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Switching into 4-HI while moving?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by BRUIN8124, Jan 29, 2013.

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When switching into 4WD HI, do you come to a complete stop and shift into neutral?

Poll closed Feb 28, 2013.
  1. While moving

    88.6%
  2. Complete stop/in neutral

    11.4%
  1. Jan 29, 2013 at 7:50 AM
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    3RZ Taco

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    I'm religious against automatic locking hubs, every vehicle i have owned with auto's have broke. Were as my 95 bronco and my tacoma have never had a single problem
     
  2. Jan 29, 2013 at 7:59 AM
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    kirkofwimbo

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    It's got LSD man.....
    Your getting enough rain to keep the roads fairly clean. Where I live it only rains every couple months, and by that time so much dirt/oil have built up on the roads they become pretty slick. Not that I make a habit of it, I have used 4x4 in the rain. It can be useful when having to pull out onto 2 lane roads with 60mph traffic to gain speed quickly without the ass end swinging around on you.

    As to the OP, either way works, but why waste your time to stop if you don't have to? :)
     
  3. Jan 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM
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    Ahh...4x4 in the rain is much safer for going through traffic on Toronto's highways. The truck is much more predictable.
     
  4. Jan 29, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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  5. Jan 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM
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    fwiw...

    if you are driving with your foot on the gas so hard that you find 4wd in
    rain on pavement is the best option, then you really need a different vehicle...one that
    has an AWD system and not just a part-time system like Tacoma has...

    imho there is not really much need for 4wd on pavement unless you really need to
    beat that guy next to you at the light in the pretend race


    yes 4wd is fine to use but you may find that seals and driveline
    components will be needing service a whole lot sooner than you'd expect

    seriously, part-time is just that. only use when you will get stuck if
    you stay in 2wd. with the 2wd mode and trac and vsc, I find the Tacoma
    is quite handy in snow and slush and I only really need 4wd up steeps

    on my 4runner that has awd, I just leave it in awd 24x7
     
  6. Jan 29, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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    Kenobe

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    ^^this. I had mine in 2wd once going up a hill in the snow. Halfway up the hill the rear end began to lose traction and fishtail on me. Put 'er in 4wd and went right up the hill, no problem. Had a similar situation when I was 19 with my Mom when she was driving my Dad's Ford. Rear end cut loose up a hill in black ice and we flipped over.

    Anyway, If it's slick at all I'm in 4wd.
     
  7. Jan 29, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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    Sloth

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    I'd rather have manual hubs, just my preference. Even on a $40K + truck. If you think you're going to need 4wd lock them and drive around. It's like having auto hubs when not in 4wd. Unlock them when you get home or when you don't think you'll need them.

    And OP, as stated above it's fine to shift into 4hi while moving below whatever speed your visor info sticker thing says, and as long as your tires are all moving at the same rate.
     
  8. Jan 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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    Done that. Makes a fantastic Thunk/clunk sound. I highly do not recommend it. (It was an accident.)
     
  9. Jan 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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    Beats me.

    I never use 4wd on the pavement, unless I am in snowy conditions.
     
  10. Jan 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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    You can do it either way, just make sure your wheels are straight, and I try to keep it under 40mph when doing it.
     
  11. Jan 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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    Yes, you can switch to 4h while driving. As mentioned, all 4 wheels have to be turning the same speed (no spinning). Also you will notice that if you shift to 4h with your foot on the gas, the 4wd indicator light will come on and blink. You have to let off the gas to get it to engage (light will stop blinking)
     
  12. Jan 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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    With all the snow here in Utah the past few weeks my 4wd has been on ALOT! I feel like a boss flipping switches.... Ok I lied I turn the knob but I still feel like a boss. I prolly turned it on and off 5 times alone on my way to work today. Just ease of the gas make sure wheels are straight and BAM 4wdh
     
  13. Jan 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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    You ever driven on a Texas road that has is just barely wet after not seeing rain for several weeks/months? It's almost as bad as black ice. I've almost spun out pulling out of my neighborhood while in 2WD without hardly touching the gas. 4WD can come in handy even in the rain.
     
  14. Jan 29, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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    4Hi will not turn on and start beeping if you are doing 60+. Yes the roads were snowy.
     
  15. Jan 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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    You can even try to switch it into 4WD in the rain over the recommended speed and it will just beep at you. Had a buddy driving on a roadtrip in the rain when I discovered that. He had just smashed his Mustang in the rain and got nervous and tried to put it in 4 high on the interstate....

    edit- beat by the sandman.
     
  16. Jan 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM
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    I am bored so....
    Whats the opinion on engaging 4wd driving backwards , while moving.
     
  17. Jan 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM
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    depending on asphalt temperature, curvature of the road, and how I feel the traction level is I use 4wd sometimes (rarely) in the rain. At 35F some wet asphalt can be darn slippery with the light rear end on these trucks.

    edit: 4wd mostly used in the rain on the interstate/highway
     
  18. Jan 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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    I have a question about locking hubs, if there already locked and I'm in 4wd and I put it in 2wd do I have to get out and ulock the hubs right away or could I drive for a bit then unlock them?
     
  19. Jan 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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    You can drive. With hubs locked in 2wd its no different than having auto hubs basically. Your cv's are spinning, but aren't coupled to the the front diff.
     
  20. Jan 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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    You can drive for a bit before you unlock them. When I had them and did that my gas mileage went to crap.

    Also hated getting out and putting them in or out in the crappy weather that dictated you needed them. Also having to have a pair of pliers around to help turn the hub in or out also sucked.

    I had to have one of the hubs rebuilt on the vehicle I had that had the manual hubs but I've never had an issue with the autos.
     
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