1996 Lexus LX450 disable front wheel drive

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#1

Would it be possible to disengage or disable the front wheel drive on the LX450? Purpose: easier steering, gas mileage and tire wear.


#2

Anything is possible if you have sufficient cash reserves and a good enough mechanic.

That said, don’t do this.


#3

You might gain a little gas mileage, but not enough to make it worth it.

Make sure the steering is doing what it should. It may be malfunctioning.


#4

The four wheel drive is not much of a penalty on your vehicle. Tops 2MPG but usually only 1MPG. Hardly worth it.

If the steering is hard there is something wrong with your vehicle. I have owned 3 AWD vehicles and the steering difference is not different. Also tire wear does not increase with AWD again unless something is wrong.

On two sets of high perfomance tires I got 50k miles out them on two different AWD Subaru’s.