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locking rear differrential question

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

  1. Aug 15, 2011 at 3:27 PM
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    tataylor

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    I am a new Toyota Tacoma owner, just bought an 07 TRD off road package. There was not an owners manual with the truck I was wondering if someone could explain to me the procedure for engaging the rear differrential. When I place the trans. in park or neutral and mash the button there is a red light in the dash beside the 4X4 indicator light that blinks but does not illuminate steady. Is this normal or is there something going on with that system? Any help appreciated
     
  2. Aug 15, 2011 at 3:32 PM
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    The truck must be in 4 low for the locker to engage
     
  3. Aug 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM
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    And you can't engage while in motion, make sure the truck is stopped and it may have to be in neutral. Make sure you're doing this in the dirt if you're going to be driving around.
     
  4. Aug 15, 2011 at 3:37 PM
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    Have fun with it!
     
  5. Aug 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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    Only use it to get un-stuck or get through something really nasty. It's not meant to drive around while locked (will break stuff).
     
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    If you did it in neutral and the light keeps on blinking, shift into D and drive VERY SLOWLY while turning until the light becomes solid. The gears need to line up for the locker to engage. Do not gun the throttle until the light becomes solid.
     
  7. Aug 15, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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    Thanks guys guess I didnt give it enough effort
     
  8. Aug 15, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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    That doesn't even sound logical...?

    If you truck is missing this, it belongs on the door...


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    First, you must be in L4... and to go from H4 to L4 you must be in NEUTRAL (not PARK).

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    Then, IF you need the rear locked (if L4 didn't get you up the hill)... press the locker switch... it will blink until it is engaged, then stays solid.

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  9. Aug 15, 2011 at 7:12 PM
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    Oh, so if a kid takes his (or his daddy's) truck onto an ice/snow covered parking lot and gasses it.. THAT is a rear locker test???!!!

    Seriously, that is not what the rear locker is for or what happens when driven normally.
     
  10. Aug 15, 2011 at 8:11 PM
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    Excellent, clear pics David!
     
  11. Aug 15, 2011 at 8:15 PM
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    I use my rear locker through mud all the time it works just like 4wd stop. Engage button. You dont have to be in nuetral I alays do it in drive. Once the button is pressed in itll flash just move forward slowly and youll hear it lock. Have a blast I was going through ruts from hell today and used it to climb up some hills. To dis engage stop the truck. Press the button out then slowly move forward and itll pop out
     
  12. Aug 15, 2011 at 10:41 PM
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    Thank you Crom :)
     
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