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2000 Toyo Land Cruiser Center Differential and VSC OFF lights on

Condition always happens when car is started from a rest, not during driving. Car doesn't need to be totally cold. During the time the VSC and CENTER Differential OFF lights are on the car feels like it's in LOW four wheel drive. I can remove the problem by placing car in park, and pulling LOW to HIGH stick back and forth a number of times I seem to unlock the problem, and the dash lights leave and car runs in four wheel HIGH. I also notice when LOW/HIGH stick brought to LOW I don't get any indicator on dash but car runs in LOW four wheel drive. In addition, the center differential button under flash button, when pressed on, does not always post VSC OFF and Center Differential OFF lights. When the center dif button fails in any reverse or forward gear I can still get VSC and CENTER Diff lights to post when I place gear in Park. By the way I hear a click on right side near glove compartment when I push in button, regardless of dash lights lighting. I feel there is some common failure part but have not been able to find it. I have the factory manuals and after looking over wiring diagrams I think there may be a stuck switch in the transfer case but am not sure. I am hoping someone else has had this experience and can share their successful results.

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  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2008

    I have the same issue periodically with my 2004 Cruiser

  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    Just happened to me 2000 LC. What is going on?

  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2009

    I have the same issue occassionally with my 2004 cruiser -- I did not know if it was even safe to drive but i guess it is



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Yes it will, once no power is going to it it should or it could remain locked as well Give it a try . But you should have a look at the relay

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that is what the pins should look lik 1 - 4 should power it
try grounding pins 1 - 4 this should lick or unlock the diff..

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SOURCE: differetial locks for 94 land cruiser

91-97 Land Cruisers had a factory option for front and rear locking differentials. This is a seperate switch and is usually located to the left of US model Land Cruisers. The center dash button locks your transfer case differential changing your Land Cruiser from all wheel drive to four wheel drive depending if you have ABS or not this button either says ECT or Center Dif Lock. If you do not have the Front/Rear locking differential option then your Land Cruiser has open Front and Rear. Hope this answers your question.

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Diff does not need to be removed to change axle. If you are good at this stuff, you can figure your way through it, or get a manual as a guide (haynes etc. are OK for this stuff) Axle is held into carrier by a "c" clip so you do need to remove the cover and spider gears to get it out (not difficult) If you run into a problem, someone here will surely help!

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