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problems with 4 wheel drive

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bnavin, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. Nov 29, 2010 at 3:06 PM
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    I had to use my 4 wheel drive for the first time today in denver... encountered some problems...:(

    -First, the truck acted like you had your foot pressed firmly on the brake the whole time and took a good amount of gas to get her going. :confused:

    -Second the steering sucked, now i know that 4 wheel drive does make steering a little stiff but dam the steering wheel didnt even want to move. :confused:

    -Third, it got stuck in 4hi and i finally figured out that you had to jerk the truck forward to get it to disengage the 4hi. :confused:

    -Fourth and final, when turning not only was it hard but the inside corner wheels were screeching.:confused:
     
  2. Nov 29, 2010 at 3:07 PM
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    were you on pavment with 4wd on?
     
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    yes sir... well there was about an inch of snow pack on the roads. I tried it agin after school when most the snow had melted and thats when i heard the tires screeching
     
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    there wasn't enough snow to be using 4wd today imo. i've been waiting for a big snow storm myself so i can test my 4wd too.
     
  6. Nov 29, 2010 at 3:19 PM
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    why was accelerating such a problem then? Did things just need to loosen up after not being used for awhile?
     
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    yeah there wasnt a ton but i have shitty tires on right now so i was slipping and sliding.
     
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    think about this. when ever you put your truck in 4wd you lock the front and rear differentials meaning that the front tires WILL rotate at the same rate as the rear tires. so when ever you make a turn think about how much more the front tires have to turn than the rears, and how much more the out side tires rotate than the inside. so if there is too much traction at the tires then stuff binds up and breaks when it cant turn and is being forced too
     
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    If you made a turn and your tires were screeching, you should not have been in 4wd... same with the steering, if it was slippery enough for 4wd, it will steer just fine because things can actually slip.
     
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    everything you described sounds normal.

    you need to try and use your 4x4 for a short distance monthly to keep everything lubed.

    this will also get you used to how the truck handles in 4 wheel drive.

    if no slippery conditions exsist, just do it only going straight on the pavement.

    even if only a few blocks. just enough to get the oil flowing, etc.

    i usually do it on the 1st of every month, easy for me to remember.
     
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    Using 4wd on pavement is never a good idea. Worse case, go find a dirt road, why tempt fate? Plus I think the 'keeping things lubed' is BS, the parts sit in oil, you're not lubing anything, it's just someone's brilliant idea to throw in the Owner's manual.
     
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    Oh Jesus this thread is full of fail....not even attempting to bail this boat out.
     
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    Yeah, where's the triple face palm when you need it??
     
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    Well seeing this is my third toyota truck

    1. you only fill your diff's up with how much oil ?? half way if lucky

    so using the 4wd lubricate's the section of the gears not sitting in oil,

    it also activiates the electronics to ensure they are in working order

    and for some ;), it teaches them how the truck react's in 4wd.

    2. yes, you can actually do it on pavement if your smart about it.

    I have done it on all my trucks for years, 14 years alone on my 2nd truck

    and i have never had a driveline issue ever.:rolleyes:
     
  15. Nov 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM
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    I am with you on that!

    But, I just gotta correct the one who said the front and rear differentials are 'locked' in 4WD...

    Nope, but I think your heart is in the right place...

    The front and rear DRIVE SHAFTS are 'locked' together at the transfer case... but the left and right tires are free to rotate at different speeds when turning.

    BECAUSE the front and rear driveshafts cannot turn at different speeds and must when turning, you must STAY OFF THE ASPHALT in 4WD, unless you are not turning the steering wheel!

    On dirt, ice, sand, mud... the tires can slip while turning in 4WD, but dry/ hard surfaces don't allow the tires to slip. That is what AWD vehicles with a center differential at the transfer case are for... to allow 4WD on dry pavement for better control.

    Differential Lockers are great for difficult off road situations... but hinder steering even off road, so should only be used in an emergency, as Toyota states, and no more than 5 mph.

    Traction Control like limited slip are the ultimate: A-TRAC, do not affect steering and don't have slow speed restrictions.
     
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