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Hi all , new to the forum advice please..
Just bought my SORENTO 57 PLATE XT... Totally confused by 4x4 settings (not really a car person !!)
For driving normally on tarmac , what setting should the dial be on ??....
Or if someone is feeling genrous , explaining each of them would be great !!
Thanks in advance
 

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Don't know the car but what choices do you have?. Something like "Auto" "4 Hi" and "4 Lo" ?
 

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AUTO
4X4
LOW

Wont be doing too much off road stuff....mainly normal driving ...bought it to tow a carvan ...only i dont want be driving along destroying gerboxes etc !!!

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Ok so,

AUTO Will be normally Rear Wheel Drive, if the rears are slipping it will engage Front Wheel Drive as well, but only as long as there is slip. Use this setting for normal driving on sound surfaces

4X4 will lock it into 4 wheel drive. DO NOT USE THIS ON A GRIPPY SURFACE

LOW will engage 4X4 and a much lower ratio for very slow driving. It gives a lot more torque and more control of speed - good for very steep inclines or dragging a caravan out of trouble.. DO NOT USE ON A GRIPPY SURFACE

If you engage 4X4 or LOW go back to AUTO as soon as you are out of trouble

Keep an eye on tyre pressures and tyre wear. The best tyres sghould be on the back. Worn or under pressure tyres on the back will make them turn faster than the fronts and this can fool the system into thinking that the rears are losing grip even on a good surface - this will cause it to engage 4X4 which will cause at the very least accelerated tyre wear and it will stress the entire transmission. This is because your vehicle has no cenre differential so when in 4X4 the tyres have to slip to accomodate front/rear differential rotation speeds. When this happens there is also a lot of banging and juddering as the tyres skip to equalise the rotation, particularly when cornering - not a problem on a slippy surface.
 

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......and just to add, you must be stationary and in neutral (not park) before moving the selector
 

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Brilliant.. Thanks very much.. Understand now. My previous car was AWD.. So no desicion to make...
Thanks for tyre tips... Impt stuff to know.
V. Grateful
 
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