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What drivetrain setting when it snows/slippery?

Hi guys,

I have a 2012 f350 4x4

When it starts to become slippery outside, what setting do you put the truck in.
Lock the rear?
4x4 high?
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I keep her in 2 hi when i feel like fishtailing and donuts in parking lots and 4hi when i need to stay out of the ditch say when i got the skinny pedal down to pass the slow car on the slick road. Ill put it in 4lo almost never. Good luck and keep it on the road

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Was thinking this today. What would 4lo do? Man that would be some tuging power.

As for snow i would say just drive it. If it gets out of shape it will correct. Does a good job. I will use 4hi if its real messy. I am assuming your have the advance trac and all that. I have used the locker only a few times when pulling on a loose surface but it turns off at 20mph?

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Slick

Just 2 hi till it gets real bad or getting thru deep stuff, Ice doesnt know differance beween 2 and 4 spinning loaded or empty. Longer wheel base should do alot better. Always good idea to have few sandbags.
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I'd put it in 4hi and keep it there until it gets less messy.

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Having a a rear locker engaged while making turns on snow or ice will cause you to fishtail or loose control if you are not careful of your speed. You should only have it on when you need some serious straight ahead traction. I believe it automatically opens up at a certain speed anyway.

4 hi should be plenty and that depends on your tires as well. The stock tires suck on these trucks.

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Yeah it opens up at 20.

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Driving in snow???

I drove my 2008 4x4 all over N Cal working after a heavy wet snow that then froze at 14-20 degrees with a wind. I put studded tires on, and rock n rolled... cautiously. Cruising 65-70 on snow covered roads, slowing down of course for corners... I took my 2011 up to Flagstaff after a winter snow to play, tires (BF Goodrich A/T's) ARE EVERYTHING!!! Well, right behind some common sense, always know your traction limits...
I keep it hi 4x4, and watch out for the other guy...
My 2007 (BF Goodrich A/T's) I drove in Ohio in ice n snow having fun, always mindful of the weight and speed of my vehicle...and my traction.

Bottom line...basic physics..an object will maintain its present trajectory unless acted on by another farce... or something like that....

Experience gained with patience, erring on the side of caution will keep you from being the guy that tells the tow truck operator "the salesman told me it would go anywhere."

I also put my truck in 4x4 in heavy rain..

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Well bottom side of Draco left few inches of snow, took Truck out for a just gotta see run few miles, few dift places. Didnt use any of 4x4 options other than 2 wheeling, Driving nomal no issues, long wheel base done great. heavy drift areas where snow is deep it did pull but thats expected, throttle in corners yea it will spin, Stock Michiens did ok. Only trouble was took way to long to clean windows, cover should help with that. Ride it in 2 wheel drive unless you playing or working!
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