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4WD Low

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by EGtaco, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Apr 9, 2009 at 5:07 PM
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    EGtaco

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    Since I really dont know the answer I thought someone here could enlighten me. What exactly does 4wd low do compared to 4wd high??? I know you have to go SLOW when engaged in low but why??? Does it lower the gears or something.

    They only time I have ever used 4wd low was in a jeep and I was stuck in sand on a beach. I tried everything and eventually stuck it in low and was able to climb out. Was I just lucky or was it because lowering the drive really does something special.
     
  2. Apr 9, 2009 at 5:10 PM
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    DanGer

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    To engage it you must be on a surface that would allow the tires to slip a little. It make yout engine work in low range and puts out MUCH more low end power. It is ONLY for low speeds
     
  3. Apr 9, 2009 at 5:39 PM
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    Yes i meant to include that. The part you quote, i mean that if you engage 4WL on asphalt or concrete you can cause some damage.
     
  4. Apr 9, 2009 at 5:40 PM
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    badguybuster

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    When I have my truck in 4-Lo, it beeps like crazy. Pisses me off.
     
  5. Apr 9, 2009 at 5:42 PM
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    Then you don't have it engaged properly.
     
  6. Apr 9, 2009 at 5:46 PM
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    If you have a manual the clutch has to be ALL the way depressed. Its easy to not depress it with how high it engages
     
  7. Apr 9, 2009 at 6:00 PM
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    I sometimes have to move the switch to 4lo, bak to 4hi, then bak to 4lo again to get it to engage... same with disengaging.

    but once its in 4lo, you will know! super slow 1st gear and jerky shifts (auto tranny)
     
  8. Apr 9, 2009 at 6:04 PM
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    x 56000903459i034 with a manual
     
  9. Apr 9, 2009 at 6:15 PM
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    i have found that the more i use 4lo, the easier it engauges. ditto with the locker.
     
  10. Apr 9, 2009 at 9:14 PM
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    Yea i dont have 4x4 but when I first started using my locker it was sometimes hard to get it to engage. But the more I use it, the easier it engages. It engages pretty quick now.
     
  11. Apr 10, 2009 at 4:04 AM
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    4lo is a different type of gearing (inside the transfer case). You'll notice the truck rpm's are much higher and your speeds are lower.

    4lo is perfect for offroad situations involving obstables you have to climb over, hill decents, hill climbs and anything that involved crawling (but does not involve needing momentum). Around here in PA - that's all we use while offroad, if 4lo.

    You have to be stopped completely to engage it. You have to put the truck in neutral before it'll go into 4lo (atleast, on my truck).

    It's the same overall function as a Jeep in 4lo.
     
  12. Apr 10, 2009 at 5:30 AM
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    Especially use 4WD Lo when you have a manual transmission and a heavy load on a steep incline. If you have it in 4WD Hi and let out the clutch not just right your smell in frying but in 4WD Lo it crawls right up with no problems. Something I learned when I was young and dumb.
     
  13. Apr 10, 2009 at 8:32 AM
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    Technically, you can use 4LO on hard surfaces as long as you are moving in a straight line...

    The binding doesn't occur until you start turning...

    I use 4LO on boat ramps... I've used 4LO to pull out shrubs and trees... I've pulled people out of the ditch in 4LO with my truck on dry pavement...
     
  14. Apr 10, 2009 at 9:47 AM
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    You have to let the truck engage in 4hi before you can go to 4lo.
     
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