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4WD selected but only RWD active

Good evening guys, just wondering if you can help?

I have a F reg 89' Suzuki Santana SJ410.
It has mud tyres but I think this is it.

If I select 4wd, either 4WDH or 4WDL, it only seems to drive the rear wheels!(I have tried this on a steep grass verge) I have locked the manual front hub locks by turning them to the 'lock' position and have shifted the small transfer lever to 4wd (either 4wdH or 4wdL) and as above only the rear wheels drive.

Could this be a problem with the transfer box or the manual hub locks???

Is there a comman problem that relates to any of the above??

Any help will be very much appreciated, many thanks Max

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Hi,
Your sami sounds as if the either the lockers, the axles or the transfer box are not doing too good... An open locker or a broken axle will steal all the power going to the front of the car. A transfer problem is also a good reason for this kind of thing, but this usualy happens with some noise, so you'd probably know if the transfer was bad. The front axle hub a.k.a. the diff can also be bad. I'd take off both lockers - 12 screws on each and a circlip (make sure they are in the free position ). You can now see the axles themselves and try to rotate them manually. While engaged in 4wd - they should not move more than a 1/4 turn. If both move free your diff or transfer box are bad, depending whether you see the front driveshaft moving or not. If drvshft is moving - transfer is bad. If not - the diff is gone. If only one is free - your axle is broken.  Not a biggie to diagnose but one hell of a pita to fix... I'd advise you to head to the shop and and have a pro fix it. Cheers emi

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