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  • MrShift@Edmunds 04/04/08 1:35 pm PST

    The FJ system is very confusing and the owner's manual is pretty bad.

    Even FJ fanatics seem to have trouble figuring it all out.

    Here's an FJ website that gives a pretty good explanation, although I read it and my head is still spinning.


  • winsan 04/04/08 2:16 pm PST

    As far as I can understand from all the conversation, 4WD is good only for starting the car. It is as good as 2WD in stopping the car. The feature that helps a lot in braking is ABS. I'm not sure why Toyota decided not to enable VSC in 4WD mode. I would assume the ABS is always active regardless of 2WD or 4WD.
    Having said that, I would leave in 2WD if it becomes FWD. Otherwise, it's a 50-50 situation.

  • canddmeyer 04/04/08 5:13 pm PST

    If there is going to be any slippage at all, then use 4WD HI, just like the old days. Going downhill you might want to go back to 2WD mode to get the safety features back, but you'll have to experiment to see what works for you.


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