Question about 1994 Toyota 4Runner
I own a 1994 Toyota 4runner SR5 3.0 V6 4WD.
My 1st question is:
Can I engage into 4WD while driving? If so are there any restrictions such as speed while doing it.
My 2nd question is:
Today is the first day I used the 4WD in the vehicle and after disengaging the 4WD I noticed that while in 2WD now the front passenger wheel area emits a rubbing/grinding noise.
The noise seems to only be audible while accelerating and accelerating while turning to the right fairly sharp.
If it helps at all: Before this rubbing/grinding noise started, when turning extreme left or right the front end would emit a clicking noise. Also when hitting bumps the front end seems (sounds) like something is loose. (possibly suspension, ball joints, or tie rod ends b/c sway bar end links seem tight.)
Sorry this is a very long problem but I wanted to put it all out there and try to eliminate multiple questions back to me.
1. I would suggest that you engage your 4WD while you are in full stop and/or safe range of 5mph, however as claimed by the local dealers your vehicle is capable of engaging even while driving. Engage your 4WD while moving only when necessity requires.
2. That clicking noise while turning extreme right or left would be the birfield of your axle and would only mean your front hub is still engage even though you have disengaged transfer case.
Have your front hubs cleaned of old lubricants or grease due to non usage. dont use grease as lubricants, use thick oil such as gear oil or silicone oil. and use your 4WD every now and then.
Do this first then check if you still feel somtehing is loose on your suspension and others.
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