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Old 11-02-2011, 03:26 PM
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Ok I have a 2012 ram 1500 sport 4x4


I have anti spin rear end

With the 4x4 system I have
2wd, 4wd auto, 4wd lock, 4wd low.

So I know how to use the 2wd.

Auto I think I am engage any time under 55 MPH

What speeds should I bee at for 4wd lock, and 4wd low, and does the truck need to be in neutral?

Also when it says 4wd lock is it saying the front and rear have lockers?

Sorry just trying to understand the Manuel better and make sure I don't screw the truck up when I need to use 4x4.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:56 PM
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Those are good questions! I can't answer them, though.

I have a 2007 with a 2wd, 4 hi & 4 lo setting. I can shift into 4 hi at any speed under 50 mph. I have to be stopped to shift into 4 lo.
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Ok I have a 2012 ram 1500 sport 4x4


I have anti spin rear end

With the 4x4 system I have
2wd, 4wd auto, 4wd lock, 4wd low.

So I know how to use the 2wd.

Auto I think I am engage any time under 55 MPH

What speeds should I bee at for 4wd lock, and 4wd low, and does the truck need to be in neutral?

Also when it says 4wd lock is it saying the front and rear have lockers?

Sorry just trying to understand the Manuel better and make sure I don't screw the truck up when I need to use 4x4.
I can't answer this either, but I can refer you to the EXPERT on this subject-- your OWNERS MANUAL that is supplied with all new vehicles. If you don't have one, ask for one from Dodge you can sometimes download one for free. http://www.dodge.com/en/owners/manuals/index.html

4wd lock means (unless you have a Power Wagon) that the 4wd front and rear power is locked -- and you don't want to run in that mode on dry pavement. Another thing that the wonderful owners manual will provide into on. The only truck that has front and rear lsd differentials is the POWER WAGON.. and that will have a knob on the dash to lock each or both differentials. All power wagons have manual transfer case shifters as well... on the floor.
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I can't answer this either, but I can refer you to the EXPERT on this subject-- your OWNERS MANUAL that is supplied with all new vehicles. If you don't have one, ask for one from Dodge you can sometimes download one for free. http://www.dodge.com/en/owners/manuals/index.html

4wd lock means (unless you have a Power Wagon) that the 4wd front and rear power is locked -- and you don't want to run in that mode on dry pavement. Another thing that the wonderful owners manual will provide into on. The only truck that has front and rear lsd differentials is the POWER WAGON.. and that will have a knob on the dash to lock each or both differentials. All power wagons have manual transfer case shifters as well... on the floor.

read the Manual and got lost so that is why I asked. So I should at least have rear lock with the rear anti spin axle.

I know not to drive in 4wd unless I need to just wanted to know the speeds to shit into it.
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ok so i would recommend always having the truck in neutral and completely stopped to use 4wd lock and 4wd low. also you should never run 4wd lock or 4wd low on dry pavement. it will tear everything up and will cost you quite a bit.
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When it say 4 lock it is referring to the transfer case, not the diffs. In 4 auto it will only engage 4wd when the rear tires loose traction. In 4 lock the transfer case is locked into 4wd full time. You can shift into 4 auto or 4 Hi under 50mph but I really see no need to. To shift into 4 lo you should be stopped and in neutral, if it will not lock (light keeps flashing) put it into drive and creep at 2 mph or less and it should lock in
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When it say 4 lock it is referring to the transfer case, not the diffs. In 4 auto it will only engage 4wd when the rear tires loose traction. In 4 lock the transfer case is locked into 4wd full time. You can shift into 4 auto or 4 Hi under 50mph but I really see no need to. To shift into 4 lo you should be stopped and in neutral, if it will not lock (light keeps flashing) put it into drive and creep at 2 mph or less and it should lock in

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Thank you that is what i needed.
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another way that makes it easy to get into 4 low is to creep it forward then while rolling, shift to neutral. should lock in no problem
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I thought there was a new "memo" or something out that said even 4 high should be done at a stop or crawl because they were having problems with the servo that switches the transfer case.
On my dad's Avalanche they did the same thing...they originally told him he could switch to 4 high at any speed under 40 mph, when he had to have the transfer case servo changed they said that Chevy now says not to switch at speed, but to stop.

I don't know how many people have used manual transfer cases, but I know on my old bronco I would not want to switch to 4 wheel anything while moving more than 5 mph. Those gears have to align so by creeping forward you slowly turn one while pressure is applied to the other until they mesh. Its much harder and more taxing on the gears and servo to do this at 50 mph.
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