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10 miles per month? Really?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by PropJet, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. Dec 26, 2008 at 5:04 PM
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    PropJet

    PropJet [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Just got an '09 DC with the TRD Off Road a few nights ago. Skimming through the owners manual (which was obviously written by a bunch of attorneys...500+ pages of warnings / notices / cautions), I noticed it said one should drive the truck in 4 wheel drive at least 10 miles per month in order to keep everything properly lubricated. This is my 4th 4x4 I've owned in the last 12 years, and I don't recall any of the others mentioning anything like that (all were different makes of vehicles). I understand the need to keep everything lubricated, but 10 miles / month seems like an excessive amount, don't you think? Wouldn't a mile or two every couple of weeks be sufficient?

    Btw, I'm loving the truck! :D
     
  2. Dec 26, 2008 at 5:10 PM
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    HighPlains

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    That is what I thought as well. I too have owned a fair number of 4X4's over the years. All of them GM products. I've never heard of such a thing as 10 miles per month whether you need it or not.



     
  3. Dec 26, 2008 at 5:11 PM
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    vtragweed

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    i wouldnt worry about that to much just keep doing what youve been doing you should be fine, i would probably drive a mile or 2 every 2-3 weeks make sure everything is in check
     
  4. Dec 26, 2008 at 5:18 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Being as the front diff gears are spinning all the time anyway, I dont dsee the reason.
     
  5. Dec 26, 2008 at 5:52 PM
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    DJ@LLX

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    one more task i need to add to my list. it is always good to know. :)
     
  6. Dec 26, 2008 at 5:55 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    10 miles a month? i dont think i use 4x4 10 times per year. lol
     
  7. Dec 26, 2008 at 5:58 PM
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    surfsupl

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    Sounds like those attorneys needed to fill some more space in the book or they had some sort of lawsuit where a guy owned a 4x4 and never used the function until after owning it 3 years and when he popped it in "4" it broke or did not even work. Sounds like they are covering their asses? :rolleyes:
     
  8. Dec 26, 2008 at 6:17 PM
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    Monkeysuncle

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    I do lock the hubs in on my 99 manual hub tacoma a few times a month just so they keep moving. Plus it's a good excuse to go out and use the 4x4. Also even if you don't use it on a regular basis, it's good to know it works the one time you need it.
     
  9. Dec 26, 2008 at 6:57 PM
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    praetor

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    Can I believe what I am reading? 10mi per month excessive? Come on, I am off road 100mi per day. Other than the fact that it is my job to be out there I own a taco and if I didn't use it for work I would be looking for excuses to go off road.
     
  10. Dec 26, 2008 at 7:30 PM
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    HighPlains

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    I think what was being pointed out was the absurdity of the requirement per the owners manual that 4WD be engaged for 10 miles per month. II have owned a number of 4WD pickups-all GM-and do not recall any requirement by them that 4WD be engaged at all unless needed.
    You drive 100mi off road a day? OK, I can probably match that and I rarely find the need for 4WD on any kind of a regular basis, much less 10 miles per month.
     
  11. Dec 26, 2008 at 7:51 PM
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    Got it. Granted I have a Prerunner but I would always engage 4wd when off road in my old trucks. I don't like to rock crawl but the 4wd around fast corners was always a help.
     
  12. Dec 26, 2008 at 8:29 PM
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    All the Toyota 4x4s in my family (87 pickup, 97 4runner, 02 sequoia, and my 03 tacoma:D) all say in the owners manual to drive it atleast 10 mi each month in 4wd to keep the 4wd system lubricated.
     
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  14. Dec 27, 2008 at 5:05 AM
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    Don't drive it on the pavement in 4wd though.
     
  15. Dec 27, 2008 at 5:25 AM
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    For me I make is a point to put in 4 wheel drive, when it rains during the year I used it, or during the summer I try (in not at the farm) to hit a power line trail.
    I never had a issue with the unit
     
  16. Dec 27, 2008 at 5:48 AM
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    Back in the day I had an International Scout II and it said ONE mile a month and I never did it. It lasted for 11 years before I sold it and the 4x4 transfer case and all parts involved were the only things that I did not have a problem with.
     
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