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Issues if 4x4 hasn't been engaged in a long time?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by vantaco, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Sep 10, 2010 at 10:54 AM
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    vantaco

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    I'm looking at an 04 non TRD v6 4x4 and by the sounds of it the 4x4 hasn't been engaged in quite some time (couple years or more possibly)

    is this an issue? any other thoughts?

    thanks
     
  2. Sep 10, 2010 at 10:55 AM
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    Not an issue. Try it before you buy it though just to make sure everything engages.
     
  3. Sep 10, 2010 at 11:01 AM
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    Regardless of what the possibilities are.... You should always test drive a vehicle and ALWAYS put it into 4WD in both Hi and Lo range to make sure everything works.

    And yes...there are possibilties that the 4WD may not engage because it hasn't been engaged for so long.

    I would not buy the truck if the 4WD doesn't work and the owner isn't willing to fix it for you or drop the price A LOT to accomodate a repair bill.
     
  4. Sep 10, 2010 at 12:12 PM
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    well i asked him, and he claims he engages it once a month to keep it lubricated (which is the reason to)

    it's his 3 tacoma, and he seems to know quite a bit about the truck (listed off a few rear lockers, it's not a trd and i brought those up)
     
  5. Sep 10, 2010 at 8:06 PM
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    The manual recommends engaging 4Hi at least once a month for the ADD equipped vehicles. If this in fact has been done, it is enough to lubricate the system and count as has having been used.

    I would agree with what others have said. If the system engages without issues it is very likely OK. It is a very well designed system capable of withstanding a lot of abuse, including minimal use.
     
  6. Sep 11, 2010 at 5:02 AM
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    You originally said he didn't engage it in 2 years......

    And now you're saying he engaged it every month? Did he tell you (originally) that it was 2 years? Or is he feeding you a line of BS now?

    I'd definately take it for a test drive and put it in 4hi and 4lo. If it'll engage and you can tell all 4 wheels are being driven, it should be OK - assuming nothing else is wrong.

    Ask him - "When was the last time he changed the oil in the front diff, rear diff, transfer case & the transmission"
    That'll give you a clue whehter or not the guy takes care of his stuff.
     
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