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Urgent help!! 4lo blinking but no other lights and truck wont move

Not sure if this is the AIP or what but my truck is stuck at the gas station after fillip it starts right up but my 4lo is blinking and making a beeping noise. However no other lights are on itsounds fine then I put it in drive and it won't move like I'm in neutral or have the ebrake on then I put it back in park and it makes a winding noise. The truck is stuck


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Damn only thing I can say check the actuator for the front diff. But if u have in in 2wd it should run... good luck

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Did you have in 4lo prior? Had this happen one time when I was pulling stump out. I had tried to pull it out in 4hi. Wheels spun. Put in 4lo and pulled it out. Tried to take it out of 4lo and put in drive to disengage 4wd. Put in drive and engine whined like it was in neutral. Sadly wife got in and pur it back in 2hi. Asking her now and she don't remember. I think she put it in neutral and allowed it to roll back disengaging tge 4lo. Had the flashing light and sound just like you. Sounds like 4wd stuck. Try put in neutral, set sqitch to 2lo and rock back and fortg the disengage 4wd.

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I read in here somewhere about a guy stuck in a parking lot with same prob and light blink. Can't find it now.

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Start the truck, place the transmission in neutral, shift into 4WD high range wait for the shift to complete, then shift to 4wd Low Range, let the shift complete, then shift back to high range let the shift complete, then go back to 2WD let the shift complete, that should get you out of 4wd. Sounds like you are somehow in neutral, the transfer case I believe has a neutral position its just not selectable with the switch you have to take out the shift motor and such in order to manually get it into neutral, but the above procedure should get you moving again.
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Start the truck, place the transmission in neutral, shift into 4WD high range wait for the shift to complete, then shift to 4wd Low Range, let the shift complete, then shift back to high range let the shift complete, then go back to 2WD let the shift complete, that should get you out of 4wd. Sounds like you are somehow in neutral, the transfer case I believe has a neutral position its just not selectable with the switch you have to take out the shift motor and such in order to manually get it into neutral, but the above procedure should get you moving again.
This.. I've done it before. Electronic 4wd sucks at times.

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or physically roll the truck after you change the WD mode maybe, it will free something up

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I always cycle from neutral to reverse then reverse to neutral then to drive. And it will usually click through

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Thanks bros the neutral trick worked. I pretty much did a rendition of what wild bill said to do. I put it in 4hi then neutral then drive and it freed right up. Somehow it thought I was in 4lo but I haven't put my truck in 4 wheel drive in 2 months. I usually try to run it once a month in 4 wheel drive just to keep the system fresh.

So could this happen again, I'm assuming its just gears locking up or the electronic sensor engaging something it shouldn't. Any maintenance for this or proper procedure.

Also, what is the correct protocol when taking your tundra and putting it in 4hi or 4lo?


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Depending on miles the actuator could be acting up and have gone all wonkie for some reason.

my gm did this, but it did it while doing 80 with the cruise on, started slowing, engine revved to redline, grinding in feet... That was first at like 18k miles...

The tunder never has had this issue.


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Thanks bros the neutral trick worked. I pretty much did a rendition of what wild bill said to do. I put it in 4hi then neutral then drive and it freed right up. Somehow it thought I was in 4lo but I haven't put my truck in 4 wheel drive in 2 months. I usually try to run it once a month in 4 wheel drive just to keep the system fresh.

So could this happen again, I'm assuming its just gears locking up or the electronic sensor engaging something it shouldn't. Any maintenance for this or proper procedure.

Also, what is the correct protocol when taking your tundra and putting it in 4hi or 4lo?
4hi you can put it in as long as your speed isn't too high.. 4lo neutral flip the switch, then put in drive.

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Was anyone/kids in truck flipping switches while you were getting gas? Just curious

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Whew, I saw you panick and start posting in the AIP failure threads


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Thanks bros the neutral trick worked. I pretty much did a rendition of what wild bill said to do. I put it in 4hi then neutral then drive and it freed right up. Somehow it thought I was in 4lo but I haven't put my truck in 4 wheel drive in 2 months. I usually try to run it once a month in 4 wheel drive just to keep the system fresh.

So could this happen again, I'm assuming its just gears locking up or the electronic sensor engaging something it shouldn't. Any maintenance for this or proper procedure.

Also, what is the correct protocol when taking your tundra and putting it in 4hi or 4lo?
It can happen occasionally with the stupid electronic stuff that lazy people seem to need. When its electronically controlled anything can happen that shouldn't happen LOL.

Did you or someone else flip the knob or something when refueling? Or are these transfer cases turning into a Chevy transfer case issue where they would randomly just shift into 4WD while on the highway.

Anyhow, for going into 4WD high range you can do this while the truck is moving at speeds up to 62mph (Don't ask me why that's what the book says) however I don't advise doing so if you want your truck in working order, just the thought of sudden engagement of non-moving parts just makes me cringe.

Shift from 2WD - 4WD High range either stopped or at speeds up to 62mph.
Shift from 2WD - 4WD Low Range, stop vehicle completely shift to neutral, shift to 4WD high range and let the shift complete you may have to drive forward or backward slightly to get it to engage its just the way the gears mesh. Once high range is engaged then you can shift into 4LO Range, however you need to be completely stopped and in neutral otherwise the truck will just beep at you.
To shift back out of 4WD Low Range, do the reverse of above, just stop, shift to neutral, go back to 4WD High Range let it complete the shift sequence then shift back to 2WD.

DO NOT try to shift to 4WD Low Range while the vehicle is moving gear clashing and damage to the transfer case and shift motor can occur not to mention the clunking noise and grinding of gears LOL.

The book says something about driving 10 miles in 4WD every month to lubricate the 4WD system, or something along those lines. I've had my truck for 5+ years now and I think I've used the 4WD maybe a dozen times. It really isn't that big of a deal I don't guess, it seems to work just fine every time I flip the knob.

Hope that helps.

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I wish there was a place close I could drive 10 miles in 4WD that was not dry pavement. I do drive it a mile or two on a gravel road on occasion just to keep things working. After a few times of doing this, the truck shifts in and out of 4WD much easier and does not clunk when disengaging like it did the first few times.
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