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Four wheel drive wont engage. Tranfer case is

Four wheel drive wont engage. Tranfer case is solid and front axle is good. Is there a shift motor or a internal hub assembly?

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Sounds like you either have a vaccum leak or your 4 wheel drive actuator is not working to engage the front differential.On my 98 ram there is a black and red plastic lines that are used for the vaccum lines. They are underneath and go from the transfer case to the front axle, check to see if one or both might be cracked or broke completely.If the lines are good then it could be your actuator on the front axle. A new one is about $93 at advance auto parts and not very hard to replace

Posted on Dec 15, 2009

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    Bryon Johner Dec 28, 2012

    mine is a 2000 ram 2500 diesel I replaced the actuator, sensor , and vaccum switch on the transfer case nothing worked , I noticed that the vaccum pump does not have very much suction but my heat ac and cruse still work could the pump be too weak ?

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