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Old 12-10-2012, 07:06 PM #1
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What is the best situation for AWD or 4hi

I have a 99 limited 4X4, and know i have the option for AWD, 4hi, or 4lo. On the sun visor is a basic outline but not too helpful. A couple questions for the pros, such as it says something about 60mph, as in not to drive in 4 wheel drive over 60 or not to engage it over 60? Also, how safe is it to truly engage the 4 wheel drive while moving?

I know it says the AWD function is best for like rainy situations for better tractions, but whats a good comparison to use either the 4 hi or AWD? I might be heading to the snow this winter and curious on the roads to put it in the 4hi and lock the center diff or AWD is better, thanks!
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Try reading this tread..
'01-up 4wd System (A-TRAC, VSC) and TORSEN T-3

Should answer your questions.
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it answered some of them, so just pushing in the button on the side brings me to 4hi or AWD? Also, once I bring the lever back to the 4hi position, it automatically locks the center diff right?
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I wrote this a while back, you may find a lot of useful info in there..
T-case Differences (all years of 3rd gens).. transfer case, AWD, multi-mode
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High traction surface (pavement) = AWD


Low traction surface (dirt road) = 4hi/low

However if you were stuck on a snowy road or if it was really bad 4hi/lo would be appropriate.

Basically you do not want to be in 4hi unless the wheels are able to slip/spin to a degree.
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