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How to: Use 4Wheel drive

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Old 01-02-2012, 01:12 AM
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so i heard that there is some sort of trick to get into 4low and i have no clue how to get into 4low at all i can get in 4auto and 4hi no problems at all but 4low thats a diff story... any and all help is welcome thanks in advance...
 
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:08 PM
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in my experiance with 4x4 the old selector lever style not puch button you have to put the truck into nuetral to get into 4 low then shift to 4low then you can put it back in gear and it should be engaged
if its the same put yoru truck into netraul first then select 4lo then wait for it to engage and then put the truck in gear it should engage
and to get out of 4l0 put truck in neutral then out of 4lo then to 2hi or whatever your button says then put it in drive you should be good to go
 

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Old 02-16-2012, 11:55 AM
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They are pretty full proof today. Little problems with tearing them up unless you abuse the system. In the northern states 4x4 sure is a nice a thing to have.
 
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:08 PM
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the truck has to be in neutral to shift it into four low.
 
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:13 PM
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All the auto does, is engages the front axle. Then, when you are driving if the sensors tell the truck that the rear tires are spinning faster then the front ones, it engages the transfer case so it locks in four wheel drive. Gets worse gas mileage then two wheel drive, but better then just having it locked in 4 hi. I have the auto on my 01, and I was leery of using it at first, but it actually engages very smoothly, and it is really nice for driving around town when it is icy, because the front end doesn't clunk going around corners, but if you need the traction it is there.
 
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by RustyFordLover View Post
the truck has to be in neutral to shift it into four low.
And stationary (Not rolling) Rite? Mine electronic
 
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:21 PM
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Mine tends to bind a little if the truck is at a complete stop. I usually shift it into neutral from a idling roll, and then push the 4 low button, and it goes right in. if the truck is completely stopped, the light just flashes a few times and it goes back into 2wd, or if u are in 4 low, it wont shift back out. My last truck with the floor shift was the same way, the handle didn't want to shift into low range unless the truck was rolling just a little bit.
 
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by RustyFordLover View Post
All the auto does, is engages the front axle.
From what I recall the auto function on your newer push-button systems is for constant driving. It can be used for wet or dry surfaces. The newer transfercases have a device to allow slippage between the front/rear drivelines. It can be viscious clutchs, actual wet clutchs or another design. If you know you're going into a off-road situation the 4HI locks the front/rear solid.

Again as stated before, read owners manual because they could refer differently to these actions.
 
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