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guttermonkey1 05-13-2009 06:09 PM

4X4 problems
well this is my first dodge so I am not real familiar with the set up for the 4X4 I have always had fords with lockouts so far I am not impressed with the vacuum actuated front axle. I will start in the beginning every since I bought the truck the 4X4 indicator light hasn't worked and the front axle has been slow to engage, now it doesn't go in at all, I have been told it is probably the vacuum actuator on the axle first off does this sound like a good place to start? secondly is anyone aware of any type of aftermarket conversion to something different like maybe a electric solenoid instead of vacuum. Or am I over reacting and all will be okay once I get it working again? I just don't want to fix it to have a problem later when I really need it

Thanks in advance

Sparky 05-13-2009 11:06 PM

I personally have not heard that there is a problem with the vacuum actuator, so I would assume that you should be ok after you get yours working again.

chithead 05-14-2009 08:27 AM

I haven't heard of any problems. The Ford ones I hear about being a poor design though, manual hubs are a lifesaver on them. Might want to make sure nothing is binding on the axle, no buildup of any kind, and that everything is well lubricated.

guttermonkey1 05-14-2009 06:34 PM

thanks for the input guys, just trying to get some opinions, a guy at work had to replace his and said a friend of his also had to.I am a big fan of manual locks never had any problems with them, had them on fords a chevy and my jeep but I guess I don't have that option with this truck.

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