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    Red face Mahindra 4x4 engaging - removed fuses and Propshaft

    Hi everyone

    My Mahindra Scorpio S10 4x4 (105 000km on the clock) recently started giving problems on the way back from a trip between the South Coast and Pretoria.

    The mechanic thinks that the 4x4 sensor on the gearbox is giving issues and trying to engage 4x4 randomly. This in turn led to the seal popping on the side shaft.

    To get me home my front propshaft has been removed and the seals and diff oil replaced but we found the diff light is still coming on and the wheels are locking. The mechanic also removed two of the fuses that would engage 4x4 as it seems that this could also be due to some water spilling on the 2h/4h/4l knob on the console just before this happened.

    Is it safe to drive like this? Can this cause any other issues? Anyone ever had an issue like this?
    Last edited by Chilene; 2023/12/27 at 09:16 PM. Reason: Additional info

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    Default Re: Mahindra 4x4 engaging - removed fuses and Propshaft

    Quote Originally Posted by Chilene View Post
    Hi everyone

    My Mahindra Scorpio S10 4x4 (105 000km on the clock) recently started giving problems on the way back from a trip between the South Coast and Pretoria.

    The mechanic thinks that the 4x4 sensor on the gearbox is giving issues and trying to engage 4x4 randomly. This in turn led to the seal popping on the side shaft.

    To get me home my front propshaft has been removed and the seals and diff oil replaced but we found the diff light is still coming on and the wheels are locking. The mechanic also removed two of the fuses that would engage 4x4 as it seems that this could also be due to some water spilling on the 2h/4h/4l knob on the console just before this happened.

    Is it safe to drive like this? Can this cause any other issues? Anyone ever had an issue like this?
    Are you sure the front differential was not damaged? The system was designed to allow engagement of the high range 4WD ratios on the fly, this operation should not be popping seals.

    With the front prop removed, there is no drive to the front wheels and the front hubs cannot lock. They cannot lock because they need the side shafts to be driven in order to lock, it is a mechanical mechanism, no vacuum or electrics involved. If they are still locked, reverse the vehicle in a straight line for 5 to 10M to unlock.

    The Mahindra only has a mechanical locker on the rear axle and no indicator because there is no vacuum or electrical actuator involved, the light you see must be the indicator with the picture of 4 wheels, axles and propshafts.
    Brandt Theunissen
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    Default Re: Mahindra 4x4 engaging - removed fuses and Propshaft

    Quote Originally Posted by Koebelwagen View Post
    Are you sure the front differential was not damaged? The system was designed to allow engagement of the high range 4WD ratios on the fly, this operation should not be popping seals.

    With the front prop removed, there is no drive to the front wheels and the front hubs cannot lock. They cannot lock because they need the side shafts to be driven in order to lock, it is a mechanical mechanism, no vacuum or electrics involved. If they are still locked, reverse the vehicle in a straight line for 5 to 10M to unlock.

    The Mahindra only has a mechanical locker on the rear axle and no indicator because there is no vacuum or electrical actuator involved, the light you see must be the indicator with the picture of 4 wheels, axles and propshafts.
    Thanks Brandt, appreciate the feedback. I was on the highway doing around120 when I started smelling oil burning. According to the mechanic the seal popped due to the pressure that built up with trying to engage 4x4/diff at such speeds.
    Last edited by Chilene; 2023/12/30 at 06:55 AM. Reason: Spelling

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