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Hi Folks,

I just purchased a new '06 Tacoma Double Cab (TRD, Sports & Towing package) w/ 6 Speed Manual (Canadian vehicle) and am having a problem with my 4 Wheel drive system. I had to put it in 4L today to get up a very snowy driveway (believe me, its snows lots in the interior of B.C.). Long story short, I can't get it to go back into 4H or 2 wheel drive. Every time I turn the switch to any of the other settings, the 4 Wheel drive indicator flashes and the console 'beeps'. Nothing seems to get it out of 4L. Clutch in, clutch out - forward or reverse. Any ideas? I'm a long way from a Toyota dealer and I'd hate to have to drive in 4L for a few hundred KM's.

Thanks for any advice!

t00nces
 

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Are you in neutural? Vehicle stopped?
 

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Silver-Bolt said:
Are you in neutural? Vehicle stopped?

I bet not. I did the same thing.
 

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Tacoma2005 said:
Make sure the clutch is fully depressed for maybe up to 15-20 seconds, then try to move the dial to 4HI. That always works for me.
And make sure the truck isn't in gear.
 

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I ran across the same thing. I was out 4-wheeling with some friends they had Jeeps. (Lever shifters) And when we left the dirt and got on the hard road I was holding up traffic waiting for it to shift out of 4L. in my (Dial-a-shift) :disappoin . I use to own a 94' Jeep YJ so this Dial-a-shift takes some getting use to. :rolleyes:

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Yeah getting out of 4L is a pain in the balls with a manual tranny. 4H is much more cooperative.

I looked like an idiot coming back from 4x4ing on the beach about 2 months after I bought my truck. Could not for the life of me get it out of 4L.

Like said above and in this order:
1. Put the truck in N
2. Let the clutch out
3. Turn the 4x4 switch to Off
4. Clutch back in
5. Put the truck in reverse
6. If it still does not go off right away, back up a few feet
7. 4L should be off now and you're on your way.
 

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I've said it before and I'll say it again.

When it comes to 4WD, I'll take my 04 Taco over this one any day. Something comforting about reaching down and grabbing a manual engagement lever.

But I understand that some people don't want to ruin their manicure, soooo.....
 

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Tacoma2005 said:
Make sure the clutch is fully depressed for maybe up to 15-20 seconds, then try to move the dial to 4HI. That always works for me.
Thanks for all the advice. I originally had the vehicle in neutral but nothing seemed to work (forward/reverse, clutch in/out, sacrificing a beer to the 4x4 Gods). Finally, I held the clutch in for 20 seconds and pushed the switch in for 5 seconds and it worked. I have to admit, the manual shift method would be my preference.

Thanks again for the help!

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55reasons said:
I've said it before and I'll say it again.

When it comes to 4WD, I'll take my 04 Taco over this one any day. Something comforting about reaching down and grabbing a manual engagement lever.

But I understand that some people don't want to ruin their manicure, soooo.....

Ahhh men this dial stuff is just stupid.
 

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I gotta agree with you guys on this one. I liked the lever in my 4 runner much better than this dial. I guess once I get used to it it wont be that bad but I gotta wonder what the advantage of the dial is.
 
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