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Exclamation Should the 4x4 be this week??!

I have a 2006 Rav4 limited 4x4 and this past winter my truck left me puzzled.

My driveway is a bit of a hill (give or take 20-30 degree pitch). Went to go back the truck in the driveway after the snow storm and i was sliding all over the place and couldn't make it up the driveway, all alarms buzzing that im sliding, hit the lock. Still can't make it?!. We also have a Mazda3 and that thing made it in reverse up the hill/driveway with no issue??!?!??! How the hell does a mazda3 with zero awd out perform a limited?!

My tires are Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S and brand new. So it can't be tires...? (could it?)

I thought the 4x4 was stronger than this? I thought this truck could handle more than this?? I dont know what to think right now. Kinda heart broken honestly <=/

Any info would be appreciated! Thanks!!

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Not sure what to say about your experience. My 2010 Rav4 4x4 handles snow like it was dry pavement. It is one of the things I like about the Rav. My driveway is on an incline like yours and I've never had a problem.

Maybe have your dealer inspect the 4x4 system for a problem.

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Do you know if your 4x4 was working the way to should?

Edit - Did you lock your 4x4 and were all four wheels spinning?


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Sorry for your bad experience. That is not how the RAV4 should behave. I would take it to the dealer to see what is wrong.
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Are Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S directional?
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How do you tell a dealer you can't get up a steep dwy? Maybe if you or they can verify the 4x4 lock up is inoperative, but a steep snowy dwy like mine, new Dunlops, not sno tires in 4w, 4 inches of sno, I got stuck, the tires just would not bite, had to back out. 4w or not tire design and road conditions have the final say.
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Wrong tires and your tires are surely not broken in yet.

Even my Mazda6 V6 2WD was sure footed in snow and ice, even on steep hills. I had cheap Firestone WinterForce on.

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Winterforce are true snow tires with a very deep & aggressive open tread; they can be studded for ice traction where permitted by law. They are noisy but that's the price to pay!

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THANKS EVERYONE!

1. Yes. I engaged my LOCK. the back tires were spinning!

2. I have no warning lights firing off and just had my truck in for fluid changes.

3. Break in tires??? and the snow was about 3 inches give or take. No need for snow tires in just a couple inches of snow

4. Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S are rated "aggressive" ... how is that the wrong tire? it's the step up from the factory standard that came with the truck in 2006.

Oh and FYI: every last thing on my truck is stock. No modding, no aftermarket add on's, nadda.
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My driveway is a bit of a hill (give or take 20-30 degree pitch).
That is highly unlikely.

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