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Old 02-13-2010, 11:18 AM
DEWSY DEWSY is offline
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Red face Rfw (rear free wheel lock)

When i select any 4wd (ie high or low gear).
Rfw light on dash and back wheels are locked together.
Great, well i would like to use 4wd without rfw. How do i do that??? Please...
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:34 AM
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so your rear axle has a locker and it engages when you hit 4x4? your truck is a whole different breed than our US Rangers since your in Spain. Are there any other buttons around the 4x4 switch that look like an axle with two wheels on it? or say Diff.? a picture of the dash with the light on and all the buttons may be helpful.
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Old 02-14-2010, 05:05 AM
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Cool Rfw

Thanks for reply. When I select 4x4 with the gear shift, either low or hight box. I get a green picture showing two axels with two diffs. When I start to move foreward, another light comes on with RFW, which means rear wheels are locked together. If I try to turn sharp either way, the back wheels act like brakes and prevent turning. This is no good when climbing up a track with 6 or 700 kilos load.
There is a button marked RFW. If I press it when I am in 4x4, theres no effect. If I de-select 4x4, then press this button, the light RFW goes out. However, if I dont press it and the light is still on, we dont have rear wheels locked. So the button actually doesn't do anything for me, only removes the RFW light.
I wonder if there is a trick to get rid of RFW. For me RFW is only interesting if the car was in a ditch with one back wheel in the air, otherwise its for nothing.....
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:02 AM
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Whoa that's cool. Unfortunately you're probably the only one here with such an animal. They don't make them like that anywhere else. Have you consulted the owners manual about this?
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:44 AM
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There is a button marked RFW. If I press it when I am in 4x4, theres no effect. If I de-select 4x4, then press this button, the light RFW goes out. However, if I dont press it and the light is still on, we dont have rear wheels locked. So the button actually doesn't do anything for me, only removes the RFW light.
When you`ve swiched the RFW off you have unlocked the diffs and so will not be able to drive all 4 wheels at the same time although they will each drive independently.
All new Rangers in the UK have this set up.
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:52 AM
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When you`ve swiched the RFW off you have unlocked the diffs and so will not be able to drive all 4 wheels at the same time although they will each drive independently.
All new Rangers in the UK have this set up.
Yea mine is the same as the OP's Ranger with the RFW button, whey you say All new rangers, do you mean from 2006 onwards?

because I know what he means, it does have a braking effect on full lock, It feels like the diff has gotten really tight, and stressed.

I have also noticed that the 2wd - 4wd won't happen while moving initially.

First time you select 4wd you have to be stationary, then the RFW light appears, then while your driving you can flick back and forth from 2wd-4wd all day long at speeds upto 70mph.

As you say, you can't get rid of the RFW light while in 4wd mode but I your on the move then change to 2wd, you can then select to turn it off.
I don't see the point of it being optional on 2wd mode but not 4wd!?
Then once the light is out and you need to engage 4wd again you have to come to a stop to engage 4wd, once light is back on you can flick between 2wd and 4wd till your hearts content again (upto 70ish mph)
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:42 AM
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it does have a braking effect on full lock, It feels like the diff has gotten really tight, and stressed.
Yeah because the diffferentials locked, the differential action while essential for normal driving can leave a 4WD stuck with just two spinning wheels. The most obvious cure is a diff' lock. ie the wheels can`t turn independently.
Thats the reason you get `axle wind up` when using on surfaces that don`t allow slippage.
If you select 4WD without the freewheeling hubs locked in, then you will only be in 2WD, even though the 4WD dash light indicator (if fitted) will show 4WD

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Old 02-14-2010, 01:04 PM
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Nice explination mate thanks very much fella :-)
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:01 PM
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Default Re: Rfw (rear free wheel lock)

I just had my cluch changed and the rfw light won't turn off can any body help?
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:39 AM
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Default Re: Rfw (rear free wheel lock)

I have the exact same scenario (I am based in UK). Cant get my head round the RFW button, and I have the same issues as you in that it seems to always be locked. There must be something obvious that we are missing, the manual is of no help whatsoever.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:12 AM
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There are 2 identical switches at the back of the gearbox, each side above prop flange. They connect above gearbox at the bell housing. They are marked with tape - 1 blue and 1 yellow, swap these connectors over, regardless of colour.
I wrote a full explanation but forgot to tick the old thread box and it wiped everything out, couldn't be arsed to do it again so this is the short version.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:58 AM
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Default Re: Rfw (rear free wheel lock)

As far as I'm aware the RFW stands for Remote Wheel Lock. This function is automatically enabled when engaging 4x4 Hi or Low. It locks the hubs on the front wheels enabling the 4x4 function. Without the hubs locked the vehicle would be in 2 wheel drive mode.. When turning on hard pack ground the 4 wheel drive system wont operate properly as there is not enough slippage on the wheels. The system should only be used on gravel or snow where grip is at a minimum and 2 wheel drive wont serfice. Obviously when doing more serious off road travel over rocky terrain you would try to limit the steering lock this is due to the setup of the vehicle. Rear diff lock is engage by switching the diff lock button on. This enable the rear wheels to both travel in the same direction and the vehicle not to loose power if one wheel starts to slip. Essentially its like having the rear axle welded in the middle for the period that the diff is locked
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