Common Questions Asked by New Jeepers
Owning and driving a Jeep® is one of the most fun experiences a driver can have when looking for adventure. Jeep vehicles are known for going off road, rock crawling, water fording, and mudding. Many consumers like to modify their Jeep vehicles to be able to handle such excursions, but what many consumers don’t do is properly research a Jeep vehicle to know what their model is capable of and how to operate its off-road features. To help with this, we’ve put together frequently asked questions amongst new time Jeepers for a better and safer experience when going off road.
What is the Difference Between All-Wheel Drive, and Part-Time/Full-Time 4×4?
We have covered the difference between all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD), or 4×4, before. An AWD system provides power to all four wheels at once, but will sometimes split the power at a ratio of 80:20 depending on which drivetrain the vehicle comes with naturally. For instance, Dodge Charger models come with rear-wheel drive (RWD) but can also come with AWD. The majority of power is probably going to the rear wheels. Another possibility is 100-percent of the power is being sent to the rear wheels until additional traction in the front is required. This is also experienced in part-time 4×4 systems.
A 4×4 system can be part-time or full-time, and sends power to all four wheels. Most 4×4 systems are built to keep torque balanced throughout all four wheels when engaged. Although some Jeep vehicles may come with a 4×4 system by default, if the 4×4 system is part-time, then it only operates as a two-wheel drive (2WD) vehicle unless the situation calls for 4WD or the driver selects the 4×4 setting in their vehicle. Driving excessively on 4×4 on a part-time 4×4 system can cause early part failure, so it’s best to only use the 4×4 setting when going off road. A full-time 4×4 system is in 4WD by default and is locked into this drivetrain at all times, designed to travel on most if not all types of terrain.
Quadra-Lift Air Suspension System
While reading about Jeep models, many consumers may come across the “Quadra-Lift Air Suspension System”, and find little-to-no information on it. Basically, it’s a system of adjustable air springs that allows the vehicle to be raised up to 4.1 inches or lowered back down to its default height. Consumers often wonder if they have to choose this setting before hitting the road, and the simple answer is “no”.
The Quadra-Lift system can be engaged when parked or while moving. Drivers can manually select or let the system automatically select the optimal setting for when going off-road and over rocky terrain. Some consumers also wonder how fast the vehicle can travel when raised, and what if they forget to lower the vehicle before hitting the road? With the Quadra-Lift Air Suspension System, there are various speed thresholds that can be met to operate automatically. For instance, if travelling on the highway, once meeting a certain speed, the the Quadra-Lift will lower the vehicle to be more aerodynamic and provide the driver with better handling.
High-Range vs Low-Range
The two terms may sound obvious, but there is actually more to them. Low-Range mode is typically used by Jeepers in extreme off-road situations. This usually happens when torque takes importance over speed, and the Jeep needs to climb steep hills or get through uneven or slippery terrain at a slow and steady pace (less than 25 mph). On the other hand, high-range mode is used when travelling at a faster pace (25 – 40 mph) but the terrain may still be a little unsavory and more traction is needed.
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