Recently I observed the "check" light on the TOD console start
blinking. I dutifully took it in to my normal mechanic for this and
other problems (oil leak, new oxygen sensors). All the problems other
than the TOD were fixed. My mechanic advised taking the Trooper to an
authorized Isuzu dealer for the TOD probem as it could be covered by
the powertrain warrently (100000 miles, I have 78K). He also mentioned
that in his opinion it might be a problem with the Transfer Case
because he heard noises going in/out of 2 Wheel Drive to 4 Wheel Low.
To my shame, I did not play with the 4 WD before taking it into the
Isuzu dealer. I did however, relay my mechanics observations and of
course point out the blinking check light.
The Isuzu dealer came back with a diagnosis of "DTC24 Sensor circuit
short. Recommended replacing rear axle wheel speed sensor". The
techician then went onto explain the problem, but franking, I'm not
sure he's right (or I misunderstood him or I don't understand the
Trooper that well).
He claimed that since the rear wheel speed sensor was not working, the
TOD system could not transfer power to the front wheels as needed.
Fair enough, but now the funny part. He said that TOD works in 2 WHEEL
DRIVE! That is, you'll be driving along, you hit snow, sand, oil, etc
and the TOD automatically senses the problem and transfers (some) power
to front wheels. Since my TOD was not working, this would not work in
2 Wheel Drive. BUT, he said that by hitting the 4 Wheel High button,
you force the car into four wheel drive and all would be well. Thus
his recommendation was that I could ignore the problem if I didn't plan
to drive the car in snow/ice in 2 wheel drive.
This is not how I understand the system to work at all. To my
knowledge, in 2 Wheel drive, all power goes to back wheels. Period.
In 4WH, the TOD kicks in and gives power to front wheels as needed.
Anyone care to confirm?
The estimated cost to fix this problem was $563.46 for the sensor and
$273.00 for the labor. This seems extremely high to me. Again,
Finally, when I got home, I was playing with the trooper on pavement.
I put it in 4 WH, and back to 4 WL just to see if perhaps the flashing
light would go off. [It didn't]. Then (not wanting to leave well
enough alone), I put the Trooper in 4 WL. It behaved as you'd suspect
(low speeds, trouble turning). All ok. BUT, I can not get it back in
4 WH ( or 2 WH). I've tried a few times. I suspect there is a problem
with the transfer case (as the first mechanic suggested). Again, any
comments? Anyone know if the transfer case is covered by warrenty?
The rear axis speed sensor?
Any help appreciated.