I recently bought a 4x4 Silverado 1500 2015 Rally 2 Edition and it's my first truck with 4x4. I'm used to the AWD Subaru STI and have left the 4wd selector in Auto because the salesman never told me about the knob. Now what conditions should i have the truck in 2 wheel drive and in what conditions should i put it in auto 4x4 4x4 high or 4x4 low, and is auto 4x4 not good to run the truck in unless there is snow, etc? i'm a little confused as i thought auto would decide whether or not 4x4 is needed, but after driving it for not even a few hours i started to hear a very high pitch chirp and the mechanic there said they couldn't duplicate the noise or hear it, got my truck back it was in 2 wheel drive and they did tell me not to have it in auto mode 24/7. Any help on the differences would be great as well as what that high pitch chirp/squeal could be, it wasn't constant and only happened when shifting to drive reverse or park or releasing the gas or break or starting off from a stop.
If you are running on dry pavement use 2 wheel drive, if weather permits like heavy rain use auto 4WD, when road start to get nasty ie snow starting to build up use 4X4HI and keep the speed down, you can also use 4X4HI for light off road, the 4X4 low is mostly used for slow or crawl off road or pulling something slowly out of a ditch. For best fuel mileage use 2WD for most everyday uses, but you should find a gravel road somewhere and just put it in 4x4HI at least once a month, that keeps everything lubed up and functioning. As far as the noise I would take it back to the dealer if it is still under warranty, if not the try an independent shop. HTH
Could it be that it's just brand new with 50 miles on it and that it's "warming up" and thats why it's making the noise cause it was rarely used? is that a thing ?Lol Thanks for your first answer.
Also i don't hear the noise when it's in 2 wheel drive.
Still get it checked, something could have been missed during new car prep, driveline u-joints, transfer case mount loose, etc.
Alright thanks man! appreciate it!
Howdy Chevy, I just bought my Silverado a few days ago, I actually read the entire owners manual, and found out some things for the 500 mile break in period. I do know tennisshoes is spot on. Leave it in 2w, and don't use 4 low unless you really need to. Read the book on the procedures for putting it in 4 low. I don't know about the noise, hope it didn't hurt anything by driving in Auto for a while. Good luck and enjoy the new vehicle.
How is the fuel use when it is i 4wd auto, vs 2wd?
Torharley, I use mine in auto when it rains out so I don't slip on the road and 2wd when it's perfect out. I can go roughly 400mp tank in 2wd and 300+mp tank in auto if it's shitty outside. I also have a set of pipes, so I get on it a little more than if I had it stock.
The high pitch noise is what seems like a sensor when it is in auto to determine whether it needs 4wd engaged of not. Turn off your radio and you can hear it going down the road too when you accelerate or let off.
I have a question is it normal to feel as if the front wheel are sticking while my 2014 chevy is in 4wheel drive hi
Like I have to give it more gas to go.
You will have to give it slightly more pedal but only slightly just cause you are moving more of the drivetrain, but a sticking feeling is not normal, did this just start happening, or did you buy it used and this is the first time you put it in 4X4?
I bought it new. It does great in auto. But when I start out in 4x4 hi or low it just feel different. Feel like the front tires don't need more help to go
Truck only has 20,000 miles on it
When in 4WD HI or LO you are in actual 4X4 mode so power is going to the front as well as the rear equally that is why the tires must be all the same size so you don't burn something up. so if everything is that way you should be good to go, just remember that 4X4 should only be used off the beaten path or in snow or very wet conditions, never on dry black top roads, that is what the 4AUTO or the 2WD settings are for. But at least once a month find a dirt road and put it in 4X4 HI or if off road enough 4X4 LO and run it for a few miles. HTH
Had the same issue, driving in auto chewed up the drive shaft and barrings. It made an aweful noise
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