Having problems with your 2002 Nissan Pathfinder ?

Orange 4x4 lock light not coming on: When I turn into 4x4 the 4 wheel lights come on but the orange light does not come on. I am not sure if the car goes into 4wd or not? I know that auto does not turn on the "orange" lock light. But when I put it into 4wd high or low the lock light does not come on right away. I noticed that this happens when it's cold out (snow) Seems after a while the light will come on? wondering if this is a sensor problem or if my 4wd is working. Any way to tell if the whe

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 20-08-2018

Answers :

Your 4x4 is probably engaged when you shift the transfer case. If after the initial change to 4x4 you can shift from 2 to 4wd on the fly, this would be and indication that your hubs are locked. To unlock you stop the vehicle, put in 2wd and back up 3 feet, you should hear the hubs click during this back up, that would be your hubs unlocking. If you can find a gravel lot...have the vehicle in 2wd hi and turn in a tight circle. Note the way the front wheels turn and "freewheel". Now straighten the wheels and stop. pull into 4wd hi..move forward, your hubs should lock in. Now turn and slowly repeat the circle test..you should feel the front wheels grab and "bind"..this will indicate that your 4wd is working. Do not do this on dry pavement, (could cause damage). Once you are satisfied the 4wd is working, straighten the front wheels, put in 2wd hi and back up 3 ft to unlock the hubs. Good Luck! I hope you find this to be very helpful!
Hi


Thank You for using FixYa. Kindly follow the instructions: Put the car in neutral, have your foot on the brake, switch it out of 4LO and wait up to 10 seconds or so. If this doesn't work, put it in drive or reverse, move a foot or two, then put it back into neutral and try again. I bet it will work. If you're not in neutral, the drive train is still being torque by the engine. If your foot isn't on the brake, I think it electrically prevents the switch out of 4 LO from happening. If it is stuck in, I might suggest you've got gearbox windup. Jacking up a front wheel might let it come undone.

If the actuator still sticks, I think there's an override on the transfer case. It has a dial with positions. You'll need a 1/2" Ratchet to work it.
Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.


Thanks
Rylee
Repair Help & Product Troubleshooting for 2002 Nissan Pathfinder

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