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4WD not engaging

2001 Ford Ranger doesn't go into 4WD anymore. When I flip the switch = no light on, no traction. Not sure if this is a repeat post as I'm a new member but would appreciate any feedback or direction. Thanks! This forum is awesome btw
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your switch might have gone bad. thats the first thing i would check since its the easiest to replace. do you feel the 4x4 engaging at all though? if not, id check the switch for sure
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nope, 4WD doesn't engage at all. How do I check the switch?
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Check your fuses.

Do the lights flash when you start the truck? Its possible that the 4wd controller went bad.
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On mine when I first got it, you could hear a faint click of the transfer case motor trying to engage 4x4. I hit the button a crap load of times and it eventually engaged. The problem stopped after I filled the transfer case up with tranny fluid. I belive I read on here somewhere that there is a way to clean the motor if it's not engaging.
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