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4x4 on the floor,..... or dash. which is gennerly better

i found a sweet deal on an 08 cclb, but the 4x4 is a shift lever on the floor

is that still shift on the fly?

what about reliability?

thanks for any responces i got move fast.

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i have the one on the dash controled by a vacuum i think. if i had a choice, i would prefer the one on the floor.

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Ya I got stuck in a almost flat yard flipped the switch to 4x4 and still stuck. Not only do Firestone transforces tires suck but apparently my auto 4x4 does too. Had to get out and lock the hubs in a flat yard. I was ticked to say the least.
My 05 you could flip the switch and it would kick into 4x4 without locking the hubs. Grrrr

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After experiencing my friend's '02 F250 with ESoF and then having mine with full manual, I much prefer mine. My friend had his fail and had to lock them in anyway. I like knowing that I'll never have to deal with vacuum leaks and wondering if the 4WD engaged or not. Sure it takes a bit more time to get out and lock the hubs but I know when I pull the lever it is indeed in 4WD.

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that was kind of my thoughts,
what about when it comes to goofing around at a stop light or two?
with the hubs locked; it is going to try and crawl over itself if you turn a corner right? so you can really only use it when you actually need it, or am i missing something?

thanks for the replys

any other (-)vacuum issues
or (-)manual "besides frezzingyour but off in a snow storm"

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Lots of people still prefer the on the floor shifter as there is no vacuum,wires etc to go haywire. Doesnt matter to me either way, I dont mind having a clean floor though.

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I love the floor shifter. Have seen them dang autos not lock in when needed and not unlock when not.

IMO way more reliable than the switch

I left my hubs locked all the time, when I wanted to do a little boosted launch just ease it in, get up to speed, ease it out

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Idk why my 2010 isn't locking in. I guess I have to start searching for a vacuum leak. I was so mad today when I was stuck. My 05 worked great. I ran it at the track pulled up to the line flipped to 4x4 high, hubs not locked. Boosted launch no wheels spin. Flipped to 2wd before turning off the strip and perfect every time. Ran it 4 or 5 times. It's funny u posted this today because any other day I would tell you automatic 4x4 is great but that happening today set me off. Figures I do the deletes and then the truck needs to go in for warranty.

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The vacuum line leaks are common.
I think the lever system only engages the Tcase by mechanical means and the front hubs still engage with vacuum. The ESOF engages the Tcase electronically and the hubs with vacuum.

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