Front Differential Shift Cable Dorman 600-601 - 1AFWM00028

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This Front Differential Shift Cable is a new aftermarket part. It attaches on one end to the vacuum actuator and on the other end to the axle clutch shaft located in the front differential. It is a important piece of your 4WD system. Over time the cable becomes frayed and even snaps from being exposed to the elements. When this cable becomes inoperative, your front differential will not engage thus keeping you only in 2WD.

If you are having problems with your 4wd not engaging because of a defective shift cable, then this part is for you!! Why search through junk yards hoping to find a used cable when you can have brand new! Replace that defective Front Differential Shift Cable now with a brand new part.


  • Mounts between Vacuum actuator and front differential
  • Replaces dealer part part number:15654073
  • Built to strict quality control standards
  • Only correct for part time 4WD models
    • Does not fit FULL TIME 4WD Models

Item Condition: New

Lifetime Warranty

This item is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. In the event this item should fail due to manufacturing defects during intended use, we will exchange the part free of charge (excludes shipping charges) for the original purchaser.

  1. step : Removing the Battery (0:48)
    • Disconnect the negative battery cable with an 8mm wrench
    • Disconnect the positive battery cable with an 8mm wrench
    • Remove the 13mm battery mounting bolt
    • Remove the battery mount
    • Lift the battery up and out
    • Remove the 13mm bolts that connect the battery tray to the radiator support
    • Pull out the battery tray
  2. step : Removing the Front Axle Cable (2:05)
    • Spray the bottom end of the cable with penetrating oil
    • Unhook the top end of the cable by flipping up the wire hook
    • Disconnect the cable
    • Remove the two 13mm bolts holding the bracket to the wheel well panel
    • Clamp the cable with a pair of pliers and force it through
    • Remove the 13mm bolt from the clip holding the axle cable
    • Remove the front axle cable with a tube wrench or 16mm wrench
    • Remove the three 15mm bolts from the axle cable housing
    • Push down the clip and remove the axle cable
  3. step : Installing the Front Axle Cable (5:35)
    • Place the clamp on the axle cable
    • Insert the cable into place
    • Make sure the cable is pushed in and down
    • Insert the axle cable into the axle cable housing twisting it in
    • Insert the axle cable housing pushing the cable in
    • Insert and tighten the three 13mm bolts to 25 ft/lbs
    • Tighten the 16mm fitting on the cable
    • Insert and tighten the 13mm bolts into the wheel well panel
    • Insert the cable actuator
    • Push the actuator into the bracket and pry up the ears with a flat blade screwdriver
  4. step : Reattaching the Battery (9:08)
    • Pull the clips up on the headlight with pliers
    • Remove the headlight
    • Retrieve the battery tray clip with an extendable magnet
    • Insert the headlight into place
    • Re-clip the headlight
    • Push in the battery tray clip
    • Put the tray clip into place
    • Put the battery tray into place, front first
    • Then slide the rear bolt hole over the bolt
    • Insert the two bolts into the radiator support
    • Putt the battery on the tray
    • Put the battery mount in place
    • Tighten the 13mm battery mounting bolt
    • Reconnect the positive battery cable
    • Reconnect the negative battery cable

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Magnet - Extendable

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Torque Wrench
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 15mm Socket
  • 13mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 16mm Wrench
  • 8mm Wrench

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Year Make Model Description
1988-2005Chevy Blazer S10 Chevy Blazer S10 Front Differential Shift Cable Dorman 600-601
1988-2004Chevy S10 Pickup Chevy S10 Pickup Front Differential Shift Cable Dorman 600-601
1988-2001GMC Jimmy S-15 GMC Jimmy S-15 Front Differential Shift Cable Dorman 600-601
1991-2004GMC S-15 Sonoma GMC S-15 Sonoma Front Differential Shift Cable Dorman 600-601
Part #: 1AFWM00028

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Brand #: 600-601

How-to Video:

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