Thank you for using just answer.
Do you frequently use the 4x4? Or did you use this for the first time in a while and now it will not disengage?
Is the 4x4 light on solid or blinking all the time now?
There are 2 systems on the older 4-runners, do you have a 4WD button on the side of the transfer case lever?
Ok, thank you.
Did the system fully engage and operate in 4wd when commanded or did this malfunction also?
If you turn your wheels to the side on pavement can you feel front end resistance to verify that the truck is indeed still locked in 4wd?
No, when trying to disengage it acts like it is going to disengage, but lights stay on and it is still inXXXXX
Fair enough, thank you.
Unlike older vehicles that you had to manually lock the front hubs on your vehicle has automatic locking hubs, the 4-runner has an eletronic motor on the front differential called an actuator that works very similar to how a window motor operates, if the 4x4 is not frequently used these motors go bad internally and tend to jamb, even if not needed it is a good idea to cycle the 4x4 in and out about once a month to keep this system operating, what is happening here is the front actuator is stuck and keeping the 4x4 engaged, sometimes you get lucky here and if you tap on the black electronic actuator on the front differential while having someone cycling the system on and off you can get it to start working again, if not then plan on replacing the actuator.
Do you know what an "actuator" will cost? and can any mechanic replace it?
Thanks I'll try kicking it a few times before I take it to the mechanic.May I ask how long it will take to replace the actuator.
Thanks...I appreaciate your suggestions. let's hope I just have to kick it a couple of times. I'm just on Social Security and can't afford to spend too much .