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Old 10-14-2008
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Low Range doesn't work?

Hey guys,

Had my truck for a few weeks now, first time I used my 4x4 was yesterday. Unfortunately it's AUTOMATIC 4x4, which I've read have LOTS of problems. I'm thinking about buying a kit or seeing if my mechanic can get some used manual hubs from the salvage yard.

Anyway, knock on wood the autoschmatic 4x4 works okay, but when I hit the 'Low Range' push-button the light doesn't come on and I cannot notice any accompanying clicking sounds (should there normally be one).

1. Does Low Range only work in gears besides over(D)rive? Because I was in (D) when I was trying use 4x4 and seeing if my Low Range would work or not.

2. If the answer to #1 is 'no' and Low Range should work in any gear (including overdrive), is it possible it could be linked to the notorious automatic 4x4 or not?

As always, thanks in advance.
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Old 10-15-2008
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Typically you need to be stopped In neutral with your foot on the brake.
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Old 10-15-2008
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What he said^. Try (at a complete stop) putting it in neutral, foot on the brake, and push the button. I know it's like that in my dad's truck, and even in my manual I have to be in neutral.
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