I have a 2005 Ford Escape 4wd 6.0L and when I start my car The 4wd light shows on the dash but my 4wd doesn't engage when I need it, How can I either test to see if it works or fix it??

Matt Wales

Asked by Jan 22, 2014 at 07:03 AM about the 2005 Ford Escape XLT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2 Answers

Tom Demyan

So it is on when you turn the key, but then goes off after you start the vehicle? This is normal.. You don't want that light to be on as that indicates there is a fault. The cars computer/PCM determines when to add power to the other axles based on the ABS system input. It is all automatic. It does engage, you might not even feel it. If there is a slick road or snow covered and you get that initial spin and then all of a sudden the vehicle goes down the road, it's working.

Matt Wales

Thank you for the response...Yes, It's on when I start the car but goes off after it is started. I have spun my tires and it did not kick on and I was wondering if there was a way to see if it is working or not?

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