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4wd wont engage turn selector to 4wd and all it does is blinks and then service 4wd light comes on

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  • lilwayne_2 Aug 02, 2009

    yes its like the transfer case trys to shift in2 4wd but does not

  • lilwayne_2 Aug 05, 2009

    yes it sounds like it is trying to shift it2 4wd but wont

  • Cousin_Jon May 11, 2010

    Do you hear any other noises, or feel anything when this happens?

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