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Old 12-14-2005, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
Michael
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When to Use 4X4

Do you use your 4X4

1) if it's sleeting/freezing rain
2) if there's snow on city streets, with a recognizable tirepath.
3) snowing on the freeway, with a recognizable tirepath

Thanks.

Mike


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Old 12-14-2005, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: When to Use 4X4

1) No, I slow down
2) No, it's too hard to make tight turns on (the mid-Atlantic states)
city streets
3) No, I slow down

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Michael wrote:
> Do you use your 4X4
>
> 1) if it's sleeting/freezing rain
> 2) if there's snow on city streets, with a recognizable tirepath.
> 3) snowing on the freeway, with a recognizable tirepath
>
> Thanks.
>
> Mike
>
>
>


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Old 12-15-2005, 12:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: When to Use 4X4


Mike,

I live in the mountains so I can't totally relate to an urban
environment. In all cases common sense must prevail. Also, it would
depend on your vehicle, manual or automatic locking hubs. In all cases
you definitely do not want to bind up the drive train by turning in 4wd
where the wheels do not have slippage.

I have manual locking hubs. In the environment you describe I would
keep the hubs locked at all times. However, the Transfer case would be
in 2wd. If there were to be 'straight line' braking, I would quickly
throw the transfer case to 4wd. This provides even braking on all 4
wheels and can be done in about 1/2 to 1 second.

In the exact environment you describe you shouldn't need the 4wd. When
you turn off the 'recognizable tirepath', and are on snow or ice, I
would probably put in 4wd. Dry snow had fairly good traction. The wet
stuff sucks.


"Michael" <emdeedubyatrois@cornell.edu> wrote in message
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: Do you use your 4X4
:
: 1) if it's sleeting/freezing rain
: 2) if there's snow on city streets, with a recognizable tirepath.
: 3) snowing on the freeway, with a recognizable tirepath
:
: Thanks.
:
: Mike
:
:


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Old 12-15-2005, 15:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: When to Use 4X4

It entirely depends on the road surface. Mellowed had some good advice, and
in all three of these cases you need to slow down whether in 2wd or 4wd. 4wd
is not intended to make it possible to safely move at freeway speeds in
these conditions.

"Michael" <emdeedubyatrois@cornell.edu> wrote in message
news:3Y2of.3832$0e.1670@tornado.rdc-kc.rr.com...
> Do you use your 4X4
>
> 1) if it's sleeting/freezing rain
> 2) if there's snow on city streets, with a recognizable tirepath.
> 3) snowing on the freeway, with a recognizable tirepath
>
> Thanks.
>
> Mike
>



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Old 12-15-2005, 18:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: When to Use 4X4


"Matt Macchiarolo" <matt@nospamplease.com> wrote in message
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> 4wd is not intended to make it possible to safely move at freeway speeds
> in these conditions.


Yes, and 'tis a shame more people on the highway don't heed your
observation, Matt.


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Old 12-16-2005, 05:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: When to Use 4X4

Unless of course, you just moved up from your car to your first 4x4 SUV (you
know, real "trucks" like the BMW, Mercedes and Lexus SUV's) Then you can go
as fast as you want in any condition, as you are indestructible now.

It's fun living in a semi-"well to do" location that gets occasional snow
like Long Island. Other than L.A.and Miami, we must have the most Hummers,
and all other high end 4x4's in the country, so it's fun to watch them drive
50-70K vehicles into ditches and barriers....

Scott

"Matt Macchiarolo" <matt@nospamplease.com> wrote in message
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> It entirely depends on the road surface. Mellowed had some good advice,

and
> in all three of these cases you need to slow down whether in 2wd or 4wd.

4wd
> is not intended to make it possible to safely move at freeway speeds in
> these conditions.
>
> "Michael" <emdeedubyatrois@cornell.edu> wrote in message
> news:3Y2of.3832$0e.1670@tornado.rdc-kc.rr.com...
> > Do you use your 4X4
> >
> > 1) if it's sleeting/freezing rain
> > 2) if there's snow on city streets, with a recognizable tirepath.
> > 3) snowing on the freeway, with a recognizable tirepath
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> > Mike
> >

>
>



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Old 12-16-2005, 09:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: When to Use 4X4


"Matt Macchiarolo" <matt@nospamplease.com> wrote in message news:DOWdnQ1QEdXLbzzenZ2dnUVZ_smdnZ2d@comcast.com...
> It entirely depends on the road surface. Mellowed had some good advice, and in all three of these cases you need to slow down
> whether in 2wd or 4wd. 4wd is not intended to make it possible to safely move at freeway speeds in these conditions.


Thanks guys for the good information. I'm beginning to understand
4x4 basics now.

Mike


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