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99, 5.4, electronic 4x4

I haven't used the 4x4 in years. the last time I tried it, it didn't work. One-tire-fire only. I have since replaced the pumpkin sensor, and a plethora of other issues that may have contributed to the 4x4 not work. I'm gonna kick it on this weekend or next, and wondered if there was anything I should do prior, or during to make sure i have the best chance of making it work properly.

Should it be warmed up? Cold? Flip the switch while moving? How fast? Any other tips?

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Try it in neutral first as that will most likely engage it. If you are moving it may not engage.
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4H, anytime you like (shift on the fly). 4L = full stop and in neutral.

Oh- Don't do it while turning though lol.

And it won't work with bad vac lines or solenoids.

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Excellent advice guys, thank you. If anyone else has something to add, please do.

And My Vac lines should be good.
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Originally Posted by Michael_in_DE View Post
Excellent advice guys, thank you. If anyone else has something to add, please do.

And My Vac lines should be good.
Yea, that's a common problem. As old as these trucks are, the lines can dry up and become brittle..at times shatter like glass.
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I assume you're talking about the red and green vac lines? Have you had to replace any of those? If so, any comments or suggestions on how to test/find leaks and or advice on how to replace them?
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Pink and Blue are 4x4. Green is EVR/EGR. Red is sometimes fuel regulator/main vac or canister.
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Fantastic. I have no idea what I am talking about. This should go well.

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Originally Posted by Jbrew View Post
4H, anytime you like (shift on the fly). 4L = full stop and in neutral.

Oh- Don't do it while turning though lol.

And it won't work with bad vac lines or solenoids.
Fairly sure 4L also requires brake to be depressed while in Neutral to engage.
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And it won't work with bad vac lines or solenoids.
...or bad shift motor
...or broken shift fork ears

Basically, the whole system is failure prone POS.

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