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4X4 High Question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by saf023, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Feb 4, 2011 at 3:30 AM
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    saf023

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    My commute is basically, pull out of my driveway, make a right, drive 44 miles, and make a left. I understand why you don't want to drive on dry roads in 4x4 High when turning. When I get on the "44 mile straight" part of my commute, my question is will it hurt the 4X4 driveline by driving on dry roads that have random patches of ice?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Feb 4, 2011 at 3:36 AM
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  3. Feb 4, 2011 at 3:41 AM
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    I know I am going to get grief for saying this, but it won't harm your 4x4 driveline system running it at long distance, on dry roads.
    I believe the more you use the 4x4 the better it loosens it up, keeps everything lubercated
    Its always the guys that never use their 4x4 is always the ones that have the problems with their 4x4 drivelines
     
  4. Feb 4, 2011 at 4:42 AM
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  5. Feb 4, 2011 at 4:44 AM
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    If you see a bad spot, slow down and engage, when it clears take it out. I cant see why you would want to burn that much gas in 4x4 the whole trip. If the raod is bad, then yes go the distance.
     
  6. Feb 4, 2011 at 4:50 AM
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    I'm with the need slippage....but use it a lot too.
     
  7. Feb 4, 2011 at 5:26 AM
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    4wd does nothing to help you on ice... slow down and you'll be fine.
     
  8. Feb 4, 2011 at 5:34 AM
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    4x4 turns into 4xSlipping pretty fast...and the risk to the driveline isn't worth it.

    and I'd be more concerned about something unexpected (a deer or moose or rabbit or kid) popping out and you trying to go evasive and fragging your driveline.

    I wouldn't. Get some chains or some snow/A/T tires and call it good.
     
  9. Feb 4, 2011 at 5:39 AM
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    With the amount of snow we have been getting this winter in the Northeast my 2010 Reg Cab probably has a solid 200 - 250 miles of driving in 4wd HI since Dec. The back roads around here, even after being plowed, still have a inch thick coating of hard packed snow/ ice for a few days, which requires 4wd to get up some steep hills. Between my commute to work and driving to clear two driveways take care of, I drive on snowy unplowed roads often. If I can't use 4wd for long periods of time then whats the point of having it? If you NEED to use 4wd use it. However, why the hell would you want to use 4wd on PAVEMENT????? How would that help you? If you are driving in a straight line and hit a random patch of ice, whats the problem? That's Winter. You slip for a split second and go on with life.....
     
  10. Feb 4, 2011 at 5:40 AM
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    Eh, I'd swerve for a deer and definitely a moose (those things are freaking huge!)... Rabbits and kids I've found if you drive right at them, they usually dart at the last second to avoid collision :D
     
  11. Feb 4, 2011 at 5:54 AM
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    I think thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) of people around the world drive front and or rear wheel drive vehicles (most with one wheel getting the power) on ice and snow using the simple concept of driving slow and using proper winter tires.

    Even good AWD systems require proper winter tires to perform optimally (since they warm up quickly).
     
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    Yeah...Some people will still swerve. And hard turns at speed in 4x4 = Bad things.
     
  13. Feb 4, 2011 at 8:36 AM
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    4x4 won't save you from slipping on ice! Having good tires just might...
     
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  15. Feb 4, 2011 at 9:14 AM
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    Retired Military Police Sargeant friend says use 4x4 when you need to get the vehicle moving from a stop. If the vehicle can move without 4x4 (like driving 40 miles down a highway) do not use it. Just my 2 cents.
     
  16. Feb 4, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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    dry roads with pachy ice no
    but i have used 4hi for my 65 mile commute on roads that had 3-6 inches of snow on them.
    back roads of wv where snow removal is there last priority. most of the times when it snows i never see the lines on the roads for a day or two.
     
  17. Feb 4, 2011 at 10:06 AM
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    It is 'shift-on-the-fly' for a reason, afterall! Keep it for low traction conditions, and let the VSC help you on dry pavement if you hit an ice patch instead of running 4WD all the time on the highway... (on a sidenote, I do not believe using it on pavement driving straight will hurt it, you just don't need it and gas mileage will be less)
     
  18. Feb 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM
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    Well we do have an on the fly system for a reason. I turn on 4WD from time to time when its pouring, not cause I need it, but if I am going straight and I have not used it in a while, lubrication is never bad.

    Also, right now on my daily commute there is a spot that is always terrible. Packed snow and ice. If I feel is too bad, I just flip the switch, when I pass the spot I flip it back. Better safe than sorry. Also, if I am coming to a full stop on a slippery hill and know I will need the traction to take off, put it on right before I get to the hill, take it off as soon as I am on my way.

    If any of what I said is wrong or not recommended someone chime in.

    Lastly, to the OP. I would not run the 40 miles of dry road with 4WD. But, if you see a bad patch coming and feel better turning it on for that patch, go right ahead, just turn it off once it's past. Also, like everyone else said. Tires make all the diff. While I don't have snows, I do have A/T, and they do wonders.
     
  19. Feb 4, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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  20. Feb 4, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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    Its a truck

    if im in conditions where my wheels loose traction

    I put it in 4WD

    these conditions may last for days at a time.

    when im no longer in those conditions

    i put it back to 2WD.

    This is not rocket science
     
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