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NO 4x4

ok i posted before when it was making a whistling sound hopeing someone will help but no one did

now i dont got 4x4 anymore!!!! it dosent engauge at hi or low and the 4x4 lights flash like 4 times then go out then like 2 min later they flash again

what does this mean i really need some help now cause i dont know if i shoud be driving it.

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Prob a vacuum issue
 
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thats what i was thinking do u or anyone know where the vacume lines run? where to look and what they look like? cause i in the dark about that stuff i know sum.

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welcome to the 2wd club!

yea i'd check vaccume lines, if in doubt have a shop take a look at it
 
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yes the 2wd club!!! does that mean i can get spindles now!!!!

i hopeing to get an isear what it might be befor i spend a lot of $$ or if its a stupid thing that i cna do in a min then id rather do that
 
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yes the 2wd club!!! does that mean i can get spindles now!!!!
take out your cv axel shafts, and yea you can spindle lift her!
 
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sweet lol

if it wasent for snow i wouldent care lol
 
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does anyone know if i can get it checked with a diagnostic machine and it will pick it up even tho its not the check engine?
 
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you should just get manual locking hubs! Those autos are junk. It prob will be cheaper to buy em and put em in than taking it somewhere
 
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thats my next thing if the autos are blown. but i was wondering if there could be a vacume that could have come off or something?

but the manual will be going on if i got to change deffinatly! and can i just cut out the center of the hubcap to get to them and i got 1 1/4" spacers so i can prob jsut take off the cap in the winter and put back on when its nice out again.

also it doest engauge at all not even the lights come on or anything thay just flash a couple times i dont know what that means???

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mine did the same thing, i did the hub fix, where you pull the little metal tabs out of your hubs to make your front axle live like the 01's and up and i havent had a problem since, takes about 15min, if ya got the money do the manual hubs though, ill eventually be getting them......
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ead.php?t=9211
 
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whats the hub fix do?? what did u clean?

it did start working again i think something was sticking so i worked it around and it worked agan but id like to clean it out to.

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Originally Posted by MonsterGuy
ok i posted before when it was making a whistling sound hopeing someone will help but no one did

now i dont got 4x4 anymore!!!! it dosent engauge at hi or low and the 4x4 lights flash like 4 times then go out then like 2 min later they flash again

what does this mean i really need some help now cause i dont know if i shoud be driving it.

Nick
Flashing 4x4 lights mean that there is a trouble code stored in the 4x4 Control Module. This is similar to a Check Engine Light except it is for the transfer case. You will probably need to get the code pulled by a dealer since ordinary OBDII code readers can access the Powertrain Control Module only. Dealer tools can access all of the onboard modules over the module communication network.

It could be a number of different problems but the most common is with the indexing in the shift motor (looks kinda like a windshield wiper motor on the transfer case). Pulling the code will point you in the right direction.

That doesn't explain the whistle noise, though, which may or may not be related to the T/C problem. If it happens when the truck is stopped, it is probably a vacuum leak somewhere in the Pulse Vacuum Hublock system. If it a squeal that only happens when rolling, it may be dry dust seals at the front wheel bearings.
 
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the 4x4 stoped flashing and the 4x4 works now so i cna pull a code anymore it just worked the next day and still is now. but the squeeling only happens when rolling and gets high pitched. when i'm driving the squeel sometimes go away slowly and when its totaly gone i can feel underme vibrating and i can hear a vibrating also when driving.

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The code is probably still stored in the 4x4 Control Module if you want to find out what it is. With the electronic T-case, I think it's probably good preventative maintenance to engage 4x4 High and Low range regularly to keep everything in the shift motor clean and operational. Just a guess, though.

http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...shiftmotor.htm

As for the squealing, I would bet on the grease seals. That's a known issue for 4x4 Rangers.
 
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how do i get into the greese seals?? is it hard and what will i need to do this if u know? what type of greese should i use?

thanks sryfor all the Q i just dont want anything to blow up lol

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how do i get into the greese seals?? is it hard and what will i need to do this if u know? what type of greese should i use?

thanks sryfor all the Q i just dont want anything to blow up lol

Nick
I have never serviced the front bearings on a Ranger 4x4 so I don't have any experience there. As far as I know, the the IFS Ranger bearings are serviced as an assembly. If I had the squealing problem, I would pull the rotors and try to get some type of lubricant under the seal lips on both sides of the bearing cassette. I don't know if that method would work, just an idea.
 
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