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I am having 4wd problems and everyone told me that I needed to replace the actuator. So I did this and I still do not have 4wd. The light switches inside of the cab says that it is in 4wd and you can hear the actuator running, but I get no power to my front tires. What else could be the problem?

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There are 2 actuators, one controls the transfer case, the other controls the front axel. If you have an assistant, you can tell which one isn't doing it's job by looking from the outside under the truck and see if the front drive shaft is turning when the truck moves. If it does then it's the axel actuator which is located on the right side of the housing, if it doesn't turn, it's the transfer case that's the problem. (If that's the case, then be sure of the problem as it could be number of things associtated with this system and can be very costly guessing). The best way to find out why the transfer case isn't engaging is with a good scanner and read the system's controller.

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