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Old 09-07-2012, 07:09 PM
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Having never owned a 4x4 vehicle do you guys use it when it rains? I know about the snow etc but when it rains do you engage it 4x4 and if so do you have it set for 4auto or 4x4.
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there is no need to use it in the rain unless you are driving dirt roads. and since you have never had one before, i go on and tell you never use 4 Lo on concrete, just 4 high. you might do good to get 20 mph in low, and that will be redlining it.
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AWD is different than 4WD. AWD is great in wet weather. 4x4 is not. I stay in in 2wd until I need 4wd. as far as regular roads in rain, I have never ever used 4wd but my wife has AWD on her SUV and it is really great on rainy roads
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Use it anytime your rear end is spinning wildly or forward movement is hampered by slippery conditions. I use it to get up my driveway because in 2wd I sling gravel everywhere even when I'm real careful on the gas. Pop it into 4 high and no wheel spin.
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Any time you have a hard time NOT spinning the tires or sliding around.

And don't wait until you are stuck to use it either.
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Hey tripple. On slippery roads, the owners manual states you can use 4auto bud. Your economy will drop due to the front axle being engaged but no power to the wheels until traction is required; computer will decide when to apply front wheel traction when needed like some boaters use on slippery boat ramps. Offroad, 4lock. 4Lo only slow speeds below 25mph offroad. Never use your 4Lock or 4Lo turning or driving on dry pavement. Pop, pop, Ping is the end result. Good question by the way. But make sure you read your owners manual just to be safe. It explains when and where to use either settings in more detail.
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Hey tripple. On slippery roads, the owners manual states you can use 4auto bud. Your economy will drop due to the front axle being engaged but no power to the wheels until traction is required; computer will decide when to apply front wheel traction when needed like some boaters use on slippery boat ramps. Offroad, 4lock. 4Lo only slow speeds below 25mph offroad. Never use your 4Lock or 4Lo turning or driving on dry pavement. Pop, pop, Ping is the end result. Good question by the way. But make sure you read your owners manual just to be safe. It explains when and where to use either settings in more detail.

True....I didn't mention the auto 4x cuz I didn't know if he had it (wasn't sure if it was available on a sport model).

I still wouldn't use it in the rain tho unless on dirt/clay roads or wet grass.
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Okay.. so here is my .02..

My stealth was all wheel drive and it was like driving on ice in wet conditions. Part of that was the extra wide tires, but mostly because of the AWD.

When you're in 2wd, your front wheels get to "plow" down into the standing water. When you're in all wheel drive, the wheels try to ride on top of the water, causing you to hydroplane. Think about what happens in mud. In 2wd, your front wheels just push the mud and bury themselves in. In 4wd the front wheels "climb" and keep themselves on top of the mud. Same thing.
I will probably never on another full time AWD car after owning the Stealth. It was scary as heck in wet conditions.

The only time I ever use 4 low, is when I'm backing a trailer into my yard and I need to #1 avoid spinning and tearing up my yard, thus pissing off my wife.. and #2 I have to "thread the needle" and get my camper through the gate. With only a few inches on each side, 4Low gives me extra control.

Other than that, I have ocassionally had to kick over into 4x4 when trying to pull a boat out of the water, and of course, when there is a lot of snow and ice on the road.
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That is odd that you had that experience with the Stealth, my wifes Honda Pilot AWD works fantastic in the rain
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The tire width on the stealth was the main issue.
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