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2001 Tacoma slips out of 4wd

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by p0tb3llyp3t3, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. Dec 9, 2009 at 5:43 PM
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    p0tb3llyp3t3

    p0tb3llyp3t3 [OP] New Member

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    Hello,

    I'm a new owner of a 2001 Tacoma Xtra Cab with almost 102,000 miles on it. I've only had it for about 2 months, and in that time have never put it in 4wd. The other day it started to snow here in SLC, UT and I had to use it to get out of my friends neighborhood. I put it in H4 and engaged correctly and I was able to drive in 4wd no problem, but then about 3 minutes down the road it slips out of 4wd and back into H2. I then re-engaged it into H4 and the same thing happened a few minutes later. It continued to slip out of 4wd all the way back to my house. I then tried it again the next day with the same symptoms. I drove to work today in 4wd and it continues to have the same issue.

    Has anyone experienced this? Heard of this issue? or have a clue why this is happening?

    Thank you in advanced!
     
  2. Dec 13, 2009 at 6:34 PM
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    gusotto

    gusotto gusotto

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    My 2001 Extended Cab (96K) wouldn't light the dash light or go into 4WD.
    It was a motor and it ran a little over $300 parts/labor to fix. Works fine now but had to wait for the part to be shipped.
    Guess it's a somewhat common problem.

    Fixable though.
    _________________________________________

    Just checked my repair bill.
    They replaced the 4X4 Detact Switch on the transfer case.
    Part was $75.65 (PN 8422235110)
    Labor/diagnosing was $187.00
    Cheaper than I thought.

    The $300+ price was with other work done.
     
  3. Dec 13, 2009 at 10:54 PM
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    p0tb3llyp3t3

    p0tb3llyp3t3 [OP] New Member

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    Gusotto,

    Thanks for the info. I was hoping it would be something simple or just plain operator error that was causing this. I guess I'll just have to take it to a mechanic and have them look at the transfer case and see if it's the detact switch.

    This will give me an idea of how much it may cost me to fix.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. Dec 14, 2009 at 2:57 AM
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    gusotto

    gusotto gusotto

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    Glad to help.
    Nothing worse than going to the dealer and not having a clue as to cause and cost.
     
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