Hit and miss 4x4 engagement
I'm new here, and would just like to say this place is GREAT.
Anyway. I have an 02 Ranger Edge, (duh) and my 4x4 system is acting up.
I just recently got the truck, and only took it for a little off-roading for the first time with my buddies the other day. It's an automatic, so it has the switch there on the dash, and when I turn it to 4hi or low, it takes the thing anywhere from 5 to ten minutes to engage. 4lo takes even longer, but I can put it on 4hi and drive around for so long and eventually it will engage. If I get lucky 4lo will work. Then when I'm done, I have to play with it some more to get it out.
I was thinking maybe there are some loose connections to the tcase motor, the motor is going bad (PLEASE no), or I've got a bad switch. I don't think this truck has hubs, so that's not it.
The previous owner pretty well put it through it's paces, since I cleaned red clay mud out of the CUPHOLDERS inside the truck and the exhaust system is a nice hot pink color from mud stains, so maybe something just needs cleaning. Don't know, but any help is greatly appreciated.