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Old 01-06-2013, 06:21 PM
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I have a 95 dodge half ton 4x4. I cant get the front axle to lock in. I have replace the actuator on the axle. While it was off I locked in the transfer case and slid the collar over and the tire wouldnt turn. So I installed the new actuator and still nothing. I even replaced the vaccume lines. It has vaccume at the actuator. I dont know what else to check or do. The for is on the right way as well.
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Did you replace the vacuum switch as well? It's usually the cause.
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where would that be located? Im new to this vaccume stuff. My other dodges didnt have them.
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Follow the vacuum lines from the actuator back to the switch on the transfer case.
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oh ok. I didnt do that cause I have good vacuum at the actuator so I didnt think about it.
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Ah, ok. Didn't see that you had already checked that. You're sure vacuum is being applied to the correct side of the actuator? I've seen some that the elbows on the stock line were missing and replaced with vacuum hose and then installed on the wrong side.
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yeah I double checked that. I did end up putting vacuum hose on cause I broke the old lines. but they are on right. When I have it locked it and drive it slowly, you can hear a slight grinding noise like the collar is trying to slide over but not quite making it over the axle.
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I wonder if the vacuum to the actuator is too weak to move the collar. If you have a vacuum gauge, check and see what you have. If it isn't within an inch or so of manifold vacuum, you may have a switch or supply problem.
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ok I will have to see if I can locate a vacuum gauge. Do you have an idea of what it should be?
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update, I did a vacuum test and found I wasnt getting vacuum to my actuator with it locked in, so I went to the transfer case and I had vacuum there. I traced the line and found I have a hole in the metal line right next to my catalatic converter. I cant find a metal vacuum line anywhere, so I was thinking of using brake line. Would that work? any suggestions would be great.
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