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I have recently converted my suburban's NP246 AutoCrap to a manual shift NP261HD. I am using the existing button to activate the front axle for now but I want to wire a solo switch and light. My Problem. The Actuator has 4 pins. Two grounds. One 12v and one 5v. How do I convert this to a basic switch? Is the power constant to the motor when off and constant when on? I am guessing the 12v retracts the actuator and the 5v releases it. I do know the actuator stays locked into whatever position it is in when power is disabled. But I am not sure how to wire this thing. Any suggestions.

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Electrical actuators have been a problem with chevy trucks for some time now. Since you upgraded, instead of re-configuring the wiring, why not use a manual device on there. I con't remember what company makes it but I saw it online for about $200 and from what I read, it is an excellent choice, especially in your situation. I'll add the website as a "comment" when I find it!

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