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4wd won't engage

I have a 2003 V6 4runner. When I attempt to put it into 4wd, the little lights in the gauge cluster flash, but it the 4WD won't ever engage. I've tried several times while driving, in park, and in neutral...no dice. I've checked the fuse as well and it is in fine shape. I notice that I can hear an electronic beep from under the car as it attempts to go into 4wd. My 4wd has worked fine in the past, but I was a bad car owner and haven't put it into 4wd since last winter...oops. Please help, it's making me nuts!! I've also tried putting it into 4 low, that doesn't work either.

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  • jer_wag Dec 09, 2008

    I have the same problem on my 2004 4runner. The low tire indicator is also on...but the tires have the same air pressure.

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2008

    I just had 4 new tires put on about 2 weeks ago. All the same brand, all with perfect pressure

  • hschletker Dec 09, 2008

    I just had 4 new tires put on about 3 weeks ago...no low pressure, all the same brand and size.

  • hschletker Dec 09, 2008

    Yeah, I received the advice to whack it with a stick...I kinda thought he was kidding...Looks like I'll have to give it a try. I'm assuming I should just whack the area where the electronic beep is coming from?

  • rustic 08 Dec 20, 2008

    Dash indicators blink constantly and 4-wheel drive would not engage - not even in lo select - when switch in activated on 2003 4-runner. Also, vsc vsc off indicators stay lit constantly.

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    Also having the same problem with my wife's 2003 V6 4runner - dash lights flash but 4wd won't engage. Any luck finding a solution?

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Looks like you have an issue with the 4WD motor in the transfer case, or the A.D.D. on the front axle is stuck.... If you have access to a hoist, raise the vehicle up, and put it in 4WD. Tap on the backside of the transfer case and the A.D.D. device on the front axle. This may break the seizure loose.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Are all 4 tires the same brand and size? Are all 4 tires display equal waer? IF not, the 4WD may not engage. Let me know.

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I had this problem too and it is the spare tire that is low on air.

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