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Old 02-14-2007, 11:00 AM   #1
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Finally had to put it in 4WD

It's pushing a year since I bought my TJ and I'm proud to announce that I've had to use the 4WD for the first time. Snow and ice has come to CT and boy do I have to say that a stock TJ is one capable Jeep. I've driven mostly FWD cars and now that I've had the opportunity to put my bucket to the test I'll never own a different type of vehicle. I'd have to equate this experience to a proud papa who has just seen his little boy/girl go from crawling to walking... Now I'm here at work looking out the window wishing I was out driving around.

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IMO It's probably a good idea to find a place to put it in 4w, just to put a couple of miles on it each month. You don't even have to do any 4-wheelin'. Mechanical stuff generally has a longer life if it is utilized.

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Old 02-14-2007, 11:16 AM   #3
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Yup, it feels great to know your jeep can get you just about anywhere you wanna go.
I've liked jeeps since I was a little girl but I really appreciated my jeep when I came home from working swingshift one night to find a huge berm of snow and gravel had been plowed across my driveway. I just put my old stock YJ into 4low and went right over/through it.
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I bought my first jeep (98 SE) last month and am amazed at how capable it is offroad even with bald tires and bad shocks. I can't wait to see how it does with a minor lift and some tires with tread. Sounds like you got a bit more snow in CT than we did in RI. We have about an inch of slush but that's it.
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Old 02-14-2007, 11:30 AM   #5
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Me too

I'm lovin it too. Now I have the chance to fly by all those A-holes that fly by me on the dry road. Who laughin now?
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Old 02-14-2007, 11:38 AM   #6
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I go to University of Illinois and we got two consecutive snow days. First time we have had a snow day since 79. I am about to go use my 4wd for the first time. Any tips? Wish me luck!
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:09 PM   #8
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i think i put mine in 4wd at least 4 times a month. i go wheeling at least once a week. of course its not hours of wheeling but i do stop by the local trail at least once a week and do 3 or 4 hill climbs.

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IMO It's probably a good idea to find a place to put it in 4w, just to put a couple of miles on it each month. You don't even have to do any 4-wheelin'. Mechanical stuff generally has a longer life if it is utilized.
Can't you just put it in 4 high on the roads for a short trip or something? Does that cause any probs?
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Can't you just put it in 4 high on the roads for a short trip or something? Does that cause any probs?
you don't wanna use 4wd on dry pavement. unless your just goin a couple feet just to get it in 4wd.
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yeah I know about wanting to kick it into 4WD about once an month, I do it when its raining hard and I've got a straight-away to go down, its just that I've never need it I only did it for kicks before even when I was off-road one time, I could have made it through everything in 2WD. Here in the Hartford area we got about 4 inches so far and now its all these little ice B-B's that sting when you get hit with them. The plows are doing an OK job but there are some areas that they've plowed about a foot of snow in an area and you have to drive through it. My old VW Jetta would have never made it through that.

And Blue Boy I know what you mean about school in Illinois, I was born and raised in DeKalb until I was 9, I can't remember a time school ever got shut down. I remember as a kid the snow drifting over the front door and I still had to go to school. I moved to CT and they'll close the schools if its 'too cold' outside.
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:53 PM   #12
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I use my 4wd pretty much everyday in the winter. But thats not uncommon for Michigan.
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:58 PM   #13
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Sweet! I pulled mine into 4 hi yesterday.....Had to go 4 Lo today to get out of the driveway! She got up on top and went right out! Damn...I wish I'd have gotten one of these years ago!
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Old 02-14-2007, 01:37 PM   #14
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This is what i have bein waiting for! a day that everyone gets stuck in school and i can just pull away no problem..... only thing is that when I hit a bump the lever to pull up (whats the proper name for it?) it gets bumped out of the groove and either disengages if it goes down and if it goes up it will make a horrible sound of teeth grinding.... any one know what the problem could be?
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I went down to the hunting club today and removed my stand. Picked up the Cuddleback and feeders. It was very muddy down there. I had to do the 4wd thing to get in and out. I also have a nice mud speckled paint job, now.
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Old 02-14-2007, 09:38 PM   #16
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Used 4H most of the day with commercial snow care. I to wished had the money years ago to get 4 wheel. It is an absolute joy to drive. Although it was very slippery in SE-WI today, as I nearly went through intersections 4 times. I'm wondering if it is the new tires on this '06 tj X 4L i6 6sp...?

Seems like the tires dont grab as well as they could. Oh well in 4H it will eat snow, in 4L it strips snow down to cement.

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Old 02-15-2007, 06:11 AM   #17
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Sweet! I pulled mine into 4 hi yesterday.....Had to go 4 Lo today to get out of the driveway! She got up on top and went right out! Damn...I wish I'd have gotten one of these years ago!
Same here....getting out of the driveway in 4wheel drive was pretty neat since we mostly got sleet/ice and a tad of snow.

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Just find a dirt road that's loose on top, or a field you can roll around in for a couple of laps.
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hi all. first post here. i've had my '04 unlimited for only a few days and got to use 4WD for the first time the other day. here in VA we got a couple inches of sleet and i found myself driving on unplowed roads with no problem in 4H. sweet - i'm so happy i finally got a jeep!

edit: btw this is my first 4WD vehicle. i noticed something funny the other day - i was pulling a u-turn while in 4WD and the turning/steering felt funny. is this normal? the truck runs great and smooth otherwise.
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edit: btw this is my first 4WD vehicle. i noticed something funny the other day - i was pulling a u-turn while in 4WD and the turning/steering felt funny. is this normal? the truck runs great and smooth otherwise.
Yes. It is normal in that it acts that way when you drive on pavement. DON'T DO IT. That's very bad for your jeep. There has to be some slippage when you use the 4 wheel or you coiuld break something.

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Yes. It is normal in that it acts that way when you drive on pavement. DON'T DO IT. That's very bad for your jeep. There has to be some slippage when you use the 4 wheel or you coiuld break something.

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okay, thanks for the tip. i will only engage 4W when i am experiencing slipping. i was almost home and saw an unplowed side street and couldn't pass it up!
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I've driven many different 4X4s, and I'm always careful not to use it on dry roads. I thought of this the other day for the first time and was wondering if anyone can explain it...

In 2WD, there is technically power to just one wheel, and in 4WD there is power to one front wheel and one back wheel. Now, if I have open diffs front and rear, why would it matter if the pavement is dry? Wouldn't the 2 wheels without power just be along for the ride? I can understand if you're locked front and rear having to be careful, but if you're open, then why is it a concern? I want to go on record that I am not a mechanic and I'm lucky to know how to put the gas in the tank. Someone please explain.
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Think of it more of the driveshafts turning at differant speeds rather than the tires. If the front is turning faster than the rear something has to give, hopefully the tire spins and not something else, but if you have open rears front and back there is less chance of this happening. This is also why some people say not to put a locker in the front as this will put more stress on the drivetrain.
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The rear has an open differential and the front has an open dif. However when the transmission is sending power to the front and to the rear it does so equally, so when the front turns and binds up it transfers that binding to the rear and visa-versa (sp?)
Some vehicles such as AWD Subarus have parts built into the transmission or somewhere along the drivetrain that allow for the different wheel speeds and still transfer power to all the wheels which helps when turning but those aren't as durable as most 4WD systems like jeeps that are more for heavy duty situations. There are Pros and Cons to both systems but with proper technique a 4WD system is just as capable as an AWD system IMHO.
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When I was trying to engage into 4wd the light would come and go off as soon as took my hand off. Does the light just go on to tell me I enabled 4wd and then go off or is it supposed to stay on the whole time? I was afraid of going into Neutral so maybe I wasnt pulling it up hard enough. Any ideas? I have an 2005 auto X. I just wanted to put in into 4H. Thanks guys!
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When I was trying to engage into 4wd the light would come and go off as soon as took my hand off. Does the light just go on to tell me I enabled 4wd and then go off or is it supposed to stay on the whole time? I was afraid of going into Neutral so maybe I wasnt pulling it up hard enough. Any ideas? I have an 2005 auto X. I just wanted to put in into 4H. Thanks guys!
4Low is for EXTREME situations and should rarely be used, use it only when you will be going less than 15 MPH and even then that is fast for it. A good tug on the handle is all you need to get it in 4WD High and the light should stay on. It is pretty hard to accidently kick it into Neutral so don't be afraid to pull on her, she won't break. If you find that you can't get it to stay in 4WD you should take it in to be looked at.
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When I was trying to engage into 4wd the light would come and go off as soon as took my hand off. Does the light just go on to tell me I enabled 4wd and then go off or is it supposed to stay on the whole time? I was afraid of going into Neutral so maybe I wasnt pulling it up hard enough. Any ideas? I have an 2005 auto X. I just wanted to put in into 4H. Thanks guys!
I know on my 99 if you pull it up all the way thats in 4h then u have to put it to the right then up again to put it in neutral so its hard to to accidentaly go in neutral


any one know what the diff. is between the neutral in the left lever ( dont know the proper name) and the one between reverse and drive?
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4Low is for EXTREME situations and should rarely be used, use it only when you will be going less than 15 MPH and even then that is fast for it. A good tug on the handle is all you need to get it in 4WD High and the light should stay on. It is pretty hard to accidently kick it into Neutral so don't be afraid to pull on her, she won't break. If you find that you can't get it to stay in 4WD you should take it in to be looked at.
actually i use 4 lo quite a bit.

but its on huge steep hill cimbs that i need to crawl up
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actually i use 4 lo quite a bit.

but its on huge steep hill cimbs that i need to crawl up
Hence the EXTREME!! LOL

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