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Old 09-23-2011
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4x4 problems 2004

First let me say that my truck drives amazing! 99% of the time I'm in 2wd drive, but I try to put it in 4hi every month or so, just to keep things working right. Well today its been raining cats and dogs, and theres about an inch of water on the street. I got sick of spinning my tires at every launch, so I decided to cruise it in 4wd.
I'm going about 20mph when i turn it on, and everything is driving smooth for a couple miles or so. I turn into Mcdonalds for a coffee, while still in 4wd. As i'm turning and slowing, it starts shuddering and jerking, almost as if the truck is making its self stop. After my coffee, i get in my truck and start experimenting. Get back up to about 30mph and put in 4x4 again and its fine! Smooth sailing, I drive for a mile or so and then pull into another parking spot. Its starts shuddering again when I slow down to stop. Its like ABS is kicking in or something but I don't think thats really the case....

Is this normal operation? I admit I only use 4wd on occasion when I'm in tight spots, so I'm not sure hows its supposed to feel. Should I not be using it on the pavement, even though its wet and I could use the extra traction??

Any help is appreciated...
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Old 09-23-2011
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In four wheel the wheel is supposed to slip a little and by turn sharp on pavement you are going to break a c-v joint.
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Old 09-24-2011
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Hey man,

Thanks for the info. I read the manual, and it said no 4wd on dry pavement. So I figured it would be fine when it was as wet as it was yesterday. I could tell it definitely did not like the sharp turns on the pavement in 4x4 so thats the last time I'll be doing that. I hope I didn't do any permanent damage!! BTW, you don't happen to work at Hammonaset Ford do you?
There was a guy named Mike there that would help me when I used to take my Ranger in for oil changes...That was before they started putting the wrong oil in it....lol. Now I do it myself!
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Old 09-24-2011
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sharp turns while in 4wd regardless of pavement conditions is a big no-no...i doubt you did damage but now you know
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Old 05-20-2012
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Sorry for an old follow up, but I experienced this pop yesterday on loose gravel/dirt. I turned and I heard a pop....then looked and the 4x4 was automatically disengaged (I'm guessing a safety feature). I tried again today and did not make as sharp of a turn from left to right over and over and all is well. It really like wet grass :)
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