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Old 12-08-2010, 08:36 PM
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Crow hop?

New 4x4 owner here. Just used 4hi for the first time. There is some snow on the ground but I hit a parking lot that was not snowy, just wet. When I was turning I could hear noises similar to a bad power steering pump. When I went to park on the non-snowy parking spot I had to turn the wheel a good way. At this point the car almost stalled and putted in. After I got back in and started the car and decided to put it in 2hi in case there was a 4x4 issue, at this point my car jumped forward about a foot. This had me concerned

I have scoured the site and have come to the conclusion that driving in 4hi on non super slick surfaces is bad (Crow hop and wheel binding). Also turning while in 4wheel will bind the wheels. I am basically just looking for someone to agree with me that I just do not know how to drive a 4x4 and nothing is broke
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:38 PM
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Yep, you are correct . Welcome to the site and thank you for using the search function.


Super slick? We usually suggest loose surfaces, which covers gravel/dirt, as well as snow/ice.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:46 PM
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Well I saw white on a parking lot and turned the 4x4 on (Only had the car for a month or so so it was 'testing'). I had read somewhere here that driving in A4wd can be bad if you hit a dry spot. I will start using the A4wd option from now on unless a blizzard attacks. Thanks!
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:59 PM
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Haha, now that your an expect using the search function, roam through some of the A4wd threads.

The pre 06 (some 05's ok) transfer cases experienced bearing failure when the owners used A4wd a lot (the newer cases have a bigger support area for the bearing).

Some of us suspect the failures are due to the shock hit when the front driveshaft engages.

Not saying don't use A4wd, just be careful when applying right foot under some conditions (spots of ice and dry roads)
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Always reading and learning! Thanks a lot for the help and advice.
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Not saying don't use A4wd, just be careful when applying right foot under some conditions (spots of ice and dry roads)
I use A4WD outside the city then switch to 2WD once on the main roads. Parking lots will only see A4WD when I experience wheel spin. I'm light footed but da wife isn't!
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I'm light footed but da wife isn't!
Haha, mine has her foot all the way up, or all the way down.
She thinks thinks the pedal is a switch.
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driving in 4hi on non super slick surfaces is bad (Crow hop and wheel binding). Also turning while in 4wheel will bind the wheels. I am basically just looking for someone to agree with me that I just do not know how to drive a 4x4 and nothing is broke
don't do that!
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Haha, mine has her foot all the way up, or all the way down.
She thinks thinks the pedal is a switch.
I see a dimmer switch in your[her] future!!
Seem like she might not be alone in the way that some in Freddy drive.
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