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Long time lurking first time posting. Had a question about the diff lock traction control switch. We got hit hard here with a colorado low. Lots of snow. I went to use my wifes sorento, got into some thick stuff. Not stuck but enough that I wanted to use the diff lock. Low and behold it's not engaging and the light on the dash isnt coming on. Neither is the traction control switch. I checked some fuses, not all of them some I wasnt sure what they were so I left them alone. The ones I checked were not blown. wondering if anyone had run into this issue at all. Thanks for looking.
 

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Long time lurking first time posting. Had a question about the diff lock traction control switch. We got hit hard here with a colorado low. Lots of snow. I went to use my wifes sorento, got into some thick stuff. Not stuck but enough that I wanted to use the diff lock. Low and behold it's not engaging and the light on the dash isnt coming on. Neither is the traction control switch. I checked some fuses, not all of them some I wasnt sure what they were so I left them alone. The ones I checked were not blown. wondering if anyone had run into this issue at all. Thanks for looking.
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I have not seen one not coming on when activated by the switch. But first verify the on dash LED indicators are working.

Stare are the dash where they are and turn turn the key on or use the push button without pressing the brake. You aren't trying to start it. All lights cycle on for a second or two. You may have to do this a number of times. You should see the indicators. If you check owners manual you can locate them in the picture of their layout and save time.

If everything else is working its unlikely a fuse is gone. There is a dedicated AWD fuse and that doesn't disable those lights either but stops the coupler from engaging. Checking for codes may be you next best options to be sure the computer is not acting up or registered a fault of some sort. Can't see why though but weird things can happen.

You need to spend 5 seconds and put the full build info to the max including current mileage. It all helps assess a problem as does location for some issues. Save a lot of time and people just passing by replying due to incomplete info. So update you signature. Copy mine if you like but it not enough as it is.
 

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All lights do come on when in accessory mode. So the lights do come on. Thanks Tripplec, I thought I updated my signature. Sorry about that. I may have to take to the dealership to run the codes. I tried a cheap code tester last time I had a check engine light for something else but it gave me a generic code and didnt tell me the issue. Do you use a certain code reader? Again thank you for your time. Its much appreciated.
 

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I use a bluetooth based one. ELM module plugin to the OBD port and various Android OBD software that works for the vehicle. Many free ones out there on Play store.
 

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Ran the codes with the elm bluetooth reader. Thanks for the advice tripplec. No codes came up. No codes stored. I guess I'll be making an appointment to dealership. Our suv is now out of warranty. Not looking forward to this.
 

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You could approach a electrical specialist auto garage. They'd figure it out for you. Its impossible in a forum. Some electrical Alternator shop do this but you have to call around and ask. They'd be cheaper than the dealer who just want to sell a subsystem and hope it fixes the issue. If you aren't the original owner than it may have been defeated by the original owner because of a known defect!!!!
 

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