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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-23-2008, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Quick question. I have had an 03 and 06 Wrangler and a few 4x4 trucks. I just traded a tacoma and bought an 08 Commander with 6000 miles on it. Might be a stupid question but it they said it is a 4x4 that is always in. She does not have a 4x4 stick or push button. Can someone tell me how this works. And if there is any draw backs to it. Thanks for your time. Ps. I love this jeep so far. All we do is camp , hunt and shoot archery 3ds and always seem to be off the road. . The room in this thing is going to be great.
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Quick question. I have had an 03 and 06 Wrangler and a few 4x4 trucks. I just traded a tacoma and bought an 08 Commander with 6000 miles on it. Might be a stupid question but it they said it is a 4x4 that is always in. She does not have a 4x4 stick or push button. Can someone tell me how this works. And if there is any draw backs to it. Thanks for your time. Ps. I love this jeep so far. All we do is camp , hunt and shoot archery 3ds and always seem to be off the road. . The room in this thing is going to be great.
What are your specs? If you have QuadraDrive II, then it is full-time 4WD. Then the leaver in the console is for 4Lo.
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Hi and congratulations on your new Jeep!

What version do you have?
I believe all 4x4 XKs have constant 4WD, and in my HEMI Limited, there is a chrome 'T' shaped lever, that allows you to shift into 4WD LOW.

That is the only choice you have.

Let us know what version you have so we can point you in the right direction.
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If it is the 4wd then it is always in 4wd like an AWD system. If it is the 3.7L then there is no low range for the t-case. If it is anything else then there is a silver lever next to the shift selector that says 4low. Putting the transmission is N will allow you to pull that lever and put in low. What engine do you have?

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wowyou guys are quick. 3.7 Guess it is the sport. I didnt research it before I bought it. I have had good luck with my other jeeps and fell in love with the room in this thing. Only markings (Stickers) on it and 4x4 on the back hatch.
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you do have 4wheel drive. It works the same as any commander that has 4wd but you do not have the ability to shift to low range. The full time 4wd works by sending most of the power to the rear wheels during normal driving. When those tires slip it transfers power to the front by engaging the t-case to split the power front to back. It also uses the brakes to slow the spinning tire and help transfer power across the axle. When it transfers the power it will feel like the ABS is kicking in even if you do not have your foot on the brakes. You can also partially or fully disable the the ESP for better off-road or snow capability by pressing the button on the Information Center (looks like a car driving on wavy lines). Quickly pressing and releasing the button partially turns it off and pressing and holding for up to 10 seconds fully disables it.

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On Jeep's website in the Commander Section there is an animated video showing how the four wheel drive system works.
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My guess is its a QT1.
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As the other members replying to your message state, you have Quadra-Trac I. Think of this as AWD, but an AWD system on steroids. It’s about the best AWD (no… make that the best AWD) system you can buy. The only thing your Quadra-Trac I system lacks is a low range. But, you only need low range when negotiating extreme off-road conditions (very steep inclines and rock-crawling are examples).

If you get into very heavy going (maybe mud mixed with clay or deep snow), you may want to defeat the hunting-for-better-traction feature in Quadra-Trac I (same for Quadra-Trac II). You do this by following the method to turn off ESP that adamag25 describes in his message. When you disable ESP, your Jeep reverts to a more “traditional” 4DW state where the power goes 50/50 front and rear. This state will feel familiar to you since you have driven Wranglers and the Tacoma.

Turning ESP off is meant for heavy going when the driver is an experienced in off-road running. It’s just great that Quadra-Trac can run in “no brainer” amateur mode, or you can put it into “manual” experienced-off road-driver mode.

The only downside of Quadra-Trac that I see is the poor mileage.

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I think Spike nailed it.

That being said, as my XK is my first ever 4x4, I could not be more pleased. I have QT1 and I am using it to my advantage to learn how to get through mud and approach angles and ditch crossings and all the fun stuff.
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