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2001 Sequoia stuck in "neutral" position trying to come out

Customer Question

2001 Sequoia stuck in "neutral" position trying to come out of 4WD. Can shift transmision gears but won't engage. Won't work in 4H, or 4L.
JA: Have you checked the level of your transmission fluid? Is it bright red, or is it dirty?
Customer: nice and clean...in limits
JA: Are you fixing your Sequoia yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes. We tested conitinuity on ADD and actuator swithches. ADD motors "hums" and can hear actiator "click" over. Pins voltage check for 2H...
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: My original OEM actuator looks different than the '01 actuator that Toyota shows...does't have the "triangle" access on side to remove gear
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

On the transfer case can you remove the shift motor and manually shift it into 2wd?

Do you own a volt meter and scan tool to diagnose the 4wd system?

With the shift motor off and the 4x4 commanded to shift, does the shift motor move? If it does then your looking at internal issues in the transfer case to blame for this concern.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I have a voltmeter/multimeter and very familiar with using it.Not sure on shift motor removal and how to manually shift...can you walk me thru that or pix. My transfer actuator on the rear of transfer case doesnt have the "triangle" three screw access playe to remove the gear to the actuato rod...so not sure how to get it off...if thats what were taking about.I have the toyota factory maintenance manual...
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Should read "...three screw access panel" above
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
The continuity on the two switches (H) and (L) on acuator are good, so is the ADD motor, and actuator pins check good voltage for 2H...actuator shift fork pins 3-4 continuity checks
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

Since you have a volt meter you should be able to do most of the tests needed to see why the transfer case will not shift. Use the links below.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/90220402/seqtest.pdf

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/90220402/seq4x4.pdf

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Thanks Moose.

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

Hello again Chris here,

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Electrical tests/ continuity good. I took the actuator cap off, three pins and electrical contacts clean. Manually rotated the the large gear completely clockwise (think thats 2H position)...still in 4F or Free/neutral
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

With the transfer case shifted manually and it did not change gears this means the shift cam is broken or the shift forks inside are worn. Going into the transfer case is next.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
You never explained how to manually shift the actuator...
Whatever this forum is it obviously isn't working.
Thanks and goodbye