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Old 11-30-2008, 11:15 AM   #1
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New Wrangler owner! a few questions...

Hello everyone,

About a month ago I bought my new 2009 2DR wrangler X, auto (black). She has 1200KM (about 750M) on her and running great. This is my first new vehicle and first 4x4. It has the freedom hardtop which is awesome as our winters can get pretty bad.

I have a couple questions...

I'm in Northern Ontario Canada and we get loads of snow. Ive read to only use 4x4 if you absolutely need it, never to use it on dry pavement. My question is about snow covered roads, the roads are never really clear in the winter but snow packed so they are hard snow/ice, can/should I use 4x4?

Also in the 09 how do you disable the airbags?

EDIT: And when should I change the oil? the dealership told me to wait until the oil light to come on... I've read on new vehicles that within the first 1000KM to change. Input on this would be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance to all.

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Old 11-30-2008, 12:38 PM   #2
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I generally use 4WD whenever I think the added traction is necessary. Here in BC that often includes snow covered highways in the winter. I don't think I've ever run in 4WD on bare pavement, it isn't necessary and it's so easy to switch in and out of 4WD on the fly.

I don't know how you can disable your airbags, I don't think I would want to.

My oil change light came on last week at just over 4000km. I think from what I've seen on the forums that this is normal for the first oil change. The owners manual says every 10,000km so we'll see what happens as time goes by.

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I'm in Northern Ontario Canada and we get loads of snow. Ive read to only use 4x4 if you absolutely need it, never to use it on dry pavement. My question is about snow covered roads, the roads are never really clear in the winter but snow packed so they are hard snow/ice, can/should I use 4x4?

Also in the 09 how do you disable the airbags?

EDIT: And when should I change the oil? the dealership told me to wait until the oil light to come on... I've read on new vehicles that within the first 1000KM to change. Input on this would be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance to all.
Yes, snow packed roads are hard, but slippery, and you have traction control, so use your 4 wheel drive. Change the oil when the message comes on. Why disable the airbags?
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:05 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses guys. As for the air bags, I don't plan to disable, but if I do find myself in a scenario where I'd be off road or something I would like to know how they can be disabled. Most work trucks I've been in have a key switch on the dash to disable. Is this not something easily done in a wrangler?
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Any switch I've ever seen for an airbag is only to disable the passenger side for the cases where a child is sitting in the passenger seat. I don't think the key switch on those vehicles disables the driver side airbag.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:13 PM   #6
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I've never seen a vehicle that you could turn off the air bag on the drivers side. They used to have a key in some vehicles that allowed you to turn off the passenger side air bag, this was mostly for traveling with small children, but most have done away with that option and now use a load cell type device in the pass. seat that turns the air bag on and off for passengers that don't weight over a certain amount.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:30 PM   #7
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It is VERY unlikely that your airbags would deploy (I have not seen it in 10+ years of wheeling) off-road. Both of my airbags are still in tact and active when I wheel, and I have not had issues with them.
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NHTSA wont allow manufacturers or dealerships to install disable switches for the driver side airbag unless you have some sort of medical reason. And even then it takes an act of congress. And the vehicle has to have some sort of hard impact to the front of the vehicle to make the airbags go off anyways. So unless your hitting hills or rocks or whatever at full speed then your airbags shouldnt deploy. You can however have a disable switch installed for the passenger airbag. But this is costly. As for the 4X4 driving. Your vehicle can shift into four wheel HIGH at a speed of or below 55 mph. Just let your foot off the accelerator and shift while still driving. DONT try to shift into four wheel LOW while driving at high speeds though. And I would recommend using the four wheel high while driving on snow/ice. The extra traction couldnt hurt !
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it is agsent the law to drive with your air bags off. i got poped about 2 years ago and they told me the only way that i can have the air bag off while driving is if one of my kids were in the front seat than it is ok. just a tip dont leave the jeep running when the cops comes to the pass side that amber light gives it away. he did only give me a warning though.
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i'd change the oil pretty quick after you start driving it. i know they say they prebreak the engines before delivery but i dunno it cant hurt to change the oil and get some of those particles and stuff breaking off in your engine early on, especially the pistons rubbing on the cylinders... an oil change is what $30. i think its worth it

i broke my bike in hard for the first 50 miles changed the oil and there were some serious particles in there. i know its a bike but still it won me over for any engine

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