stuck in 2wd :(

Submitted: Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 19:53
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hey everyone

i recently took my 03 td hilux to a mechanic as she was up for her 150 000km service. while it already required a new timing belt, i was getting poor economy so i opted for a injector reco which has worked a treat, getting around 550km per tank instead of 450 :) :)
anyways, driving around on the weekend, i decided to go for a little dirt road driving only to find as i hit the 4wd button, nothing happened... i promptly pushed the gear stick into lowrange and i got jack again..

its a pain in the arse because it was working perfectly until i took it to the mechanic. after confronting him about what had happened, he said he was having trouble taking it out of 4wd and said to get it out, he had one bloke inside the car switching the button on and off, while another was underneath hitting whatever with a hammer until it came out..

now i have 2 problems. the first being i have no idea what the problem is
and secondly im only an apprentice carpenter which means i cant throw my hard earned at searching for a fix, especially because im still paying it off!

look, im at a loss at the moment and any help would be greatly appreciated
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Reply By: Member - david m2 (SA) - Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 20:10

Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 20:10
Good mechanic , A hammer will fix it? I would be asking him to fix it. Even if it was stuck why wouldn't you fix it properly not with a hammer. May be you could fix his car with your nail gun
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Follow Up By: thesims1 - Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 20:39

Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 20:39
well he said he wasn't fixing it, because he doesnt do transmissions..? he said after much deliberation that if i can get another mechanic to fix it and get that mechanic to tell the dodgey bleep er that it was his fault, he'll foot the bill. its a hard problem to diagnose i am told
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Follow Up By: thesims1 - Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 20:59

Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 20:59
pretty well he is hell bent, that it wasn't his fault and doesn't wanna pay for it..
i think it is his problem and he should bloody deal with it because it worked great until i gave it to him
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Follow Up By: Member - david m2 (SA) - Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 21:51

Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 21:51
I don't know anything about the mechanics of the hi lux but would imagine a push button 4X4 would be a solenoid in ,out thing. would it be possible that he blew a fuse while fiddling.
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Follow Up By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 21:54

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 21:54
Later model hilux boxes use a motor on the transfer.He's probaly smacked the living daylights out of the motor and stuffed it. He's probaly wasn't that good of a mech if he didn't know the rules!!! I would be taking it to a gearbox mob and asking them to look at it. get a quote and take it back to the mechanic.

Then i would be telling the stupid ******* that he is paying for it, and ringing your insurance company, fair trading and mta to get his license revoked, but do that in steps. if he so much as faulters at a step, get your solictor in on the act aswell. bad for business if you say something or advertise the fact.

By the way what is the mechanic's trading name and place of business????

I won't be taking my old girl to him!!!!!

I hope you get it sorted. Good luck

I have a mate who has a suzuki grand vitara and he's being stuffed around by the dealer he bought it from!!!
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 13:54

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 13:54
Why did the mechanic put it in 4WD in the first place??

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Follow Up By: thesims1 - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 15:40

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 15:40
he may have knocked it into low range
i have in the past and they automatically lock
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Follow Up By: nowimnumberone - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 16:42

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 16:42
what mechanic dosnt put it into 4wd when doing a service.
i wouldnt to get my 4by serviced head of to the bush and find out 4wd dosnt work
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 16:49

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 16:49
Try looking for a wire off , you said push button, that would mean it has electronics,
Daihatsu Rocky's have push button to activate a solonoid which opens a vacuum to actually suck it into 4wd.

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Reply By: Kimba10 - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 18:20

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 18:20
Take it, its an SR5 ?? They have a vacuum actuator I think for memory on top of the front diff ?? When you push the button inside it locks it in (by vacuum). Suzukis (grand vitara's) were bad for seizing up if not used. You would need to check the switch first to make sure its actully working then if ok you would need to check the actuator on the diff, for memory there is a solinoid ?? under the bonnet which the switch runs to first this then gives the actuator the power/vacuum. Maybe he has knocked the vacuum line off some where in the engine bay which would be stopping it from working, either way I would be changing mechanics that for sure..Sounds like a clown to me even admitting he hit it with a hammer. He's lucky it wasnt my vehicle..............Maybe ask here
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Reply By: Roach"ee" - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 21:11

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 21:11
Hmmm, thanks for the ideas .... I just bought a 2000 model SR5 with 253,000klm on the clock and I noticed when I pushed the 4x4 button on the gear lever knob, that the indicator light didn't come on.

Thanks to you blokes, I now have some idea of what to look for.

It's only my "town car" anyway, but it'd be nice to know I can use 4x4 if I ever need to.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 22:13

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 22:13
Do ya keep a hammer in ya tool box ??

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Reply By: thesims1 - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 21:37

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 21:37
well, got some semi good news after i got me daddo onto the case, seems he is willing to pay for a auto elec. to run some tests to find the problem, and also to rectify it if it was in fact his fault :) VICTORYY!!!!

and if he doesn't, i will plaster his name and buisness all over the internet like a virus as well as getting a letter from the family solicitor... i will win
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