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Old 12-08-2011, 02:02 PM   #31 (permalink)
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But it's not just the transfer case. The front axles and driveshaft still spin in 2WD, it's just that the tires are turning them instead of the engine.
Not on my 4WD, or any of the 4WDs I'm familiar with. That is the reason manual, dashboard, or automatic hubs exist you see.

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People use 4WD in the snow and wet roads all the time, which is why such trucks exist in the marketplace. To say never use it unless on loose surfaces may be correct, but not realistic in my opinion.

I limit my 4WD use as much as possible, two sand tubes over the rear axle helps.

My multiple aerodynamic improvements; front chin spoiler, roof cab wing, and rear spoiler all help to keep her on the road at speed.
On top of snow it's fine
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Not on my 4WD, or any of the 4WDs I'm familiar with.
It's all spinning unless you have manual disconnect hubs... which you might given the age of your truck.
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On top of snow it's fine
I agree.

I also go for safety first, and that sometimes includes 4WD on wet roads near freezing, which is what a typical Michigan winter is composed of. Slush is the state's real major product.
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It's all spinning unless you have manual disconnect hubs... which you might given the age of your truck.
Don't confuse 4WD with AWD. The road is never supposed to be spinning the unpowered axles regardless. Only time that happens is when the operator forgets to unlock the hubs, or does so on purpose for the short term.
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Don't confuse 4WD with AWD. The road is never supposed to be spinning the unpowered axles regardless. Only time that happens is when the operator forgets to unlock the hubs, or does so on purpose for the short term.
No modern 4WD trucks have manual hubs though AFAIK. My 1999 Cherokee definitely doesn't.
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The road is never supposed to be spinning the unpowered axles regardless.
If there is no front hub disconnection equipment the vehicle is AWD and it never has 2WD mode.
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2WD instead of 4WD doesn't save gas. All the same drivetrain parts are spinning, except it's the road spinning them.
And running in 2WD definitely saves gas!
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And running in 2WD definitely saves gas!
It sure does.
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Runnin 4wd is perfectly fine even on dry ground so long as you dont have a locker up front, with the only issue being efficiency and having to stay under a certain MPH. I run around in 4WD all day long when its icy out, thats what its there for! If I hadnt bought the Escort I would be all over the chin spoiler idea, see if it could help my dismal MPG numbers. Now Im only drive it when I need it so Ill leave it be.
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