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"Drive Systems" maze: what is ON in 2WD mode?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Thighmaster, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. May 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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    I took your nine mode list and edited to make it easier for my wife to understand, typed it up on a small card and put it on the driver side visor in case she gets stuck. {She doesn't drive the Taco often enough to remember all this}
     
  2. May 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM
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    It is really for the few of us who have a 'need' to know how they work or what is happening at each choice.

    The simple fact is, is your Tacoma is a 4WD, then just going into H4 (high range 4WD) will be most often the only thing you need to do!

    If your Tacoma is a 2WD, then pushing the VSC switch once to activate AUTO LSD is about your best choice for getting unstuck in a low traction situation.

    If your Tacoma is a 4WD OFF ROAD, then you have the ultimate in traction assist systems for severe conditions, in L4 (low range 4WD) with both the Rear Diff. Locker and the A-TRAC device.
     
  3. May 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM
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    Why is it "hit or miss" when trying to get the rear diff to engage?
     
  4. May 13, 2012 at 3:49 PM
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    The splines have to line up.
     
  5. May 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM
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    ^ any tricks to help line up the splines?
     
  6. May 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM
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    Unlike A-TRAC, the rear locker is a mechanical process (engaged by an electric motor)... It may take more than one attempt.
     
  7. May 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM
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    Turn you steering wheel one direction.
     
  8. May 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM
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    Push the button while stopped then move forward while turning side to side. Remember that you have to be in low range for the locker to work if you are 4wd.
     
  9. May 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM
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    Perfect.
     
  10. Jun 24, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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    Just shared this info with a new V6 auto DC owner who had no idea of the options. Also, this makes three new owners I've met who assumed that 4L had all the bells and whistles engaged at the get go rather than open diffs.
     
  11. Jun 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM
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    Yes indeed... Only the Off Road 4WD has traction control in low range (A-TRAC), all other 4WD Tacomas will do better in most traction situations staying in high range 4WD, where they all have TRAC working all 4 tires to limit slip/ spin.

    They may do the 4-low-trac mod and trick the truck into making TRAC work in low range... Rave reviews by those who have!
     
  12. Jul 17, 2012 at 8:59 PM
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    Mod? I thought in 4lo you just pushed ATRAC on.
     
  13. Jul 17, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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    That mod is really for non ATRAC equipped models.
     
  14. Jul 18, 2012 at 7:29 AM
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    Didnt someone figure out there there is actually 10 drive modes on the 2012s? The one I think is missing in the list 4H and trac off (short quick push on the button). IIRC my 12 will do this.
     
  15. Jul 18, 2012 at 7:32 AM
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  16. Jul 19, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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    One of the nine on David K's list "4WD-Hi: 'VSC OFF MODE' (TRAC is off for 'open differentials')."
     
  17. Oct 27, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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    Had our first real snow dump up here, 10". It's true what they say, 4WD does NOT increase traction. Very fun learning the traction control in the white stuff.
     
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