MK Triton 4wd problem

Submitted: Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 18:33
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Bought a 2005 triton late last year. Recently we went to Caroona Creek and 4wd seemed to work OK. Yesterday we went to the murray mouth via goolwa beach. No problems on the way in but on the way out 4wd stopped working and I bgged down. Couldn't engage 4wd so had to be towed by one of our party. Next thing 4wd working again.

Question. Is the 4wd light supposed to flash or be constantly illuminated? My ABS light also comes on for a short time when 4wd is engaged. Interested in hearing from anyone that has had a similar problem and had it fixed.

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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 18:36

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 18:36

The 4wd light is supposed to stay illuminated.

From memory the Tritons had issues with the 4wd actuator becoming stuck, it may need to be be checked as it is in an exposed area that cops a heap of crap.

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Follow Up By: louie the fly - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 18:51

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 18:51
Thanks Sir Kev. I checked the actuator, vacuum lines and associated bitsbtoday after giving it a good clean. Removed bash plate, etc. Actuator works fine. When the 4wd lever is jiggled the solenoids tremble a bit then the light comes on and flashes at a constantvrate. Car seems to be in 4wd at this point. Wondering if one of the solenoids is playing up.
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Follow Up By: 2000 Red Rodeo - Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 23:28

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 23:28
Wouldn't you love to meet the guy who thought pushing a button to use 4wd was a better idea than a gear lever.

Push button 4wd is one of the main reason's why I haven't upgraded my old Rodeo, otherwise I'd probably be in a Triton as well

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Reply By: GT Campers - Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 08:23

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 08:23
When you sau '4wd stopped working' what do you mean - did you start your trek in 4WD? Or did it not engage after you got bogged?

You must engage 4wd BEFORE you get bogged - doing so after you get bogged means the engagement splines in the driveline may not line up and the vehicle won't go into 4WD - the flashing (rather than steady) dash light is indicative of this.

Most owners manuals will state something like: "slowly drive forward or reverse in a straight line for one metre to (dis)engage 4WD". Obviously if you are bogged, this won't be possible hence the reason for pror engagement
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Follow Up By: louie the fly - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 17:51

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 17:51
Sorry about the delayed response. Answers to your questions in order.

* Yes, started in 4wd
* Of course engage 4wd before getting bogged. Been driving 4wd's for work & play for 25+ years so I've got a fair idea of how to do it. (not trying to be funny, just saying)

I suspect it's either a vacuum solenoid or the switch on the transfer case. Haven't had a chance to look at it further yet due to other priorities.


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Reply By: GT Campers - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 08:11

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 08:11
no worries, let us know what you find - it's knowledge for us all
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