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Why is my LDV T60 Luxe stuck in 4L?

Asked by Vince

My LDV Luxe seems to be stuck in 4L. I did use it in 4L and 4H last weekend and it was not used for three days. I forgot to put it back to 2H. When I used it three days later, I selected 2H, but the light just keeps flashing on the dash. I drove back and forward on soft and hard ground to try to disengage four-wheel-drive, but no success. I have been driving around for two days unable to go above 60km/h. Please help.

Answered by CarsGuide

18 Sep 2020 David Morley

For reasons known only to marketing departments, the LDV, like most modern four-wheel-drive vehicles, uses a rotary knob to shift between two and four-wheel-drive and high and low-range. While old-school off-roaders of decades ago used a simple, mechanical lever to make these shifts, the modern rotary knob system relies on electronics and solenoids to effect the same shifts. When these solenoids go wrong or there’s an interruption to or glitch in the power supply, you can easily experience the symptoms you’ve noted.

The LDV is by no means the only brand to suffer vague or phantom shifting with this system and a body-computer re-set may be required. The fault has nothing to do with you leaving it in 4H while it was parked for a few days. It’s also very unlikely to be an actual mechanical problem with the transmission. So make it the dealer’s problem; it’s a new vehicle, so the vehicle will be covered by warranty and it won’t cost you anything to have put right.

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