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Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by Scosh, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. Oct 10, 2009 at 6:16 AM
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    Scosh

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    Ok so I have a 2002 Prerunner sr5 and I was wondering what is that little black handle that is located by the bottom right of the steering wheel. Im not sure if this is a parking brake, because the ones I see on trucks usually say "Parking Brake". I also mud better if I pull this thing. From what I have read, rear lockers are activated by a button so I know it isnt a locker. Please dont flame me or anything, Im only 17 and I am only trying to increase my knowledge about trucks.

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  2. Oct 10, 2009 at 6:19 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Thats your parking brake
     
  3. Oct 10, 2009 at 6:22 AM
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    :facepalm:Im trying not to flame but WOW. It helps you mud better??? Its the parking brake dude:facepalm:
     
  4. Oct 10, 2009 at 6:24 AM
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    chris4x4

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    I can see how it could help him get thru mud better. An old trick to use, for trucks with an open diff, is to preload the brakes using the parking brake. This helps BOTH tires get power, thus better traction. AND in mud, it will keep mud from getting between the brake shoes.
     
  5. Oct 10, 2009 at 6:27 AM
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  6. Oct 10, 2009 at 6:32 AM
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    Thanks for the info and not being an ass man. Some people just dont know how to read. Saying that it helps me mud means that I have tried it and it actually works better for me versus not using it.
     
  7. Oct 10, 2009 at 6:32 AM
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    Please excuse my harshness. Im finishing up a 12 hour shift at work and have been dealing incompetance all night. Sorry. Welcome to TW!
     
  8. Oct 10, 2009 at 6:40 AM
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    I understand, and its ok. At least I know that its my parking brake now haha
     
  9. Oct 10, 2009 at 6:46 AM
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    Granted a pretty basic, yet still valid question. I would recommend that you get the owners manual out and read through it, there might be some other stuff in there that you might find interesting.
     
  10. Oct 10, 2009 at 7:36 AM
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    Will it hurt my truck any if I continue to mud with my parking brake engaged?
     
  11. Oct 10, 2009 at 7:37 AM
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    No. It WILL wear out your rear brakes a bit faster, but it wont hurt anything. As long as they are not fully applied when you are doing this.
     
  12. Oct 10, 2009 at 7:42 AM
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    So like pull it half way is what you mean? Or just apply them every now and then?
     
  13. Oct 10, 2009 at 7:46 AM
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    You shouldnt keep them applied for long distances, as they can over heat. Just put a little tension on the brakes when you need it. In time, you will become skilled enough to apply as traction lessens, then disengage when your momentum is up.
     
  14. Oct 10, 2009 at 7:52 AM
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    I see, well I have stock tires, Goodyear A/T Trackers, right now and I just wanted to know if I even need to use the parking brake technique. Also will just buying new tires be better off for my 2wd?
     
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    Sounds like a lot like your basics of VSC and Traction Control to me.

    BTW, you should use it when parking the truck as well. :)
     
  16. Oct 10, 2009 at 8:03 AM
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    Tires make the largest difference when off roading.
     
  17. Oct 10, 2009 at 8:04 AM
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    Thats exactly what it is. :)
     
  18. Oct 10, 2009 at 8:07 AM
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    Well buying new tires for what kind of wheeling do you do? If mud then Yes, I had BFG a/t at one time sucks in mud but grips on hard pack and soft dirt very well. I now have Toyo MT, Great in mud but SUCKS on hard and soft dirt. It doesn't "bite" like the A/T's did.
     
  19. Oct 10, 2009 at 8:08 AM
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    Thanks Chris, you have been the biggest help ever since I have joined TW :yay:
     
  20. Oct 10, 2009 at 8:09 AM
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    Aww...Thanks for the kind words. :eek:
     
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