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Old 06-21-2013, 10:56 AM   #1
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4x4 not engaging

I just bought this thing for 4500 bucks but the four-wheel-drive will not engage and the 4x4 light on the dash doesn't come on. Any suggestions???

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Old 06-21-2013, 11:20 AM   #2
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First off.... the 4x4 light could just be broken. But in the front axle there is a vacuum powered actuator that gets stuck some times. Very common problem with these. As your looking at the axle on the passenger side you will see a few vacuum lines going to it. That's the actuator

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Old 06-21-2013, 11:22 AM   #3
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The light on the dash is controlled by the vacuum cad on the front axle housing (passenger side) un bolt it and have someone shift to 4 wheel drive and see if the fork slides over quickly. If it is slow or weak then your cad may be shot. Also could be a vacuum line between the transmission and the cad or between the transmission and the vacuum canister (drivers side under brake booster). Third possibility is that the little valve on the transmission that has 3 vacuum lines going into it is at fault and isn't allowing vacuum through. Hope this helps!
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:38 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick reply guys!! I will try that out before I start dumpin money. Ill let you know how it turns out
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:49 PM   #5
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Well I fixed the prob. Alloy USA makes a permalock system that permanently engages the front axle. It still spins freely and always ingages when I need it too. Gas mileage went down a little though. Kit was only $55.00
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