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1998 4WD Issue
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 Posted: Tue Feb 26th, 2019 03:32 pm
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I have been having an issue with 4wd on my 1998 Ranger XLT 4.0L. I decided I have to finally get it resolved after my son got it stuck in 4wd low yesterday. I had tried many things I found online with coasting it in neutral to pop it out. That used to work, however it no longer does. Yesterday, I tried something different that I was not able to find on the internet. I noticed the 4wd light were flashing 5 to 6 times. So I left the truck in 4wd low and disconnected the battery. I left the battery disconnected for about 5 minutes. Reconnected and started the truck. This time the 4wd low light stayed on. I switch it to 4wd high and the truck switched over successfully. However, when I tried to go to 2wd the lights started flashing again. So, I left the truck switched to 4wd high, disconnected and reconnected the battery again. Started the truck and the dash indicated it was in 4wd high. I was then able to switch the truck to 2wd successfully. Would this all indicate that my shift motor is bad or going bad?

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 Posted: Tue Feb 26th, 2019 03:58 pm
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What's the issue??? You left it blank



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 Posted: Tue Feb 26th, 2019 04:05 pm
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For some reason your font color is black? After high lighting your post I was able to read it. There could be a few possibilities on this. First I would unplug the electric shit motor on the tcase and check for corrosion on the plugs. Another issue could be the 4x4 module in the dash to left of the radio



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 Posted: Tue Feb 26th, 2019 06:28 pm
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Hmmm, yeah not sure why the font is in black. I will check the electric shift motor plugs. Whats the easiest way to access the module in the dash?

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 Posted: Wed Feb 27th, 2019 03:22 am
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My 99 ranger 4x4 had instructions on the visor. You put it in 2wd, shift in to reverse and travel 15 feet or so and it should disengage.

I though I got my 07 stuck in 4WL this winter myself. I tried the reverse method and nothing. I read up on line and found a post that helped for my 07. For the 07 I just put it in neutral and shift it to 2WD. That fixed my problem. 

Welcome an good luck



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 Posted: Wed Feb 27th, 2019 10:19 am
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The easiest way is remove the radio

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 Posted: Thu Feb 28th, 2019 06:08 am
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black06xlt wrote:
The easiest way is remove the radio
2 pieces of a coat hanger in the little square holes and the stock radio slides out.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 28th, 2019 08:39 pm
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I have a 98 as well, I've been through two shift motors. first one was bad, 2nd I smashed on a rock. they are under $70 https://amzn.to/2IJFuTQ

Light flashing 6 times is a sign that the motor cannot find where it is in relation to the t-case. it takes like 3 minutes to swap them out, worth doing asap.

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