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4 wheel drive problem

99 Suzuki Vitara won't shift to 4 wheel drive the shifter and the transfer case seems to work but the frt won't lock in and the indicator light on the dash blinks instead of going solid.

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The shift-on-the-fly/on-demand four-wheel drive with auto-locking hub control with manual shift depending on the model/version would either be electrically operated, electro-mechanical or vacuum activated. Since this is a critical component and requires experienced work, it is often not recommended for DIY (do-it-yourself).

Best recommended course of action would be to seek the services of qualified professional or your dealer.

Hope this helps.

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Make sure that the gear drives are working properly.the transmission gears have some problem or they may have damaged due to wear and tear .so check them and replace if needed .thank you

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its a constant service, and if water gets inside, AS ALL DO.
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in USA suzuki is bugged out, sold all mine, they sux now.
never buy any suzuki in USA or CANADA
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