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Old 10-18-2013, 10:28 AM   #11
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I would only use 4WD when you have lost traction. Keeping it in 4WD is unnecessary. I have only used it when pulling my fiver out of my backyard when the grass is slippery.
I tend to agree with RB on this 1. If I were having traction problems, then I would use 4WD, but not before. Using a part time 4WD system without enough slippage is very hard on the drive train.

DisDad1, if you are using a WDH, have you been done the fender measurements or gone across some scales with your combo ?? Too much weight distributed the front axle and too much taken off of the rear axle could contribute to lose of traction.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:45 AM   #12
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I use 4x4 any time there is a chance of losing traction. Rain, snow, ice, dirt. It's harder on your drive train when you lose traction and then re-gain it. The wheels spin fast and then jerk to a slower speed as you re-gain your momentum putting increased pressure on the DT.
I have never broken anything using this approach..
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:18 AM   #13
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MtnGuy, I do use a WDH and have done the fender measurements and they are in good shape. It might have been a one time thing but wanted to ask the question. Seems like the response is that many do not use 4WD but in a scenario of where I think I might need more traction, put it on.

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Old 10-18-2013, 01:28 PM   #14
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I have, but only to get into/out of my site. Then again, I mostly boondock or dry camp.

I did have my truck-camper stuck to the axles! It's a long story...for another day. Anyways I had to ask a friend who's a farmer to use his huge 4x4 tractor to pull me and the camper out of the mud!
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:56 AM   #15
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It's harder on your drive train when you lose traction and then re-gain it. The wheels spin fast and then jerk to a slower speed as you re-gain your momentum putting increased pressure on the DT.
Excellent point !!
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:24 AM   #16
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Wish I had 4x4 right now. We have been getting random heavy showers. Back yard has standing water and can't get TT out if I needed it.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:32 AM   #17
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Tim,
Same thing when we went this past weekend in South Jersey. I left the Trailblazer in A4WD but still had a few times a stop lights where the rear wheels were spinning without a heavy foot on the pedal. Another reason I hate towing in the dark when it is raining...but sometimes you got to do it.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:34 AM   #18
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I have not.
I swapped out the Continental tires that my PU came with for Cooper Discover ATP's.
I can still turn them over but not for as long.
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Does your envoy not have a select position for AWD? then the traction control takes over and works great, I had a trail blazer a few years ago and had to go through a period of ice and snow while towing and it handled it very well, you could feel it losing traction but it corrected a lot quicker than I could have.
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As a gm tech I see no issues with what you did.
I personally have done much worse. We have lots of sand in my area, being close to a river bottom and I have to use 4wd all the time with my diesel trucks. I have on at least 2 occasions gone about 20 miles in 4-high on my duramax, pulling equipment(around 10k lb with trailer and equipment) and have had no issues. ( on dry pavement) Last time was about 3 years ago. And on many more occasions I have but in 4wd for getting around in pastures or in snow, etc pulling 8-10k lb in 4wd.
Granted yours is a little lighter settup, but if you are with in specs. You sould be fine, unless you get crazy.
They are not designed to pull say, 8k in 2wd but only 4k in 4wd that would be insane. Trust me we live in oil and farm/ ranch country and if you couldnt tow something in 4wd you might as well not bother making it! Me and lots of others around have been giving 4x4s he// for years and there are very few issues- unless your talking 4x4 competitions. ie -mud pits, drags or river runs.
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