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Old 08-15-2011, 12:33 PM   #1
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Hi All,
New Jeep owner here. Just purchased a 2011 Unlimited Sport 2 weeks ago. Tan, Dual-top. I still get hard every time I drive it, but that's a different thread.

I have a couple of questions. I'm coming from a full time AWD vehicle (2009 Forester) and thought I had a good grasp on the difference between AWD and when I should use 4H and 4L vs 2. Today it was pissing out pretty bad on my way to work, and I wanted to pop my 4wd cherry so I popped it into 4H on 128(low speed), then cruised to work about 15 more miles doing about 55mph. I had no issues whatsoever and my Jeep absolutely stuck to the road. When I got off the highway I left it in 4H for about another mile until I pulled into my work parking lot. Still no issues until I went to take a tight turn into a parking spot when everything jammed up. I immediately put it back in 2, put it in reverse for 20 feet and when I felt it 'free up' I took it for a small lap around the parking lot. It seemed OK afterwards, but did I cause any issues I should be concerned with?

I did a lot of reading online and read mixed reviews about using 4H on pavement in the rain, so I figured the best way to figure it out was to try it. Now I'm concerned that I should not have done it or may have caused damage.

Along the same lines, where around the Boston area can I go off-roading and have some real fun? I'm in the south shore area and would also be interested in joining up with fellow Jeepers.

Looking forward to all your responses,
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welcome, too new to answer your questions and actually curious to see what answers you will get.

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You most likely have caused no damage, but it is never a good idea to run 4H or 4Lo on the road unless you are driving in deep snow. The binding you felt is normal.
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