Just bought my FJ Cruiser to continue with my passion; beach driving, camping and fishing. I have had Suzuki Jimny's until now, usually having to rebuild them to some degree before getting them on the road (my first one was badged as a Holden Drover - 1986, :laugh). I am loving my FJ, but she is a 2012 model, and is giving me some uphill. Certainly not as simple as the Jimny, and I hope that this forum will keep me inspired and help me get the most out of my Cruiser. My biggest issue is the A-TRAC. I took her up the beach for the first time recently and when driving on hard sand, in H4, the A-TRAC light would come on together with a terrible grinding noise every time I hit even the slightest dry patch. The tide had been out for a while, so the "humps" on either sides of the gully's had dried out, and the sand was softer over those areas. I was in a convoy of cars, mostly Jeeps, and my Toyota FJ was the only one doing that. I took it back to the dealer and they told me this was normal. So can anyone explain to me what is happening, and why I shouldn't be concerned... because I am, no matter how hard I try to let it go.