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4x4 Issue TRD Offroad SR5 V6...Turning problem.

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by JonnyBlacks, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. Dec 17, 2008 at 6:57 PM
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    JonnyBlacks

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    So maybe you guys can help me out, Its winter where i am in California now and there's Areas of snow ridden roads and then just dry pavement in high traffic main roads. I have a few questions so these are them-

    Is it bad to be in 4x4 all the time when driving around town?

    Is it bad that when i turn in 4x4 making "Sharp" turns that the tacoma seems to Jump like it thrusts forward almost like breaking loose of something then slows down then jumps forward again its as if i was tapping the brake then gas really fast, or it gets caught on something then gets free over and over again only when doing hard sharp turns in 4 wheel drive.

    Any other things i should know?
     
  2. Dec 17, 2008 at 7:10 PM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    as long as its a low traction situation, it should be fine to drive in 4wd. as for the turning, thats due to the front wheels binding b/c of traveling at different speeds while the cv's are trying to turn at the same speed....i think....someone else will prolly check in and explain it a lil better
     
  3. Dec 17, 2008 at 7:11 PM
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    i'm not a tech, but my understanding is generally you dont want to be in 4 wheel drive all of time. it hard on the drive shaft and the differential and the gears and the transfer case. if you come to a stretch of road that you dont think you can make it across, stop and put the truck in 4x4 mode then take it out once you cross. the jerky motion you feel is normal if using the 4 wheel drive when it may not be needed. some of the other guys here can probably break it down for you more technically.
     
  4. Dec 17, 2008 at 7:48 PM
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    JonnyBlacks

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    ok thanks it just felt weird, the only road really dry is the main highway road that runs through the center of town, the rest has a pretty good layer of packed snow on it.

    Would it be alright to turn 4 wheel drive on while driving?
     
  5. Dec 17, 2008 at 7:54 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    getting there....
    turning with 4 wheel drive can be a little weird anyway.........................but on dry pavement, you never really wanna keep the truck in 4x4 mode.

    and yes.....................usually you can shift on the fly....but under certain speeds i do believe.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2008 at 8:11 PM
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    Probably not a good idea to drive around all the time in 4WD. 4WD does not help you stop faster....it only makes you go faster more quick so you can do more damage.
     
  7. Dec 17, 2008 at 8:21 PM
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    when i shift in and out of 4wd i let off the gas and coast while turning the knob. once the light stops blinking i accelerate again

    if i don't do this it pops and doesn't sound very good
     
  8. Dec 17, 2008 at 9:10 PM
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    k thanks for all the helpfull replys.
     
  9. Dec 18, 2008 at 8:25 AM
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    dude, your truck is going to explode!!
     
  10. Dec 18, 2008 at 8:32 AM
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    Yup, definitely best to do it that way.

    As for driving on snow packed and dry mountain roads in 4wd. I use my 4wd on the interstate, highways and local roads when snow packed. If I'm in town and going to turn into a parking lot, alley, or some other situation that requires tighter turning radius' or backing up, I make sure to put it into 2wd first.
     
  11. Dec 18, 2008 at 12:10 PM
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    i read it and still did something kind of stupid. I was going thru this muddy spot. the wheel was turned to the right and when I hit the 4w-hi. the steering wheel made this weird noise. obviously the 4x4 did not engage so I had to straighten out and the re-engage again. I love this truck!!
     
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