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post #1 of 8 Old 02-26-2009, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow Switching from 2WD to 4WD...

I just bought this truck and the directions on the visor are wore out. Also there is no owners manual so I wanted to ask how to do the shift properly. We just got a foot of snow and I finally got to try out the 4 wheel drive.

I got four high down... shift while driving. The four low says something about being stopped and putting I think the truck in neutral, then shifting the four low into gear, then put the truck into drive? It doesn't feel right. It jumps into gear when I go to take off in the snow, makes a loud clunking noise.

Then sometimes if makes a grinding noise and you can feel it in the shifter on the floor. I must be doing something wrong? Either way I can get them all in gear but the four low is not so friendly. I should note when I put it in four low, I then reverse from the stand still. Im not sure if it made a difference if I take off from forward or reverse.

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-26-2009, 04:19 PM
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4lo has to be done with the trans in neutral. I'm sure your supposed to be completely stopped when you do it but I do it at a very slow roll like 1 or 2 MPH. It might clunk or grind a little because your pretty much changing gears without a clutch or synocros. It's also not uncommon to have harsh engagements into gears in low. Most trucks I've been in also whine a bit in low range beacause of the gear reduction.

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I haven't used 4-low in years. I've not had my Jeep in 4-lo yet. 4-Hi usually does the trick for me.

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I was taking off from a stand still and from what the instructions said.. I have to be moving to shift into 4WD high? So that is why I went for the low. Stuck in my friggin semi-steep snow covered driveway.

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you can put it in 4hi when your stopped just be really easy on the throttle until your sure it's engaged. If your truck has the axle disconnect it might not go into 4wd right away and if the rear is already spinning when it locks in it's really hard on the front axle. I'm pretty sure thats why my front axle was exploded when I got the truck.

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I have only used 4 low a few times with mine. the first time it went in with a little clunk, then it took me about five mins to get it out. then another time i pretty much had to hold the shifter or it would pop out. So i say "F" 4 lows in older gen11s

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I was using 4low about once a week and other than breaking axles it works fine. I have 3.91 gears in the rear and 3.55s in the front right at the moment so 4wd is an emergency only thing for me now until I get the fronts changed over.

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Never had a problem getting mine out of low, when I use 4x4, low is all I use, the only time I used 4High is street driving in snow. Low is easier on your tranny/clutch and has a lot more control.

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