Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: 4WD button blinks

asked by on

My Honda Passport is having problems going into 4 Wheel Drive. When I engage the 4 Wheel Drive dash button it blinks constantly which means it’s not in 4 WD drive. Sometimes the green light will stay solid which means it is in 4 WD. So I took my car to a repair garage and they didn’t see a problem. Do you have any ideas and solutions on this?

A: Hey there. Thanks for writing in about your...

Hey there. Thanks for writing in about your 2002 Honda Passport. This sounds to me like the transfer case motor has failed. This is an electric motor that engages and disengages the transfer case in order to use four wheel drive.

I would recommend having the transfer case motor inspected and tested using the manufacturers recommended procedure. If this motor is working properly, you will likely hear a slight clicking noise when engaging and disengaging the four wheel drive.

If this click is not heard, this may be a sign that the motor has failed. Further testing would determine for sure if the problem lies within the transfer case motor.

If the transfer case motor does require replacement, it is best to go ahead and replace the transfer case fluid as well as some fluid will be lost during the replacement anyway. If you need to have this checked, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your shifting problem and let you know what needs repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car shifts if I drive at a slow rate of speed. Won't if I drive a little faster. Speedo works, transmission issue or speed sensor?

There is a technical bulletin from the manufacturer to replace the powertrain control module and then re-testing the vehicle to see if the problem continues. If it does then try and flush out the transmission and if the problem still...

Q: How can I connect two motors

Hello. From what you describe, I would say that there is currently not any mechanism or machine that allows one to do what you would like. There are hitches that will allow you to tow the VW with the 4Runner,...

Q: Rumbling sound from rear of vehicle

There can be multiple causes when dealing with a roaring or rumbling sound. A wheel bearing can cause a rumbling sound. When it comes to a rear end or differential it is important that all of the correct shims have...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.