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I have a 1996 cheavy 4x4 it will lock into four wheel drive but the front tires want spin what do u think could be wrong with it ?

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The front axle actuator. Very common for them to go bad. Check the fuses sometimes it will blow the 4x4 fuse when they go bad.

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