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The four wheel drive on my 1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Z71 doesn't seem to be working. I can shift the floor shifter to 4H or 4L and no indicator light comes on and it is only in 2wd. What could be the issue?

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  • bigrob4life Feb 06, 2010

    where would that be located? I just bought this truck and it is my first 4wd so I honestly have no clue......thanks for the help

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Check the 4WD fuse and the illumination fuse in the I/P fuse block. Also check the Transfer Case Switch and the Front Axle Actuator for a fault. I would say that the Front Axle Actuator is the most common failure. I think there is even an updated actuator asy available. Check with you local chevy dealer for price and availability.

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Testimonial: "I checked the fuse block first, there doesnt seem to be any "guts" where the fuse for the transfer switch is located."

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Will most likely be your front axle actuator

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    burt Feb 06, 2010

    it will be on the front differential/axle housing

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I have a 2000 gmc seiara push botton 4 wheel drive it will go into 4 lo 4 hi and 2 hi will not go into nutreal

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Stop the vehicle completely, place the

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(if equipped), then push in and turn the

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Stop the vehicle completely, place the

transmission in "N" (Neutral) and depress

the brake pedal and the clutch pedal fully

(if equipped), then push in and turn the

switch to shift into "4H LOCK".

From 4H LOCK to 4H

You can operate the transfer switch either

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vehicle is moving.

Position the front wheels straight ahead

and turn the switch to shift into "4H". If the

vehicle is moving, we recommend that the

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this operation.

NOTE:

• When shifting between the transfer

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• If it is difficult to shift between "4H" and

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try accelerating and decelerating your

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transfer switch. Be sure to wait until traffic

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From 4H to N

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Stop the vehicle completely, place the

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• Do not shift between "4H" and "4H

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in the straight-ahead position and

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speed be less than 100 km/h (60

mph).

Do not operate the transfer switch

while tires are racing.

• Do not operate your vehicle in "4H

LOCK" or "4L LOCK" on dry, hard

surfaces.

(Continued)

CAUTION

(Continued)

• Do not operate the vehicle while a

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If you operate the vehicle while a

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equipped) or shift the automatic

transmission gearshift lever to the

"N" position.

2) Turn the transfer switch to the

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