have never driven a jeep before - need help with 4wd!
we are getting married in st. john and rented a jeep to get us around. let me say, i did not know what i was in for...i'm having a tough time figuring out which 4wd mode to be in. it seems like no matter which one i'm in, i struggle climbing these mountains (some have a 35 - 45 degree grade.)
there are 3 settings. 2wd (lowest to the floor), 4wd l (pull the handle up once), N (pull the handle to the side) and 4wd h (pull the handle up after pulling it to the side)
which is the best for moutainous paved terrain? do i have to do anything special to get into 4wd h? i'm driving in 4wd L (the dashboard says "part time")
your help would be appreciated. sorry if i seem stupid...it's most likely becuase i am. my daily-driver at home is a WRX. these vehicles could not be any more different.
You should be able to shift into 4wd high at no more than 35 mph. 4 Wheel Drive High is the optimal setting for offroad settings if you're traveling faster. Of course, if you choose to use 4 Wheel Drive Low, it is designed for driving under like 25 MPH. I actually used 4 WD Low to pull out some bushses in the front yard.
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nope 4wd will do that if you're on pavement, its not meant ot be used on pavement
4wd high can be put into at any "legal speed" so if your under 55 mph than its ok if you go by the manual
and to check if there's a front driveshaft, crawl on your back underneath the front of the jeep, there will be a front differential (big "pumkin" thing in the middle of the axle, and coming out of the back of that should be like a 3" diameter pipe looking thing, make sure that that goes all the way to the t case under the cab
but im sure you have it if your jumping on turns
my suggestion would be to load up the back so you get better traction on the sand, and dont slam on the gas pedal, slow and steady and if you feel like the tires start to spin then pull it up into 4hi and let off the gas
Most likely I would imagine why your having problems going up the hills is due to engine size or improper maintnace from the rental company. Your jeep probably has a 4 cyl. engine due to gas prices, (thought U.S. prices were high now) and the steep hills and switchbacks are just to much for it. I would just take it easy and keep it in a lower gear to keep your rpms up and not shift as much. If it is a auto maybe keep it in 2nd instead of drive. Just remember that if a mule goes to pass you smile and wave.
I've been to St. John before and know how the hills there are and the road conditions weren't that great even though paved but shouldn't require 4wd. Some of the more remote areas where it is dirt and washed out you might.
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