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Transfer Case Motor Good/Bad?

I have an automatic 2002 XLT 4x4 Ford Ranger that has been having issues shifting into 4 wheel drive mode. It began about a year ago when I would try to shift into 4 wheel drive, with the automatic turn **** on the dash, I would here a clicking sound, from under the dash near the passenger side, but the 4x4 light wouldn't illuminate nor would I have 4x4 capabilities. I would keep turning the switch from 4x4 to 2 wheel drive and eventually it would engage into 4x4 mode until about 2 months ago. Now I still hear the clicking noise under the dash but nothing else happens. I am looking for any suggestions on what the problem could be and how to check if the transfer case motor is bad. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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if the clicking is behind the dash it could be the 4x4 control module.

look here for checking your motor through.
http://therangerstation.com/tech_lib...shiftmotor.htm
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^ just about to post that link lol..
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Thanks, i'll check it out. I've owned the truck for 5 years and have always heard the faint clicking sound when I engaged into 4x4 mode. Is that not common?
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you should hear a single click, but if you ear multiple clicking that is not good
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Alright, thanks for the advice.
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you should hear a single click, but if you ear multiple clicking that is not good
I always hear two. One when the case starts to switch and one when its done.
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I was looking at my new case today, who's thought about like welding a sprocket onto the little stub, then running a chain to another sprocket in the truck.. ghetto-manual-tcase mania!!

yes, that thought really went through my head.. so did welding a screw driver to it and cutting a hole in the floor.. as well as having to lay under the truck with a pair of pliers to engage low.



alllll because that electronic BS has left me in a few bad situations.

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Ask miller about that from what i hear the electrics turn ALOT lol...
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I was looking at my new case today, who's thought about like welding a sprocket onto the little stub, then running a chain to another sprocket in the truck.. ghetto-manual-tcase mania!!

yes, that thought really went through my head.. so did welding a screw driver to it and cutting a hole in the floor.. as well as having to lay under the truck with a pair of pliers to engage low.



alllll because that electronic BS has left me in a few bad situations.
LOL, thats what I do on my 93!!! Except, it's for high and low...Pliers FTW!!!
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Icon14 Replacing Transfer Case Motor Fixed Problem (2002 Ford Ranger XLT, no 4WD)

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if the clicking is behind the dash it could be the 4x4 control module.

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Servicing A Transfer Case Shift Motor
At 219,000 miles, the transfer case motor on my 2002 Ford Ranger XLT was dead (corroded/frozen) and the truck would not go in to 4WD mode.

Thanks to the information posted on this forum and elsewhere, I was able to fix my 4WD problem. First, I confirmed that the problem was NOT caused by a blown fuse or faulty control module, as the 4WD and 4High lights both came on when starting the truck and I could hear a clicking sound after turning the ****. Next, I checked and cleaned all wire connections that were easily accessible. While checking the wires for the transfer case motor, I noticed that the motor looked to be in bad shape (very corroded and the housing seemed a bit distorted). So, I pulled the motor and opened it up for a closer look. Sure enough, it was frozen solid.

Swapping the motor for a new part (Dorman 600-807 purchased at Advance Auto for $100) fixed the problem. The new transfer case motor fit perfectly and it was very easy to replace. My only issue was that the original bracket for the wiring harness, which was not included with the new part, did not fit because the notch did not line up. I took care of that after a few minutes of grinding the old bracket with a Dremmel. Simple job and now I have 4WD again!

Hope this helps someone who has a similar problem.

-MTS
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R&R 4WD Transfer Case Motor on 2002 Ford Ranger

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Swapping the motor for a new part...
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