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Stay in 4wd....or switch to 2wd.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Joel B., Feb 22, 2005.

  1. Joel B.

    Joel B. Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 233

    Do you switch to 2wd when going from account to account or just stay in 4wd? I now it's not good to drive on pavement in 4wd but how bad is it to keep switching from 2wd to 4wd a lot? If the roads are still pretty snowy I'll stay in 4wd if I'm not going too far but as the roads are showing more pavement I tend to switch into 2wd more.

    Thanks for any opinions,

    Joel B.
  2. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    Pretty much what i do..If the roads are still snow covered i stay in 4 if i see pavement no need for 4 wheel anymore.
  3. BJH Snow

    BJH Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    I agree with what you stated in the initial post, When there is snow on the ground I keep it in 4 wheel. If I am going a long distance I switch back to 2wd
  4. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    I stay in 2wd most of the time even when plowing. I run lotsa balast and have good tires. only put her in 4x4 when needed. Most times I transport in 2wd.
  5. Petr51488

    Petr51488 Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Can someone explain what the difference is? Why would it put more wear on your truck with 4 wheel drive?
  6. Frozen001

    Frozen001 Senior Member
    from Rome NY
    Messages: 908

    The increased wear comes from the fact the the front axles are locked together. When making turns the wheels/axles will want to spin at different rates, causing increased stress on the drive line components. I slippery conditions normally not much stress, but still more that 2wd.
  7. CamLand

    CamLand Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    I basically do the same.Only real time my truck goes into 4wd is on an inclined driveway...
  8. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Ditto to Ratlover. Good snow tires (not all season) and ballast are all I need most of the time.

    4x4 wear also comes from the fact that your front axle and rear axle rations aren;t always exactly the same so one end is turning faster than the other or some slip in the traction from one to the other causes one end to turn faster then the other and with no give in the transfercase you can bind- snowy roads give slip to the wheels. If you want to drive in 4x4 go ahead as long as there's not bare pavement- but if you put on good tires and add some weight you will probabily find you don;t need it.
  9. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    I keep it in 2wd as much as possible. But I also use 4hi and 4lo everytime I'm out.
  10. PlowMan03

    PlowMan03 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 482

    I have BFGoodrich A/T's on my truck and I have 5 boxes of sand in the back for weight and have no problems at all. Only time I use 4wd is when I am going up hill plowing.
  11. 85F150

    85F150 Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    Yep only need 4x4 when pushing down in a ditch and need to back out. Even the last storm we got that i had the blade up in the air but was still pushing snow cruising down the road i could still cruise in 2wd. There is just too many more things that need to be fixed when using it all the time, plus my 4wd gets the crap beat out of it during summer so it needs some rest time.
  12. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I try to stay in 2wd as much as possible without straining the truck....and if if there is little or no snow on the ground, I'm always in 2wd
  13. ibelee

    ibelee Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    Great Thread and Posts

    I think you guys may have just taught me something.
    May save me some maintenance issues and increase the life of my trucks.
  14. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    i switch if im dry road if its snow packed 4wd
  15. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    2wd as much as possible. Less wear and tear on the truck. :nod:
  16. Mowman62531

    Mowman62531 Member
    Messages: 98

    4 hi when pushing. Use my autotrack when traveling from account to account. Less wear and tear on everything. :)
  17. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    Most of my plowing is done in 4H, if its less then an inch then I just stay in 2H. Between driveways: Depends on conditions, if I get to a road thats black and wet i go to 2WD. I would not say that having it in 4X4 is more stress on the truck in all situations, you just have to use it right. If your binding its time for 2WD or wider turns.
  18. alternative

    alternative PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,164

    How about shifting it. Do you complete stop, or on the fly, considering a late model truck (92-99) i try to keep a slow speed (put in N) and drop from 2 to 4 wd. on the fly. >>>
  19. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    On my GMC there is no need to be at a complete stop. I shift on the fly all the time, just let off the gas, and shift the transfer case, then back on the gas. Its that easy. It will also shift at a stop if required. Kinda the best of both worlds. No need to put the transmission in neutral unless you are going into 4LO, then you should be rolling 1-3 MPH with Trans in N and shift from 2HI (or 4HI) into 4LO. Come back out of 4LO the exact opposite. Do not pause in N on the transfer case of you will cause the gears to grind a bit. Go straight through, one swift motion.

    Thats with the floor mounted shifter, some of the chevy/gmc's have the pushbutton electronic shift. I had that on my Blazer with the AutoTrac 4wd. Pretty much the same thing, but push a button instead of pull a lever.

  20. doug96

    doug96 Member
    Messages: 33

    other 4x4 concerns

    this may be a good time/place to ask a few drivetrain questions that have me worried,
    you know how it is cant turn on the radio cause ya want to hear every little sound the truck makes :cry:

    chevy brothers both my 91 blazer k1500 and 94 p/u 2500 take foever to engage 4 wheel in slow roll situations 4hi comes quicker at 10 seconds

    when not moving or in a bad spot she really lags 35- 45 seconds
    any way to fix this

    just got the pick up a week ago 7.5 meyer 47 with issues ,
    like putting it in reverse
    it shifts so fast and hard it cherps tires and bangs a bit but only going to reverse

    i really could go on and on the meyer plow has 6 inches of slop bouncing in 4 dirrections on a bumpy one the plow bounces (yaws) left&right really fast

    and when i angle right and let off toggle, it stops very hard and sudden
    angle to the left stops really easy :gunsfiring: put me out to sleep
    the big sleep

    94 2500 p/u 7.5 meyer
    92 blazer k1500 no plow yet
    90 f250 for sealer tank