my 4 wheel drive isnt locking in.

Asked by Jan 06, 2014 at 02:05 PM about the 1997 Chevrolet C/K 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i put it in  neutral push the 4 low button the transfer case locks in and it runs in granny low gears but the front end has no power.when i try to put it in 4 hi it does nothing no noises ,shifting,locking in nothing.ive been told it the actuator but im not sure..i need help diagnosing the problem.ive been working on my own vehicles for a lil over 3 years but have never ran into a problem like a girl i need my 4 wheel drive back badly.thanks for your help.

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There is an actuator on the front end for the 4x4. It sounds like that is the problem because you hear the transfer case is locking in.

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X2 front axle actuator

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Well thank you for your help but it wasn't the actuator in front as I had replaced it already anyways it turns out to be that it was my transfer case shift motor I replaced shift motor n fixed the problem first time doing it and it is a pretty simple job thank you

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Take the actuator out and stick a nut and washer make sure the washer makes contact with the metal part on the actuator then just screw it back in and put it in 4wd and u just saved like 90 bucks.

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Hey guys I just bought a 97 k1500 and the four wheel drive quit on me I replaced the front actuator I can hear the transfer case motor work and I jacked up the front end and can still spin the front tires but can not spin the shaft going into the front end so idk what to do I wanna fix it myself and save money but idk what else to try

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I still don't go in 4 high put motor on trans case 4 low work. Now what wrong

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i had the same thing I replace front Actuator and put 3 washer in here,put sometime work then pop out but I Can put it in low 4x4 put won't lock put it in low, but no light on.. , same way in high a another switch that to be changed in the back on top of the transfer case

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