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Question on electric switch 4x4 operation...
I have a 2008 F-450 4x4 with the electronic 4x4 switch on the dash.
I am pretty confident that 2wd means JUST rear wheel drive.
It has snowed pretty well here in northern AZ, so it was the first time I really got to require my 4x4 mode since buying the truck in January.
I back out of the driveway, and the rear tire starts to spin. I shift into 4x4 HIGH and I still feel spinning. The light locks ON, not flashing like it's not engaged.
I look out my driver's door and blip the gas - driver's front wheel is NOT spinning, but the rears are spinning in the snow. My girlfriend looks out the passenger side, repeat the blip the gas process - and she reports that the passenger wheel is NOT spinning either.
I drop it in neutral - shift to 4 LOW. Repeat - same - front wheels aren't spinning at all.
The front wheels do not have any power to them until I go out and lock in the front hubs.
Is this how this is supposed to work? I was under the impression 4x4 HIGH would give me at least 1 rear wheel and 1 front wheel with power. Same with 4 LOW. Locking the hubs would mean I have a locked front axle.
Does the rear axle lock in 4 High and 4 Low?
I am used to my 97 80 series Land Cruiser which is full time 4wd. It will be one front tire and one rear tire powered at all times. I can lock the center diff which will give me one front and one rear spinning in unison. I have ARB air lockers that will lock the rear or front axle at the flip of a switch which can give me locked rear and open front, vise versa, or all 4 wheels locked together.