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  • avatar karjunkie 12/31/09 2:50 pm PST

    Three buttons on the right of the instrument panel allow you to select 4x4 Auto, 4x4 High, or 4x4 Low. In the "Auto" mode, the 4x4 transfer case works as needed - activating the front differential when the rear wheels begin to slip. 4x4 High locks the transfer case into 4WD, and is designed for travel at moderate speeds on slippery surfaces. 4x4 Low locks the transfer case into 4WD and drops the engine-to-drivetrain ratio significantly, allowing you to get extra torque in extreme situations. 4x4 Low should only be engaged when the vehicle is stopped and placed in neutral. It really is only intended for when you are off road climbing a rough patch of dirt road or on sand at very low speeds. You can shift to 4x4 High at any speed below 45 mph, but you should not use it on dry pavement, ice or snow only. Your daughter should leave the vehicle in 4x4 Auto when driving on paved roads when there is a danger of hitting icy patches or snow.

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  • karjunkie 12/31/09 2:50 pm PST

    Three buttons on the right of the instrument panel allow you to select 4x4 Auto, 4x4 High, or 4x4 Low. In the "Auto" mode, the 4x4 transfer case works as needed - activating the front differential when the rear wheels begin to slip. 4x4 High locks the transfer case into 4WD, and is designed for travel at moderate speeds on slippery surfaces. 4x4 Low locks the transfer case into 4WD and drops the engine-to-drivetrain ratio significantly, allowing you to get extra torque in extreme situations. 4x4 Low should only be engaged when the vehicle is stopped and placed in neutral. It really is only intended for when you are off road climbing a rough patch of dirt road or on sand at very low speeds. You can shift to 4x4 High at any speed below 45 mph, but you should not use it on dry pavement, ice or snow only. Your daughter should leave the vehicle in 4x4 Auto when driving on paved roads when there is a danger of hitting icy patches or snow.

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