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Old 01-05-2014, 11:10 AM   #1
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Winter driving concerns

I have a stock 95 Wrangler Rio Grande. It's a stick and my first winter with my license and my dad is worried about how bad I've been sliding on left turns. My all terrain tires are shot and we have new ones wrangler ones on the way. Even in 4 wheel Ive been spinning out on left turns. I'm not a bad driver and even my dad who was a commercial driver for 35 years is having the same problem when he drives it my tires aren't extremely oversized so we don't believe the tire size has anything to do with it. He is wondering if anybody knows of anything that will help this problem. Are new tires the solution or will bags of sand or salt in my hatch help? Any advice? We have about 8 inches of snow on the ground and are expecting more. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 01-05-2014, 11:39 AM   #2
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I'm sure you are not a bad driver but if this is your first winter driving I don't think you would qualify as a good driver. And that's in no way a put down just the way it is.

Your best choice would be not to drive in those conditions if you don't have to. That would be my advice to my daughter. Short of that, here's a suggestion although it might sound a little prehistoric as I probably am. Ever consider using chains? A total pain 'on and off' but they do work.

Anyway good luck and be safe.

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Old 01-05-2014, 11:50 AM   #3
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Thank you! He thought snow chains would be a good idea but he wasn't sure with the jeep. I try to stay off of the roads when they're this bad but I have to work the next 3 days and it's supposed to get even worse each day. Thank you for your help
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:01 PM   #4
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Studded winter tires would make a big difference or atleast siped tires. Driving a Jeep with such a short wheelbase takes a little finesse but you will get used to it.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:18 PM   #5
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Once u get new tires I'm sure ull c a big difference. But in those conditions just take it slow and corner slower. I've been in a lot of snow so far this year and yea the rears spin a lil easy in deeper stuff but once u throw it in 4wd ur good. BTW I have the bfgoodrich A/T 31's . love them
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:50 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by 95YJgirl View Post
Are new tires the solution or will bags of sand or salt in my hatch help?
yes and yes, add at least 300lbs

is the 4wd actually working?
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:32 PM   #7
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Only on left turns is kinda wierd. Make sure you dont have a brake hanging up or a crappy bearing.

If its slick enough to drive slower, I always use 4hi. Short wheelbase rigs drive a little different in all conditions especially slippery ones. Where most rigs would will just swing the back end out to the side a bit, a wrangler will spin all the way around QUICK.

Im assuming when you say "spinning out" your describing an accidental donut and not just spinning tires? If its driving the same in 2wd and 4wd you may want to be sure the 4wd is working...

Tires make all the difference in Icy conditions so if your tires are shot, new ones will make a huge difference. Mud terrain tires dont do real well on ice unless they are studded.

Getting some weight in there will help too. I like to put a couple sand bags on the floor right behind the front seats and some in the very back too. Unless you dont have a back seat, then just lay them out evenly in the cargo area.

And like Florida said, Chain it up if you want to guarantee better traction. I like to chain up the front end and use 4hi when only chaining 2 tires. Assuming your 4wd is working right.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:03 PM   #8
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You say it's stock, are you the original owner? Are you sure there isn't a locker or aggressive LSD in the rear? A locker or aggressive LSD can cause a slip in turns as the inside tire has to break free around a turn. If no locker be sure you're not breaking or accelerating to hard through the turn, easy and smooth on the skinny pedal in snow.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:13 PM   #9
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The 4x4 is working and in good condition. We had all of that checked out when we bought it. Ill get some weight in the back tomorrow after we go have a little fun in the snow. Thanks for all of your help!

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