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Why is the 4WD light coming on in my 2010 Holden Captiva?

Asked by Tony

All the four-wheel-drive lights come on in my 2010 Holden Captiva. Sometimes, when only the anti-skid and ABS lights are on, there is a noise coming from the rear left wheel as if it’s trying to lock into four-wheel-drive. Until the four-wheel-drive lights start flashing it moves at a snail’s pace. Do you think it’s a computer problem?

Answered by CarsGuide

11 Sep 2020 David Morley

It could be a computer problem, but it could also be a mechanical one with the driveline of the car which is faulty and is triggering the warning lights you’re seeing. If the body computer is the problem, then those lights on the dashboard and the symptoms you can hear are a distinct possibility. But the noise you’re hearing is more likely to be the anti-lock brake mechanism triggering than the vehicle trying to select four-wheel-drive as the Captiva has constant four-wheel-drive, so it’s always engaged.

The reason it moves slowly when the warnings are present is because it’s going into limp-home mode – probably - to prevent any more harm coming to the vehicle itself. I’d be having it looked at promptly, as any problems with the braking or ABS hardware are, obviously, a safety issue.

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