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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jr124gamboa, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Apr 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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    jr124gamboa

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    First time owning a 4x4 ....
    I was told to find out if the truck has "locks"
    Can someone 1) explain to me what "locks" do and what they are for
    2) How do I find out if i have them
    I used the 4x4 a couple of days ago and the steering felt like something was in the way or engage again im new to 4x4
    thanks
     
  2. Apr 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    Do you mean locking hubs?? If so no you don't have locking hubs
     
  4. Apr 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM
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    Don't use 4x4 on pavement

    No bueno !
     
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    ^^^ what he said
     
  6. Apr 13, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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    They probably mean to ask if it has "locking differentials." The simple way to explain those is that locking differentials are devices which allow torque to be "locked" into each wheel evenly, and thus the application for most trucks is allowing you to get unstuck in situations where one wheel is spinning due to loss of traction (in a pure open differentialed vehicle, you may not be able to get unstuck from said situation). If you have anything but a TRD Offroad version of the Tacoma, you don't have a locking differential.

    Now, to your question about the truck being harder to steer with 4x4 (4-Hi I assume?) engaged... Thats just the way it is. All four wheels are getting power but only two wheels are still able to be turned. This means you have to give the truck a little more effort when it comes to steering. Think of trying to turn a vacuum that has two wheels only which can both pivot, vs one where there are four wheels and two wheels can pivot and two wheels are fixed straight forward.

    Also, if you're using your truck in 4 wheel drive on dry pavement, STOP, and don't ever do it again. I was new to the 4x4 world too when I first got to TW, but I learned quickly that using 4x4 on dry pavement can mess your SH*T all up! Quick reason for this is dring turns the front wheels travel a longer path than the rear heels. So, when you select 4WD you are connecting the front and rear drive shafts, FORCING the front and rear wheels to travel at the same speed. This is fine when wheels are slipping, or can be made to slip, but on pavement that is NOT the case.

    Welcome to TW world, brother. Prepare to waste a lot of time on this site.
     
  7. Apr 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM
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    thanks all the information helps....feel pretty dumb for using the 4x4 on pavement now lol
    :rolleyes:
     
  8. Apr 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM
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    Zombie Runner

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    SR5 = no locker

    TRD off road = rear locker
     
  9. Apr 13, 2011 at 3:42 PM
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    David K

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    Welcome to the world of Double Traction (4 wheel drive)!

    Locking Hubs? No, that is 'old school'... Tacomas have an ADD (automatic disconnecting differential), which does mostly the same thing as locking hubs, but does it automatically when you go in and out of 4WD... and you can do it withouit stopping, or 'on-the-fly' as they say (in 4WD High Range).

    Locking Differentail(s)? Covered above already, but as mentioned... removes the differential action which normally allows the tires to rotate at diferent speeds as needed for turning. When locked, both tires on that axle turn at the same rate... so off road only, driving straight only and for emergency getting unstuck or prevent from getting stuck use only.

    Toyota Off Road TRD trucks have a rear locking differential. Hard core off roaders add a front locking differential or get an A-TRAC equipped Tacoma.
     
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