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Having come from a decade of driving an AWD 300C Hemi, it's interesting to have my first vehicle that has ...


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Old 07-11-2017, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Having come from a decade of driving an AWD 300C Hemi, it's interesting to have my first vehicle that has switchable 2WD/4WD.

I've had my Ram for several months now, and am starting to use the 4WD a bit. I basically run in 2WD. But I've noticed in the rain that I can get unnecessary rear wheel spin when taking off from a red light etc, and now in the rain I run in 4WD auto. I haven;t researched enough yet, but I am wondering what is the benefit/detriment in my usage to run either 4WD auto or 4WD lock. I figure if I want to ensure good traction in wet conditions why not just use 4WD lock.

I certainly know come winter I'll be in 4WD a bit, and by then I will have learned thoroughly about the variants in 4WD. Since I don't off-road, I can't see me using 4WD low much, if ever.


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Old 07-11-2017, 10:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I Usually just leave mine on auto so if the rear wheels start slipping, then the front will kick in when needed. You could run 4WD all the time if you wanted as it is essentially like AWD in these trucks these days, couldn't do that with old Rams obviously, but that would mostly just be a waste of gas.


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this is my first 4x4 and truck... ive only gone in to 4x4 once to try it in the rain...felt a difference when making a tight turn and havent gone back.. lol


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Haven't used it yet, but probably will at some point during the winter. This winter I had to use it quite a bit but we had the most snow we have had in a looong time, but I had my Silverado then.

Occasionally might use it hunting or camping but 98% of the time don't need it.
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Definetly use mine in the winter or when i pull a car out of a ditch, going up to the pinenut hills in gardnerville, nv is like the goldmine hill trail on TFLTruck so that requires 4x4. I love going into 4x4 it almost feels like im in a different animal than just a grocery grabber.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
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I'm also suprised how well the 4x4 with stock tires does on the beach deeper sand and going uphill in that sand to leave the beach. short story is I won a bet that my truck couldnt do drive on the beach or go uphill in sand. easy 20 bucks right there
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you shouldnt drive around in 4x4 lock unless your on loose ground like dirt, sand or snow. if your engaging 4x4 lock on pavement, to get up a steep hill or something along those lines, keep it in a straight line. theres no harm in driving around in the rain in 4x4 auto, i just personally dont see the point. wheelspin in the rain is corrected by managing the throttle and/or getting good tires. ive never felt the need for 4wd in the rain in any truck ive owned.
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Ram Hemi's are notorious for breaking loose at stop signs in rain, it is the high HP and low bed weight. In fact most full size trucks are the same. It is more of just learning how to drive it, in the rain guys shouldn't be pushing the issue with trucks. Time to grandpa that peddle in the rain.
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What he said - use auto when on a solid surface like pavement or concrete and avoid sharp turns- use lock when on loose surfaces such as sand/mud/snow/ice/dirt.
People may say that 4x4 use should not exceed 35 or even 55mph. That is just a safety thing because if u need 4x4 then it is presumed you are in bad weather and slower speeds are suggested for Safety. When I travel north in the winter I've ran 75mph consitantly in 4x4 and never had issues. I am talking like 300miles one way. Remember 4inches of water moving at like 10mph or greater can move something like 20 pounds per square inch- which can easily move your rear tires. It all comes down to judgement. Use you're brain


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I use it in Auto every time it rains. Otherwise, all I do is spin out.


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