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The locking rear differential on my 2001 tacoma will not engage.

I put the truck in 4 Low and put the tranny in nuetral (5-speed) and push in the clutch. The diff lock light blinks and doesn't engage. The light just keeps blinking. There are no noises and it used to work but I haven't used it in awhile. Any help would be appreciated.

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  • Bob Condor Dec 28, 2008

    The fluid level is good. I did try tapping on the motor but I haven't had any luck with it yet. I haven't been able to mess with it since Xmas day so hopefully tomorrow I can get back in the garage.

  • Bob Condor Dec 28, 2008

    If I remove the actuator motor and cleaned it up do I need new gaskets or will form-a-gasket or something similar work?

  • jandreasson Dec 30, 2008

    I have a 2000 Tacoma TRD V6 4x4 with locking rear diff. The locking mechanism is not engaging but I have not been actively using it.

  • Bob Condor Dec 31, 2008

    Thanks, I'm off work tomorrow and I think I'm gonna pull the actuator off and clean it up. I've also got water in my fuel now so I also see fuel filters and dry gas in my future.

  • Bob Condor Dec 31, 2008

    jandreasson , as soon as I can figure mine out I'll relay the info to you.

  • kosmindtrip May 11, 2010

    have you checked fluid level?

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Most likely, the locking device motor is stuck dur to inactivity; try tapping on it with a small hammer.

    Advise if this works. Please respond.

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Form-a-gasket will work, just do not use the crappy blue or the clear, use black, or, if you can find it, the red stuff.

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  • Toyota Ed Dec 31, 2008

    The graciousness of a FixYa rating would be most appreciated.

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