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Old 01-19-2013, 06:54 PM   #1
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driving very low speed on 4WD Hi

Hi guys,

I am very new to Wrangler. I got my new 2013 Unlimited Sport recently and it has about 600 miles on it.

Since it was raining and the temperature was about freezing, I put the gear on 4wd hi while I was driving about 40 mph. Then I arrived at the destination and tried to park. While trying to park, the driving speed should be very slow. I needed to change transmission from D to R or R to D as usual, while my jeep was still on 4wd hi. Then I felt the front wheels slippery or the front wheels are turning from left to right .. etc.

It is normal for using 4wd hi in low speed?

thanks,

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Old 01-19-2013, 06:59 PM   #2
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Hi guys,

I am very new to Wrangler. I got my new 2013 Unlimited Sport recently and it has about 600 miles on it.

Since it was raining and the temperature was about freezing, I put the gear on 4wd hi while I was driving about 40 mph. Then I arrived at the destination and tried to park. While trying to park, the driving speed should be very slow. I needed to change transmission from D to R or R to D as usual, while my jeep was still on 4wd hi. Then I felt the front wheels slippery or the front wheels are turning from left to right .. etc.

It is normal for using 4wd hi in low speed?

thanks,
Don't use 4hi on pavement!! Only use rwd on pavement and 4wd off road. Using 4wd hi or low on road (unless there is a lot of ice or snow) will destroy your jeep!

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Old 01-19-2013, 07:00 PM   #3
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Its your jeeps way of telling you, you don't need to be in 4WD and you will break something if you keep it up.

I've been in your shoes before and came straight to this forum to get educated. Read up a bit on part time 4WD systems, until then just stay in 2WD.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:24 PM   #4
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ALL vehicles in 4WD chatter at low speed when turning because the two axles are rotating at different speeds. While you shouldn't use 4WD on dry pavement it's designed to be used at full speed on wet pavement infrequently (like when it might turn to ice because the temp is close to freezing). Here's a good primer on 4WD:

Four-Wheel Drive | Learning How to Use
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