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Hi, I am from Adelaide. My estima is locked on to the 4x4 now anc could not be release back to FWD. I tried pressing the Auto buttomn on the dashboard but still could not work. Been trying to ask so many mechanic for help but nobody seems to know how to fix this. Did a diagnotic test and it show "Fault C1298" Linear Solenoid. They tried to clear the fault but it did not help. Can someone help me out. I have been trying to ask so many people here in Adelaide but the mechanic has no clue. Please help.

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Hi Vincent and welcome. 

In some instances, clearing fault codes can get rid of the dreaded check engine light, if you have one, but if the fault is indicative of a hardware issue then this needs the attention of a qualified mechanic. Looks like you've been asking the wrong mechanics if they aren't able or willing to diagnose the problem. It does seem to point to a solenoid failure or possibly a dodgy wiring connection. I'm not familiar with your specific vehicle, but if you're able to get under it and inspect it yourself first, you may be lucky to find that a plug may have come loose or has dirty contacts. If not, then seek out a more reputable mechanic shop and let them deal with it. Toyota could also be a good option too.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

Cheers mate :thumbsup:

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Hi Tony, thanks for your reply. I brought it to another mechanic and now this new mechanic claims that I need to change the Rear Differential Motor. He said its jam, that is why the 4x4 is lock and cannot be release. Is that true? Cos I know it will cost a lot for me to change the Rear Differential Motor. What do u think Tony? Can you advise me. Thanks so much

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4 hours ago, vincentws said:

Hi Tony, thanks for your reply. I brought it to another mechanic and now this new mechanic claims that I need to change the Rear Differential Motor. He said its jam, that is why the 4x4 is lock and cannot be release. Is that true? Cos I know it will cost a lot for me to change the Rear Differential Motor. What do u think Tony? Can you advise me. Thanks so much

I don't have much experience with 4x4 systems to be honest with you, but you are always able to get another opinion. Take it to another mechanic and see what they say. Ask them to show you the issue whilst it's up on the hoist. If it is what they say, then you'll just have to accept it and move on. It's all part of car ownership. Sometimes things break and it can either be an expensive or cheap repair. If you are handy enough, why not source the part yourself and swap it out ? Do you have the means to work on cars or do you know someone who does ? That's another option you have if you want to save on labour costs.

 

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