Knowing When to Use 4 x 4 Gear Ranges can Prevent Damage

Here at our Land Rover Southampton location, we spend time helping our customers to find ways to keep their vehicles in good health. In terms of keeping vehicles healthy, there are obviously many possible areas of focus. That said, one critical automotive feature that is often overlooked in the quest for vehicular longevity is the 4 x 4 system. Most 4 x 4 transmission systems are sensitive and complicated pieces of machinery, and as such, it can pay to know when and how to use these gear ranges. Two 4 x 4 styles that often see heavy use are the 4–High and the 4–Low gear settings.

4 x 4 settings, in general, are intended to provide drivers and their vehicles with several extra levels of traction and power whenever they need it. That said, there is a trade-off between extra traction, power, and overall speed. These functions are reflected in the 4–High transmission system. This gear range provides power and traction which promotes increased stability and safety. This feature can come in handy on icy, snowy, or muddy roads. While this gear range is useful, is important to note that drivers who select this range should drive no faster than 55 mph.

Another important gear range is the 4–Low range. This gear range can put out the maximum levels of torque and thus works well for off-road driving on steep or unstable grades. Like its sister gear setting, the 4–Low setting is speed limited, and drivers should operate at a maximum of 10 mph.

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