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When I try to engage the four wheel drive the light on the dash comes on ,but does not engage the four wheel drive.

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  • leifnyman46 Feb 03, 2010

    I just resolved the same problem today with my 2003 F150. All I did was spray the electrical plug in on the transfer case motor with WD40.Works like new!!

  • Steve S
    Steve S May 11, 2010

    Is the system ESOF ( Electronic Shift On the Fly ) or MSOF ( Mechanical Shift On the Fly ) ? Lift and support the front of the truck so the front wheels are off the ground ( take safety precautions, chock wheels, jack stands, etc ). Key on, engage 4x4 and try to turn the front drive shaft. If it turns it is a problem with the transfer case. If it doesn't it is a front axle engagement problem. When you get the results to the test, post back a comment on the problem.

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