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hostile413

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'96 E.B. AWD
just bought my wife a 97 sport with the 4.0 and control trac 4x4....my question is, since it has the control trac, when i switch it to 4lo....do i have to back up to disengae the hubs...like the older 4 wheel drives?

it didnt come with a owners manual, so my second quesion is...can i shift into 4high on the fly up to 50 miles an hour?
 



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No need to back up with the 95+. They don't have hubs that engage/disengage. I think the owners manual says shift on the fly up to 55, but I repeadedly did it up to 65mph with no problems.
 






The later 4WD just controls engagement of the front driveshaft, like an AC clutch. If the speed of the front and rear tires is the same, you can engage 4WD. Regards,
 






you can shift to 4wd high on the fly - but I don't think 4wd lo is suppose to go over like 25 mph.

-Drew
 






I thought 4 lo was more around 10-15mph? I've never even had the need to go that fast with mine in 4lo.
 






00XLS said:
I thought 4 lo was more around 10-15mph? I've never even had the need to go that fast with mine in 4lo.

4low is suppose to be engaged when not moving, thats why you must have your foot on the break and the truck in neutral for it to even think about going in.
 






They are talking about top speed in low. I ran the motor until the RPM's were too high in low. I've probably had it around 40mph, though I'm sure thats probably pushing it. 25 should be fine.
 






frickea86 said:
4low is suppose to be engaged when not moving, thats why you must have your foot on the break and the truck in neutral for it to even think about going in.
Yes I know that, I was simply stating that I never had the need to go more than 10-15 in 4lo. I start turning to many revs for my liking.
 






Mbrooks420 said:
No need to back up with the 95+. They don't have hubs that engage/disengage. I think the owners manual says shift on the fly up to 55, but I repeadedly did it up to 65mph with no problems.
Why would you need to engage 4 wheel drive doing 65? Trying to climb Mount Fuji? :p
 






VOATMJ1 said:
Why would you need to engage 4 wheel drive doing 65? Trying to climb Mount Fuji? :p


ummm theres many times it may be needed. one i can think of is on the highway if it starts to snow. or looks slick and you have been running in 2wd.
 






4WD Hi, Is switch on the fly (like others have said)
4WD Lo, You must come to a stop, Put the transmission in neutral and have the foot on the break to engage it., same to disengage 4WD low

No need to reverse to unlock hubs, as they are always engaged.
 






thanks for the info guys....this website helped make the desicion to buy another explorer, and my love of fords..lol...i know if i have any problems i can come here for answers
 






96limitedX said:
ummm theres many times it may be needed. one i can think of is on the highway if it starts to snow. or looks slick and you have been running in 2wd.

Except for the fact that using 4x4 High at that kind of speed on the highway is much more dangerous then using 2WD would be.
 






jayhawkexplorer said:
Except for the fact that using 4x4 High at that kind of speed on the highway is much more dangerous then using 2WD would be.

How so? I've used 4High at highway speeds a lot with no problems, handling or otherwise. That is on snowy roads and not dry or even half dry.
 






Yeah I've done the same, no problems with 4wd high at highway speeds.
 






I didn't have 4wd high. I just had the auto setting. I ran it over 70mph with no troubles.
 






I have been driving my BII for about 10 years.
I have run my 4x4 hi range on the highway at speeds over 75

never had any problems

BW1354 t case.

I will leave my front hubs locked for weeks at a time and just push the button when I need it. Usually I am below 45 MPH when I do switch frmo 2wd to 4 hi, but I am not afraid of going full speed in 4 hi, with an open front diff.

You see in CO we get snow, then it melts, then it snows, when it melts it often gets cold again at night and turns to ice, so pushbutton 4x4 is a really really good thing.
 






jayhawkexplorer said:
Except for the fact that using 4x4 High at that kind of speed on the highway is much more dangerous then using 2WD would be.


i dont think so..its much safer in 4x4. i have forgot to put it in 4x4 and as soon as you give it any gas(say to pass or what not...when it downshifts) the rear end goes all over and can have you in a very bad situation. in 4x4 it just goes..it has traction..much much safer! ;)

i'm speaking about our snow/glare ice highways with rutts about 3" deep that make passing a fun thing :D
 






I guess my point is, if a road is snowy, icy/slick or whatever, do you REALLY want to be going 65-75 mph even in 4 wheel?
 



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you have never dirven on a highway in alaska in the winter...lmao 65-75 not a biggie at all..in a snow storm..lol

the key is slow movments..nothing to sudden.
 






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