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Help we went out tonight and we were stopped at a red light when my husband mashed the gas the four wheel drive light came on and it acted like it didn't want to accelerate he kept mashing the gas and when it got to 30 mph it drove fine unless we had to come to stop again and accelerate . It also has a strong odor like a mixture of burnt rubber and a chemical smell that smells like onions almost. It's very weird.Does anyone know why a 4 wheel drive light would be on and its not in 4 wheel Dr and why it is slow to accelerate in first and possibly second gear too?? Any help greatly greatly appreciated!!!
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when the car has cooled down open the radiator cap and see if you find a strawberry milkshake fluid. google: xterra SMOD. that will explain everything. it's basically a defect on those years xterra when radiator fluid leaks into the transmission. If it does have a strawberry milkshake fluid when you look under the radiator cap than there is no repairing unless you replace the entire transmission which is not worth it. This only pertains to automatic xterras, if it's a manual then ignore this. If the fluid is normal and green then look at transmission fluid. if it's dark then change the fluid. other than that i am not sure.
 
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