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My 4 Wheel Drive is Messed Up!

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by aleok, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. Sep 21, 2009 at 1:51 PM
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    aleok

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    Hi Everyone,
    I got my 09 tacoma about 2 months ago. I feel like ever since the day I got it my 4-wheel drive has been acting strange. Whenever I put it in H4, it sometimes flashes and doesn’t want to go in and sometimes it does. The truck really feels different when in H4, it seems to be driving with the brakes lightly pressed. And when I make a slow turn, the truck basically comes to a stop, like the brakes are fully on. While in the turn it won’t even move, unless I give it some serious gas. Anyone know what the problem is?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Sep 21, 2009 at 2:09 PM
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    VixTacom

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    it should be operating normaly. thats the way mine operates in my 99. it'll slow and stop while turning in 4WD unless pressing the gas. however, u have an electronic 4WD i got mechanical meaning i can control my 4WD with a lever that sits right next to the shifter on my truck. take the truck to the dealer for the 4WD not wanting to engage. everthing elses is working fine tho.
     
  3. Sep 21, 2009 at 2:27 PM
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    aleok

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    Thanks for the quick reply, why is it like this. the 4wd on my jeep drives like normal...
     
  4. Sep 21, 2009 at 2:29 PM
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    Doesn't sound like a problem to me. That is how it works for me:rolleyes:

    Woot woot 1,700 posts
     
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  6. Sep 21, 2009 at 2:41 PM
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    thats how mine feels when 4wd is engaged
     
  7. Sep 21, 2009 at 4:25 PM
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    ok thanks guys! just seemed strange...
     
  8. Sep 21, 2009 at 4:38 PM
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    normal driving you shouldn't really feel any difference with it engaged. it will feel different in turns though but shouldnt bog the engine down. unless your at full lock (which you really shouldnt be doing in 4wd anyways) mine engages/disengages without even noticing it while i'm driving straight. you can feel a slight clunk but thats about it.
     
  9. Sep 22, 2009 at 5:01 PM
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    If you have 4wd engaged on pavement it will probably be more pronounced (worse). It's not so bad on gravel or dirt and rocks.

    Also, driving on pavement with 4wd is not good for the drive train as I believe it puts much more stress on all the parts. Someone can chime in here and tell me if they agree with that.
     
  10. Sep 22, 2009 at 7:26 PM
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    Terrier

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    I wish I had the stick shift type 4wd instead of electronic. It seems to always engage instantly (had one on an Izusu trooper), unlike my Tacoma which sometimes engages instantly and sometimes flashes before it engages.
     
  11. Sep 22, 2009 at 7:36 PM
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    Warren Thompson

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    My '06 taco engages into 4 without noticing. Very smooth. I wonder from what you described if there is any fluid in the transfer case or front diff!? If you got it from the dealership, maybe you should check if they put oil in!!! You should not feel a major change in anything when going into 4X4. It should be smooth.
     
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