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Old 05-14-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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Just got my truck, I have a few questions.

My truck is a 2002 4x4 it has the Trd off road markings, but i think they may have just been put on.
First question I have is, I do not have the button to lock the differentials, in place i have a switch for some lights in front. How much and how difficult would it be to get a locking differential.

Second question is, I have a rattling noise coming from the passenger side airbag. I think it is just the cover that is loose anyway to fix that. I know its a minor detail, but I want to have this truck in the best condition possible.

Next Question, I there anything i can do to help increase gas mileage?

Thanks Guys, any answers are very much appreciated.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:18 AM   #2
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check on the rear axel so if you are looking at the back of the truck look at the diff and if your drain plug is to the left side your truck is trd if it is to the right you are open diff.
i dont know about the air bag sorry.
gas mileg you can do see foam, deck plate mod 6" or 4".
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Congrats on the purchase.

For the diff lock, yes, check underneath on the rear diff to see if one is even installed. It will be on the front driver side of the diff. But I doubt it if the dash button isn't there. Post a pic of your dash button for us. My guess is that you should be able to install one pretty easily, but I'm not sure.

The air bag/dash rattle is pretty common and random. Search "dash rattle" in the 1st gen forum for a vaiety fo fixes. I think there are several kinds of dash rattle...

Mileage...what are you getting? What kind/size of tires do you have? And is the alignment in spec? Are the plugs and air filter clean? Biggest culprit is usually a heavy foot. There is no real secret here; only the typical mileage issues apply.
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yup there is no locking differential. Time to find one. Thanks for the help guys.
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Just buy a powertrax lockrite. Much better, no wiring.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:38 PM   #6
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so this week i think i am gonna use sea foam, change the oil, change the air filter and change the spark plugs. anything else i should do?
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Congrats, time to change your name! For gas mileage all of what has been said, and I assume you have done or checked the basics (air filter, new plugs, etc.)?
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What kind of condition/size are your tires so we can recommend a few things?
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Congrats, time to change your name! For gas mileage all of what has been said, and I assume you have done or checked the basics (air filter, new plugs, etc.)?
I PMed tcbob to get my name changed, and yeah i am changing my sparkplugs and air filter when i get back home.

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What kind of condition/size are your tires so we can recommend a few things?
my tires are kumho off road tires 265/75r16 in pretty good condition.
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So I want to Seafoam my engine, my step dad says that with such a high mileage engine it will do more harm then good. He says the gunk and sludge is helping to keep everything sealed. I need your opinion guys what do you think, will it help or make things worse??
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tell us more about your truck and quit making us ask questions......how many miles on your truck?
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So I want to Seafoam my engine, my step dad says that with such a high mileage engine it will do more harm then good. He says the gunk and sludge is helping to keep everything sealed. I need your opinion guys what do you think, will it help or make things worse??
I just sea foamed my engine for the first time a few weeks ago and I have 196,000 miles on mine. It will be fine. I haven't had one hiccup out of it and it runs better now than before.
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+1 for Sea Foaming it. Also, you might just wanna give her a good once over (and under) just to familiarize yourself with the truck. Learn as much as you can about how the truck works rather than just throwing parts at it. Congrats on getting a Taco though!
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So I want to Seafoam my engine, my step dad says that with such a high mileage engine it will do more harm then good. He says the gunk and sludge is helping to keep everything sealed. I need your opinion guys what do you think, will it help or make things worse??
I agree and disagree. I will not seafoam my truck just because I don't like the fact that flakes of carbon have to pass through the exhaust valves and get blown out. I disagree on the part of the "gunk holding everything together" though
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tell us more about your truck and quit making us ask questions......how many miles on your truck?
sorry man i thought i put how many kms are on it, it has 261,000 km so thats 162,000 miles
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