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Old 11-06-2008, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How is this button used and is it a differential lock that locks all 4 wheel so it all spin at the same time? My old RX300 AWD don't have these buttons.

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Old 11-06-2008, 03:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It engages the magnetic clutches in the rear differential. It'll keep them engaged up to a certain speed (16mph ???) and then release them.

The front differential will remain open.

The 4wd system in the Pilot (and Ridgeline and CR-V, although the CR-V is fully hydraulic with no electronics) is part-time 4wd, and is not like you'd find on a Jeep Wrangler or old Ford Bronco. It's intended for the occasional need to get you unstuck, or to provide temporary added traction.

While you can go off-road with your Honda 4wd (lots of people do), take a buddy along who is in a Jeep or Land-Rover and has the gear for extraction.

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if you opened that thing that came with your car. I think they call it an OWNERS MANUAL!!!!! you would know how it worked. that is why they supply those things ya know.
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Honestly I don't think many Pilot owners know how or when to use it and probably even fewer have actually used it.

I've used it deliberately on two occasions, to ensure that I didn't get stuck in wet grassy muddy conditions. Not Land Rover Mud terrain conditions merely ensuring that we had no problems.
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I know when to use it, and have not needed to.

The VTM system does a great job when left alone.
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if you opened that thing that came with your car. I think they call it an OWNERS MANUAL!!!!! you would know how it worked. that is why they supply those things ya know.
Do you think that is helpful in any way?
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Do you think that is helpful in any way?

Yes i do. a majority of people dont ever even open the o/m. thats why
we end up with stupid questions. these are the same people who call the dealer freaking out when there main. light comes on or there low tire indicator shows up......
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I agree.call me old fashioned but i read the manual for almost everything i purchase. granted no one in their right mind will read the manual from front to back on anything but a good general read is always good.it helps for all the small questions people may have like 07pilotexl is referring to.
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Yes i do. a majority of people dont ever even open the o/m. thats why
we end up with stupid questions. these are the same people who call the dealer freaking out when there main. light comes on or there low tire indicator shows up......
For your information, I did read the manual but need more help. Isn't this what the forum is for? If you feel this is a stupid question, then stay out of this post. If you are so bright and knowlegdeable, why are you here? Look, I am not here to judge anyone else but your comments are really uncall for.
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I agree with P1cflo1, I read the manual but sometimes it is helpful to have someone explain things in a different way so I am able to understand them. That is why I joined this forum also to get help on questions and I have gotten alot of useful info here so give us a break if we need things explained a couple of different ways.
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I agree with P1cflo1, I read the manual but sometimes it is helpful to have someone explain things in a different way so I am able to understand them. That is why I joined this forum also to get help on questions and I have gotten alot of useful info here so give us a break if we need things explained a couple of different ways.

Thanks for the support. We all need some help once in a while. Thanks again......
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Thanks for the support. We all need some help once in a while. Thanks again......
We are kind of like that bunch of friends your girlfriend/wife/parents tell you not to hang around with.

When you are here you will have a good time, but every once in a while you leave with a black eye you have to explain to everyone else.
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We are kind of like that bunch of friends your girlfriend/wife/parents tell you not to hang around with.

When you are here you will have a good time, but every once in a while you leave with a black eye you have to explain to everyone else.
Man you kill me with the stuff you come up with. A very good one any way.




p1cfl01, hang in there, and ask away. There are more helpful folks here, then the other kind. I have always had great help and assistance on this wonderful forum.

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For your information, I did read the manual but need more help. Isn't this what the forum is for? If you feel this is a stupid question, then stay out of this post. If you are so bright and knowlegdeable, why are you here? Look, I am not here to judge anyone else but your comments are really uncall for.
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if you opened that thing that came with your car. I think they call it an OWNERS MANUAL!!!!! you would know how it worked. that is why they supply those things ya know.
I do not currently own a Honda Pilot, but we are going to look at a used one tonight. From the pictures of the vehicle I noticed the VTM-4 Lock button and I was curious as to what it was. Since I do not own a Pilot and there might not be an owners manual when I look at the vehicle tonight, I found the answer to the VTM-4 Lock question in this thread, but this specific post didn't help answer my question. It's true that people probably don't read the owners manual they have in their possession, but if I asked this question when I am not in possession of the owners manual, I would find this response odd because the poster assumed I had an owners manual. It's all a matter of perception...
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