4WD not engaging....

Discussion in '1998 - 2011 Ford Ranger' started by sdowiat, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. sdowiat

    sdowiat New Member

    Guys, I know there is info on this here.... but my searches aren't finding it. If you can help me or point me toward those posts I appreciate it.

    My truck is a 99 Mazda 3.0 automatic 4wd... which has identical running gear to the Ford... right? I've got the switch to engage the 4wd... wish right now I had a lever if you could get it...

    Last winter during a really cold snap ( when I needed it most ) my 4wd stopped engaging. The 4wd and 4 low lights would flash. I got past that then by disconnecting the battery for a bit & when I hooked it back up it worked again.

    It's doing it again but this time the disconnecting the battery trick dosent work. I'm trying to determine if that means the electric motor that makes it work has gone bad... If you know or can point me toward those posts I'd appreciate it... or tell we what to search on... I tried "4wd".." four wheel drive".... thanks stan
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  3. Captured Time

    Captured Time watch this and hold on

    your t-casr moter may be out
  4. Demon

    Demon I take no prisoners!

  5. 99offroadrngr

    99offroadrngr Banned

    your switch might be toast or it (tcase)might be stuck if it wasn't used much. have someone put it in 4wd while you're looking at the tcase. when i first bought my truck it woudln't engage (only had 52k miles) and i just tapped it with a hammer and it started working lol
  6. shovelmike

    shovelmike New Member

    This electrically operated..../....automatically operated stuff makes me uneasy for sure. I recently purchased my '99 and, though the pulse vacuum hubs appeared to be working fine I jumped at the chance to put manual hubs on it. This is my 5th. 4x4, most were manual hubs and manual 4x4 by way of a lever on the floor.
    Attention inventive people out there, there is likely a demand for a manual conversion to take the place of that motor. I don't think it would be too difficult...mostly a matter of getting a plate made where the mechanism fits onto the case and a quality cable arrangement actuated by a floor mounted mechanism.
    Food for thought.
  7. vincentfmf1988

    vincentfmf1988 New Member

    check the 4 wheel drive engage motor on the back of ur transfer case
  8. vincentfmf1988

    vincentfmf1988 New Member

    thanks man it engages when i drive it n the 4 high and 4 low lights flash
  9. vincentfmf1988

    vincentfmf1988 New Member

    that little motor on the back of the transfer case

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