88-94 Chevy Silverado 4x4 won’t engage

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  1. marsk5

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    I have a 1992 Chevy 4x4. I replace my thermal actuator with the Posi lok cable and I still can’t get my 4wd to engage. I’ve replaced every sensor from the tcase to the front axle. When I put it into 4hi the front shaft spins freely. Any help would be appreciated. I’ve been trying to figure out this problem for 2 weeks now
     
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    Do you know the condition of the running gear?
    Could be a problem in the axle shafts or the pumpkin or even the tcase
     
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    The truck runs fine in 2wd. No noises or grinding. The cable only goes about an half inch and then stops. I’m thinking there is something wrong in the pumpkin.
     
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    I don't think it needs to go more than 1/2" but I would definitely start looking at the diff first
     
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    I have the Posi-lock on my '95 and it takes several inches of travel at the knob to engage the differential. I usually do it while turning at slow speed.
    But you should be able to lock the front driveshaft to the gears in the transfer case in 4 Hi even if the axle disconnect is unlocked. Or locking the axle disconnect with the transfer case in 2wd will stop the shaft.
    I believe that you have something wrong with the installation of the Posi-lock, (maybe) but also something not right in the transfer case shifting mechanism.
     
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    I’m goin to take another look at it tomorrow. Maybe I did screw up the installation somehow?? It seemed pretty straight forward.
     
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    Are you engaging it while parked and checking?
    You need to move for things to lign up and engage.
     
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    As I found out, there is something wrong in my front diff. It seems like my shift fork is getting caught up on something. I jacked it and spun the tire and driveshaft and tired to get everything alined but it won’t engage
     
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    That's no fun. Does the t-case seem to engage? Hopefully you are good on that end.
     
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    Have you done any basic diagnostics on the system? Jack the front tires off the ground and see what happens.

    Front tires off ground, t-case in 2wd = should be able to spin the front driveshaft by hand.
    Shift the t-case into 4wd = should not be able to spin the front driveshaft by hand.
    Back in 2wd, spin both CV axleshafts by hand = what happens?
     

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