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Engaging 4wd on pavement????

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by lionscourt, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. Jul 3, 2018 at 2:36 PM
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    lionscourt

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    I'm having a truck inspection done on a 2006 Tundra I'm buying soon and the car inspector told me that it's a risk to engage 4wd on pavement rather than sand or dirt and that it has the potential to lock up. He said it's a remote possiblity but have you guys heard of this happening with the first gen Tundras?????
     
  2. Jul 3, 2018 at 2:38 PM
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    T-Rex266

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    On a straight road it’s fine. Turning, on dry pavement can grind the gears
     
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  3. Jul 3, 2018 at 2:39 PM
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    NewImprovedRon

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    It is not a good idea to engage 4WD on pavement unless your steer tires are pointed directly straight ahead. Any turning of the steering wheel on pavement in 4WD will cause binding.
     
  4. Jul 3, 2018 at 2:39 PM
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    NewImprovedRon

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    You beat me too it, Sean! Once a month I exercise the 4WD in my truck but it is always on a straight stretch of road.
     
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  5. Jul 3, 2018 at 2:53 PM
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    Casper421

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    What Sean said. Just a quick engage/disengage is all you need to determine if it’s working properly.
     
  6. Jul 3, 2018 at 3:48 PM
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    I hit a couple miles of dirt roads about once a month or two and use 4wd at that time.
     
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  7. Jul 3, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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    My 4Hi got exercised a few hours ago up in the sticks. For a simple inspection on pavement......just make sure it engages/disengages properly in 4Hi/4Lo where it sits....
     
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  8. Jul 3, 2018 at 8:52 PM
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    It can also be bad if you have slightly different size tires. For example if you only buy two new tires and put them in the rear and have the old ones in the front or vice versa.
     
  9. Jul 3, 2018 at 9:03 PM
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    That’s why I didn’t 4WD.
    High maintenance :crapstorm:
     
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  10. Jul 3, 2018 at 9:14 PM
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    There’s a dude in my neighborhood that runs 4WD full time on his Silverado. I laugh every time I here the tire chirping around the corners.
     
  11. Jul 4, 2018 at 3:56 AM
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    Very low maintenance actually. No more than the rear diff. How hard can it be to engage 4 wheel drive every couple months and drive a few miles?
     
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    I engage 4WD before hitting 95 with a marked patrol vehicle behind me, while snapping my passengers nipples and running for mailboxes.
     
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    I use my 4 wheel drive on the pavement when it snows
     
  14. Jul 4, 2018 at 7:52 AM
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    The Owner's Manual for my 2015 says:

    ■Four-wheel drive usage frequency
    You should drive in four-wheel drive for at least 10 miles (16 km) each month.
    This will assure that the front drive components are lubricated.
     
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    High maintenance? Not too tough to engage it once a month to keep things lubricated. :rofl::rofl: The only time I've had a 4WD vehicle fail me was on a Ford F150 when the automatic locking hubs took a dump. Ironically, a couple of guys with a 4WD Tacoma pulled me out of the fishing hole my Dad and I were in. What are the odds that a Tacoma, carrying a long heavy-duty rope, in the middle of the night, in a remote lake, would show up? Seemed to be an omen for my next truck to be a Toyota! And a 4WD at that!:thumbsup:
     
  17. Jul 5, 2018 at 5:43 PM
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    Thanks for info guys... Picked up the truck !!!!!!
     
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