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Unread 01-30-2010, 08:37 AM   #1
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Rookie 4WD Question

I am new to owning a Jeep. I just got a 2010 Trail Rated Sahara Unlimited and the other day we had some light snow and a little ice on the road. My question is, when do you use 4WD High versus Low versus 2WD? I have heard differing opinions and thought I would just ask the experts. Any other advice for new to a new and thrilled Jepp owner?

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Unread 01-30-2010, 08:44 AM   #2
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Most of the time I use 2wd untill I can not make it any farther, then I pop it into 4wd. I don't use 4L unless offroad, or towing something in the drive way.
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Unread 01-30-2010, 08:47 AM   #3
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Congrats on the new Jeep. You have a part time t-case so 4x4 should not be used on dry pavement or you runa high risk of breaking something in your t-case. In snow I usually use 2wd until it gets pretty bad and then use 4x4 hi. That way you can shift back to 2wd when you hit some dry pavement. Use 4lo only when it's really bad and you don't want to go more than 20 mph. You also have to slow down to less than 5mph to shift into or out of low range. Enjoy the snow!
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Unread 01-30-2010, 09:00 AM   #4
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i only do 4wd on the snowy roads to get moving from a stop then im back in 2wd. also remember that 4wd does not make you stop faster. most of the 4x4 SUVs in the ditch think their 4x4 helps in braking
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