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Isuzu Rodeo 4x4 questions

selroxselrox Posts: 1
Hi,

I have a 1994 Rodeo LS and have a few questions.

First : Does this model have an indicator light on the dash that tells you if the 4x4 is on ?

Second : What is the correct way for this model to change from 2 wheel drive to 4x4 ?
I can only seem to move the 4x4 stick when the engine is off.

Thanks in advance for the input.

Rob

Comments

  • Yes this model has an indicator light to tell if the 4X4 is engaged. It is a green light that is at the bottom middle of the instrument cluster. The correct way to change from 2WD to 4WD is to STOP the vehicle, put the trans in neutral and then put your vehicle into 4H or 4L. If you're transferring between 4H to 4L or from 4L to 4H I reccomend that you do so at a slow speed of about 1-5 MPH or do it stopped. You cannot however take it from 4H or 4L to 2WD mode while the vehicle is in motion. You must stop the vehicle, place the 4WD selector into 2WD place the transmission in reverse about 3-5ft and then you're good to go forward again. You can go forward without going in reverse, however the 4WD will still likely be engaged.
  • suzi8suzi8 Posts: 1
    Hi I just have a Q? on using the 4H and 4L on my 1995 Rodeo. When is the right time to use the 4H and the 4L? I never have to try it because i dont know where and when to use the 4H and 4L.
  • i own a 2000 isuzu rodeo 4x4. when i push the 4x4 button it blows a fuse every time and doesnt work. my mechanic cant figure it out. and im fed up with it. you have any idea??
  • rodeoguyrodeoguy Posts: 3
    1st, DO NOT let the dealer sell you a new 4wd actuator for $534!
    2nd, DO NOT let the dealer sell you a new engine wiring harness for $800!

    I have a 2000 Rodeo S 4X4 and had the same exact problem. If I remember correctly, the radio and windshield wipers and maybe defrost also went out.

    Do you have a wire plug for trailer lights on the back of your car? If so unplug it, You can find the connection on the drivers side in the back side compartment where the jack is stored, stick your hand & arm in the space behind the jack, like you reaching up towards the rear side window, you will feel some wires going to the tail lights and the wire for the trailer will "T" into the main wire, it is pluged in so pulling it apart will work, try to support the other wires before you just start pulling it!

    Problem #2

    Does your Rodeo go into 4wd by it self or especially when someone is sitting in the front passenger seat, if so let me know and I'll tell you how to fix that too.

    RodeoGuy
  • mshoremanmshoreman Posts: 1
    edited August 2010
    My 2000 isuzu rodeo has an issue every morning (warm or cold) it starts fine, and the moment I put a load on it D or R or even AC on/off the idle sputters and it either stall or almost stalls. Thank I start it up again and drives great the rest of the day. My mechanic cleaned the ERG valve and throttle body, now the AC load doesn't stall it, but is more its almost worse especially since the ERG cleaning?

    Just as a background, I had the tranny rebuilt last year and computer replaced with another used one. It seams like the computer messed up the tranny. Thanks for any feedback.
  • bibbsbibbs Posts: 1
    I own a 2003 Isuzu Rodeo, unfortunatley my wife didn't pay attention to the oil light. :-( Long story short, the engine needed replacement. I went to a local shop and they replaced the motor with a used one. The 4-wheel drive doesn't engage now and the shop is telling me it's not their responsibilty? Everything worked prior to the engine running out of oil. The shop replaced an acuater which is located under the center console. They said the actuater was corroded, this did not fix the problem. I search other possibilities and found that if the pin connection at the end of a vacuum line was connected properly, this would cause the 4-wheel drive not to engage? I told the shop this and they still can't figure it out. They brought to a dealership and the dealership also told them it's the actuator. Any advice?
  • What do I do when this happens? It happened 2 years ago and cost me $480 to get the transfer control unit replaced.... any suggestions?

    Brandonius
  • I do not like that the transaxles are always spinning when driving this rig, even when not in four-wheel drive. Looking for an easy way to go about swapping out the shift-on-the-fly feature on this rig (1996 Passport) with a auto-locking hub feature from another rig (1995 Passport). Can I get away with just swapping the hubs; or will I have to remove the entire differential? The '96 has all of the vacuum and electronic switch gear; the '95 does not. Can I just disconnect, add the locking hubs on the outside of the wheels, and be done? Eventually, I will have to swap out the transaxles (both boots are cracked); but the weather is crap lately. I just want the axles to stop spinning when in DRIVE. In the alternative, what is the easiest way to remove the entire four-wheel drive feature until the spring thaw comes? What needs to be disconnected beyond the rear of the differential? Is it just a driveline from Point A to Point B that will disengage this along with swapping out the hubs so the transaxles aren't engaged from the outside of the wheels? Thanks.
  • Ok sorry to dig up an old thread, but I have a 1996 isuzu rodeo v6 5 speed 4x4. this morning I was driving and the roads were icy so I decided to shift into 4hi. well I was going about 20mph when I tried to push the stick from 2hi to 4hi, I've done it close to a hundred times before and it worked like a champ. as soon as I got the stick into 4hi I heard a grinding noise so I tried to pull it back out and the stick wont budge. It wont come out of 4hi wont go into 4low or 2hi. I've tried backing up, putting it in neutral, shutting the truck off and moving it and nothing.Can anyone help me out here with what my problem is? Any help is greatly appreciated! thanks in advance!
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