coleman07 previously posted:
"The steering wheel is like 3:30 - 9:30 - Maverick - you took the words out of my mouth - how could it possibly be these issues if it is only 4WD lo - I just had a thought - it is turning on when traction is off. I can't remember if escoff is shown when in 4lo - can I safely drive around my neighborhood in 4lo so I can get more info?"
Couple things - As Tom said you very well can drive around your neighborhood in 4lo, that being said I would keep it very slow (not that you have a choice) and in straight lines as it can be very hard on the driveline otherwise. You're best bet is to find a gravel road/parking lot so if the tires need to slip to prevent undue strain, they can. Secondly, not sure why I didn't make it clear but you should be seeing your little traction light on the cluster come on in 4lo, as well as the EVIC display message "ESCOFF". This is intended.
The more I think about this I think I will have to agree with Tom in that it's like a wire/bulb/sensor. Could you clarify if the traction control light AND the "ESCOFF" message are intermittent? If only one, I feel that would coincide with a wire/bulb/sensor issue.
Lastly, depending on if the light/message is intermittent you can force one or the other to be off via the TC button on your dash - momentarily press for just TC, which is a partial off. Can be held for 5 seconds (4hi & 4lo only) for what's considered "full off" and that's denoted by the "ESCOFF" message over your odometer. That might be able to give you an idea under what situations it's being triggered or otherwise.
EDIT: If any of this information is wrong please correct me, it's earlier and i'm only on my first cup of coffee.