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Mitsubishi Montero 4 wheel drive control light is continually flashing in 2 or 4 wheel position.

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  • divindoc Aug 02, 2008

    My light does the same thing, sometimes flashing quickly, slowly, or sometimes turning off. The antilock brake light has also come on several times.

  • Anonymous Oct 19, 2008

    same deal, and also the check engine light is almost always on

  • scorpion_ali Mar 29, 2009

    when on low only 1 lite is on ,could this be a switch problem

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I had the same problem as described here ... quoted "sometimes flashing quickly, slowly, or sometimes turning off. The antilock brake light has also come on several times."

and the dealership told me that the electrical conector that goes externally to the gear drive is getting dirty with oil .... two times I sent the car and they told me the same and solved it ... no charges at least but I having the same problem again ... I really want to know where is that electrical conector just to clean it up or put something that avoid dirty or oil get in it again ...

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