hi all, im a new owner of a jeep patriot 2009 north edition, 5 speed manual. i asked to different jeep dealer and got 2 different anser...
my question is, whats the max safe speed u can drive with the 4x4lock engaged? one dealer told me u can use it anytime and at anyspeed... he said if your on highway and it start to rain, just put the 4x4 on... the other one told me dont use it over 85km/h..
kinda confused and dont want to test the 4x4 at 120km/h
I drive a Compass but it should be the same; I thought that the manual said something about how it can be used at any speed, but it's either not recommended or it automatically shuts off when you're going over 40 MPH. I've heard that the manual has some inaccuracies, though...
With regard to ESP (skid protection), the manual recommends disabling it if you're in a situation where the wheels may need to spin excessively (such as if you're stuck in snow). It detects if one wheel is over-spinning relative to the others and cuts power to it (possibly also applies brakes to it?).
WingedScapula, I think what you are refering to is the "off" mode for the TC. Some turn traction control all the way off when four wheeling, BUT, the system automatically re-engages when vehicle forward speed reaches 35mph. Often too fast a wheel spin will also turn the TC back on so it can do its job correctly.
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You can turn it on at ANY SPEED but it's real purpose is to get you started up in deep snow, sand and other poor traction conditions. So it's primary purpose is for below 35 mph, after that the computers take over and deliver the proper amount of power needed for each wheel. Under normal driving conditions you want to leave ESP ON.
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