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Old 12-21-2010, 01:40 PM
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I'm new here. Just got an 02 Ram 4x4 and wanted the proper instructions on how to operate the 4x4. I've had Fords before and I could engage the 4-wheel-drive on those while moving at under 30 mph [says the manual]. The truck I bought didn't have a manual with it. So, my question is, what is the proper procedure for engaging and disengaging the transfer case, at what speed/stopped, under what conditions should 4L or 4H be used, when do I use 2H setting and when do I use the N setting? Where should the transfer case selector be positioned under normal 2WD driving conditions?

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Check behind your sun visor for some information. And Owners Manuals are available online for basically no cost.

Normally, shift on the fly is done at 30MPH or less from 2wd to 4wd Hi. 2 hi setting is for all driving where 4wd is not needed. Do not shift from 2wd or 4 hi to 4 lo without stopping.

4L is used when pulling up a slippery grade or where conditions require slow movement over rough terrain, or a heavily loaded condition on a steep grade.

4H is normally used for any slippery conditions, off or on road, without significant grades to negotiate. It allows you to move a bit faster than 4L
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Hey, thanks a lot for the reply about 4x4 operation. I want to make sure I'm doing it correctly so I don't manage to screw anything up or break something... and I'm good at both.

Thanks for the welcome, Rootbeer. I'm sure I will be a regular here as I'm always finding something I have a question about. I will post some pictures of my Ram soon. I'm really enjoying driving it.
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The 4 high can be engaged while moving but it should not be engaged if the wheels are spinning. 4l should be engaged at a very low speed (at least I know in the newest style Ram is done like this......I think it is 10MPH or less). Both can also be engaged while stopped and in neutral. I do that myself while stopped....dont know why but I do haha

The Neutral is to be used to unlock both diffs. This is only used when you are towing the truck on all 4s. This is done when it is behind an RV or something.
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