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Old 05-22-2010
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1994 4x4 Electric shift broken?

Hi all, I've been browsing around here for a few days now and finally decided to start posting. I have a question, and yeah I searched for it first and didn't come up with anything. My Ranger is a 1994 with the electric 4x4 shift in the dash panel, but since I bought the truck it hasn't worked whatsoever. The light doesn't turn on, and of course it doesn't shift into 4 wheel. So my question is, how should I go about getting behind the instrument panel in the dash to look at the wiring back there? Any and all help is much appreciated.
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I assume the 4x4 switch location is pretty standard... should be on the bezel surrounding your radio. There are two bolts on the bottom side of the bar between the radio and climate controls (you'll have to look up at it to see them). Take those out and the whole bezel should just pop out (just don't strain any wires). Hopefully the connector just came loose. Otherwise, you may have an entirely different problem.
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a lot of people have been switching the electric tcases to manual ones from other year rangers and expolorers.. if your interested in doing that search around cause there is a ton of threads on how to do that..
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Thanks for the tips guys, I'll definitely take a look under there and figure it out. Now if indeed it isn't a connection problem, what am I looking at as far as getting it fixed? I'm not the most mechanically inclined guy, so I'd probably have to take it to a shop.
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Mesa,

To be honest, I'm still figuring out my 4x4 as well. Definitely post your findings. If I understand it right, it's just an electrical motor that moves the linkage arm. Worst case, you'd have to change that out I imagine. Though I would thoroughly check the voltages at the motor if you suspect it's bad and save yourself some headache. Then again, I've never actually seen how that all works so I could just be blowing smoke.
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I will indeed get back here as soon as I figure it out for sure. I was going to do it today, because it was only 80 degrees here in AZ so it would have been perfect weather to do it but the LOST series finale was on and I got dragged into watching that for 3+ hours. I'll have to get to it tomorrow.
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