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Questions on the locking Diff.......

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by CRFan1, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Jan 16, 2009 at 6:45 AM
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    CRFan1

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    Ok, so with all the snow and cold here in the chicagoland area I have played a bit with the locking diff and I have noticed that it really is difficult to get it engaged easily. The light blinks after you push the button and it seems you gotta drive a bit, etc. Is there a secret to getting it engaged easily (like putting it in reverse or something)? Anyone else experience this?

    Is it bad to drive at normal speeds...the manual say don't go above 5mph. I know you need slip when turning or it is very hard on the rear end components.
     
  2. Jan 16, 2009 at 7:11 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    It is tricky to engage the rear locker. My advice (if it doesn't engage the first time) is to slowly back-up when trying to engage it. If that doesn't work try stopping for a second when you back up. You can also try moving forward and doing it.

    It is mainly used for getting out when stuck or pulling applications. I would not advise using it at normal speeds. It is extremely difficult and dangerous to try to drive a vehcile at normal speeds with a locked axle. As you said, it makes it hard to steer.
     
  3. Jan 16, 2009 at 7:15 AM
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    Every month I go in the back and engage my 4lo and the locker a few times. Keeps things used to engaging. When I got the truck new off the lot I would hit the locker and it wouldnt engage for a good 15-20 feet. Now after keeping it used it works almost instantly. try it, I can almost guarantee after using it a few times it will work better.
     
  4. Jan 16, 2009 at 7:22 AM
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    stratton

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    Yeah its not really good to drive at normal speeds. I think thats mostly because with out the grey wire mod, you have to have the truck in 4lo to engage the diffs. And 4lo isnt meant for normal speed. I find it easier to engage the diff's with the truck in nuetral, then I switch to 4lo then the rear lockers. It works just about everytime with the truck in N.
     
  5. Jan 16, 2009 at 7:46 AM
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    chris4x4

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    He has a Prerunner. No grey wire mod needed. :)
     
  6. Jan 16, 2009 at 7:47 AM
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    Ok...good to know....I only use it on very snowy roads sometimes. It is only hard to turn when there is no slip...when you turn you have to remember that the inside wheel is going slower that the outside. If the tires cannot "slip" the vehicle is gonna buck. On snow, no prob. Glad to hear my engagement issue is normal.
     
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    Exactly :)
     
  8. Jan 16, 2009 at 7:48 AM
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    Ok thanks for the Info :thumbsup:
     
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