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What gear for 4WD?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Smeg, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. Sep 20, 2009 at 3:42 PM
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    I just bought a 2008 Tacoma TRD Sport w/automatic transmission, and this is my first vehicle to ever own with 4WD, so I was hoping you could help me with a couple questions.

    Firstly, I know not to use 4WD on pavement. The manual recommends driving in 4WD for 10 miles per month. That is going to be kinda difficult for me since I bought it to drive out to our shooting range, and it isn't more than 1/2 mile off road to get there. How critical is this?

    What gear should I use for H4? I know Low 4 is for when you are absolutely bogged down in mud, snow, etc., but do you leave the transmission in D for each of these, or do you have to go into one of the lower gears?

    Is there any reason to use the lower gears other than when something is being towed?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Sep 20, 2009 at 3:44 PM
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    use 4h and leave it in D, you should be fine
     
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    I use whatever gear does what I need. For instance, if I'm on a trail and I need to go slow, I will use 4 lo and 2nd gear. If I have to climb a hill in 4 Hi, and I start to bog down in D or 4th, I will shift down to 3rd, or even 2nd. Your truck will give you hints on what gear to use. Listen to it.
     
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    Normally, use D. When going downhill in 4x4, I use lower gears to not ride the brakes. There is really no "one way" to drive off road in 4x4, it is what you are most comfortable with. It is always good to keep the RPM's low, so do what is comfortable for you and your Taco.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    I totally missed this. Is this an important step for those of us who dont off road often (or havent had a chance to yet!?)
     
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    Good info!

    Anybody know of some good threads on 4WD tips and tricks?
     
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    who said you can't use 4wd on pavement? just don't turn or turn fast ... no turning while in 4wd while on dry pavement...
     
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    As I was doing some reading on these forums, it seems that there are a lot of people who know more about the topic than me saying that it is a bad idea to use 4wd on pavement. I'd be grateful to know if this is true or if this is more of a "it depends" type of statement.

    Can anyone shed some light on the manual recommending driving 10 miles per month in 4wd? How important is this?
     
  10. Sep 21, 2009 at 8:28 AM
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    If you are going in a stright line, you probably won't do any damage, but why take the chance. Just find a dirt road somewhere and have some fun. If you are in 4wd and you feel the front end binding when you steer, you can cause serious damage.
     
  11. Sep 21, 2009 at 8:32 AM
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    Here is a link to a PDF that helps explain 4 wheel drive (http://www.the-ecentre.net/resources/e_library/doc/Guide_to_4WD.pdf). Using 4x in a selectable transfer case is not recommended for pavement because serious damage can be done when making tight turns on pavement. Making tight turns on compacted dirt roads isn't advisable either, as the drive-train will bind.
     
  12. Sep 21, 2009 at 10:05 AM
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    Just don't turn... and who the hell makes tight turns in 4wd anyway... 4wd is not meant to be driven on constantly. If you put it in 4wd just don't turn abruptly or tightly and you will be fine.
     
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