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Old 11-08-2009, 11:04 AM
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01 f150 4x4 actuator replacement tips

I've had issues with the actuator on the front axle for a couple years had to oftenly climb under and hit it with penetrating oil to get it to engage short term fix. It now won't engage I have looked for vaccum issues and it looks ok. I started to pull the actuator out and I'm stuck. does the shift linkage to the front axle need to come off or will the shaft slide by it while its on. also any tips on getting the whole thing broke free from the housing? I was thinking about cutting it off flush with a sawzall and tapping the rest out? it doesn't sem to want to budge. any help appreciated. thanks

the retainer clip is off it just wont budge from the hole!!
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it does go through all the motions, all the clicks, goes into low range, actuator is attempting to move but not far enough to engage pretty sure it is the culprit. any removal tips? thanks again
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Also looking for removal tips. There are two clips that need to be removed. I got the actuator half way out and can not finish removal or push it back into place. Really need help here. Also which way is engaged? (actuator shaft fully extended or compressed)?
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I just replaced mine today, it wasnt super easy but wasnt super hard either. for it to come out the large e-clip needs to be removed, the smaller e-clip that is under the dust boot will fit through the hole. the little arm that sits into the shaft notch of the actuator needs to be out and away from the actuator shaft., I sprayed mine with WD40 and tapped it out with a screw driver and hammer, it is a very tight space to work in but I did get it out in about 30-45 min just trying to find something to tap it with. I have a repair PDF file I can send you if email me.
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Emailed. Thank you.
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Mine had welded itself to the axle. My axle bracket snapped off. Now I gotta go find a new one. Junk yard scavenger hunt today -_-
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