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Unread 03-01-2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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2004 rubicon axle lock question

Hey y'all I just bought a 2004 jeep rubicon but I am concerned about my axle lock. The switch does not light up when pushed. Tried it in 4 low and it still did not work. How can I tell if they are working correctly, and what could be wrong with it or the switch? Also, is there suppose to be a light on the dash that says my 4wd is engaged? I don't have that either! Thanks for the help

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Unread 03-01-2013, 11:13 AM   #2
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There should be lights on the dash for: front locked, rear locked, and 4wd. From the factory, the lockers will only engage in 4 low. Push the switch once, rear locker should kick in. Twice should kick in the front. There are air pumps on your crossmemeber/transmission shovel that should come on when they're supposed to be engaged. Hopefully you're just having dash light issues but it has to be asked....you're sure it's an actual Rubicon, right?
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Unread 03-01-2013, 11:22 AM   #3
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I remember reading a few years ago on here where a guy was sold a Rubicon where someone switched in a 30/35 in it. The buyer didn't know what he was looking for when he was buying it & was basically screwed. He found out after posting pictures of the axles. VIN & Stickers showed a Rubi. I hope that's not the case for you.
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Unread 03-01-2013, 11:56 AM   #4
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Ya the VIN shows that it is, I'll check the axles this afternoon. Assuming it is a rubicon, what would I need to do to solve this problem?
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Unread 03-01-2013, 12:51 PM   #5
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If everything is there & just not working, I'd be checking fuses & wires to the pump first. Your other problem you were saying the 4 wheel drive light isn't coming on. A light should come on, but that doesn't mean you don't have four wheel drive working. You should be able to tell if it's on by driving & turning it.
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Unread 03-01-2013, 01:25 PM   #6
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Oh ya I know 4wd works just fine! I've already gone wheeling once. Haven't tested out the lockers. That is next. A friend of mine is gonna look at the electrical stuff later today, so hopefully that's all it is.
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Unread 03-01-2013, 11:15 PM   #7
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Hey y'all I just bought a 2004 jeep rubicon but I am concerned about my axle lock. The switch does not light up when pushed. Tried it in 4 low and it still did not work. How can I tell if they are working correctly, and what could be wrong with it or the switch? Also, is there suppose to be a light on the dash that says my 4wd is engaged? I don't have that either! Thanks for the help
I have an 06 rubicon. My Front locker light always flashes. However, I was in a situation with one of the front wheel off of the ground. I couldn't move forward. Flicked the switch and was able to drive out. Have your buddies look at both front wheels with your locker light flashing, let the clutch out and let em spin.
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Unread 03-02-2013, 04:20 AM   #8
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Like was said above, you need to bein 4-LOW and going like only a few miles an hour to engage the lockers..........
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Unread 03-07-2013, 06:25 PM   #9
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ok, does anyone else have any thoughts? I tried what ya'll suggested, but that dang switch will not light up and they are definately not engaging, even when in 4 low. 4wd, rear, and front locker lights still do not work on dash. I checked the fuse, and all seems to be right there. What should I do?? It is definately a rubicon.
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Unread 03-07-2013, 06:48 PM   #10
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If the 4wd light is not coming on the switch in the transfer case may be bad & if the PCM isn't getting that signal the locker won't know it is in 4 lo. Here are the switch positions & the proper resistance.

More in the FSM. Use the 2003 manual here.

See online read only FSMs here:
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/knowled...ex.htm#service
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