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Unread 05-01-2015, 11:30 AM   #1
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4WD Question on my 2008 Jeep

Picked up this 2008 Cherokee for my wife last year, and was excited to drive it in the snow. I thought it was full time 4WD, but noticed that they front wheels weren't spinning as my wife was driving it in my back yard and got it stuck in 4 inches of fresh unpacked snow. I managed to get it unstuck by clearing all the snow from under the rear tires. Is there anything special i have to do or is it possible that the 4WD is not working?

Please dont be too harsh on me, I am new to 4WD and the jeep community.

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Unread 05-01-2015, 12:30 PM   #2
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Are you sure it isn't simply a rear drive Jeep? Is there a differential under the front end?
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Unread 05-01-2015, 01:10 PM   #3
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it was sold to me as a 4wd by my local Jeep Dealer. ill look under the front end when i get home.
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Unread 05-01-2015, 01:28 PM   #4
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Here is a link to the different 4x4 systems...

http://www.wkjeeps.com/wk_4x4.htm
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Unread 05-01-2015, 03:13 PM   #5
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All covered up, here best pics i could get. my guess its a Quadra-Trac I
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Unread 05-01-2015, 09:34 PM   #6
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I see a front left axleshaft in your second pic. 4x4
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Unread 05-01-2015, 09:53 PM   #7
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^^^ Yep.

That being the case, keep in mind you will only see one wheel spin at a time f/r.

With open diffs 4x4 is kind of a misnomer. You really only get drive torque to 2 wheels, one up front and one rear.
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Unread 05-04-2015, 11:23 AM   #8
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Were you flooring it? QTI can only send power to front axle if Brake Traction Control System (BCTS) is able to stop the rear wheels from spinning. I've noticed on my QTI that in stuff like that, I use less (and constant) throttle and let BTCS "dig" its way out. If I just drop the hammer, it pretty much just spins the rears. Also, age/type of tires matter.
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Unread 05-04-2015, 12:24 PM   #9
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Next time you have this issue, you can use your parking brake as a poor mans lockers to slow the rear wheel spin.
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Unread 05-04-2015, 12:55 PM   #10
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Turning of ESP, helps me get out of deep snow and when all 4 wheel are stuck on ice.
Tires are a factor as well... Ive got Winter tires (Michelin X-ice 2) traction sucks with 5inches of snow vs My All-Seasons ( Firestone Destination AT) which I find better for snow traction. But I would keep my Michelin for Ice togh...
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Unread 05-05-2015, 08:35 AM   #11
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Right on, thanks for the info guys.
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