How do you use/utilize 4WD in your Ram?

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  1. Murphy Slaw

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    I've only had to use mine a few times for mud.
     
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    Using four-wheel drive for rain? That's certainly a new one.. I think once, maybe twice - I've broken the rear tires loose (front-wheel drive car included) taking off on wet pavement when I actually wasn't trying to spin them on purpose....

    Living down here in Oklahoma my four-wheel drive rarely gets used anymore unlike when living in Colorado but I've still had to use it from time to time ranging from getting out of my driveway and to pull out one of these stubborn 2-wheelers that get stuck who don't think they need that transfer case enough to justify buying a 4x4...
     
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    I haven't used it at all yet since I just bought the truck at the end of April but "winter is coming" and I will use it a lot then.
     
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    I've never used it in the rain...Never needed to on any of my trucks. I guess it might be different for different people, but if you're tired of spinning your tires, just press the gas pedal a little lighter.
     
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    Kinda what I was thinkin...lol.

    My Ram and my Stratus I had before are the only two vehicles I've ever owned that had traction control and I never needed it on anything else prior. But then again, I don't treat wet pavement like dry pavement either.
     
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    2 reasons really.

    1) when it rains it poors. We will get a inch of rain in half hour which will flood the roads almost instantly. The amount of old construction and poor planning the roads go under water quick. There are areas in downtown Tampa which is a top 10 city in terms of price, and they will be without exaggeration 8 inches of water.

    2) the condition of most Florida cars is laughable at best. They all leak something, so you add oil and water you get a fun situation at the intersections. Its slick like ice where an open differential you dont need any throttle to spin a tire. In 4auto these trucks move as if it were on drag radials on a prepped track.
     
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    Skerj and WilliamS- that makes sense to me now. Thanks! And Skerj- pretty spot on. Half the year spent driving in crap.

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    Lol @ the people not knowing what it's like in FL.

    Literally can barley touch the gas during or after a thunderstorm and can spin tires, especially with the SR-As. 4 Auto is a lifesaver in the rain here, would never even consider a truck without it now. Maybe our roads just hold a lot of oil, I don't know, but it really takes nothing to spin the tires. Even the Terra Grapplers still spin, not as much as the SR-As but they spin easier than I expected here.

    I was driving my Charger two days ago, it had stopped raining for a few hours, and I floored it (already doing 55) to make it through a light, lost all traction in the rear for a second. Probably not the best example, but the 5.7 in a Charger should not completely loose traction at that speed (tires with only 6k too)

    With that being said - I use 4Auto in the rain, - 4 Low in soft sand... those are about the only times I have needed it. No mud or snow for me.
     
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    That's one lesson I learned with my 04 Hemi and 05 Cummins, never ever buy a truck with an open diff in Florida, it is literally an unusable truck! I would have to wait for huge gaps in traffic before I could ever pull out in one of those 1 wheel wonders! I'm sure it pissed a lot of folks off too. I have passed on a number of nice new trucks because they had an open diff.
     
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    Hmm, guess I won't be ever cruisin' my rig to Florida then since it has an open diff because of the traction control.
     

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