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Old 03-14-2015, 02:31 PM
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hi everyone i don't know if this is the right area to post but here it is. looked around and used the search area but not to good at finding things. my son has picked up a 96 2500 diesel with a automatic trans. after moving it around a few times this winter it has developed a little problem, the actuator valve seems to have a hole rusted through it. any info on how to change this or advise. thanks in advance Barry
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:21 AM
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Hi Barry....I also own a 96 & had same problem. A corrosion hole in actuator (amongst so much other rusting's sad). I don't remember where I picked up a new actuator from but replacing it was a pretty simple job. Once these actuators get holes, because it works off of vacuum, it will not work. Must be replaced. Also check the tubing vac lines that operate it. They're probably almost gone as well. I reaced mind with rubber vac hose. 4 bolts that hold it to the axle. Make sure you get the whole assembly. Comes with a gasket as well. Just make sure the "fork" is aligned when you re-install. You'll see what I mean when you pull old one out. Good luck......Mike
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