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Old 11-27-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
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Jeep Wrangler 4 Wheel Drive

I am new to the jeep family, so I have a question about the 4 wheel dr. We bought a 2011 Jeep wrangler last July for my wife to use on a mail route.

This weekend I put it in four wheel drive high it drives fine going straight but on a parking lot doing figure 8's it wont hardly turn, is this normal? I would think that it should do the figure 8' with no problem.

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Old 11-27-2011, 06:33 PM   #2
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I am new to the jeep family, so I have a question about the 4 wheel dr. We bought a 2011 Jeep wrangler last July for my wife to use on a mail route.

This weekend I put it in four wheel drive high it drives fine going straight but on a parking lot doing figure 8's it wont hardly turn, is this normal? I would think that it should do the figure 8' with no problem.
Yeah it's not like a normal SUV where you can drive on dry pavement in 4x4. If you do, eventually you will break the front U-joints. Only use it in snow and loose surfaces like dirt sand rocks
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I am new to the jeep family, so I have a question about the 4 wheel dr. We bought a 2011 Jeep wrangler last July for my wife to use on a mail route.

This weekend I put it in four wheel drive high it drives fine going straight but on a parking lot doing figure 8's it wont hardly turn, is this normal? I would think that it should do the figure 8' with no problem.
You can tear it up driving on dry pavement in 4H, much less doing figure 8's in a parking lot. 4wd is for mud, sand, snow, etc...when the wheels cannot get good traction.
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That's normal.
There are guys with more technical expertise than me that I am sure can explain it better. Your Jeep is used to steering with no power to the front wheels, when you engage the drive it doesn't like to make sharp turns at speed.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:38 PM   #6
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If you didn't read through the manual, start now.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:40 PM   #7
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Thanks for such a quick reply, We are used to a Subaru all wheel drive and it is smooth even in the figure 8 turns.

Couple of more questions brake jobs are very common on vehicles used on mail routes. On our Subaru the front pistons on the calipers just pushed back in with a C- clamp is this the same for the jeep are do they screw back in?

Also on the back brakes I had drums on the Subaru I have never done rear brakes with calipers, my concern is the E- brake any tricks I need to know.
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The E-break is separate it's called a drum-in-hat break, its a drum break inside the rotor for the disk break. The breaks will swap out the same as the front, the shoes for the E-break shouldn't need to changed that often. Don't forget to leave the E-break off when changing the rear or you will never get the rotor off.
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Thanks everyone, very helpful advise, thanks MTH good link. I did not force the issue with trying to drive figure 8's, it was easy to tell it would tear something up so I stopped that right away.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:24 PM   #11
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I have a 2011 2 door and when i try to put it in 4low it is real hard to engage.It goes in 4 high pretty easy.I tried it sitting still and moving forward.When sitting still i have it in neutral.Does anybody have this problem.
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You need to pull straight up into 4lo in one motion. Don't pause in neutral. It just takes a firm, steady pull to get there.
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Thanks i will try that because i have been pausing at neutral.
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Thanks i will try that because i have been pausing at neutral.
And you have to roll a bit.

Says so in the manual
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Read the manual. It's very specific on how to engage 4L. Good luck.
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Thanks for such a quick reply, We are used to a Subaru all wheel drive and it is smooth even in the figure 8 turns.

Couple of more questions brake jobs are very common on vehicles used on mail routes. On our Subaru the front pistons on the calipers just pushed back in with a C- clamp is this the same for the jeep are do they screw back in?

Also on the back brakes I had drums on the Subaru I have never done rear brakes with calipers, my concern is the E- brake any tricks I need to know.
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Screw driver to open the caliper? Use a C clamp.
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And you have to roll a bit.

Says so in the manual
If I'm already stuck in the snow and no way to roll. What should I do now??
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If I'm already stuck in the snow and no way to roll. What should I do now??
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:02 PM   #21
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Feather the throttle and pull the lever into low. That or get your shovel out.
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Or winch out. Do not ever force the selector, the actuator is secured by a flimsy plastic clip that can break. Should go into 4H or 4L with out force.

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Not suggesting to force it. The plastic bushing might break with normal use just as mine did on the first try. Just speaking from experience on being stuck in places that there was nothing to anchor a winch to. You need to develop a feel for the gears and how to get them engaged. Also, a shovel is your best friend.
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There is a slight chance it good go, if your lucky.
Having a few of those bushings/clips is a must.. Just I'm case.
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If I'm already stuck in the snow and no way to roll. What should I do now??
If you are stuck in the snow, 4L isn't going to get you unstuck any more than 4H.
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If you are stuck in the snow, 4L isn't going to get you unstuck any more than 4H.
That is very true.
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On my jeep i put it in four wheel drive and you can hear some grinding noise in the front

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