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Can't click in to 4 low

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SLOH, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. Aug 18, 2009 at 3:27 PM
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    SLOH

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    does anyone else have this problem, i can use 4 high fine and can get up most hill climbs with it but i've never been able to use 4low, the damn thing just beeps at me the whole time and never clicks in so i put it back to 4 high and yes i've read the manual for it. It just never clicks in.
     
  2. Aug 18, 2009 at 3:29 PM
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    NAAC3TACO

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    If you have a manual trans, you must push the clutch in all the way to the floor and have the trans in nuetral.
     
  3. Aug 18, 2009 at 3:30 PM
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    I only tried to get mine in when I first got it and it worked fine. Had it in neutral then clicked it from 4HI to 4LO. Took a few seconds but it got in fine then.
     
  4. Aug 18, 2009 at 4:20 PM
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    Double check it in neutral and light wheel turns right and left...They can be tight/hard to engage at the start for some folks. I've never had any problems with mine.
     
  6. Aug 18, 2009 at 4:30 PM
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    Even with my automatic, i completely stop , put it in neutral, then go from 4 hi to 4low. if it doesnt seem to catch, throw it in reverse usually works. do the same thing to go back to 4hi again.

    I do this on the first of every month on a straight street. put it in 4 hi, drive alittle, stop, put in 4 low, drive alittle, and back again. keeps everything lubed and you'll get used to how it reacts.
     
  7. Aug 19, 2009 at 7:02 AM
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    alright, thanks for the advice guys, and yeah i have an automatic, the only thing i haven't tried is the reverse thing so i'll try that out later today but yeah i've had it in neutral before and it just keeps beeping
     
  8. Aug 19, 2009 at 9:20 AM
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    In manual trans. Tacomas, you have to make sure that the clutch is fully depressed to engage/disengage the transfer case. The clutch start switch must be contacted before the 4x4 ecu will try to engage the transfer case.

    .... unfortunately I have an auto.... and could not solve my problem.

    Truck would go in and out of 4hi fine, but took a while to get into 4lo. And now it is stuck in 4lo. Swapped the actuator and 4x4 ecu from another truck and it still didn't come out.

    It is currently being evaluated at my mechanics. The actuator arm won't budge. Ballz.
     
  9. Aug 19, 2009 at 9:24 AM
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    Sounds like that should be covered under Powertrain warranty.
     
  10. Aug 19, 2009 at 9:33 AM
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    which was up 18K ago :(
     
  11. Aug 19, 2009 at 9:36 AM
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  12. Aug 19, 2009 at 10:04 AM
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    I had nothing but problems trying to get that piece of shit engineering marvel 4Lo to engage and then disengage once it finally did.

    Here is a trick that worked most of the time before I took it in and the Dumb ass dealer which has managed to get it up to about a 50% success/failure rate.

    Clutch all the way to the floor > Turn piece of shit knob to 4Hi then drive a short distance to verify it is in 4Hi > Stop and push clutch all the way to the floor and turn piece of shit knob to 4Lo > Let out clutch and if the piece of shit system is beeping at you, drive a few feet then turn the truck off and pour a cup of coffee, after several minutes restart the truck and you have a chance that it's no longer beeping, if it is still beeping, repeat above steps and try not to dwell on the dumb ass decision you made when you traded in a perfect working Toyota on a new truck.
     
  13. Aug 19, 2009 at 10:52 AM
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    yeah thanks for all the advice, the longest i've waited for it to click in was 2 minutes, just parked there in neutral and i got sick of the beeping so i said f it, i'm at work right now so i can't try the reverse thing but i'll definitely keep that in the bean. I'm kinda skeptical now if i even want to attempt to click it into 4LO cause i don't need it right now so why play with it. I'd imagine if it's having this much trouble clicking in it might have that much trouble clicking out which would be no bueno
     
  14. Aug 19, 2009 at 10:55 AM
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    Mine almost never shifts into 4LO on the fist try, but I usually just pull forward a bit and try again. Doesn't usually take more than twice.
     
  15. Aug 19, 2009 at 4:25 PM
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    Mine sometimes/usually takes a few tries to get it into or out of 4 lo. Even switching from 2 hi to 4 hi and vice versa may take more than one try.
     
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