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anyone have some advice?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by red neck toy, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Mar 16, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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    red neck toy

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    for some reason the locker doesnt work in my truck.
    every time i try to use it, it does nothing just the light on the dash flashes.
    ive tried everything. shift into N, put in 4lo, then locker. P, 4lo, locker. and a million different things. tried backing up and turning. both in reverse gear, and rolling backwards in neutral. the damn thing just wont engage lol
    except... one time it did lock and and stayed locked in!!! even in 2wd lol it was pretty cool but NOT RIGHT lol and thats the only time ive gotten it to engage..
    can anyone help me out??
     
  2. Mar 16, 2010 at 3:58 PM
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    sounds like a wiring issue. you play in alot of water/mud? imho i hate the factory locker. but at the same time i have a jeep with arb lockers and they give me alot of crap too.(From all the water and mud). sorry i couldn't be of more help
     
  3. Mar 16, 2010 at 3:59 PM
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    wat?
    well you have to go into 4H before 4L...thats just one thing
     
  4. Mar 16, 2010 at 4:05 PM
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    yeah ive tried that too.
     
  5. Mar 16, 2010 at 4:10 PM
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    wat?
    i'm just saying that b/c in the OP u dont mention 4H before 4L. the only way you will get 4L to actually work is to go 4H first. the only way to get the locker in (unless modded) is to be in 4L. they kinda fall hand in hand
     
  6. Mar 16, 2010 at 4:22 PM
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    do you mean you haved to engage 4h then shift from 4h to 4l? or just saying you pass over 4h to get into 4l? im a 1st gen guy. i dont how 2 nd gens are setup.
     
  7. Mar 16, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    wat?
    2nd gens u have to go from 2H>4H>4L. cant skip steps
     
  8. Mar 16, 2010 at 4:24 PM
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    i can go from 2 wheel straight into 4l.. and it works...and engage rear locker. your post kinda confused me. but like i said i am not familiar with 2nd gens.
     
  9. Mar 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    i see. that kinda sux imo
     
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    yep jhodge is right has to be in that order
     
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    wat?
    not really.....there is no reason that you would have to go directly from 2H to 4L and not have the time to go through the 3 steps instead of the 2
     
  12. Mar 17, 2010 at 3:33 AM
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    yeah idk. my locker just wont work no matter what and it pisses me off lol
     
  13. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:06 AM
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    I had trouble with my locker in my 09 the first couple of times I tried it, as did my buddy in his 09. In fact, the first time I tried it, it took several car lengths of slow driving to get it to disengage. I found that sometimes the truck just needs to roll a bit to lock and unlock. I do not know how the mechanism works, but it would seem that if something isn't exactly lined up in the diff, it won't lock. Now that I've learned to be patient and sometimes give it a few rotations of the wheels, it works much better. I can't help feeling that this is also, in part, a breaking in issue and now that I've used it a number of times, it engages more readily.

    And, stated above, make sure your 4L is full engaged.
     
  14. Mar 17, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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    alright thanks guys. like ive said ive tried everything even slow driving for the whole length of my long drive way, and tried rolling. still nothing.
    but ill keep trying and see if i can get it to work
     
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    I had trouble getting mine to lock too. It turned out when I was on dry ground they gears must not have synced up. I got on the grass and hit the gas and it locked up for me.

    First be sure the 4L light is not blinking and is lit solid. Get in some sand or slick surface. hit the locker button and try to spin the tires. it should lock up.

    That's all i got. Good luck.
     
  16. Mar 17, 2010 at 4:59 PM
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    try this
    Get your truck to 4L once it is engaged park on even ground, shutdown truck but leave key in ON position then lift raer axle and try engaging rear locker. Listen if motor is running, if it is try rotating one tire and other tire should spin opposite until locker engages. If that does not help your only choice is going to be to remove locker and see if you can lock it manually.
     
  17. Mar 17, 2010 at 5:33 PM
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    alright thanks ill try that cuz its my last option lol ive tried everything else.
    i tried it again tonight and it does sound like its trying to activate. but it doesnt..
    ill try lifted the axel and turning the tires. i was gonna try that but wasnt sure if it would work being in 4 wheel drive.
     
  18. Mar 17, 2010 at 5:41 PM
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    If you have whole axle in the air it will work, make sure that truck is not running when you doing this. So do you hear electric motor running ? AWhen you try this you will know if maybe switch is bad. Sometimes switch goes bad so motor locks the axle but because switch does not say it it is locked light blinks and motor spins back and forth trying to lock it. You will know once you lift the axle, as I said if none works then next step would be to remove locker itself which is not big deal and use screwdriver to lock it in place. Find FSM before hand.
     
  19. Mar 18, 2010 at 4:02 AM
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    alright ill lift the axel and then go from there
     
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