When is the proper time to use your 4 wheel drive?

Asked by Dec 01, 2015 at 06:09 PM about the 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Question type: General

Never had any of the features of a Jeep and don't know about all the bells and
whistles that come with it.  Confused about the Over Drive too, where and
when should that be used?

5 Answers


The overdrive should be used all the time. It allows the transmission to upshift into the highest gear and the torque converter clutch to lock in for the best fuel economy. Four wheel drive should be used in situations such as snowy conditions, off road driving where sand or mud may be encountered. HTH. -Jim


I turn my overdrive off when driving in the hills or when going down a steep grade where the car wants to run away or when towing. 4x4 is good on snow, ice, mud and sand. Don't use it on hard surfaces as you will damage the transfer case. Some Jeeps can be used as full time 4WD depending on what system they are equipped with.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Just be careful to follow the instructions on your specific vehicle as to speed and driving on dry pavement. 4WD is different from AWD, because of the locking hubs. In 4WD you cannot exceed certain speed especially when you are not on dirt roads. You don't have to worry about this with AWD, they're designed to drive in any road conditions at any speed.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Here is a guide for new users of 4 wheel drive --- http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/a10288/when-do-i- engage-4wd-16634152/

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

I will add one more thought - The proper time to use 4WD is before you get stuck. Learning to anticipate these conditions takes a little experience but anyone with common sense will get a lot of enjoyment and use out of their 4x4.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Grand Cherokee

Looking for a Used Grand Cherokee in your area?

CarGurus has 72,861 nationwide Grand Cherokee listings starting at $1,200.


Search Jeep Grand Cherokee Questions

Jeep Grand Cherokee Experts

#1 inuevafreak
Reputation 2,100
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,890
#3 thejeepdoctor
Reputation 1,770
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Cherokee
352 Great Deals out of 40,267 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Explorer
906 Great Deals out of 63,792 listings starting at $799
Used Jeep Wrangler
269 Great Deals out of 15,829 listings starting at $3,200
Used Toyota 4Runner
231 Great Deals out of 19,230 listings starting at $2,195
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
637 Great Deals out of 32,887 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford F-150
2,116 Great Deals out of 192,313 listings starting at $290
Used Chevrolet Camaro
357 Great Deals out of 31,258 listings starting at $2,500
Used Ford Mustang
711 Great Deals out of 44,427 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo For Sale
1 listings starting at $38,480
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 2,850 listings starting at $22,488
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 204 listings starting at $18,900
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 196 listings starting at $18,500
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 180 listings starting at $14,500

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.