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Front diff does not engage on my 95 chevy k1500 4x4 .the actuator is new.what do i do?

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First make sure the new actuator is gettin' power. Do this by placing your hand on it while someone engages the 4-wheel drive. Then try cleaning your vacuum actuator valve and vaccuum lines leading up to it for possible holes.

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