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rr diff lock help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by yota for life, May 16, 2010.

  1. May 16, 2010 at 7:58 PM
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    yota for life

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    i need help my 2001 tacoma trd off road 4x4 has rr diff lock i have done everything to get it to lock in but the light on the dash still flashs i put it in 4low then push the button pull up and back up and turn left and right and it still dont work please help
     
  2. May 16, 2010 at 11:36 PM
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    Rattler

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    It isn't working. I had to replace mine last winter. Tech said it warped.The dealer ate half the cost so it was only @ <$500. Otherwise it would have gotten an ARB had I had to pay the full $$ for it.

    There are several things that could be wrong with it though.
     
  3. May 17, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    my light flashes on mine but it is locked. i'm not sure what the issue is with the light but when i turn it on i hear the actuator at the rear axle and as soon as i take a turn on a dirt road i know the axle is locked
     
  4. May 17, 2010 at 9:37 AM
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    Hmmm, I had an '01... and 2 more after, and all three often took more than one attempt to get the RR Locker to engage. The light should go from flashing to solid.

    Best luck was to first get into L4, then after you were well in L4, have the wheels pointed straight (not turning), come to a stop, push the RR Locker switch and it will come on then OR just as you slowly begin to move forward.
     
  5. May 17, 2010 at 10:22 AM
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    well ive done everything i dont here it lock in and i dont want to take to toyota because i know they are going to charge me alot is there any kind of sensor that could have gone bad
     
  6. May 17, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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    sometimes it takes longer than normal, try driving forward while turning, thats always worked for me. The more you use it the easier it is for the locker to engage. It took me a while when I first got the truck to get it to lock and now its almost immediate
     
  7. May 17, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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    could there be something broke
     
  8. May 17, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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    yea there could be something thats not working. Its an E-Locker so theres a possibility the electronic parts are toasted (best case scenario), or the whole locker might be done.
     
  9. May 17, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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    i hope not not i bet that will cost me a arm and a leg
     
  10. May 17, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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    yea if the whole locker is done for, you might as well spend your $$ on an aftermarket locker instead of paying toyota
     
  11. May 17, 2010 at 11:01 AM
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    well what would be a good aftermarket locker to go with
     
  12. May 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM
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  13. May 17, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    Turning is a big mistake, sorry amigo... but the rear locker will not engage if you are 'working' the differential. Lockers try and force you to drive straight... they don't like to work on turns since the left and right tires need to rotate at different speeds when turning. It should engage while stopped or moving slowly in a straght line... forwards (or backwards). Take it to Toyota and tell them you need an ESTIMATE of the problems's cost to repair BEFORE you can have the work done.
     
  14. May 17, 2010 at 12:27 PM
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    Just diagnose it yourself. I just got my Tacoma so I am new to them. But this is what I would do first.

    Disconnect the plug on the e-locker and get a digital volt meter. have someone press the e-locker button in the cab. See if the soleniod is getting power or not. First you gotta diagnose the simple things.
     
  15. May 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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    my 01 didnt lock right off.. i had to drive forward and back a few times then it locked and now it locks quick.
     
  16. May 23, 2010 at 6:20 PM
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    well after reading my previous post i started to doubt myself....So on to today when i had a little time. I backed the truck in the garage while i had the truck in 4LO. I jacked up the rear of the truck and had both rear wheels off the ground. I layed underneath and was able to spin the rear wheels freely while the truck was in park. I had my father push the diff button while i was under there and i could hear the actuator move and when it was locked i could not spin the rear tires but as soon as the button was pressed to release i could spin the wheels again. I assumed this meant that the diff was locking properly but the light still flashed. Any other ideas to troubleshoot this? Is it possible it still wasn't locking?
     
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