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Old 01-04-2014, 08:51 AM   #1
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Question about 4wh and getting out of parking spots

so when you are in 4wh going around basic streets. like this past Thursday night and friday in NY Brooklyn area had some snow. the roads still look snow but more slushy then snowy. I didn't have to dig out to much... should i drive around in 4wh? and then if I go on the highway go to 2wh. or do u just stay in2wh and drive normal only use 4wh to get out or into a parking spot. just wondering how it all works. Like I think its great for getting in a out of spots or so it seams but I never had to use it till today since I need to go somewhere? just wonder whats the safeist and best way to go. I assume its 2wh the whole time unless its snow coming down and im driving on bad roads then its 4wh. a day or two after a snow storm doesn't call for 4wh unless just to get out of my spot im parked in. what do u think please explain

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Old 01-04-2014, 09:37 AM   #2
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I assume its 2wh the whole time unless its snow coming down and im driving on bad roads then its 4wh. a day or two after a snow storm doesn't call for 4wh unless just to get out of my spot im parked in. what do u think please explain
That's how I do it.

Its only a part-time 4WD system. So, I only engage 4WD when I actually need it. All other times, I leave it in 2WD mode.

Its far better than my old Explorer. On that, it disabled ABS whenever it was in 4WD. So, I had to choose between going and stopping.

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It depends on the conditions...
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:19 AM   #4
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You want to use 4WD only when the roads are slick so the tires can slip when you turn. If you use 4WD on dry pavement you can have problems.
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You want to use 4WD only when the roads are slick so the tires can slip when you turn. If you use 4WD on dry pavement you can have problems.
Yeah if the roads are slick enough that you want to be in 4, then 4 will be no problem. Like the previous poster said, you can shift on the fly back into 2, so if you are on slushy city streets and then get to somewhere with heavier traffic with dry lanes, just bump it back up to 2.
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a good rule of thumb- if all 4 tires are physically touching pavement you want to be in 2wd

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