Center differential control switch and indicator light

The control switch is located beside the parking brake lever. By pushing the control switch forward or pulling it rearward, it is possible to change the initial LSD torque.

The control switch is located beside the parking brake lever. By pushing the control switch forward or pulling it rearward, it is possible to change the initial LSD torque.

The center differential indicator lights on the combination meter give six levels of indication. The indicator lights and control switch are linked; when the switch is pushed or pulled to change the initial LSD torque, the illumination position of the indicator lights changes accordingly.

Push the switch forward to increase the initial LSD torque; when the LOCK indicator light illuminates, the initial LSD torque setting is maximum. The center differential will then be almost completely locked.

Push the switch forward to increase the initial LSD torque; when the LOCK indicator light illuminates, the initial LSD torque setting is maximum. The center differential will then be almost completely locked.

Pull the switch rearward to reduce the initial LSD torque. When the lowest position of the drivers control center differential indicator light illuminates, the initial LSD torque will be minimum. Under this condition, only the Mechanical LSD torque will limit the differential action.

Pull the switch rearward to reduce the initial LSD torque. When the lowest position of the drivers control center differential indicator light illuminates, the initial LSD torque will be minimum. Under this condition, only the Mechanical LSD torque will limit the differential action.

 Do not operate the control switch when a wheel slippage occurs.

Do not operate the control switch when a wheel slippage occurs.

Wait until the wheelspin has been brought under control.

Under any of the following conditions after setting to the manual mode, pull the center differential control switch to minimize the initial LSD torque:
When a temporary spare tire is installed
When your vehicle is towed
When the vehicle is stopped
with the manual mode selected

NOTE
A higher initial LSD torque setting gives the vehicle greater traction when driving straight ahead but makes cornering more difficult. Remember this when adjusting the initial LSD torque.

In general, higher initial LSD torque settings assist driving on slippery roads and lower settings for non-slippery roads. When the vehicle is stuck in snow or mud, setting the initial LSD torque to the maximum will help to free the vehicle.

The setting of the initial LSD torque will remain even when the auto mode is selected or the ignition switch is turned to the OFF position. However, the initial LSD torque will be minimized when the battery is disconnected and reconnected.

During cornering or when making turns (especially when going into the garage), the rotational difference between the front and rear wheels may cause a braking effect accompanied by vibration and noise. This does not indicate a problem. The phenomenon will disappear when setting the initial LSD torque to the minimum.

In the auto mode, it controls the initial LSD torque automatically. While in the auto mode, this phenomenon sometimes occurs depending on the driving condition, however, it does not indicate a problem.

Use the center differential indicator light only as a rough indication of the initial LSD torque.

If you operate the center differential control switch while quickly accelerating or turning a tight corner, you may feel slight shocks. This is due to differential action by the center differential and does not indicate a problem.

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