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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-13-2007, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question about driving in heavy mud

Purchased a New '07 Commander (4.7L 4X4 Quad-drive II) last week. I will be using the 4X4 this weekend for the first time. I will be pulling my 4 wheeler on a very muddy road. All told, I have to pull the 4 wheeler about 20 miles round trip through the mud. My questions are 1) is it OK to use 4Lo while pulling a trailer? and 2) is 4Hi or 4Lo better on muddy roads? There are no hills or rocks to climb, itís just a matter of keeping the car moving and on the road. Any advice would be appreciated.
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I will be using the 4X4 this weekend for the first time.
If you have QDII then you are using your 4WD all the time as QDII is a full-time 4WD system.

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is it OK to use 4Lo while pulling a trailer?
Not sure, but I don't think it is a good idea.

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is 4Hi or 4Lo better on muddy roads?
Can't tell you what to use because it depends on the road condition. Some can be navigated without 4-lo and others require it. Most likely unless it's really bad you won't need 4-lo.
Read your manual.

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First off, be advised, the tires that come on a Commander are not designed to work well in mud, so I hope that this is not a TRAIL but merely a dirt road thats muddy from rain or something and that it has a base underneath it.
I would advise abstaining from 4wd Low if at all possible. Low is mainly for rock crawling, or pulling a heavy boat trailer out or something like that. You should NOT travel very fast in low. Generally in MUD you want WHEEL SPIN to remove the mud from the tread so they can get some BITE. You will notice almost immediately your tires will look like RACING SLICKS as they pack with mud. Not a good thing for traction. You should be in 4wd HIGH or if you have QD that is automatic as its similar to all wheel drive. Dont try and drive TOO FAST as I am quite sure regardless you will have difficulty controlling the vehicle in turns or such. When it comes to mud the single most important thing is YOUR TIRES and you dont have good tires for that so all you have left is the 4wd to give you ability to move but that doesnt help STOPPING or TURNING. john
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What John said... the stock tires are great for dry, rain, and powder snow. If you want more traction for mud, packed snow, or other off-road conditions consider something like the Wrangler SilentArmor tires. Personally, I keep my 4LO in reserve. If you get stuck in 4HIGH you can use 4LO to help get you out. If you get stuck in 4LO... well, I hope you have a winch or tow strap handy.
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Funny about the 4Low. I usually go to 4Low if I think 4Hi might not get me through. If I have get stuck in 4hi and have to go to 4Lo I've lost any momentum I might have had. Momemtum is the key in not getting stuck I think. At least in muddy conditions. If its dry, I'll stay in 4hi unless I can't get up something or over something.

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Can anyone answer slw&lw's question about pulling a trailer while in 4-lo?

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I don't see why you could not tow in 4lo. I would just take it slow and stay off hard surfaces.
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people pull trailers all the time in 4 low. i don't see why it would be any problem.
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I agree that it wouldn't really matter if you are in 4Lo or not - the Jeep doesn't know whether the load you are putting on it is from a trailer or incline or big ass rock. A load is a load is a load. Just don't go fast.

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