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4wd

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Tacco1, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. Oct 25, 2009 at 11:10 AM
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    Tacco1

    Tacco1 [OP] New Member

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    I purchased a new 2009 Taco earlier this year and have been checking out the 4WD before winter hits in Wisconsin. When I engage H4 while driving, the truck handles very similar to when in H2. However, when I slow for a sharp, low-speed turn, it feels like the brakes are being applied and the truck slows without pressing the gas. Is this normal while in H4 at slow speed and turning sharply?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Oct 25, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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    Janster

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    Very normal..... the *engine braking* is amplified when 4 wheels are attached to the driveline/torque (so to speak).

    However - on a side note - I would avoid driving on pavement with 4WD engaged ESPECIALLY while making turns. The driveline & CV joints can bind up which could be another reason why you're slowing down a lot quicker.

    If you need to test out your 4wd, then its best to do it on dirt (non hard surfaces). Or - I will engage 4wd while driving on the highway in heavy rain but I do not go over 60mph and I don't make any turns. I disengage as soon as I get on the offramp.
     
  3. Oct 25, 2009 at 11:24 AM
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    Coreyjon

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    its good to engage 4wd every few months, (not sure the actual interval recommended by yota, but once every other month is certainly better than never). gets things turning that don't normally turn, also a function check, rather not find out its inop when you really need it.

    Completely normal ops, but like what was posted above, careful about using 4wd on dry pavement, lots of extra forces on the drive train now. Never thought to use 4wd in the rain, may give that a go (obviously only in a real "galley" washer).
     
  4. Oct 25, 2009 at 11:41 AM
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    OffroadToy

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    In 4WD try to avoid making sharp turns even in dirt...especially while in 4LO. The less stress you put on the components the better.
     
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