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Hey every1, ty for letting me join your forum 1st thing!, but to my point i guess.. i was playing around in some pretty deep water not too long ago and lost my 4wd... the transfercase still engages and the front drive shaft locks in aswel but the front axel jus doesnt do anything... i jus took apart the actuator? and checked all the vacuums goin to all of it it all looks and seems to function properly.. but i get no "4wd" light on the cluster and no 4wd period.....? any suggestions? ty....
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Hey every1, ty for letting me join your forum 1st thing!, but to my point i guess.. i was playing around in some pretty deep water not too long ago and lost my 4wd... the transfercase still engages and the front drive shaft locks in aswel but the front axel jus doesnt do anything... i jus took apart the actuator? and checked all the vacuums goin to all of it it all looks and seems to function properly.. but i get no "4wd" light on the cluster and no 4wd period.....? any suggestions? ty....
The particular event that triggers the light is not happening. Could be anything from a simple linkage adjustment, broken front axle, blown front diff or even a fried transfer case. I would not think it would be that last one though. Trucks with blown transfers typically dont move.
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hmm.. ill have to check on the the axel and diff... its not riding any different tho and not making any unusual noises....
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It may not. A Broken Axle may not make any noise. It just wont transfer power. A Blown diff usually will make a humming/grinding noise before it goes (at speeds of over 45mph), but being that your front diff is the one in question, you may not have heard it over the engine. Check your diff fluid. Drain and refill, make sure there are only minimal shavings. If you have water in your diff fluid (will look like gray mud) then you likely have BIG issues.
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the color of the fluid is normal, tanish clear (75w90) im gonna have to wait on the drain and refill i dont have the money for more lube at the moment... i was hoping to goto mudmushers next month lol.... wat do the 4 vacuums that go in the top of the transfercase do? could i have got water in there? and ruined anything?
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or wat about the sensor on the other side of the actuator? or does that just turn the light on?
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That sensor SHOULD be for the light. And if your fluid looks good then you did not get enough water in there to hurt anything.

Mechanic's 101, usually the simplest things are the hardest. Check out that actuator sensor. does it have continuity? Is the actuator working? The fluid is fine, so its probably not the culprit.

Bottom line is, if you put the lever in 4x4, it should be in 4x4, if it is not, then the problem you have (on your year truck) is likely not electrical, but mechanical failure, at the weakest point. Start looking at that vacuum actuator REALLY hard.

my next step would be:

Remove tire/Wheel
Remove Brakes
Remove Hub
Remove front Axle
Repeat on other side

...If I was DIY'ing, just because I would want to check EVERYTHING. If at any time, you slide an axle out and it comes out without splines on the end, you broke one

As far as the lines into the transfer, they SHOULD be vent lines, if I recall correctly. Not likely you got water in them, unless you were over your fenders. Dodges are awesome in that (nearly all that I have seen) have vents WELL above the tops of the wheels. My friend has a 1998 and his vents for everything come out at the top of his fenderwells in his engine bay.
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the diaphragm looking part did have a little bit of wat seemed to be gear lube and water in it... but doesnt seem to have a leak.. to be honest im avoiding tearing into front axel yet... save for last... but could there be enough "crap" in that thing to be preventing the small vacuums from moving it?
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