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1990 Dodge Dakota 4x4 stuck in 4wd, Any guesses?

1990 Dodge Dakota 4x4 stuck in 4wd, have checked vacumn motor on front diff and was able to release it by blowing compressed air into it but, as soon as air is cut off it re-engages the axle. Any ideas?

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SOURCE: 1990 GMC Sierra 4x4 1500

the connections near the front axle that activate the motor to engage the system aren't melted? That's a comon problem for that body style. If there good, sounds like it could be that motor itself. To figure out if it's you motor or transfercase, jack up the rear end, have a friend inside shift into 4 wheel drive, or try to, and put it in gear and apply some gas. If the front driveshaft is turning then it's something with the front end. If not, farther back in the system.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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SOURCE: 1995 Dodge Dakota Calipers

check your fluids and bleed the brake system , if that is all the issues your having . if low on fluid and keeps draining out then you have whats known as a caliper seal broken and that means $30-50 bucks for a new one/rebuilt , i know i drove mine like that for a bit and had to replace the driver side.

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SOURCE: 4x4 not working when i shift it in 4x4 auto trans

Find the accuator on the front axle it has a two wire pigtail and threads into the axle housing. Check for power and ground if you have both when the transfer case is in 4x4 the replace the accuator. They are available at most parts stores and are a very common problem. Let me know how it goes.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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SOURCE: 2001 Trooper: Front axle will not engage when I press dash 4x4 switch

hi guys i would check all the small vacume pipes that conect the sol valves toi the vacume actuators having just replaced the engen in mine i found that these do not have any clips holiding them on tight and can get oil on them and become oversized and leak you can test the diaframes in the actuators by putting a length of pipe on one port and sucking by mouth you can hear the actuator move and then find you can put toung on end of pipe and it will hold a vacume if it does not then chances are the actuator diafram id u/s hope this helps bill

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SOURCE: Clicking noise in front end 2001 dodge ram 4x4

the ansew i found is replacing the seal around the joint and from both end removing it and cleaning it out i had rocks in mine from going threw water and mud ita a all day deal but a twenty doller fix axle shaft oil seal is all i had to replace

Posted on Apr 26, 2009

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..........(back)...........
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