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Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 10:07
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New to 4x4's.

So new in fact I am asking for an overview of the use of the 4x4 function. I have a HJ60 5speed. With hub locks and a 4h dash button. Can any body point me in the direction of a document perhaps that can give me an overview.

Thanks
Owen
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Reply By: Luke - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 10:34

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 10:34
Hi Owen,

Try looking in the 4WDrive skills section of the On The Road menu here at this site. There are some informative articles there about 4WDriving principles that are great for beginners.

Cheers,

Luke.
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Reply By: bruce.h (WA) - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 12:05

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 12:05
Ogray
If you wish to get the most out of your vehicle i would sujest that you go do a 4wd training course , as this will teach you not only the driveing technics but give you abetter understanding of your car
regards Bruce
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Reply By: Chris - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 12:39

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 12:39
Leave the short stick in 4H and lock the hubs – you’re still in 2WD

Press the 4H button on the dash – you’re in 4WD high range (green light should come on).

Shift the short stick to 4L – you’re in 4WD low range.

Shift the short stick back to 4H – 4WD high again.

Press 4H button again – light goes out, you’re back in 2WD.

Unlock the hubs to save a little fuel while on the black top.

At least that’s how my 1985 Sahara used to work. Good luck and take the advise of others and do a course.
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Follow Up By: ogray - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 19:25

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 19:25
Thanks for this Chris. Can you help with an example for when you would use High and Low range.
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 21:53

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 21:53
High range for general driving.

Low range is for climbing hills and negotiating obsticals that need a bit more torque. ie, if a hill is to steep and the engine wants to stall as the speed is to low you can use the low gearing in the transfer case to crawl up and keep the engine in its optimal rev range.

Extreamly usefull !

Kev.
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Follow Up By: Chris - Wednesday, Sep 03, 2003 at 08:06

Wednesday, Sep 03, 2003 at 08:06
As well as more torque (as in Kev's post), low range should be used for engine braking down hill. The last thing you want to do is use the brakes when traveling down a steep slipery hill. Put it in low range first gear, feet off all pedles and the vehicle will take itself down at a slower than walking pace. This method will avoid skidding caused by braking.

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Follow Up By: ogray - Wednesday, Sep 03, 2003 at 13:39

Wednesday, Sep 03, 2003 at 13:39
My short stick just has H2 and L4. No H4 as described above??

With this in mind;

To engage High range 4x4, lock hubs, stick in 2H and H4 button on dash depressed??

To engage low range 4x4, lock hubs, stick in L4 and H4 button on dash depressed or not depressed?

Thanks for all all patience who answered this posting!!

Owen
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Follow Up By: Chris - Wednesday, Sep 03, 2003 at 13:57

Wednesday, Sep 03, 2003 at 13:57
Correct with the high range.

From memory with the 1985 Saraha I had, if you shifted the stick to L4 without depressing the dash H4 button, the light on the H4 button automatically came on. What happens when you do this?

I always went into H4 (dash button) before going into L4.

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Follow Up By: ogray - Wednesday, Sep 03, 2003 at 22:26

Wednesday, Sep 03, 2003 at 22:26
Hi Chris,

Yes that is right - To repeat. When I select L4 without the H4 button depressed the green light does go on. I guess this means that low range 4x4 is engaged? If so would that mean that the button is only required for high range 4x4?

Thanks for your help.

Owen
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Follow Up By: Chris - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 08:55

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 08:55
True.

But usually you would already be in H4 before you needed L4.

Before you go out please do a course and/or go with someone experienced so you can pull each other out when (not if) you get stuck.

Have fun,
Chris

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Reply By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 16:48

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2003 at 16:48
A Nationally Recognised 4wd course would certainly be money well spent and has the advantage that its Certificate of Attainment is recognised Australia wide. This may be very useful if you ever intend tourist industry work and many insurance companies also recognise the benefits. These courses offer a very steep learning course and by learning in your own vehicle one on one you will be amazed at its capabilities when you have been taught a few basic techniques. Cheers Rob
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