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Rear Diff/locker Problem

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Old Marine, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Aug 10, 2009 at 6:19 AM
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    Old Marine

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    Hello to all!

    Inherited a 98 Tacoma SR5, 5 speed V6 with a busted rear end.

    Couldn't find a third member, so had the old one rebuilt and installed, but the locker will not disengage. The technician who put it back in, took the gear out so the rear won't lock for now, but it's driveable.

    He and I are wondering if that is what caused the rear to self destruct (the pinion gear was completely stripped!)

    Anyway, anyone know if the locker is engaged WITH power ON or off? Did not have time to troubleshoot with another relay, but there appears to be no power running to the locker.

    Also would appreciate any advice on how to proceed. My worry is that if the locker is engaged without power, the shaft that the gear is attached to might work loose and fall into the pumpkin, and may get into the gears and I'll need to spend another $900 to have it rebuilt again. I would think that the gear doesn't engage until power is added via the dash switch, but not sure.

    Can the locker be rebuilt/replaced if the relay is working?

    Any tips will be appreciated!

    Thanks!

    Ed
     
  2. Aug 10, 2009 at 9:49 AM
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    da0023

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    welcome and semper fi. sorry i am no use on this area of tacomas, i do not know much about rear-ends(no jokes please) there are a few guys on here that are real knowledgeable about these issues and i am sure they will get back to you real soon. good luck
     
  3. Aug 10, 2009 at 9:57 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    The locker will not engage unless it is in 4-lo.
     
  4. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:01 AM
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    I would proceed this way: Disconnect the harness form the solenoid. Place the truck in 4-lo. See if you have the voltage at the plug then. If you have voltage then the solenoid may be bad. If you do not have voltage then the relay may be bad. Also, the push button should blink until the locker engages.
     
  5. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:12 AM
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  6. Aug 12, 2009 at 4:22 AM
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    Thanks for the info. Will relay to my tech...

    Can't type much, had rotator cuff repaired yesterday.. had to be my right arm too! Won't be driving it for at least 2 months, but I thank you guys profusedly!

    Oh, Marines, Semper Fi to you, Brothers... Had put my Vietnam tags on before the thing was fixed! Personalized, "WKNDED" :)

    Ed
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