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Old 10-08-2010, 11:48 AM
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steep climb in reverse


a few weeks a ago i was in a unknown area and was relying in my GPS to get me out, as i start to fallow the GPS directions, its telling me to go down a steep hill, as i started to go down i realize that after the hill there was nothing, just a road that should have been connected to a bridge.... and surprise, there was no bride, just a 200+ feet drop... well, i had no space to turn, so my only option was to climb in reverse, at first, it dint want to go up, the wheels just spun on the ground, it was the only passenger but had some baggage in the back, i put 4hi and slowly started the clib, but it took gret deal of pedal to go up, it was really steep, after i got up, the jeep started to sputter a bit, is this normal? after i got out, and turn it was all back to normal, but im worried that i might have damage something, to this day i have had no issues and everything is smooth, but the i still worry a bit, i have a D44 with 3.73, its a 2006 65th ann. wrangler edition
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Old 10-08-2010, 11:53 AM   #2
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Shifting the transfer case into 4Lo would have worked far better than 4Hi. 4Lo is used for steep stuff, 4Hi is only used for normal driving speeds and easier offroad stuff. The engine couldn't generate enough power in 4Hi for that steep climb which is why it was struggling so much. 4Lo is your friend for the really tough stuff, plus it gives you better control since you can go slower with more engine power to spare.

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X2....I'd have been much more at ease with Granny Gear pulling me up the hill.
Oh, and by the way....make sure to update your maps in your GPS!!!
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I'm sure your jeep is fine. Like the advice above that's what 4lo is for, and be careful that sounds like it could have been pretty dangerous.

Your jeep would survive a 200 foot drop but I'm not sure you would
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ahh, i dint use 4lo because i thought i had to let the jeep roll a bit for it to grab, and dint want to risk going down the hill lol! and i udated the maps as soon as i got home, but still it showed the road as if there was a bridge there! so from now on the gps plus a good ol updated 2D map!!
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