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4WD Problem I have a 1997 4runner SR5 4WD 6 cyl, 5 spd When I shift from 2H to 4H... no light, no 4WD Shift into 4L.... 4WD and light... What could be the problem?? Thanks

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  • Joe Waite Oct 11, 2008

    OK I am assuming that the switch is on the top of the transfercase at the right rear...

    Wires are OK... I have a VOM.. any readings for the switch, etc?

    Whats next??

    Is there an adjustment on the switch from top?? through the shifter??

  • TonyBear Dec 06, 2008

    When I press the 4wd switch, the light on the dash will not come on. also the 4wd won't engauge. can you help?

  • donovan2 Dec 17, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 98 4runner. Gearing 2 into 4H, no light, no 4wd. I may have to wait 1-2 days before it comes on, then it's sporadic. Happens every year.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    Truck has a V6 automatic transmission 4wd. Truck sets overnight and when started in the morning it is in low range on transfer case. After warming up it shifts to high range. The shifter is always in 2H. 4L works fine when it's engaged. Everything functions as should once it is warmed up. Any ideas?

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I would first check the wires on the transfer case for possible damage at the 2wd/4wd switch.

Posted on Oct 09, 2008

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