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brown wire on shift motor

What does this guy do? I tried rebuilding my motor and think I may have messed something up. I don't think the motor works anymore.

I noticed that these are carried by auto parts places, but that the brown wire does not have a socket on the shift motor connector...it is filled in. Does this mean I'd have to take the brown wire out of the connector (truck side) and make my own connection?
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The 2001+ trucks with live axles do not have the brown wire in the harness but yours does. I don't know the true reason for sure but I think it powers a clutch in the t-case that engages to spin the front driveshaft and diff up to match speed for "4WD shift on the fly" with the disengageable front hubs.
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okay. so if I go that route, I'll just remove the truckside brown wire and make the connection outside the connectors.

question about the shift motor, if I apply 12v to the yellow and orange wires, shouldn't that make the motor turn one way or the other? Mine does not turn.
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question about the shift motor, if I apply 12v to the yellow and orange wires, shouldn't that make the motor turn one way or the other?
That's how it looks to me.
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