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Old 12-23-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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When my 2011 JK is in 4x4

Hey guys,
Why is it when my 2011 JK is in 4x4, and I turn the wheel, I start to slide?
Like when leaving from getting gas, turned hard to the left, and it started to slide, and the steering wheel went left and right?
Not going fast at all, and it's just rain.
No ice, nothing like that.

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Old 12-23-2013, 01:00 PM   #2
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Why do you have it in 4X4?

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Old 12-23-2013, 01:03 PM   #3
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It's raining like hell
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:09 PM   #4
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Is it freezing rain or just rain?

Take it out of 4WD.

If your steering wheel is fighting you, it sounds like your tires have enough traction so that you don't need 4WD.

When you are in 4WD, your front and rear axles are locked together, so one front wheel and one rear wheel will rotate at the same speed. When you turn, all 4 of your tires rotate at different speeds....but if two of you wheels are locked together, it is going to fight you (and/or you will force one wheel to break traction...which is better than breaking something else.).

Remember, it is 4WD, not AWD.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:14 PM   #5
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Is it freezing rain or just rain?

Take it out of 4WD.

If your steering wheel is fighting you, it sounds like your tires have enough traction so that you don't need 4WD.

When you are in 4WD, your front and rear axles are locked together, so one front wheel and one rear wheel will rotate at the same speed. When you turn, all 4 of your tires rotate at different speeds....but if two of you wheels are locked together, it is going to fight you (and/or you will force one will to break traction...which is better than breaking something else.).

Remember, it is 4WD, not AWD.
^^this
Have you ever need 4X4 in the rain before you got your jeep?
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:16 PM   #6
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It's raining like hell
Take out your DVD with the full owner's manual on it or download it from www.Jeep.com. Go to the 4wd and off road section and begin reading. You should not be using 4WD on pavement. The wheels have to be able to slip. "Raining like hell" does not qualify.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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Take out your DVD with the full owner's manual on it or download it from www.Jeep.com. Go to the 4wd and off road section and begin reading. You should not be using 4WD on pavement. The wheels have to be able to slip. "Raining like hell" does not qualify.

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Old 12-23-2013, 02:17 PM   #8
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Use 4x4 only on loose surfaces. Snow, ice, mud, gravel, sand, etc. Not rain.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:30 PM   #9
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It's amazing how many people have no clue about 4wd. I see these kidn of posts all the time.
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:56 PM   #10
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It's amazing how many people have no clue about 4wd. I see these kidn of posts all the time.
This, not 4x4 (or AWD) but part time 4x4, front and rear being locked, it tends to go straight, front radius being longer that rear wheel radius in a turns.

A lot of people think they are AWD. Sorry but I don't understand people not knowing this before their purchase.
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:59 PM   #11
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Yes ... but come on. Most of us with part-time 4x4s have left one in 4wd for awhile on dry roads and not hurt a thing. If you don't make any tight turns, you hardly even notice.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:42 PM   #12
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Take out your DVD with the full owner's manual on it or download it from www.Jeep.com. Go to the 4wd and off road section and begin reading. You should not be using 4WD on pavement. The wheels have to be able to slip. "Raining like hell" does not qualify.
This X3. Absolutely well said.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:47 PM   #13
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It's one thing to forget that you are in 4WD and accidentally drive for a while but it's another to believe that you require 4WD in rain on pavement. And although I don't understand why someone would buy a 4WD vehicle without knowing anything about it, it is good that people take time to explain. This is how we learn.
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:17 AM   #14
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When we bought our Sahara last December it was the first 4WD vehicle we've ever owned. Neither one of us knew anything about 2H, 4H, 4L or when NOT to use them. My wife figured 4L would be safer when driving home from work in bad weather.

It was only due to me joining this forum and reading these types of threads that I learned the whys and why nots of 4WD as we patiently waited for our factory order to arrive. The dealership certainly did not explain any of this to us when they handed us the keys and we drove it home.
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It's amazing how many posts you see from people that believe part-time 4wd is meant for adverse weather conditions on pavement.

Think of all the jeepers that never read the manual or check a forum like WF and go merrily along for years uninformed. This is why I would be very hesitant to buy a used jeep, even one that has "never been taken off-road."
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^^ I was just thinking the same thing
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how true

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It's amazing how many posts you see from people that believe part-time 4wd is meant for adverse weather conditions on pavement.

Think of all the jeepers that never read the manual or check a forum like WF and go merrily along for years uninformed. This is why I would be very hesitant to buy a used jeep, even one that has "never been taken off-road."
I agree 100%.
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Old 12-24-2013, 01:49 PM   #18
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I just looked back at the OP's previous posts and he had 4WD questions previously as well. Turns out he was told weeks ago not to engage 4WD on pavement. This thread will act as a second lesson. Not sure why he ignored the previously given advice but hopefully he learns this time.

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