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4 Lo Beeping making me crazy

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by Judy L, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. Jun 9, 2017 at 10:41 AM
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    Judy L

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    Newbie here wanting to know what I'm doing wrong. I drive on the beach and think I should be in 4 Lo. I stop the vehicle, shift into N, foot on brake, push in H4 button and turn to L4. VSC in. Beep, beep, beep. . . What's the deal? Make it stop. Here's a picture of my dressing room hack.

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  2. Jun 9, 2017 at 11:10 AM
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    It's beeping because it is not in 4lo due to the shift procedure being done incorrectly.
    While moving shift into 4Hi until it clicks in and light illuminates that 4wd is active, then after that is completed you'll come to a stop, put trans in Neutral and shift to 4Low until it clicks in and 4low is illuminated. At that point there should be no beep, and you are in 4low and can go back to driving.
    To shift out of 4 low once again come to a stop, shift trans to N, shift from low to 4Hi again and wait til it clicks back and low is no longer illuminated, then go back into drive and shift out of 4 hi when ready.
    The procedure is 2-step, if you're in 2wd and stop and try to go all the way to 4 low it will not do it, it must have already gone into 4hi before then shifting into low.
     
  3. Jun 9, 2017 at 7:18 PM
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    Thank you, Relentless. My 2004 Sport model has 4WD all the time so the 4HI is always on unless I shift into 4LO.
     
  4. Jun 10, 2017 at 8:24 PM
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    OK, so my Limited is the same. Basically, you're full time AWD so no 2wd but everything else is the same. You'll first hit the center diff lock button to lock 4wd Hi from the usual AWD mode, then do the 4low procedure.
     
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  5. Jul 26, 2017 at 2:41 PM
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    when in doubt, flip your driver's side sun visor down and follow directions.
     
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  6. Jul 27, 2017 at 5:41 AM
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    Thank you for your response, grave. I ran right out and flipped my drivers side sun visor down and found information about baby seats.

    However, the card in the plastic pocket did have some info, none of which was useful. Same old "stop, brake, neutral, turn to 2L" Then it talks about "buzzing" which is not my issue. I have a definite beeping sound. But on the off-chance of a Japanese/English translation glitch I read further. It simply says to check your speed.
     
  7. Jul 28, 2017 at 3:58 PM
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    Did you figure it out? How long has this been occurring? With these trucks the saying "if you don't use it you'll lose it" kinda rings true. If you don't exercise your actuators they will wear out and the oil will settle in the transfer case. A lot of people with the V8s don't cycle their 4WD as often because it is always on, but if you never use 4LO then it will get stuck. I've read many stories of this happening, all you have to do is cycle it on and off and on and off and on and off. Do it every day until it gets unstuck. It just needs to stretch its legs. If that doesn't work you may have bad actuators that need replacing.
     
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  8. Jul 29, 2017 at 3:16 AM
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    Thank you. I will give that a try.
     
  9. Jul 31, 2017 at 3:14 PM
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    any luck?
     
  10. Aug 1, 2017 at 6:28 AM
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    No not yet. But I promise to post if/when it repairs itself.
     
  11. Aug 11, 2017 at 5:26 AM
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    I had this same issue, I went about a week with switching in and out then finally crawled under there, had my son keep hitting the actuator switch as I taped with a wrench, after about 3 attempts, it works perfectly now. Hope this helps! Just have to remember to swith it about once a month to keep it happy.
     
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  12. Aug 11, 2017 at 8:17 AM
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    I had the beeping problem also until I "exercised" the actuator more often. I now put it in 4L about once a month and have had no problems since.
     

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