. The 4wd is activated by a 3-button switch on the dash (2wd-hi, 4wd-hi, 4wd-lo). The problem is I can't get it to go into 4wd-hi no matter what I do. When I shift into 2wd-hi or 4wd-lo the switches light up momentarily and I can hear a clicking sound from under the dash behind the glove box, and then the transfer case goes into these gears just fine. But when I punch the 4wd-hi button, nothing happens. No light, no clicking noise from under the dash -- nothing, it just won't go into gear, it stays in 2wd-hi. Help!

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Try putting in nuetral and then shift into high gear . if still does not work sounds like the 4x4 acctuator is bad

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4. The left front (drivers side) CV axle is always engaged to the front differential, but the right side is not coupled in 2wd. There is an actuator located under the battery tray that when commanded is vacuum actuated and pulls a cable from it to the right side CV axle coupler engaging that axle. A sensor is on that axle that tells the TCCM the axle position.
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