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Is This Normal?
Bear with me here as this may be a stupid question:
My truck is an 04 4x4. I lived in Texas until earlier this year so I never actually needed the 4 wheel drive. Last winter when we had our first snow I couldn't get out of my driveway (uphill slope). I clicked the switch over to 4L, put the truck in drive and continued to spin and go nowhere. The 4x4 light was on in the dash but the front wheels were not pulling.
Only after flicking the switch back and forth a few times, going from reverse back to drive etc, it did actually engage and get me going. After I got to level ground at the end of my driveway I put the truck back in 2 wheel drive and pulled out into the street. Wouldn't you know it, now it won't come out of 4L. Pulled over in someone's nice shoveled driveway and started the back and forth ritual again. After 2 or 3 times going back and forth it unlocked and I went about my day.
Is this what I have to look forward to every time it snows or am I doing something wrong? I know I can get out and lock the hubs manually, but that would require removing the center caps on my wheels every time, and to be quite honest, I'm lazy. Any advice is welcome.