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4wd proplem i bought a gv of 07 second hand. what i would like to know is: WHEN i USE THE 4LOW LOCK WHY THE WHEELS ARE NOT SPINNIG THE SAME? is anything wrong with my car?

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I don't know the exact specifications of your market, but "LOCK" is only for the centre diff. The diffs at each end of the car are still open (or maybe LSD), which could mean that the side of the car you can't see is going faster (or slower) than the side you can see, which is different from what you can see at the other end of the car.

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How do I get it to go into 4WD?

so what are the symptoms.?????????????????
what transmission, A/T or M/T?
you get on the dirt. and shift to 4Hi or 4low (its not for DRY pavement) so... AWD started in 2004, so is not AWD. but PT.
called Part time four wheel drive.
are you getting ready for snow , that it? do say so, as telling the job puts us on the same page...

and 4wd does not engage?
this system is just Part time 4wd,. and is for ice roads or dirt only.
the first test is the transfer case not front axle.
test 1:
when you select 4HI the gear dogs in the transfer case lock.
and not power goes to the front prop shaft,
with all 4 wheels on jack stands this can be felt key off.
or running in 4wd.
key off , and A/T in PARK or 5speed stick in say REVERSE
you can not turn the front prop shaft by hand, in 4H wheels off ground, that means the transfer case is in fact in 4hi.
Ok we now have POWER To the front axle. (following me;/??)
so the front axle locks.
if the front , fails to lock, up, at spec pressure then the part 18 is bad (spec is 4.25 PSI)exactly.
if on the other hand the pressure is low, then this is bad
part 25 pump i s bad.

easy huh>?

or is the only symptoms just the dash light.
as driving on pavement dry, (no ice) its normal for the dash light to fail. after all you dont belong in 4wd now. lacking ice or dirt.
but if you jack car up in air, sure the light must come one.
the light dont come on until the transfer case fully engages.
and cant if on dry ground and it binds up, as ALL DO.
get on dirt.
shift to 4wd, going dead slow, 1/2"mph slowest possible speed.
this saves DOG DAMAGE. in the box.

no,sorry, the PCM has Zero to do with the manual transfer case.
please say , what fails (besides the useless dash light)
what are you doing?
where is car, what surface are the tires touching?>???
do not drive this car on dry pavement (means no ice)
in PT 4wd.
its not for that. sell car buy 2004 with AWD.
if you know all that, as the operators guide says.
then do the prop shaft test .wheels off ground.
and say what transmission you got here,
i have 4 cars like this all are 5 speed box.

see the dogs here.
see red arrow. see words weak.?

when you shift to 4H, this dog engages and the chain moves.
and the front prop shaft moves with full power.
that is test one, engage this dog and test.
the dogs are the small teeth on gear #29

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I just bought a 97 Ford Explorer AWD. V8. The AWD will not kick in when the wheels spin.

Check and see if you have locks that have to be turned on the front wheels, in the center of the hub to lock the front wheels into 4WD.

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My 2006 Jeep commander seems to be stuck in 4wd.. when i drove it last night it was just fine. got up this morning for work and its stuck.. dash displays service 4wd system...any help on what could have...

we dont know what 4wd option you have , so how can we answer you. Impossible that be.

part time 4wd PT
or full time. awd
do not drive part time, on non icing pavement, are you on dirt?
not posting road conditions also makes all answers wrong.
if you attempt to use PT or lock on dry pavement you will damage the car.
ever read the operators guide yet>?

what does stuck mean
car stuck
lever stuck
just light stuck, and drives ok
is steering acting odd , like it does in 4low, or PT ?

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WERE YOU in auto 4wd or 4hi? sometimes vehicles will pop out of 4wd in reverse the auto mode detects slip going forward not backwards so if in auto tes it will have problems in reverse.

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My 04 TrailBlazer LT popped up the Service 4WD light. I put it in 4WD this morning and had no problems. I went to lunch and put it on and it took a few minutes to switch and then the light came on. It...

MIne will do that only when I'm switching my 4WD to 4low or 4hi, or back to 2hi AND the TB has good traction, ie pavement or rock OR the tires are cranked to one direction. After my wheels are straight, I just turn the engine off, and turn it back on, then the light goes off. Mine won't do that if I'm in mud, snow, or dirt where there's no traction. My guess is that it may be binding when the traction is good, therefore, I shouldn't be in 4WD. Anyway, my 2cents and I don't think you have to worry about it.

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It will not go to 4hi or 4low

I have the same type problem and think I've got it narrowed down to the splines in the front axel. A friend said Ford used a hard plastic kind if spline which commonly strips out . I am going to warren manual lock ins and see how long that lasts. This model of 4wd is one of fords poorest designs and know of several ppl who have experienced the fantasy 4wd effect such as i have
My first 4wd and the damn thing doesn't work. Go Figure huh! LOL hope this helps

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I just bought a RAV4 in France. Owners manual is

This is a manual center differential lock button for 4WD models.
When you push this button, it manually locks the front and rear axles. An amber C DIFF LOCK light should appear on the dash board when engaged.
Push it again and it will disengage. It may take a few seconds to disengage, and a beeping will be heard until the diff is unlocked.

The center differential lock is only meant to be used in emergency situations. Driving with it engaged at all times can damage your differential.

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4 wheel drive will not engage in low, light just flashes on switch, will engage in Hi but there is a serious vibration over 40 mph

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