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How long can you drive in 4wd? The wife took the truck to work today and it's snowing pretty good. How long can you drive in 4wd hi? I don't think it will hurt it just want to feel better about it!
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Until 4wd stops working
 

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Awesome! Guy from Florida commenting on four wheel drive!

As long as you don't drive on dry pavement for extended periods you will be fine. I've driven hundred and hundreds of miles in 4x4 in patchy snow and ice at highway speeds.
 

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when I lived in Mass i wnt 2 weeks once with out taking it out of 4hi.

as long as t case and axles have good fluid there should be no probs at all. as long as the conditions indicate 4x4..........not dry pavement etc
 

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The owners manual(for my 05') just states to not exceed 60MPH in 4-hi and not to shift into 4-hi at speeds above 50MPH.
 

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Transfer case is always turning unless you have lock outs
its just not engaged
Month ago I pulled Heavy enclosed trailer from Duluth to home (Central Mich) locked in the whole way 14 hrs
 

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Awesome! Guy from Florida commenting on four wheel drive!

As long as you don't drive on dry pavement for extended periods you will be fine. I've driven hundred and hundreds of miles in 4x4 in patchy snow and ice at highway speeds.
you can use 4x4 for more then snow. there is a thing called mud and sand. i use mine for more then just snow and ice
 

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i think there is another more important question here:doh:
What's more important, the wife getting home safely or the truck?:confused013:

I'll trade the transfer case any day for my wife coming home safe and sound:thumbsup:

get her a 4wdr of her own, I did. she loves her Cummins

How long can you drive in 4wd? The wife took the truck to work today and it's snowing pretty good. How long can you drive in 4wd hi? I don't think it will hurt it just want to feel better about it!
 

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i think there is another more important question here:doh:
What's more important, the wife getting home safely or the truck?:confused013:

I'll trade the transfer case any day for my wife coming home safe and sound:thumbsup:

get her a 4wdr of her own, I did. she loves her Cummins
Don't have the budget for 2 cummins... But a I think a 4runner or tacoma double cab is in her future.

She loves her civic! Hella good gas milage!
 

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By the way she got home Ok! her office mgr is a real B___ch and she got stuck right in front of the wife on the way home. She told me she just hinked as she drove around her!!!:rof
 

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Bought my wife a Subaru WRX. She's got the security of full time four wheel drive and I can drive zoomy if I want to.
 

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I was thinkin of buying her an STI until I found out she was racing her coworkers at lunch time!

If she is getting the 1.8liter civic up to a hundred in a race imagine what she would do with a 300hp sti!!!!!

I can only imagine what she is doing with my truck......
 

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Don't have the budget for 2 cummins... But a I think a 4runner or tacoma double cab is in her future.

She loves her civic! Hella good gas milage!
I've been trying to convince mine that she would love a Toyota Hilux. Basically a diesel, right hand drive Forerunner imported from Japan for those of you who haven't seen one. She won't stop loving that damn Mazda 3 though!

Oh yeah, the topic. As stated a few times 4x4 is fine as long as it isn't on dry pavement and over 60MPH for long periods.
 

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y all are missing something, anytime it is in 4wd the load on the rotating parts is increased= faster wear. i drove 200 miles one day in backroads va, and just kept switching from 2wd to 4wd when needed. u dont have to stop u know...
 

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Don’t even give it another thought….. heck I pretty much put mine in 4x4 the third week in October and pull it out the first week of April! I don’t run studs so I really only take it out of 4x4 when I am trying to park or when I hit dry pavement. If I had to guess, I would say that my old 2005 hemi ¾ ton had probably 10,000 miles worth of nothing but 4x4 driving. I routinely drove that rig up to 65 and 70 mph in 4x4 with no problems what so ever and had it up to 85 numerous times passing other traffic in 4x4. :thumbsup: It even got shifted into 4x4 low range on the fly once…:doh:.. with no ill effects, although I would certainly not recommend the practice.

Wifey drives an 07 Toyota 4Runner and it spends even more time in 4x4 than my old Dodge did.

The key to it is to only use it when your roads are slick. Up here they don’t grade the roads down to bare pavement so there is always a layer of compacted snow or ice during the winter that prevents the binding and excessive wear associated with 4x4 use on pavement.

Father-in-law has a Subaru Forester that does pretty good on ice and compacted snow. Not nearly as good as the Wifes 4Runner, but plenty good enough for around town, and the Subbies are fairly spunky rigs to drive…. Kind of a hoot powersliding it around sweepers on the ice! :thumbsup:
 

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y all are missing something, anytime it is in 4wd the load on the rotating parts is increased= faster wear. i drove 200 miles one day in backroads va, and just kept switching from 2wd to 4wd when needed. u dont have to stop u know...
Did you put your truck in neutral and coast down the hills too? How about shutting the truck off when at you're at stop lights?
 
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