View Full Version : 4 wheel drive not engaging

12-14-2008, 02:29 PM
I have a 94 explorer and when I push the 4 wheel drive button it doesn't light up and it doesn't engage.
Anyone have this problem before?, or have any ideas as to what the problem might be?

12-14-2008, 02:56 PM
My 91 is doing the same thing. I was told it's probably the 4wd module.

12-14-2008, 03:22 PM

12-14-2008, 03:56 PM
burn it

12-14-2008, 05:44 PM
its probly the transfer case shift motor.
you can try giving it a few taps with a hammer or something

12-14-2008, 09:40 PM
or try makin sure the fluid in the tcase is full because if it isnt it will not engage

12-14-2008, 09:41 PM
what about if it doesn't shift out of 4wd is it also the shift motor?

12-14-2008, 10:18 PM
all those probs sound like it's a shift motor issue. You might also want to try checking the switch itself.

Explorer guy418
12-14-2008, 10:23 PM
shift motor. happend to me all the time.

12-14-2008, 11:56 PM
Thanks for the help, I'll whack it a few times with a big hammer and if that doesn't work I guess I'll be replaceing it.

12-16-2008, 09:25 PM
Dont whack it with a hammer. Check this thread, http://www.therangerstation.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14

I got a 93 Explorer, and got sick of the push button crap. I converted to a manual transfer case.

12-18-2008, 08:12 PM
just clean the contacts on the shift motor it take 10 minits

dirka dave
12-18-2008, 08:32 PM
What the Gay said......BURN IT !!

12-19-2008, 10:34 PM
it's an exploder 'nuff said

12-19-2008, 11:23 PM
what about if it doesn't shift out of 4wd is it also the shift motor?

wouldnt worry to much about that. thats a good thing:party0010:

12-20-2008, 09:11 AM
Is this problem new with the ultra cold weather? I know I drive a jeep and not a ford, my 4wd wasn't engageing and a little heat on the vacuum motor and viola! Notice I said a little heat.

12-20-2008, 02:33 PM
theres a thread somewhere around the net about replacing the part in the motor that fails. cheaper than a new one