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'91 XLT 4wd not engaging

Discussion in 'Under the Hood' started by Thallarsen, September 24, 2002.

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  1. Thallarsen

    Thallarsen Active Member

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    I've heard that this is a somewhat common problem with older Explorers:
    The 4wd has stopped engaging at the transfer case when I push the 4wd button.
    I can hear the relay clicking in the rear driver's side compartment just behind the back wheelwell, but no "clunking" at the transfer case; and the light doesn't come on.
    Is there a common symptom to check?
    Thanks.
    J.P.
    thallarsen@aol.com
     
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  3. MrShorty

    MrShorty Explorer Addict

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  4. 410Fortune

    410Fortune Mud Season Staff Member Moderator

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    It is one of two things:
    1. One or both of your auto hubs are shot. If you still have auto hubs, throw them in the trash and convert to manual. You can do a search for this. The auto hubs are not only useless but they will fail on you when you need them most.

    2. Your shift motor needs a rebuild. You can search on this too. VERY COMMON problem. I have rebuilt about 4 of them, all work perfect, cost nothing to rebuild (clean)
    This is most likely your problem since you siad you push it, it you hear a relay click over (Electronic shift control box) and then it clicks back.

    Warn manual hubs: about $80-120
    Manual hub spindle nut/lock washer kit: $20

    You can also go to the junk yard and pull the parts you need to save some $$$$$$$.

    Good luck!!
     
  5. Opera House

    Opera House Well-Known Member

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    Motor switch assembly

    My 92 had this problem and I removed the cover on transfer case motor. Found chunks of what I thought to be nylon gear. Then found out that it was actually dried grease. You could crush it with a screwdriver and it would turn to powder. Cleaned switchplate and lubricated it with some silicone grease. Before taking off cover, notch cover and housing so it goes back in the same spot. Cover has those security torx screws. I just ground a slot with a Dremel tool. If computer can't figure out where it is, it will refuse to do anything. Computer is over the drivers side rear wheel and has a button that you press and a red LED lights up for a self test. Something to do if you are bored. This process has worked for a couple of people I told it to.
     
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    I wish that all it cost! I am in the process of converting mine to manual hubs as wells as some other things and I wish they are that cheap. I found the www.truckperformance.com has the best prices for the conversion and its $180 for the hubs and conversion kit and that it the absolute cheapest I found. 410Fortune, did you find a place that sells them cheaper?
     
  7. 410Fortune

    410Fortune Mud Season Staff Member Moderator

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    WEll there is cheap, and then there is cheaper.

    There is a junk yard here in town who has a box full of them, used for like $10 each so that is cheap.

    I believe when I got mine from 4wheelparts they were like $85 for the Warn's, of course I dont have my receipt here in front of me so I am going from memory.

    They are worth every penny! I suggest getting the spindle nuts at least from a junk yard, buying new one's is just a waste of $$$$$ unless you have no other options. I have a collection of hubs and spindle nuts......
     






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