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I am trying to find the problem with the 4x4 on my 97 suburban. I removed my front axle actuator and applied 12 volts to the leads. The actuator came out kind of slow and retracted when I removed the power. The metal section were the wires go in also heated up. Is this normal or is the actuator bad? How fast is it supposed to come out? Is it supposed to retract when the power is removed?

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Your actuator works by heating a specific gas and expanding the actuating rod. It is typically about 20-30 seconds. They work faster in warm weather and may not work at all in cold weather if they are old. Check your fuse box for a bad fuse, on my '97 it is # 24. If the fuse is good, your atuator appears to be working. It is just slow. There is a way to upgrade the actuator. Do a search on Amazon for Dorman #600-101 and the appropriate harness, 600-600. The harness plugs in to your original harness and then into the actuator. An extra long wire goes over the tranny to the transfer case wiring block, where you wire into the brown hot wire. Or you can replace the original with Dorman part # 600-100. It will probably work just fine. GM designed the front axle to engage after the transfer case, with a bit of a delay. That's what the original actuator does. The updated actuator is much quicker (2-3 seconds), but most folks have not found this to be an issue. It worked fine on my'94 Dually.

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I'll assume it is the actuator, if the plug to the actuator is getting 12 volts when in 4wd.
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GM offered an upgrade to this actuator that is a motor instead of a heated device. However, it requires a small harness addition, a spacer, and a new actuator. It is about a $150 to $200 option.

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I'll assume it is the actuator, if the plug to the actuator is getting 12 volts when in 4wd.
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Good luck. The actuator is usually the problem 90% of time but recheck all of the wire harness just to maker sure there is no short before replacing any parts. The actuator may not be fully engaged or disengaged and the fork to the spline may be what is causing the grinding.

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When shifted out of 4wd, the switch opens up and no voltage goes to the actuator.

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When shifted out of 4wd, the switch opens up and no voltage goes to the actuator.

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I'll assume it is the actuator, if the plug to the actuator is getting 12 volts when in 4wd.
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GM offered an upgrade to this actuator that is a motor instead of a heated device. However, it requires a small harness addition, a spacer, and a new actuator. It is about a $150 to $200 option.

Good luck. The actuator is usually the problem 90% of time but recheck all of the wire harness just to maker sure there is no short before replacing any parts.

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I'll assume it is the actuator, if the plug to the actuator is getting 12 volts when in 4wd.
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