4WD Indicator Lights


Asked by Aug 11, 2014 at 05:14 PM about the 2002 Ford Explorer XLS

Question type: General

I am thinking about purchasing a 2002 Ford Explorer. I just test drove it today. There are three buttons for Auto 4WD, High 4WD and Low 4WD. But I don't get any indicator light when I push any of them. The guy selling it blew off the question saying the 4WD engages automatically as neede. But that wasn't my question. Should there be indicator lights when I push any or all of these buttons?

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He's partially correct, that is the auto function, but when you switch it to 4WD high or low is should go into that mode unless the system is dead and if that is the case it can cost some big bucks to get it up and operating especially if the control computer went bad. There is a reason they call them Expolders.


When you say it should go into that mode is that signified by a light. If not how would I know if it was on?

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Push the button into 4WD low go straight for a few feet then turn the steering wheel all the way to the lock, it doesn't matter which way, then start to move you should feel the rig start to buck as the spider gears start to overrun, it won't do this in auto AWD. If it doesn't do this it is not operating.

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