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It has a switch that changes it from 2 hi to 4hi & 4lo. The problem is that it doesnt shift into 4 wheel drive.

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Even though the electrical switches are working, the vacuum lines may be the source of the trouble. Inspect all vacuum hoses. Look for loose connections, broken t fittings, weathered or mushy hoses, There is a vacuum operated switch under the vehicle that engages the front axle. Locate this switch and make sure the vacuum line is still connected at both ends. This hose is bad about coming loose.

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    Jackie Miles Jan 13, 2011

    Hey bigbuck. Did not hear back from you. Did you check all the vacuum lines? and what did you find?I noticed I got a low mark. Was my answer not helpful in finding a solution to your problem?

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    Jackie Miles Jan 13, 2011

    Hey bigbuck. Did not hear back from you. Did you check all the vacuum lines? and what did you find?I noticed I got a low mark. Was my answer not helpful in finding a solution to your problem?

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