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Old 01-27-2014, 08:27 AM
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What Gantman said /\ ... plus snow.
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4W lock is what used to be known as 4 HI. It engages the front axle but does not change the gear ratio in the transfer case. 4W Lo is 4 wheel drive low range. It changes the the transfer case gear ratio from 1:1 down to 2.6:1. This would be for slow travel off road or if you need a lot more power to the tires, like in deep mud. 4W Low is not something you would use on the street.
I used it during the "snow-megeddon" in DC a few years ago. But that was an extreme situation where surface streets were basically off road.

Those were fun trips to work. Basically off roading the entire time and you didn't have to worry about other drivers. Either you had a 4X4 or you were stuck.
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I used it during the "snow-megeddon" in DC a few years ago. But that was an extreme situation where surface streets were basically off road.

Those were fun trips to work. Basically off roading the entire time and you didn't have to worry about other drivers. Either you had a 4X4 or you were stuck.
The news readers here are predicting an "ice-megeddon" tomorrow. I may get to try the 4W Auto feature.
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If you don't mind me asking, what dealer are you working with? I'm from Nebraska, too.
I am dealing through Woodhouse. Who are you using for your dealership?
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im glad I came across this. I've driven with 4lock on dry roads only because the snow is just gone on certain parts of the road and noticed the binding turning in dry parking lots. I hope I havent caused any damage.
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I am dealing through Woodhouse. Who are you using for your dealership?
That's where I bought my truck from last year. I ordered a 2013 from them at the beginning of last summer. I had a good experience with them. Hopefully, you'll have a good one, too.
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I did a little digging on the transfer cases for the 2014 RAM pickups. Here is what I found. The 4WD versions come with one of two Borg-Warner transfer cases, either the 44-45 (part-time 4WD) or the 44-44 (on-demand 4WD). I talked to the people at RAM and they said the on demand transfer case is an option that needs to be ordered. It comes as an option on the big horn.Here is the link to compare models. http://www.ramtrucks.com/model-compa...1413&variation
If you dig even deeper you can find information that conflicts with what you found. Here is what I found in the 2014 brochure. The shift on demand transfer case (4WD AUTO) is standard on Big Horn, and Sport and above. Outdoorsman and all trims below Bighorn come with the shift on the fly transfer cases. I can't answer why some 14' V6 Bighorns don't have the 4WD AUTO option. Maybe it was one of the late availability options.

http://www.ramtrucks.com/assets/pdf/...am_pickups.pdf

Check out pages 14 and 16 of the brochure.
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Can someone explain to me when I could use 4W lock and 4W low.
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I cannot speak to 4W low - but I have a AWD SUV, with a 4W lock option. It basically locks the differential forcing all 4 wheels to turn in synch -> 50/50 split of power, etc. I use it when I am pulling my boat out of the water and that is pretty much it.

The lock on my vehicle will disable automatically once I go over 25. It is meant to be used for short distances - and in a straight line.

Because the diff is locked, binding will happen - particularly when you turn. When turning the inside wheels will be rotating at a different speed than the outside wheels - hence binding because the differential is locked and won't allow that to occur. It sounds awful - smells even worse - and will destroy the diff and/or transfer case.
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I cannot speak to 4W low - but I have a AWD SUV, with a 4W lock option. It basically locks the differential forcing all 4 wheels to turn in synch -> 50/50 split of power, etc. I use it when I am pulling my boat out of the water and that is pretty much it.
Hate to tell you this, but when in 4Hi(Lock) or whatever one wants to call it, or 4Lo, you never get power to all 4 wheels; unless you have lockers in the front and rear diff... You do get a 50/50 split in power from front to rear, but not left to right....

Front or rear wheel drive = one tire on the axle getting power.
4WD = 1 front and 1 rear wheel getting power...

A locker, on the axle will get power to both wheels on the axle. A LSD can give you power to both wheels on an axle....

BTW, when you see power shifting from left to right or right to left, it's traction control doing it. They do it by adjust the throttle and applying the brakes. If you apply braking to the side, where the wheel is slipping, the open diff will transfer power to the other side...

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My 2014 Bighorn does not have 4WD AUTO, but ever Bighorn I see does have the 4WD AUTO. I guess my truck is rare.
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