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Not sure if 4wd engaged

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by lc69hunter, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Aug 5, 2018 at 7:43 PM
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    Have had my Tundra for less than a month. Runs well, etc.

    However, today I pushed the 4wd button, and it started blinking, as well as the indicator on the dash. 4wd low didn't do anything.

    Heard the system engage when I pushed the 4wd button, but do not know if it actually did so.
     
  2. Aug 5, 2018 at 7:53 PM
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    Did the light and indicator for 4HI become solid or just keep flashing?
     
  3. Aug 5, 2018 at 8:04 PM
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    continued flashing
     
  4. Aug 5, 2018 at 8:05 PM
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    Flashing means not engaged or disengaged yet
    Solid means engaged
    Once 4wd is engaged to 4 hi you will have to come to a complete stop and put it into neutral then hit the 4 lo button.
    Happy Wheeling
     
  5. Aug 5, 2018 at 8:07 PM
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    You heard it engage even though the lights were flashing?
     
  6. Aug 5, 2018 at 8:12 PM
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    sounded like it.
     
  7. Aug 5, 2018 at 8:14 PM
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    Try again, move forward a foot or two and see if the lights stop flashing. Once and if the lights become solid, put in neutral and try 4lo.
     
  8. Aug 5, 2018 at 8:22 PM
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    This would happen to me every once and awhile. Try putting it in reverse. Roll a few feet then back to drive. If it's engaged you will know by turning your wheel all the way to one side. When you give it gas the front of the truck will hop around the turn. If it doesn't hop then it's not engaged
     
  9. Aug 5, 2018 at 8:43 PM
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    Drove it up the street on pavement. It feels and acts like it is in 4wd. I know what that feels like, as I have 2 landcruisers, an FJ40 and an FJ55.
     
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    Still blinking?
     
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  12. Aug 5, 2018 at 10:09 PM
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  13. Aug 8, 2018 at 4:11 PM
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    I will pursue it further this weekend, but finally got someone in the cab push the button, while I was trying to find where the sound was coming from under the vehicle. I think the actuator was trying to engage, but not doing so.

    I will jack it up and drop the skid cover this weekend, and then tap it with a hammer to see if it will engage
     
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  14. Aug 8, 2018 at 4:28 PM
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    Probably time for a new actuator
     
  15. Aug 8, 2018 at 5:20 PM
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    Check that the 4x4 relay isn’t toast before replacing the actuators.
     
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  16. Aug 11, 2018 at 5:31 PM
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    Sitting in a parking lot today. Started it up, and just on a whim, pushed the 4wd button while in Park. It engaged. Put it in neutral, pushed the 4wd low, and it engaged.

    Haven't been able to duplicate it again.
     
  17. Aug 11, 2018 at 5:40 PM
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    I would put my money on it being the actuator already mentioned.
     
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  18. Aug 12, 2018 at 9:25 AM
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    I'm not sure if it's a good thing when our vehicles start fixing themselves. Glad you haven't had it happen again. Happy wheeling/exploring.
     

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