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Old 11-15-2011, 11:35 AM
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Hey all,

just a quick question for those of you with stock 20's and the stock tires (275/60/20) in the winter... did you have troubles throughout the winter especially as the temperatures got colder? (i.e. -25C/-13F)

Also here is why I am typing in the 4x4 questions:

We just had our first snow fall last night and obviously roads were slick as no one had been out to salt the roads and clear the snow. I was at a very slick intersection stopped waiting for the light and thought that it would be in my best interest to put my truck into 4x4. After I slapped 4x4 in my truck indicated that I needed to service my 4x4... I had just bought the truck in the summer (its a 2007 and off warranty). Previously to this I had noticed that the passenger axle seal on my truck was leaking and needed replacing (I have it scheduled in to get fixed this coming Saturday.

Basically I am wondering if the seal itself could be causing the 'Service 4x4' light to come on on my dash or is there another problem regarding the truck?

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Since the 4x4 mechanism is all in the transfer case- I wouldn't think any front axle components could or would turn on the 'service 4wd' light. Sounds as if you have multiple problems.
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Socket nailed it, sounds like you could have multiple issues with your 4x4.

To answer the first part of your question, I run winter tires on all my vehicles. It was stupid expensive buying 20" Blizzaks for the Ram but after that taste of real winter driving yesterday and not having one single issue they were worth every single penny. I ran the stock Wranglers on my old Dakota for years and they were good but when you step up to a winter tire on a 4x4 the difference is night and day!
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It may just be that your 4WD hasn't ever been serviced and it's time to change the lube. I'd fix the seal leak, too.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I was figuring as much as I started researching a bit more into it. I am off to send the truck in for the day.

Thanks for the advice on the tires Stump3r!
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