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First drive in heavy rain in the Ram and I was surprised to hydroplane. There was some water on the road but not flooded at all. I have no experience driving 4 wheel drive other than with the Ford Escape which was 4 wheel drive
but did the switching on it's own whenever it felt the need.
When should I use the 4 wheel
drive? How can I avoid or prevent hydroplaning?
 

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I don't know that I have heard of applying 4wd in the rain. I could be wrong though. There is no avoiding hydroplaning other than just letting off the gas once you're in it AND AVOIDING THE BRAKES. Do not use cruise control in rainy weather!
 

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I guess the tires on the Ram are not the best for rain. Never had that much hydroplaning with an other tires before. These are new tires and I'm not about to get new ones either, so I guess I'll just slow down in the rain :)
 

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I wasn't speeding that much, all I'm saying is I've never hydroplaned this much before. Looks like I'll have to adjust my driving to the new
vehicle.
 

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i hydroplaned so many times, part of the reason is because the truck is so light in the back, throw some stuff in there to way it down and keep a full tank of gas
 

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I would say the main problem is the tires! even having new tread an all the wrangler HP that come on the truck from factory suck, that is if you have the 20's!! I would say at any point when things alone try to get rid of those tires! I would never put them back on either! i hear of so many complaints of the., and of balancing issues and blowing belts! :smiledown:
 

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I do have the 20's but I'll keep them. Not about to get rid of brand new tires. I'll wear them down and then get more decent ones.
I used to keep bags of dirt or salt in my old Ranger to keep it heavier in the winter ( it wasn't 4 wheel drive) but I didn't think I'd have to do that in the summer for the rain. I'll just - S L O W D O W N -
 

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Sorry I couldn't offer more for you. It's just one of those ugly factors of rain. Even in my big girl I have hit a couple of lakes on the roads and went for a slide. I usually can let up off the accelerator...slow to about 92mph :LOL: and coast out of it!
 

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How to avoid hydroplaning:

Don't drive with bald or badly worn tires.
Ensure your tires are properly inflated.
Check tire pressure and slow down when rainfall is heavy or storm water is standing on the road.
Don't use cruise control on wet roads
 

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Friend's don't let friends keep their Goodyears.

My 2004 Ram completely sucked in the rain. Once those tires got down to about 1/4 tread, there was no taking curves anywhere close to the posted speed limit. Definitely had to slow waaaaayyyyyy down in the wet stuff. Imagine the surprise in other people's eyes when that big silver quad cab would keep going straight after I turned the wheel.

And people say it's harder to leave skid marks in the rain . . .
 

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I thought it was the tires as well.
I had Continentals on the Escape and these things where ok other than they cupped and where loud as heck. The darn things lasted forever!!! 105 000 km before I changed them and they still had tread on them. I hope (who ever hoped for that kinda thing?) the ones on the Ram wear down faster so that I can buy better ones ($$$ )
 

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Friend's don't let friends keep their Goodyears.

My 2004 Ram completely sucked in the rain. Once those tires got down to about 1/4 tread, there was no taking curves anywhere close to the posted speed limit. Definitely had to slow waaaaayyyyyy down in the wet stuff. Imagine the surprise in other people's eyes when that big silver quad cab would keep going straight after I turned the wheel.

And people say it's harder to leave skid marks in the rain . . .
Grossly hilarious!
 

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I beleive the good years will last you to about 60000km, you should check with your local tire dealer and see if they would take em in on trade in though, maybe get you a pretty nice discount on a new set of rubber!
 

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I beleive the good years will last you to about 60000km, you should check with your local tire dealer and see if they would take em in on trade in though, maybe get you a pretty nice discount on a new set of rubber!
hummmmm
thats sounds interesting!
I'll look into that for sure!
thanks for the tip. :smileup:

What 20 inch tires would any of you recommend? (4 season only ) for 4X4 on road only.
Looking for smooth, quiet ride, better in rain and snow.
 

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These Wrangler HPs are definitely the source of your woes. I also found hydroplaning with the stock tires to be a problem. They're just awful.

I'll be replacing them before winter comes, I have no confidence in this rubber, lol. A truck tire I've had good experience with in the past is Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor. Not as good in the ice as pure winter rubber, but they're decent, and they have excellent hydroplaning resistance and wearing characteristics. Also extremely comfortable for an A/T tire.
 
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4WD won't help with hydroplaning. That condition is best described, with respects to a wheeled vehicle, as: When the rate of speed, giving consideration to the width of the tire and weight of the vehicle; causes the vehicle to lose contact with the road surface, with water now between the wheel and road surface.

The solution? Slow down...
 
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