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ford ranger: electronic shift control.The four wheel drive doesnt work

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I have a1993 ford ranger with electronic shift control.The four wheel drive doesnt work and I would like to know how to diagnose the problem. thanks
Ken Stout [email protected]

Thanks for the question.


When you push the button do you hear any clicking like relays clicking?


How many miles on the truck?



Customer: replied 5 years ago.
yes I hear one click when I push 4x4 button,sounds lik it is comeing from front of truck,possibly from automatic hubs.truck has 175,000 miles on it



Try this below:


Sounds like the shift motor on the back of the transfercase is sticking. Double check that fuses are not blown, and connections to the transfercase is tight and clean.

Try this. Have the vehicle idling in neutral with the foot on the brake. Have someone inside the truck slowly activate the 4x4 switch while someone else is under the vehicle tapping on the shift motor with a hammer. Try this several times. If it then goes into 4x4 mode, replace the shift motor. What you're doing is trying to unstick the motor.


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