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Old 11-27-2007
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99' 4x4 shift motor

On my 99 ranger it has a problem going into 4wd, if i go to a mud pit and engage the 4wd it will work great. The problem is that if I don't keep it in 4wd, after I disengage the 4wd it won't shift back in to 4wd. From my readings here I'm guessing that is either a dirty shift motor or a electrical connection somewhere. I'm just stumped because the 1st initial shift into 4wd it works great then it just wont work, my only guess for this is maybe the fact that once a connection gets wet it just quits working until it dries out. I'm stumped here guys any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2007
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I will bet your hubs a iffy. PVH trucks dislike the water. It ruins the seals that holds the vacuum in the knuckle. Which is how the hubs operate.

Are your 4wd lights flashing at all?

Easiest way to check is shift it in 4wd and listen for it to change, its not quiet. At least mine isnt. Try 4lo while your at it, thats even louder.

My suggestion is AVM manual hubs, even if your tcase motor is the problem. Its the best 100 bucks you can spen on your truck. Well if you dont like getting stuck that is.


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get AVM hubs in general they work 100x better then stock PVH

also for cleaning the shift modual here ya go...

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does it STAY in 4 if you put it in 4? or does it just say its in 4? i had that problem right before i got my AVMs... rocky trails really sucked having to switch in and out of 4wd every 30 seconds

i would say heat but im guessing its not really hot anymore?
i agree with AVMs i get my second set tomorrow

and try 4low, its a nice loud audible *click*
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Old 11-29-2007
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Sorry for the lack of information, I already have avm's its just a problem with the motor or electrical. Like I said usually it is fine for the initial shifting in to 4wd, but if I disengage it after that it won't go back into 4wd and there is no audible noises and the 4wd lights will flash. Some of you mite be wondering if its already in 4wd why take it out, because 4wd only gets you stuck more especially here in florid. Probably should update my sig as I now have bfg mt also.
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