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Old 09-17-2011, 09:09 AM   #31
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How about with automatic. Do I need to put her in neutral on the fly to switch from 2 wd to 4 wd or can I keep it in drive?

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Old 09-17-2011, 09:09 AM   #32
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So you can put 4wd high while moving..I would stop then swich over...can u also go from 4 to 2 while on the fly?
if i think the roads will be bad, i put it in 4 wheel before i start out. Then pull it back out on the fly but don't back up. it makes it easer to put it back into 4 x 4 on the fly if necessary.

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How about with automatic. Do I need to put her in neutral on the fly to switch from 2 wd to 4 wd or can I keep it in drive?
I would think you could just let off the gas but I'm not sure. Someone else should chime in soon.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:11 AM   #34
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Please be kidding...
No joke. It did snow here in 1932 and we are at 32 ft below sea level.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:12 AM   #35
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You can switch into high while on the roll. I wouldn't do it personally over 45 mph. But doing this will not stop a slide on ice. Four wheels spinning is no better than two on ice! Go to your local wal Mart and play in their parking lot. It's a great place to play around (when empty) you can learn a lot. I have been driving in ice and snow my whole life and every new vehicle I get I take it out and "play" in a parking lot just because they all handle differently.
Four wheel drive has killed more people around here than you would believe! 4x4 doesn't mean you are invincible! Take your time learn all you can and practice( it can be fun)
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I drive a lot (big box truck) for work and I can't tell you how many idiots I see flying along with their 4X4's and a latte in hand down the highway after bad weather hits. It is nerve-wracking for us more sensible drivers that realize that AWD/4WD does not make us invincible. Those are the people who get into wrecks and sometimes they take the more innocent along with them. The funny thing is that often times when I am going a sensible speed along the highway and get passed by one of these idiots, I see them in the ditch five miles down the road. As mentioned, 4X4 won't really help you stop any faster!

However, I have been in a situation where ice caused me to go off the road into deeper snow. I had my vehicle in 4WD at that time and believe that doing so was the difference between being stuck on the side of the road and getting back out. I used the momentum I had along with the assistance of more wheels turning and was able to recover. I also believe (whether I am right or not) that having the additional wheels active can help to keep a vehicle more stable and tracking in the proper direction because, for example, if the back end starts to slide, the front is continuing to "pull" the vehicle in the desired direction and helps get the back end on course again. Maybe with today's traction controls, electronic gizmos, etc... this is not the case any more, but I know from playing around (errrr..... I mean learning) in empty slippery parking lots when I was younger, there seemed to be a very noticible difference. It was much easier to keep my vehicles in control more easliy in 4WD. To the person(s) that recommended taking vehicles out to the empty parking lot to practice, excellent suggestion, and I could not agree more. It is also a lot of fun to whip out some donuts too as long as the situation is safe!
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Go to your local wal Mart and play in their parking lot. It's a great place to play around (when empty) you can learn a lot.
And do tell, when does that ever happen? The only time I've ever seen our Wal Mart parking lot "empty" was last year during snow-pocalypse. Weirdest thing ever walking into that place, getting some munchies, walking to the ONLY checkout lane open (not the only one with no line...the only one operating), checking out, and walking out. Never been in and out so fast in my life. NO ONE WAS THERE!! Creeped me out a bit.

As for the question at hand, during winter, I drive as though I've got rear wheel drive only. Keeps me out of trouble.
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City / street driving; use the engine to brake before or combined with the brakes, depending on the snow and road etc.

Stay back 3 car lenghts at least from the vehicle in front, it's usually them that spin out of control and take you out. 4h, if your zipping through back streets to main streets, parking lots, back streets and parking lots usually full of snow, while well travelled main roads, almost clear from constant traffic, even so if pavement and slush/snow in the center lane, coming from a snowy parking lot or side street, you can remain in 4h just aim and drive with two wheels in the slush or snow in the center or if it's to the side.

You'll know when too dry under all 4 wheels when it starts to bite and hop.

Learn and practice how to slide and drive through around corners. Perfect excution is an awesome feeling On a two lane main road, if they plough your snow, the center lane will have heavy traffic and paths of compressed snow. You can attack the outside lane with accumulated snow but hold the wheel really tight. As was mentioned coast over suspect patches straight in line, but drive the vehicle around corners most importantly on a decline. Lastly feel free to drive up any snow bank to park on anywhere in a good storm or after it's been cleared. Nothing more beautiful after a fresh heavy snow fall, when everything is prisine white, black tar, sidewalks, trees, all sound is dampened.

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