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Accidentally shift to 4Lo while driving

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by Pakman, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:26 PM
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    Hello everyone I was hoping I can get some expertise on my dumb mistake. I was driving in 4 high and was thought that I was going to put it on 2 Wheel Drive but instead I turn my knob left on accident! My 4 low was flashing and something was beeping within five seconds I turn my knob back to 2 Will Drive while still driving. I don’t think it was fully engaged in 4Lo because it was still flashing . My concern is I did smell some like propane in the car right after. The smell quickly went away but I hope I didn’t damage anything. Any insight is much appreciated.
     
  2. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:28 PM
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    You didn't damage anything. The truck won't go into 4lo until you put it in neutral and then go into 4lo. You're fine
     
  3. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:29 PM
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    Thank you! Any idea what the propane/burning smell could be?
     
  4. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:30 PM
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    Good question. There's nothing propane on our trucks so I'm not quite sure about that one. Could it have come from outside?
     
  5. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:30 PM
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    Burning smell could be brakes?
     
  6. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:30 PM
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    Where were you driving at whe you smelled the odor?
     
  7. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:32 PM
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    Possibly, it did happen right after I accidentally turned the knob to 4Lo and back to 2wd.
     
  8. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:34 PM
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    Because you never stopped, put the truck into neutral and engage the 4lo, you were never in 4lo at any point. It was only in 4hi the whole time.
     
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  9. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:38 PM
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    Are you sure that odor just isn’t in your head? To be be in 4L you must be in 4H, stop and then neutral.
     
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  10. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:41 PM
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    Well my wife was in truck we both smelled it. I know I was in 4Lo because once I turned the knob to 4Lo , 4Lo was flashing but it never stopped flashing... until I turned the knob to 2wd.
     
  11. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:42 PM
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    Prob shat on yourself thinking you went into 4lo.
     
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  12. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:43 PM
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    Lol!!!! You’re probably right hahaha
     
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  13. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:44 PM
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    Flashing=trying to engage
    Solid light=engaged
     
  14. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:47 PM
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    Smell of fear :eek2:
     
  15. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:48 PM
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    Right, I just wanted to make sure I didn’t mess up anything mechanical. You always here them emphasizing you have to be in neutral... so I just started freaking out .
     
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    You’re good, I’m sure you won’t do it again :thumbsup:
     
  17. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:50 PM
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    That’s for sure! Lol
     
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    I appreciate everyone’s input! Thank you!
     
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  20. Feb 11, 2019 at 9:16 PM
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    If you think that is scary... you can put your shifter into reverse at highway speeds. :eek2: It won’t actually shift the transmission into reverse, but it will turn the back-up camera on. o_O

    Some say they use it to check their trailer hitch, though I prefer to do that pre-trip, and often wonder what folks would do if they discovered a hitch issue via the camera at high speed. :notsure: Pound on the brakes? Ignore it? Hit the gas?:rofl:
     
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  21. Feb 12, 2019 at 2:25 AM
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    I’ve bumped mine into 4wd with my knee also. Bad spot for the switch.
     
  22. Feb 12, 2019 at 5:14 AM
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    I've reached down to turn down a/c fan speed and not realized it turned the 4wd switch. Luckily I was driving in traffic so switching into 4Hi wasn't a big deal and was able to promptly switch back. Wish the knob was a little further up
     
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  23. Feb 12, 2019 at 5:37 AM
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    Its a really bad spot for the 4w knob and looks like a complete afterthought. Right by the ac knob and turns the same way is a really really bad design. I have bumped the knob before on a long trip adjusting my seating comfort while going 75mph and dont even know how long it was in 4hi before i noticed!!!:eek2::mad: Yea i had the smell of fear too! Luckily that has been over two years ago and i have not noticed any issues at all as i do test it out every month going straight.
     
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  24. Feb 12, 2019 at 6:11 AM
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    A vehicle in front of you? A propane factory on the road you passed?
     
  25. Feb 12, 2019 at 7:10 AM
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    Fart?
     
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  26. Feb 12, 2019 at 9:50 AM
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    Yep. Your wife saw the opportunity of the FUBAR to blame it on the truck, and cranked one out.
     
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