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1998 Ford Ranger 4x4 problem


Redman9

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Vehicle Year
1998
Make / Model
ford ranger
Transmission
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I am new here b ut I need aome help. I bought my first ford ranger last week. Its a 1998. The 4x4 hi/lo lights are flashing but the 4x4 is not engaging. I can hear the switch click in the truck when I turn the knob. But all the happena is the 4x4 hi/lo lights flash and it doesn't engage. Can anyone point me in the right direction to fix this?
 


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2008
Make / Model
Sport Trac
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Engine Size
4.0
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
2.5''
Tire Size
245/70-17
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Most likely the problem is the electric shift motor on the side of the transfer case. Not a big deal to fix. Typically they go bad from not being used. On all the Rangers and Sport Tracs I've owned I've always shifted into 4-Hi once a month and just drove down the last block of my street and shifted back to 2wd to exercise the shift motor and t-case. Low range maybe every other month. Never had a problem.
 


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