Re: Question: 4X4 hard to maneuver
"TheSnoMan" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> Michael wrote:
>> "Advocate" <Advo@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:4BLmf.637988$xm3.310034@attbi_s21...
>>>"Michael" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:21Lmf.7373$Dk.firstname.lastname@example.org...
>>>>I have a 2003 F150 with a normal/high/low 4X4 switch on the dash.
>>>>Out in the snow tonight, in a parking lot, the truck became very
>>>>hard to maneuver in high four wheel drive getting in and out of
>>>>a parking space in snow covered lot. In a somewhat tight turn, it
>>>>did not want to go forwards or back, so I straightened the wheels
>>>>and put in two wheel drive and slid out of there.
>>>>Is this normal? Any thoughts?
>>>Well, as I wasn't sitting in the cab with you, it's hard to say. If you were cutting the front wheels hard and felt the truck
>>>"hopping" then yes, this is normal.
>> Thanks, A. I was getting worried.
> You are experiancing torque steer form the fact that your front axle ujoints are not constant velocity and they can bind a lot in
> a tight turn with good traction. My advice to you is to not try to bind id it much because it can shorten the life expectance of
> front end some. Use 2wd for tight turns when traction is good. A 4x4 with a IFS front end with CV joints in it does not bind
> anywhere near as bad in tight turns.
Thanks for the good advice, guys. I appreciate it.
I've driven a Ford truck for many many years. This is
my first with a 4 wheel drive.