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HELP 4X4 mechanic Buenos Aries

when i got my toyota landcruiser 80 off the Ro ro ferry in Buenos Aries some w%%%%er had been playing with the diff locks with the result that the centre diff lock is now locked on. I had to drive it from the docks and i know that this wasnt wise!! Toyota are saying that its will be two weeks before they can even look at it.

Ive done all the usual tricks of driving back and forth and am worried that more chasing round looking for a mechanic will do more damage!!! any one any suggestions ideas contacts etc

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Hi,
If it is just wound up then jacking up a wheel will be enough to release it, i've had to do it a few times in the past.
Is it manually operated or on a switch? If it's a switch and jacking up doesn't work, try to locate the arm on the transfer box and shift it by hand.
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thanks for yout reply! jacking up wheel hasnt helped nor had driving back and forward

forgive my ignorance but here goes..what is imvolved in manually releasing it..

how do i recognise the transfer box, and where on it is the centre diff lock actuator, Its a manual and the centre diff activates when i change it to low range

once ive found the diff actuator what do i do? is there a screw? a bolt?? and what is the best way of getting at at it??? and what will i feel if im doing it suceesfully?

and what damage can i do if im not???

toyota reckom two weeks before they can even look at it!!!!! aint travel fun!!!

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thanks for your help vehicle now in Toyota and they are "looking" (in spite of the strike that at first meant a two week delay i think my tears!! and money helped,) keeping fingers crossed that there is no lasting damage just got to wait!!! spending my time imaginning what ill do to the driver from Grimaldi who knackered my vehicleif i ever find out who it was

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