U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado > Denver
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 06-03-2010, 10:34 AM
 
369 posts, read 839,819 times
Reputation: 436

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by mechenic View Post
unless the road is fully covered by the snow or ice, you are NOT supposed to use 4WD, correct?
It depends. Most of the systems largely break down into two camps.

One is Real Time AWD, which is where the car in normal driving routes most of the power to the rear or front axle. When the drive train detects wheel slippage, it routes power to the wheels that are not slipping. This system is available at all times for these cars. Most regular cars and crossover SUVs use this.

The other camp is 4WD, which is when the car for normal driving is 2 wheel drive, and then you manually shift the power to all four wheels when needed. 4WD is better for offroading and usually shouldn't be run on dry roads or over a certain speed. Most vehicles geared for off road use this.

I would not recommend getting an SUV without either AWD or 4WD. You don't want a top heavy 2WD SUV in snow and ice, and the resell value would be very low (because nobody wants a top heavy 2WD SUV in snow and ice). If you have no offroad needs, then don't get manual 4WD, as those drivetrains are bigger, heavier, and eat up gas.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-03-2010, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
5,704 posts, read 9,423,372 times
Reputation: 2906
Stay away from rear wheel drive at least.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-03-2010, 11:24 AM
 
11,715 posts, read 35,882,638 times
Reputation: 7510
Quote:
Originally Posted by cowboyxjon View Post
Generally, yes, but it depends on the type of 4WD system available in the vehicle. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, for instance, offers the option of "full-time" 4WD, which means that when engaged, it can be used on all surfaces, including pavement, so it would be fine to use it when the roads are slick in spots, but not fully snow-covered. I don't know if the 4-runner has a similar system.
That's how the 4Runner works. I can drive around all day long in 4WD on hard, dry, pavement w/o any harm. It has a limited-slip center differential and defaults to a 60/40 rear/front power distribution but that ratio will automatically change based on road conditions. The limit slip center ensures that at least some power gets to each axle at all times. The center differential can be manually locked (push a button on the console) when needed. That's the mode that you only want to use on soft, lose, or very slick roads or damage will occur.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado > Denver
Similar Threads
View detailed profiles of:
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top