When doing long-distance drives, you’ll never know when you’ll pass by rocky or muddy terrains. And if you love to conquer the roads less traveled or you regularly visit a relative in the suburbs, you’d better take good care of your 4WD ride.
If you think its 4WD actuator has seen better days, have it replaced before saying yes to any off-road or long-distance trip. Here are some of the factors to consider before you purchase the replacement actuator that fits your ride well and addresses your needs:
Your new 4WD actuator will not be efficient or may not work at all if it isn’t compatible with your ride and all the components it needs to work hand in hand with. So before shelling out some bucks for a new unit, make sure that it is specifically designed for your vehicle.
When purchasing online, you can ensure part compatibility by getting an actuator that’s made to replace your old actuator’s part number. It’s also wise to read the part description to find out all the specs and features of the part. See to it that all the specs of your new actuator match that of the old. Besides efficiency, getting a compatible unit also ensures easy installation.
There are replacement 4WD actuators that come with gasket and clips but don’t include harness. Some units include pig tail and terminals while others are sold as a kit, which comes complete with wiring harness, gaskets, clips, relay, terminals, mounting brackets, and other hardware you may need to ensure easy installation. You should base your choice on what you need.
If your actuator necessitates replacement due to age and regular wear, chances are all the hardware securing it in place have also worn out along with the actuator, so it would be a good decision to replace them all at once.
It’s always wise to get a product that’s backed by good manufacturer warranty as this is an assurance that the makers have confidence in the quality and performance of their products. The warranty will also get you covered in case you discovered that the 4WD actuator has manufacturing defects after using it for some time.