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Old 02-21-2011, 09:40 PM   #31
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Just thinking about it..... I had a two wheel drive for many years. Never had a tranny overheating issue jockying my trailers into a space...

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Are you sure? Do you have a tranny temp gauge? You would be surprised how fast the heat will come up especially if you are jockeying a trailer up hill in reverse.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:19 AM   #32
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I have one and mine doesnt move.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:19 PM   #33
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Are you sure? Do you have a tranny temp gauge? You would be surprised how fast the heat will come up especially if you are jockeying a trailer up hill in reverse.
Yes, it had a tranny temp gauge. It went up very little when jockying for position. Word I get is that if it did, there could be other tranny issues already, but that word is NOT from a professional mechanic, so take it for what is worth.

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Old 02-22-2011, 04:08 PM   #34
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Put it this way. 4wd is great if you need it. If you dont need it then you dont have to use it. I wouldnt consider a truck without 4wd here in sw iowa. If i were in the south and only stayed at paved grounds then maybe a 2 wheeler would do. I bought my truck and my camper to use. sometimes you cant even get to the spots we camp without 4wd. No road no water(other than for fishing)and no electricity except for a generator. Im stickin with 4wd.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:48 PM   #35
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Gibby I am from Sask Canada and only use 4x4 when playing or exercising it... waste of fuel having it esp is you have posi trac.
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We live on an unpaved road in central Colorado at 9k elevation, so 4 wheel drives are a must. You're in Canada, right, not CA? Pulling or not, I doubt you'd ever regret going 4wd. But you sure would regret not getting one the first time you need it.
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:02 AM   #37
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We live on an unpaved road in central Colorado at 9k elevation, so 4 wheel drives are a must. You're in Canada, right, not CA? Pulling or not, I doubt you'd ever regret going 4wd. But you sure would regret not getting one the first time you need it.
I now winter in Ca.. have had a 4x4 since '04 it has just cost me fuel... towed through blizzards in the mtns, towed people out of the ditch... never needed the 4x
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:44 AM   #38
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Your truck must be something special. I sometimes cant even get up my driveway without 4wd. I sure as hell couldnt pull thru a blizzard without it, and the only way i could pull someone out of the ditch without 4wd is if i were on dry pavement. Backing my camper up an incline on gravel is almost impossible as well as everyone i know around here. So ether your truck is far superior to mine or you you are a much better driver than me. I raced stockcars for 15yrs and pulled all over the country, ive needed 4 wd several times. It maay use a small amount more fuel but do you buy a tow vehicle for milage? All i can say is you just must be better than me.
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I don't know the reason why, but my 09 GMC has much better traction in 2WD than my 96 Ford F-250 ever did. The powertrain difference between the two is the Ford was a PowerStroke with a 5sp manual and 4.10 limited slip differential. The GMC is a Duramax/Allison with a 3.73 locking differential. The GMC is equipped with GM's Stabilitrak and traction control. Rarely have I ever seen the indicator lights come on for when these features engage while driving in slippery conditions. Therefore, I don't consider them a factor for the overall improvement in 2WD traction.

My driveway is so steep that when it's slippery, I've actually had trucks slide back out into the street after I've parked and gone inside the house. Part of the problem was that they were 2WD and only the rear wheels were holding the vehicle. Just getting up the driveway itself can be challenge when it's snow covered. Often times, I have to clean and treat the driveway before I could get the truck up it. With the GMC in 4WD, I've yet to have any problems getting up the driveway, no matter what its condition is. I leave it in 4WD when I park it as that locks up all four wheels, thus greatly reducing the possibility of it sliding back out into street.
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I don't know the reason why, but my 09 GMC has much better traction in 2WD than my 96 Ford F-250 ever did. The powertrain difference between the two is the Ford was a PowerStroke with a 5sp manual and 4.10 limited slip differential. The GMC is a Duramax/Allison with a 3.73 locking differential. The GMC is equipped with GM's Stabilitrak and traction control. Rarely have I ever seen the indicator lights come on for when these features engage while driving in slippery conditions. Therefore, I don't consider them a factor for the overall improvement in 2WD traction.

My driveway is so steep that when it's slippery, I've actually had trucks slide back out into the street after I've parked and gone inside the house. Part of the problem was that they were 2WD and only the rear wheels were holding the vehicle. Just getting up the driveway itself can be challenge when it's snow covered. Often times, I have to clean and treat the driveway before I could get the truck up it. With the GMC in 4WD, I've yet to have any problems getting up the driveway, no matter what its condition is. I leave it in 4WD when I park it as that locks up all four wheels, thus greatly reducing the possibility of it sliding back out into street.
Locking rear end makes a huge difference in traction!
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