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E-Locker ... Normal behavior?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MountainEarth, May 15, 2011.

  1. May 15, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    MountainEarth [OP] Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    First Name:
    2010 TRD OR Access
    Leer 100XR Shell, BedRug mat - comfy sleeping, GT Covers microfiber seat covers, BFG All Terrains 265/70r16, Dashmat, Antennax 13" shorty antenna, Weathertech liners, Ultra Gauge, Avid Light Bar, PIAA 520 ATPs, one old dog
    Hey guys... I'm off paved road a decent amount, but most of what I do rarely requires more than 4hi. In my case, the e-locker truly is an emergency device. Anyway, since I've had the truck (14 months now), I've only engaged the locker maybe 3 or 4 times just to try it out / work the mechanism.

    Now I'm sure it's still really tight as it's still so new. But as I am new to the world of lockers, I'm curious if what I am seeing is normal behavior.
    1. When I engage the locker in 4lo, I usually have to hit the button 4 or 5 times to get it to engage. I'll stop, hit it, it won't engage, so I'll turn it off, and then creep a few feet, then try again. That's frustrating.

      So am I doing it wrong? Should I just hit the button, and leave it lock in as I creep forward and the gears eventually line up? I was under the assumption the locker should only be engaged/disengaged when fully stopped. Can someone give me some advice here?
    2. Tonight I engaged the locker in 4lo. I them clicked out of 4lo (in neutral) back to 4hi, but the locker remained engaged (icon illuminated on dash, ABS off, etc.). I wondered if something went wrong, so I hit the button on and off several times ... nothing. I turned the truck off and back on ... it was still engaged. Finally, I just drove forward maybe 15 feet or so, and it finally disengaged on it's own.

      Is that normal behavior with the e-locker? Is it supposed to disengage when fully stopped? I know it's not supposed to remain on in 4hi. Or after shifting out of 4lo, and turning off the locker, are you supposed to just drive a bit to get it to disengage? And how tough is the damn thing? Maybe I'm babying it too much. But all those clinks and clunks under the truck always worry me!
    Again any advice for this noob is appreciated. :D
  2. May 15, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    maxamillion2345 Leaves the bay but brings all its problems

    Feb 20, 2010
    First Name:
    80 series LC
    Tons and 40s

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  3. May 15, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Dane-Taco Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2009
    First Name:
    Wasilla, AK
    '10 Doublecab 4x4 TRD Off-Road
    Bilstein 5100s set at 0, OME 886 coils, Camburg Ball-Joint UCAs, 295/70/17 Nitto Trail Grapplers on 17x9 Moto Metal 957s, 2" Tuff Country AALs, SX8000 Gas Shocks (Rear), Homemade Satoshi Grill, Redline Hood Struts, Locker Anytime Mod, Map Light Mod, Diff Breather Mod, Fog Lights Anytime Mod, Extra Bed D-Rings, Sock's Badges and Decals, PIAA 520's, Illuminated 4x4 Switch Mod
    Yes, push the button and move forward while turning slightly. This will align your gears.

    Theoretically, you can engage your locker any any speed assuming you are moving straight. The locker prevent the left and right axles from moving at DIFFERENT rates of speed.

    As for the disengage, I accidentally pushed my locker button a couple of months ago, trying to turn off my fog lights. I was turning into a parking lot and instantly realized I pushed the wrong button and disengaged, but with the outer tire chirping the entire turn it didn't release until I completely straightened out. (locker mod)

    These lockers are tough, don't baby it!
  4. May 15, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    jandrews Carolina Alliance Southwest Region Ambassador

    Jun 7, 2009
    '09 FourDubDee TRD OR
    A-TRUCK, Fat Kid in the Bed, Custom Pinstriping, Ported and Polished Muffler Bearing, Hi-Performance Bed Mat

    Bull. 2nd gen e-locked diffs can't take a beating.

    The easier you can go on it the better, but it's not made of glass. Just avoid wheelspin and hop.

    If you want it tough, you need aftermarket gears.

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