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Awd problems my fwd light is on in my dash and the awd isn't working. What could be the problem?

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  • D_icer Dec 25, 2008

    I have the same problem, and I believe its because of the vehicle speed sensor number 2. I'm going to replace it and see what happens.

  • glenn chambers May 11, 2010

    Is the vehicle automatic?



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There is a box labeled FWD under the hood passenger's side by the windshield.  If there is a fuse in the box then this will disengage your all wheel drive. Try removing the fuse

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

  • Gregory Aug 24, 2013

    FWD light does not come on when fuse inserted. What causes this problem?



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