2001 4.0 Ranger 4x4 lock problems
Well here it is Christmas morning and here I sit in Minnesota watching the weather forecast telling me we are going to get 5 to 8 inches of snow and 4x4 will not lock in!
Bummer, I came here looking for help in figuring out what's wrong,!
I have been a Mechanic for over 40 years now so I know a little about this stuff,
Here's the deal, I have a 2001 4.0 Ranger 4x4 that the 4x4 refuses to lock in or the light on the dash to light up, was working fine last year, this year its not doing anything! My oldest boy (also a wrench) had a buddy at work that had this same problem a few years ago with his Ranger, took the motor apart found that the rubber 'shim' for lack of a better term had worn out and said he had fixed his with a simple piece of rubber fuel line as what would happen to his, is that without the shim in there it seems the motor that shifts it in and out of 4x4 gets 'lost' as it would only move it a little and not reset itself to it's normal place when you flip the switch, then he said his has been working great ever since!
So I had my boy take the truck to work with him a couple weeks ago and they did the same thing to my truck, didn't make any difference on my truck!
So I went out and bought the new motor to move the triangular 'pin' back and forth to shift it from 2x4 to 4x4 high or low.
Now when I flip the 4x4 switch on the dash I can hear it click in the passenger side kick panel, but it still won't light up the dash or even try to shift into 4x4 (high or low) took the motor off and with bare fingers flipped it into 4x4 and it went right in (no light on the dash yet though) put the electric shift motor back in and same thing!
Now when I flip the selector switch on the dash I can hear the click, when I flip the selector switch back to 2x4, I hear several 'double clicks' down behind the passenger kick panel (already unclipped the kick panel to see), but it still won't lock in. Do I need to take the motor off, flip the switch to 4x4 as well as the 'pin' and then reinstall the motor or what?
Anyone else out there have a idea what to try next?
Thanks for your input !! Rob