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Rear DIFF LOCK or NOT??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 97widerider, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. Mar 10, 2009 at 5:15 AM
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    97widerider

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    I have a 02 Toyota Tacoma SR5, PreRunner with the TRD package, 4 cyl, 2.7, 2WD. I am unusure if mine has the diff lock or not. I thought all TRDs did but after reading some posts, I am unsure. Should there be a DIFF LOCK button on my dash somewhere because I am sure there isn't? Maybe it is only in the V6? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mar 10, 2009 at 6:28 AM
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    EnolaGaia

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    The locking differential was *NOT* included in the TRD Off Road Package on 4-cylinder automatics.
     
  3. Mar 10, 2009 at 9:10 AM
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    Those pictures are from the 2005+ Tacoma's. The switch for the pre 2005 Tacoma's looks like this. Now this is only a pic of the switch I believe it is taken from a pre Tacoma so never mind the instrument panel. On the Tacoma's it is located to the left of the steering wheel on the dash.
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Mar 10, 2009 at 2:37 PM
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    97widerider

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    Thanks all, I finally found a comphrensive web site and got my answer but thanks for your replies. Kind of bummed now. That locker would come in handy up in the snowy north.
     
  6. Mar 23, 2009 at 8:06 AM
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    thenrie

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    Maybe, maybe not. With 2wd, locking your rear in the snow might just make it so you can't turn. It's good in mud and deep wet snow, but not all that good on packed snow unless you have 4wd. Both rear wheels turning with power at the same speed makes the truck want to go straight and if your front wheels don't have enough grab to turn (as on a snow-packed road), you will just keep going straight. I'm careful about it even in 4wd on packed snow. In that case I only use it to get unstuck or up a steep grade.:cool:
     
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