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4wd light flashing

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by FreidTaco, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. FreidTaco

    FreidTaco [OP] 'merica

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    So i used 4wd yesterday and when i took it out of 4hi the indicator light kept flashing. Now it will not stop flashing. It does not matter if i am in 2hi 4hi or 4lo it just keeps flashing and nothing else happens.

    Anyone know what could cause this and how to fix it?
     
  2. FreidTaco

    FreidTaco [OP] 'merica

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    The fuse under the dash is good.
     
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    Sounds like an actuator issue. Do you cycle the transfer case modes often?
     
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    Yes i have used 4wd quite a few times.
     
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    The only way i can hear the actuator working is if the truck is off and i select a different mode then turn the truck on.
    But it will not actuate while the truck is on and simply cycling it.
     
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    I'll bet it's still trying to move while running, but you can't hear or feel it easily with the engine running. If you can tell it's trying, that's a good sign.

    Have you tried leaving the selector in 2H and making a lot of low speed, lock to lock turns in a parking lot? Try that while shifting between D & N to unload the transfer case while maintaining momentum.
     
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    Ya, itried that multiple times in every combination possible.... I am at the stealership now, I will what they have to say about it.
     
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    NOT GOOD NEWS

    Just got back form the stealership, they say it is a bad actuator. Then i had the balls to ask how much....1100... for just the actuator. and another 1000 for labor.

    So i went to my local autozone, NOPE cant get it.
    Then i went to napa, NOPE cant get it.

    So here i am with a messed up transfer case the same day i just dropped 6k or a sc... great.
     
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    WTF?

    Transfer case actuator, or front diff actuator??

    I've had to replace the front diff actuator It's expensive, but like roughly $475, not a thousand bucks.

    Are they offering to replace both of them for that price? What's up with that??

    Maybe you misunderstood and price with both parts AND labor is between $1000 and $1100 ? That's what I'd expect.

    For $2100 they're either taking advantage of you, or there's more wrong than you've explained to us.
     
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    PS - yes it is a dealer only part. So you either have to source it via the dealer, or a wrecking yard. These things are finicky enough that I'd probably go with a new one.
     
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    No i am not mistaken about what he quoted me. it was like 1088 or something like that just for the actuator. and it is the transfer case actuator.
     
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    Transfer case repairs average around 2300 bucks. Crazy but true.
     
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    I will do it myself, but im having trouble finding the part online.
    I want to see if i can get it cheaper than from the stealership.
     
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    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    WAIT, dont buy or do anything
     
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    What am i waiting for?
     
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    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    Trouble shoot your actuator first. I took mine apart and found out the prongs on either side of the actuator motor were bent apart. I soldered them together and it worked:

     
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