Did you know that if you own a part-time 4-wheel-drive such as a Tacoma, Tundra, 4Runner or FJ Cruiser, that Toyota recommends engaging the 4-wheel drive for 16 km, or 10 miles, a month to "keep the front running gears lubricated"? A lot of people miss this information in the owner's manual, but here's how one of our staffers treats it:
"Every time my fuel gauge hits half a tank, I put my Tacoma in 4-wheel drive high for few miles of easy driving. I don't turn any tight corners on pavement, as the system is designed for slippery conditions, and will give a binding sensation under good traction. Remember, you're just trying to lubricate the gears."
He insists that by doing this regularly, your 4-wheel drive system will engage and disengage with buttery smoothness when you really need it. He also says to familiarize yourself with your 4-wheel drive's operation by referring to the card tucked inside the sleeve of your driver's side sun visor or consulting your owner's manual. Of course, feel free to reach us if you have questions.