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how can you tell if 4wd is working?

how can you tell if 4wd is working?

The thread about getting stuck got me thinking. I got stuck somewhere super easy to get through...put it in 4wd and made no diff, so just wondering if there was a way to check.

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how can you tell if 4wd is working?

The thread about getting stuck got me thinking. I got stuck somewhere super easy to get through...put it in 4wd and made no diff, so just wondering if there was a way to check.

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You should know if it is in 4WD. You won't be stuck! You can throw mud up under the truck with the front tires.
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I have no doubt when I am 4WD. I can get out and walk around the truck while it "idles" it way along.

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I drove across a fairly soft ditch and got the rear end stuck nearly to the pumpkin...quite deep. Front end made it out, but rear stayed put I put it in 4wd and didnt get much additional traction to pull myself out.

in the trucks defense, the ground was a slippery grass under the front wheels. As well as the truck was somewhat cold (not warmed up)

I eventually got out by going Drive to Reverse a few times, nice rocking motion I always used with the 2wd trucks I have had in the past.

It was mildly entertaining, but was expecting a little "unstoppability" from the truck.


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Sounds to me like it worked. Think you could have gotten out by rocking a 2WD? You may have had your rear bumper sitting on the ground or if the pumpkin was close to the ground you may have been high centered. Just can't tell without more information.
Try this....go back and do it again in 2WD. Let us know when you get out!
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On my truck it is pretty obvious when you try to turn sharp, it binds up and lurches because all the tires are grabbing.

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Charleston! well, Hanahan actually, but nobody knows where that is.

Pretty nice town.

As for the 4wd...haha, not sure bout 2wd, perhaps it would have gotten out. I guess I did roll over a big assed dirt pile in my back yard....so high that dirt was shoved onto the framerails and up to the carrier bearing....knocked the exhaust up a little too...

That would be high centered and I still got over the pile...was very amusing. I probably could NOT have made that in 2wd. maybe I'll try it again in 2wd to try that theory.


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On my truck it is pretty obvious when you try to turn sharp, it binds up and lurches because all the tires are grabbing.
exactly......stop going strait on a paved road.....turn the 4by on....sit there for a second then tru to do a really sharp turn....if it binds and makes all kinds of noise its working
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Go out on a road, put it in 4x...hold brake and give it some fuel. Try to do a burnout. If the tires break loose, it aint workin. If the truck just sits there then its workin. Thats my test...

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I eventually got out by going Drive to Reverse a few times, nice rocking motion I always used with the 2wd trucks I have had in the past.

It was mildly entertaining, but was expecting a little "unstoppability" from the truck.
youll find these trucks can be far from unstopable in soft ground your camparing it to 2wd trucks youve had and i assume they were gassers they actually have a little advantage over your truck now even though they were 2wd and yours now is 4wd and that is they weigh less than half what your psd 4wd does these trucks sink fast on soft ground being that they weigh 7000-10000#'s depending on your setup mine weighs 9000 full of fuel

traded it for an 06 dodge sorry
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4WD isn't your ticket out of anything. Be prepared for the plausible. But yea, turn with it on and look for some binding. If so your good, as weird as that may sound.


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