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E-locker light flashing...but both tires still spinning?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by WeaponR, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Dec 7, 2009 at 1:38 PM
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    WeaponR

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    I have been having problems with my locker for a few months. When I hit 70mph+ the rear end starts howling like crazy.

    Last night it rained and I tried to engage the rear locker. Of course, the flashing light came on the dash...nothing new. I went onto a dirt path and spun the tires, and to my surprise both tires spun. I tried a brake stand and again, both tires spun. The left tire spun first, then the right tire about half a second later at the same speed.

    My question is: Why is my dash light flashing if both my tires are spinning? Is it safe to assume that my e-locker is functional? I have the TRD package, 01 Prerunner, so I doubt it has an LSD (which is what it felt like to me)
     
  2. Dec 7, 2009 at 1:40 PM
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    i hope you didnt have the locker engauged at 70+mph.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2009 at 1:41 PM
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    Zombie Runner

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    he is a prerunner, so no 4lo...
     
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    doh! How did i miss that? :facepalm: myself
     
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    hah yup prerunner...and obviously I didn't drive 70mph+ on a dirt path with the e-locker engaged!
     
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    Driving in the rain or snow with the elocker engaged is not a good idea. It makes it real easy to spin the truck around.
     
  8. Dec 7, 2009 at 1:43 PM
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    I am hugely disappointed.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2009 at 1:45 PM
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    or the shards of metal.
     
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    I swapped the fluid just a 2 months ago. The sound calmed down a bit but not much as I used a heavier weight oil. Couldn't see any discernible metal flakes in there unfortunately. I thought it might be the diff bearing making the noise, but we swapped it out and no luck.

    And just to clear things up, i wasn't driving in the rain with the e-locker on. I took advantage of the wet dirt paths to engage the e-locker, spin the tires for a few feet, and take a look at the tracks and tires to see which ones were spinning.
     
  11. Dec 7, 2009 at 1:52 PM
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    So, were you driving at 70+ with the locker engaged? If so, why and what were the conditions?
     
  12. Dec 7, 2009 at 3:15 PM
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    Not at all. I simply said that I start hearing noise at that point from my rear end. To test, I was parked in a dirt parking lot and did a 5 foot sprint to see if I could see both tires spinning.

    I have found a 3rd member that I am swapping in on Wednesday! Is my current one worth anything? It only needs new gears
     
  13. Dec 7, 2009 at 3:16 PM
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    Ahh. I was a bit confused there. Sounds like a bearing to me.
     
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    Thats what I thought but we had the bearing replaced...and no luck! It's definitely coming from the rear end though because I lifted the back end and had someone get on the gas so I could locate the sound with stethoscope and it wasn't coming from the axles
     
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    Could be a carrier bearing. Could also be the ring and pinion, but I would think that you would hear that noise at all speeds as well.
     
  16. Dec 8, 2009 at 5:15 AM
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    Does the third have an e-locker?
     
  17. Dec 8, 2009 at 8:29 AM
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    Yes it comes with the motor and wiring. The one I'm buying has those included so presumably I'll have mine
     
  18. Dec 12, 2009 at 9:58 PM
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    e-lockers are only rated at like 5mph arent they?
     
  19. Dec 13, 2009 at 3:53 AM
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    they should only be engaged at 5mph and under

    can be driven at higher speeds engaged...but learn how it behaves before you go tearing ass down a dirt road with it locked or youll end up in a tree, ditch, or upside down
     
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