Don't engage 4wd on pavement. If you have a couple of inches of snow between the pavement and the tires it can be a bit helpful. Oh, and 4wd won't help you stop but it'll sure get you going fast enough to get you into trouble. There's a difference between 4wd and AWD. What you have is a 4wd vehicle. Ever notice how many SUV's you see in the ditch on nasty winter mornings?
Never, ever, use a tow strap with metal hooks on the end. Just don't do it. They really hurt when they get away from you. Use the nylon ones with the loops sewn into the ends. Or a chain. Or both.
Jeeps are meant to be used like Jeeps. Just don't go hog wild with a new stock vehicle and you'll be able to do things that will amaze you. The Liberty is every bit as good as the old Cherokee they replaced. It's no Wrangler but it'll get you there if you use your head. There's no shame in walking a section first before driving through it. As the KK's start showing up as used cars at a relatively inexpensive price you'll see all sorts of weird modifications starting to happen. Right now they're still grocery getters and kid haulers for the most part. I see that changing in the near future. Same as what happened when they came out with the Cherokee.
Don't be surprised if you start developing a bit of brand loyalty. This can get very expensive. The new Wranglers are pretty nice and I drive past a dealers lot every morning on my way to work. There's one singing a siren song to me right now. Just Empty Every Pocket.
theotherone, Thanks for the info, i can only hope i have opportunity to really use the 4wd system, use it once so far on pavement but it was during a total white wash rain storm but it was for very long
Does the artic have select trac or command trac? Select trac CAN be used on dry pavement because it uses a slip transfer case allowing the front and rear wheels to spin at different speeds. Command track locks the transfer case front drive shaft and rear drive shaft together and will not allow the front and rear wheels to spin at different speeds as needed in a turn. This you CAN NOT use on dry pavement The command track works on the same principle as the Rubicon rock trac. If you look on the 2w 4w 4wlo select switch it will say AUTO if you have select trac and LOCK if you have command trac.
I'm on Staten Island, i was on may down to Lancaster Pennsylvania on the holiday and i had a my wife and family with me the highway was a total white wash didn't want any slipping, thats the only reason i put it 4x4 i typed the last post incorrectly i didn't use it for long, I'm very protective of passengers when there with me it's a mental issue.
There's a few groups in our area. Check out the Northeast section on Lost (http://www.lostjeeps.com/forum/phpBB...forum.php?f=23). A lot of us are from the Island and the boroughs. There are also a few other groups that meet up close to Queens I believe. Just don't limit yourself to only hanging out and wheeling with Jeepers. People may say it's a Jeep thing, but there is a whole 4x4 community out there.