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4x4 hub locks

Do you engage into 4x4 before or after you turn into lock

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  • galimoto Feb 05, 2009

    I am new as far as 4X4 vehicles are concerned and the language used near the lever is Japanese. Kindly take me through the steps taken when changing into four gear please



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If your system works...

Engage, then lock.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009


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