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Old 12-02-2008, 09:59 AM   #1
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Couple winter related questions

Does anyone throw a sandbag or something for weight in the back of their Jeeps?

Does anyone just leave their Jeeps in 4H full time/all the time? It IS safe to do that, isn't it?

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Old 12-02-2008, 10:13 AM   #2
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I have driven wranglers for the last 10 years in north NJ and never needed sand bags and only use 4wd in the snow or else your fuel economy suffers.

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Is it safe to ride in 4WHigh? No, you have a part time 4WD System. Only if there is loose traction can you do that. If it's dry you will damage parts eventually.
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:19 AM   #4
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Umm, people, that's why I titled this "winter" related questions.

Safe to leave it in 4H full time in "winter!"

You mentioned fuel economy though. That was going to be the third question. On average, how much does it suffer when in 4H?

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I guess you are ASSuming we all have loose conditions to drive on when its winter and that those said conditions are there continuously during "winter". If so it is ok but will suck the gas right out of the tank quicker. Otherwise use it only when needed
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:46 PM   #6
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Yes,
You can leave it in 4hi
It's perfectly safe.....
Yes your mechanic will Arse Rape u for repairs to the joints
Yes the filling station will Arse rape u for weeks and weeks

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Old 12-03-2008, 06:45 PM   #7
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The only time i drive in 4 hi during the winter is when the streets have snow cover or Icy conditions. If you have dry pavement you should only be using 2 wheel drive. Driving in 4 hi on dry pavement can reck your equipment.
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Umm, people, that's why I titled this "winter" related questions.

Safe to leave it in 4H full time in "winter!"

You mentioned fuel economy though. That was going to be the third question. On average, how much does it suffer when in 4H?

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like everyone pretty much already said. 4 hi is for slippery conditions.

i'm in the midwest, you can have perfectly dry clean pavement in the winter, its not smart to keep it in 4 wd. your question was is it safe, sure its safe. it will do what everyone already said, wear out u joints, gas mileage, and your front tires as they're screaching around turns.

it is shift on the fly, pull the lever when you need to use it. peice of cake.

no need for sand bags or anything else. if you get your jeep stuck in a ditch let us know, we'll come out and kick your arse for ya.
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What else helps quite a bit for rear weight is keep a full tank of gas....that adds more weight to rear tires than you would think.
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What else helps quite a bit for rear weight is keep a full tank of gas....that adds more weight to rear tires than you would think.
Yep, right around 120-130lbs, give or take with a full tank.
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Yep, right around 120-130lbs, give or take with a full tank.
What's a full tank? Can Jeeps have those?
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What else helps quite a bit for rear weight is keep a full tank of gas....that adds more weight to rear tires than you would think.
Yep,
I know that one. Usually always keep my vehicles close to full.
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The only time i drive in 4 hi during the winter is when the streets have snow cover or Icy conditions. If you have dry pavement you should only be using 2 wheel drive. Driving in 4 hi on dry pavement can reck your equipment.

That's about the exact answer I was looking for, even if I am a little late in saying so. Just read it (again!)

I was getting at the switching back and forth between covered and clear pavement.

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don't use your four wheel drive unless you realy need it. unless your like me and try to climb the big snow drift know and again but you realy don't need it unless the road conditions call for it and use good judgement if it looks like a maybe then chances are you don't need it. keep in mind wranglers can do more things in two wheel drive than people give credit for. or simpler if it looks iffy then use it but as soon as it feels like you on't need it go back to two wheel drive. it will help save on gas alot and parts.
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whats the highest speed you can shift into 4h, or do you have to be at a complete stop? Prob dumb question but its my first 4x4.
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i think the manual says 60, but if your already that fast then chances are ur not slipping and dont need 4hi, i usually put it in going about 10-30. U need to stop to go into 4-lo,but not 4-hi
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My manual says 55-60mph when shifting into 4hi. It also says you should be rolling 3-5mph when shifting into 4lo.

I asked a bunch of questions whether clutch was necessary and stuff. Clutch isn't necessary when going into 4hi but is when going into 4lo. Most people did say to use clutch when shifting into 4hi in the posts I've made, and that is how I have been doing it.

I started a whole thread on just this a few months ago when I got my first ever Jeep here at this site.
shifting into 4WD - Quadratec Jeep Forum.

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