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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-18-2010, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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4x4 won't engage

friend of mine has a prowler, 650 H1 06, we can hear the actuator engageing and yet the 4x4 won't work, anyone give me a hint as to what to look for????
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friend of mine has a prowler, 650 H1 06, we can hear the actuator engageing and yet the 4x4 won't work, anyone give me a hint as to what to look for????
Most likely it's the link between the solenoid that engages the 4WD. I've had this happen on a couple ATVs and Prowlers. Usually happens when it's shifted into 4WD under a heavy load or under hard throttle.
Pretty easy repair, you have to remove the 4WD actuator and replace the unit. Takes about 30-45 minutes to change out.

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thank -you for your response, am i to understand that it is the actuator that is not working properly and should be replaced???
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Yes, most likely it is the actuator. Take the actuator out, rehook the wire adapter and have someone turn the switch on and off while watching the actuator, see if the little rod moves in and out. If it doesn't move, but you can hear the solenoid shifting, then it's a bad actuator.

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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-20-2010, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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well i pulled the actuator off, it appears to move approx 3/8 of an inch in and out , so now what????? does the little shaft going into the houseing have a gear on it , could it be stripped, when the machine is off the ground the front axels seem to turn properly.
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Did you check to see if the CV shafts were pulled out of the diff, From what i hear they dont have to come out much for the 4 wheel not to work..
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It could still be a weak actuator. Even if the lever moves, it may not have enough force to move the slip collar on the front driveshaft. I had to repair a 550H1 atv with a similar problem. A new actuator solved it
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It could still be a weak actuator. Even if the lever moves, it may not have enough force to move the slip collar on the front driveshaft. I had to repair a 550H1 atv with a similar problem. A new actuator solved it
how much is the actuator ???
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how much is an actuator worth Darryl89
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how much is an actuator worth Darryl89
Welcome to the site homeboy, this is an old thread from 2010 you might not get a response from some of the folks. But here's a link to an actuator on ebay, prices may vary and you might be able to get a used one from Power Sports Nation. What kind of problems are you having and what model Prowler do you have?
Arctic Cat 2WD 4WD Actuator 0502 579 05 08 400 05 09 500 07 08 700 Prowler 650 | eBay

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