4x4 Not Showing Up in Message Center

4x4 Not Showing Up in Message Center

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    4x4 Not Showing Up in Message Center

    Hello All,

    Brand new to the EB community and this forum! We just purchased a new to us 2011 EB XLT SuperCrew 4x4 Off Road with 1:3.73 locker rear end at the end of April. It pulls our 31' Airstream very nicely!

    Currently working on the small things that needed attention (lube driveshaft, leaky brake light, etc.) but this one has me stumped. Hoping someone here can help. When I shift into 4x4, I can hear the solenoid engange and I can confirm that it is actually throwing the transfer case into gear by driving and also jacking up the front and checking front wheel spin. Oddly, the little LCD screen between the gages (message center?) does not show that it is in 4x4 mode, or 4 low, or anything. One of our local Ford dealers simply stated that perhaps it was not an option for the XLT. I'm not buying it.

    Does anybody else have this problem and if so, pointers on where to start?

    Thanks! John

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    I'm not sure on the 4x4 problem that you are having, but which brake light is leaking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by milesej05 View Post
    I'm not sure on the 4x4 problem that you are having, but which brake light is leaking?
    Just make sure you don't refill it with blinker fluid. The seals are not compatible.
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    OP, I don't have much on the 4x4 light issue, but I know on my Jeep there is a linear potentiometer that is depressed a certain distance based on what position the T-case is in. As the voltage changes, the BCM will detect the change and will turn on/off the lights on the dash. If this potentiometer gets out of whack, the incorrect light can be on, or none at all, even if the t-case is actually engaged in 4x4.

    I would imagine that they would have some kind of positive engagement sensor like that, so it doesn't say its in 4x4 when its not.
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    I have an 2013 XLT and it has a 4x4 indicator.
    I had a highway patrol physically look at the dash to let me through a chain up area without chains. Guess he didn’t believe it was a 4x4.

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    The third brake light on the cab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mass-hole View Post
    OP, I don't have much on the 4x4 light issue, but I know on my Jeep there is a linear potentiometer that is depressed a certain distance based on what position the T-case is in. As the voltage changes, the BCM will detect the change and will turn on/off the lights on the dash. If this potentiometer gets out of whack, the incorrect light can be on, or none at all, even if the t-case is actually engaged in 4x4.

    I would imagine that they would have some kind of positive engagement sensor like that, so it doesn't say its in 4x4 when its not.
    I've looked under that thing ad nauseam and scoured the Haynes manual and internet for clues to some sort of switch or something like that. There is an eBay listing for some sort of switch, but no idea where it may go on this thing! I agree that it does not appear something is getting some sort of signal. And yes, I do realize that this is a bit OCD. Oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mass-hole View Post
    OP, I don't have much on the 4x4 light issue, but I know on my Jeep there is a linear potentiometer that is depressed a certain distance based on what position the T-case is in. As the voltage changes, the BCM will detect the change and will turn on/off the lights on the dash. If this potentiometer gets out of whack, the incorrect light can be on, or none at all, even if the t-case is actually engaged in 4x4.

    I would imagine that they would have some kind of positive engagement sensor like that, so it doesn't say its in 4x4 when its not.
    So new thought: Does anybody have a lead on a good and thorough electrical schematic for the 4x4 system? I have a hunch there is some sort of wiring issue on the connector of the motor, if it was replaced by the previous owner. The Haynes manual is disturbingly lean on the electrical stuffs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Boy View Post
    The third brake light on the cab.

    This has been a known issue with the cab corners rusting. Make sure all the moisture is out of the whole cab corner and rear roof area before reinstalling and sealing your light.
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