Is low range use not in 4wd safe/possible?

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Is low range use not in 4wd safe/possible?

Unread post by TROOPYGIRL » September 9th, 2014, 7:37 pm

got a my14 troopy & always wondered if u can use low range without locking the front hubs in for tricky driveways & backing up monuevers on twisty difficult driveways etc . Five toyotas in i probably should know this but have only got a computer recently & been on site for a couple months. Peter awaan(love your stuff) pls help or any other bods.Very new 2 computers. Hope I'm doing it right. :boggle:

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Re: low range use not in 4wd?

Unread post by Aaron Schubert » September 9th, 2014, 8:40 pm

Yep, its fine to do providing you have manual locking hubs on the front and you don't engage them

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Re: Is low range use not in 4wd safe/possible?

Unread post by bigpig » September 9th, 2014, 11:33 pm

I do it all the time backing into my tricky uphill driveway, saves the clutch.

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Re: Is low range use not in 4wd safe/possible?

Unread post by Peter Aawen » September 10th, 2014, 12:07 pm

Thanks for the kind words Troopygirl - it's all about trying to pass on to others some of the info/advice/help I got over the years. :thumb:

As for your question, just like those above have said, not only is it possible, but if your front Free Wheeling Hubs are unlocked, it's not only safe/possible, but it's also very handy at times!! ;)

When those FW Hubs are unlocked, the front drive-shaft & axles are not connected to the wheels, so you won't be causing any trans case or axle wind-up by using low range for the tricky/slow stuff on hi-traction surfaces.

It's even a good idea to make sure your hubs are unlocked and then select 4H & drive it normally on the road for a few km once a month or so; or if you like, leave it in 2H & just lock the hubs for a few km - either method will turn the front driveline & (some of) the internals of the trans case & slop the oil around, preventing rusting or seals from drying out/sticking to shafts etc and basically keeping your 4WD driveline internals all lubed up & working. Those Free Wheeling Hubs are a great invention! ;)
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Re: Is low range use not in 4wd safe/possible?

Unread post by TROOPYGIRL » September 10th, 2014, 7:07 pm

thanks all for this confirmation of what i thought.Mind u ,I've had a lot of experts tell me all sorts of things!! I always lock the hubs for a few kms every month & it just made sense that it would be ok. Just sold my vdj76r to a happy camper & been working on troopy for a month when i got caught down a very nasty northern sydney beaches driveway..BRAND NEW TRUCK syndrome hit me & this question came strait to mind.Got out ok but low range woulda helped.Msg for peter A. YOU deffinatly know your stuff with 4bys.I haven't said THATS CRAP ! to 1 thing I've read in many posts on this site. Amazing is your array of mechanical knowledge .Hope everyone appreciates it. I DEFFinatly owe u a beer if we meet.NOW all i need is a typing lesson or 2 & an in-house computer expert!!

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Re: Is low range use not in 4wd safe/possible?

Unread post by Carolynn » November 15th, 2014, 8:44 pm

if you have manul locking mechanism then it is fine to do it.. specailly during slanting roads. it saves thge clutch and economical as well..

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Re: Is low range use not in 4wd safe/possible?

Unread post by TROOPYGIRL » November 24th, 2014, 7:56 pm

done the same driveway mentioned now 50 odd times & its so easy in low range/ no hubs its not funny.Boss i ve been working for smoked his vans(why r u goin so slo I'm payen ya to hurry up mate) clutch right to replacementvill !!!! SUCKER.Now its can u use your truck 4 this & that. OH THAT will cost ya!Got an extra $350 out of him !!!Loven it.

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Re: Is low range use not in 4wd safe/possible?

Unread post by nilla60 » November 25th, 2014, 5:33 pm

I recall you can also remove a guide from your transfer case shifter that normally prevents you from shifting the transfer case into 2L.

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